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Health care workers prepare to transport a COVID-19 patient from an intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital in Kyjov to hospital in Brno, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. With cases surging in central Europe, some countries are calling in soldiers, firefighters, students and retired doctors to help shore up buckling health care systems. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The Latest: WHO concerned about coronavirus in Mideast

Oct. 29, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

CAIRO -- The World Health Organization says the coronavirus pandemic has reached “an alarming juncture” in Eastern Mediterranean countries. Speaking at a virtual news conference in Cairo on Thursday, Rana Hajjeh, WHO Director of Program Management said: “There are about 3 million confirmed...

Algeria's president transferred to Germany for treatment

Oct. 28, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune was transferred to Germany for specialist medical treatment Wednesday, a day after his country's presidency announced he had been hospitalized but not revealed why. Several senior officials in the 75-year-old president’s entourage...

Iranian protesters hold defaced pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron and the publishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in front of French Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Macron has vowed his country will not back down from its secular ideals and defense of free speech. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Turkish leaders condemn Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Erdogan

Oct. 28, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials on Wednesday railed against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its cover-page cartoon mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and accused the publication of sowing “the seeds of hatred and animosity.” The cartoon could further heighten...

*File* In this Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 file photo, the Mosque of Algiers is under construction in Algiers. Algeria's prime minister is finally to inaugurate a landmark mosque Wednesday that was completed last year but shuttered because of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)

Algeria's PM to inaugurate landmark mosque in Algiers

Oct. 28, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s prime minister was set to inaugurate a landmark mosque Wednesday that was completed last year but shuttered because of coronavirus. Abdelaziz Djerad was to open the Great Mosque of Algiers — that boasts the tallest minaret in the world — in the evening...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, Libyan soldiers aim their weapons during clashes with militants on the frontline in Al Ajaylat, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Tripoli, Libya. The United Nations said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, that the two sides in Libyan military talks had reached a

UN urges Libyan rivals to implement cease-fire, pursue peace

Oct. 27, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday welcomed the permanent cease-fire agreement signed by the rival sides in Libya and called on the parties to implement it and “show the same determination in reaching a political solution.” The U.N.’s most powerful body also...

Algerian leader "stable" in hospital with unknown illness

Oct. 27, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's President Abedelmadjid Tebboune has been hospitalized at a military hospital in the south of the capital Algiers, his office said Tuesday. The statement downplayed the seriousness of the 75-year-old's condition saying he was “stable.” It did not give the...

Ukrainian tourist, Egyptian guide lose limbs in shark attack

Oct. 27, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide a leg in a rare shark attack over the weekend off Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, officials said Tuesday. The attack took place Sunday when two tourists — a mother and her son —and their tour guide were...

Court: Belgium violated human rights in Sudan migrant's case

Oct. 27, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Belgium violated the rights of a Sudanese refugee it deported three years ago despite a judicial decision that suspended the move. The Strasbourg-based court said the refugee, who had entered Belgium illegally as he tried to reach the...

FILE - Sudanese Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan speaks during a military-backed rally in Omdurman district, west of Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Sudan’s leader said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 that the decision to normalize ties with Israel was an incentive for President Donald Trump’s administration to end Sudan’s international pariah status. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, told state television that without the deal Sudan would have had to wait until deep into next year to be removed from the U.S.'s list of state sponsors of terrorism. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, file)

Sudan’s leader: Israel deal 'incentive' to end pariah status

Oct. 26, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s leader said Monday that the decision to normalize ties with Israel was an incentive for President Donald Trump’s administration to end Sudan’s international pariah status. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the ruling sovereign council, told state television that...