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In this May 19, 2020, photo, Israeli courier, Mishel Zrian carries a bone marrow transplant donation at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. Over the past two months, as air travel has ground to a halt, Zrian has criss-crossed the Atlantic and the United States dozens of times, sleeping in empty airports and unable to return home to see his family in Israel, all in a race against time to deliver life-saving transplants. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Travel disruptions challenge global transplant deliveries

May. 29, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — Over the past two months, as air travel ground to a halt, Mishel Zrian has crisscrossed the Atlantic and the United States dozens of times, sleeping in empty airports and unable to return home to see his family in Israel, all in a race against time to deliver life-saving...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury bodies at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At the cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

UN urges $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope with war and virus

May. 29, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief urgently appealed for $2.4 billion to help millions of people in Yemen cope with the conflict and COVID-19, saying programs are already being cut and the situation is “alarming.” Mark Lowcock told a U.N. briefing Thursday that the United...

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks during the COVID-19 press briefing inside the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

The Latest: Iowa AD looking at different football scenarios

May. 28, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is not ruling out having a full stadium for home football games. Barta told reporters the school is planning for several different scenarios, and one of them is opening 69,250-seat Kinnick...

Shooting at smuggling warehouse in Libya kills 30 migrants

May. 28, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The family of a slain Libyan human trafficker attacked a group of migrants in a town that recently changed hands amid the fighting over the country's capital, killing 26 Bangladeshi and four African migrants, the Tripoli government said on Thursday. There was scant information about the...

In this photo provided by Turkey's Transportation Ministry, Minister Adil Karaismailoglu poses for images as a train departs for Istanbul from Ankara's train station, Turkey, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Turkey has resumed limited intercity train operations after a two-month suspension as the country eases restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus outbreak.(Transportation Ministry via AP )

Turkey to lift travel ban, open gyms, restaurants on June 1

May. 28, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A coronavirus travel ban between Turkey's worst affected cities is being lifted while restaurants, cafes and sports facilities will reopen on June 1, the country's president said Thursday, under the next phase of plans to roll back pandemic restrictions. In a televised address...

EU renews Syria sanctions with conflict in its 10th year

May. 28, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is prolonging for another year its sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad and other top political officials, military officers and business people over the regime's continued crackdown on civilians in the conflict-torn country. The European Council, headquarters...

An anti-government protester argues with riot police during a protest against a general amnesty law being proposed in parliament, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Lebanon removes banking secrecy rules to fight corruption

May. 28, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament approved on Thursday a law to remove decades-old banking secrecy rules in order to better fight rampant corruption that has pushed the country to the edge of economic collapse. The move opens the way for investigations into bank accounts of current and former...

Volunteers look for survivors of a plane that crashed in a residential area of Karachi, Pakistan, May 22, 2020. An aviation official says a passenger plane belonging to state-run Pakistan International Airlines crashed near Karachi's airport. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

AP Week in Pictures, Middle East

May. 28, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between May 21-27, 2020. This week’s selection from across the region includes scenes of tragic loss, a subdued holiday and sparks of...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, wearing a face mask in line with public health restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, stands with his lawyers inside the court room as his corruption trial opens at the Jerusalem District Court, Sunday, May 24, 2020. He is the country’s first sitting prime minister ever to go on trial, facing charges of fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of corruption cases stemming from ties to wealthy friends. (Ronen Zvulun/ Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli PM: Palestinians in Jordan Valley won't be citizens

May. 28, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley will remain in what he described as an “enclave” after Israel annexes the territory and will not be granted Israeli citizenship. Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with...