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FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Students sit at their class on the first day of the new school year at the United-Nation run Elementary School at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Schools run by both Palestinian government and the U.N. Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) have opened almost normally in the Gaza Strip after five months in which no cases of community transmission of the coronavirus had been recorded. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gaza students back to school with few virus safety measures

Aug. 8, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of students in the isolated Gaza Strip returned to schools after five months of closure, despite the ongoing pandemic that has seen school years postponed elsewhere across the globe. The rare scene of normalcy in the Palestinian enclave came as the...

Israel strikes Gaza in response to explosive balloons

Aug. 6, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army said it attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday after Palestinian militants launched explosive balloons from the territory into Israel. In a brief statement, the army said airstrikes struck “infrastrucure used for underground activities” by...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

Israel downs rocket launched by Gaza militants

Aug. 2, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on Sunday night in a rare attack punctuating months of relative calm. Air raid sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. The military said the Iron Dome missile defense system...

Israel says it arrested Hamas militant who fled strip by sea

Jul. 30, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security officials on Thursday announced they have caught a Hamas militant who fled the Gaza Strip and swam into Israeli waters, confirming weeks of rumors that a Hamas figure had “defected” to Israel. Israel's Shin Bet security agency said that Izz el-Din Hussein,...

Palestinian veterinarians neuter a dog at a clinic in Gaza City, Monday, July 13, 2020. In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most people struggle to make ends meet amid a crippling blockade, the suffering of stray dogs and cats often goes unnoticed. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Gazans defy taboos to rescue, neuter stray animals

Jul. 25, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the impoverished Gaza Strip, where most people struggle to make ends meet amid a crippling blockade, the suffering of stray dogs and cats often goes unnoticed. Said el-Er, who founded the territory's only animal rescue organization in 2006, has been trying to change that. He...

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Israel to shut down on weekends in response to virus surge

Jul. 17, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced sweeping new restrictions on Friday in response to a new surge in coronavirus cases, including weekend closures of many businesses and limiting restaurants to takeout and delivery. The government announced the restrictions after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said...

Israeli military says Gaza militants fire 3 rockets

Jul. 5, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said aircraft struck targets in the northern Gaza Strip late Sunday following a barrage of rocket fire into southern Israel. No casualties were reported on either side. In a statement, the military said attack helicopters and fighter jets struck “underground...

A Palestinian woman flashes the victory sign as she demonstrates against Israeli plans for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Netanyahu ally confirms delays in West Bank annexation plan

Jul. 1, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that the Israeli leader's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank would not start on Wednesday, the original target date, as the British prime minister made an extraordinary appeal to Israel to call off the plan. The...