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COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

Nov. 27, 2021 22:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. The U.K. on...

World races to contain new COVID threat, the omicron variant

Nov. 26, 2021 20:58 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world raced Friday to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent. A World Health Organization panel...

Israel warns of 'emergency' after detecting new virus strain

Nov. 26, 2021 08:52 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Friday that Israel is "on the threshold of an emergency situation” after authorities detected the country’s first case of a new coronavirus variant and barred travel to and from most African countries. The...

Israeli Health Ministry says new coronavirus variant detected in traveler who returned from Malawi

Nov. 26, 2021 03:51 AM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Health Ministry says new coronavirus variant detected in traveler who returned from Malawi.

Rights group: Israel puts Jerusalem settlement plan on hold

Nov. 25, 2021 15:02 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities appear to have put plans to build a large Jewish settlement at an abandoned airport in east Jerusalem on hold, at least for now, a rights group said Thursday. Plans for the Atarot settlement called for building 9,000 housing units...

Poland to have no ambassador in Israel, amid tepid ties

Nov. 25, 2021 12:31 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the European Union nation will have no ambassador in Israel for the time being, bringing the mission level down to that of Israel's mission in Poland. The traditionally sensitive bilateral relations...

Israel pushes for better Iran deal amid military buildup

Nov. 25, 2021 10:44 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Israel’s defense minister said Thursday he hopes a better nuclear deal will come out of upcoming talks between world powers and Iran, but that Israel is hedging its bets and building up its military capabilities. Benny Gantz spoke to reporters at...

AP Week in Pictures: Middle East

Nov. 25, 2021 04:02 AM EST

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 Nov. 18-24, 2021. This week’s selection includes scenes from across the region, including...

Winter rain floods Gaza homes damaged in last spring's war

Nov. 25, 2021 02:01 AM EST

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first rainstorm of winter sent water pouring into Ghalia al-Attar's house through cracks in the walls and tin roof, as the widow, her children and grandchildren spread buckets across the floor. Their home was among tens of thousands...

The Base, Hezbollah get terrorist designation in Australia

Nov. 24, 2021 14:51 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Wednesday said it intends to add far-right extremist group The Base and the entirety of the Lebanese group Hezbollah to its list of outlawed terrorist organizations as national security services grapple with a surge in neo-Nazi cells and other...