Middle East News

Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagionAncient burial rituals common across the largely Muslim Middle East are being disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak
The Associated Press3 hours ago
An ultra-Orthodox Jew wears an improvised protective face mask as he pulls a supermarket cart on a mainly deserted street because of the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in Bnei Brak, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, April 3, 2020.   The military plans to send troops in to assist local authorities with coronavirus control.   (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israeli leader announces lockdown over Passover holidayIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a complete lockdown over the upcoming Passover holiday to control the country’s coronavirus outbreak
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Iraqi military: 3 rockets target US oil company in southIraq's military says at least three rockets struck near the site of an American oil field service company in southern Iraq, causing no casualties
The Associated Press23 hours ago
Dubai's Emaar sells 80% stake in cooling system for $675MDubai’s state-backed developer Emaar says it sold an 80% share of its district cooling project around the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, for $675 million
The Associated Press1 day ago
A volunteer woman wearing a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of the new coronavirus sews face masks, in a mosque in southern Tehran, Iran, Sunday, April 5, 2020. Iran is battling the worst new coronavirus outbreak in the Mideast. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Jerusalem's Palm Sunday procession scaled back due to virusThis year's traditional Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem has been cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus
The Associated Press1 day ago
Gunmen kill Hezbollah member in southern LebanonLebanese security officials say unknown gunmen fatally shot and stabbed a member of the militant Hezbollah group in southern Lebanon
The Associated Press1 day ago
The Ministry of antiquities lights up the pyramids in an expression of support for health workers battling the coronavirus outbreak, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Giza, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Medics at Egypt's main cancer center test positive for virusEgyptian officials say at least 17 medics in the country’s main cancer hospital have been quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, raising fears the pandemic could prey on health facilities in the Arab world’s most populous country
The Associated Press3 days ago
Gas USA is selling gas for 97.9 cents a gallon, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Cleveland. Oil started the year above $60 and has plunged on expectations that a weakened economy will burn less fuel. The world is awash in oil, meanwhile, as producers continue to pull more of it out of the ground. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Saudi Arabia sharply rebukes Russia over oil price collapseSaudi Arabia has sharply criticized Russia over what it described as Moscow blaming the kingdom for the collapse in global energy prices
The Associated Press3 days ago
Iraq suspends, fines Reuters news agency over virus report Iraq has suspended the work of the Reuters news agency for three months, following a report saying the country's government was under-reporting confirmed cases of the new coronavirus
The Associated Press3 days ago
Israel to help Christians share 'holy fire' amid outbreak Israeli officials say they are working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders to make sure that one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals — the Holy Fire ceremony — is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak
The Associated Press3 days ago
Israeli border police officers block a main road following the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, in Bnei Brak, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, April 3, 2020. By Friday, Bnei Brak had become the country's worst hot spot and now resembles a ghost town.   (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll risesMosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, when Muslims gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country had shut down
The Associated Press4 days ago
Israel arrests Palestinian official in east JerusalemIsraeli police have arrested the Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs for allegedly violating an Israeli ban on Palestinian political activities in east Jerusalem
The Associated Press4 days ago
FILE - In this Thursday, April 2, 2020 file photo, Israeli border police officers question an Ultra orthodox man as part of the government's measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in the orthodox city of Bnei Brak, a Tel Aviv suburb, Israel. ‏On Wednesday, Netanyahu ordered a police cordon around the largely ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, east of Tel Aviv, to limit movement to and from the city. Bnei Brak has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
After ignoring warnings, Israeli ultra-Orthodox hit by virusAfter ignoring weeks of pleas to avoid large gatherings and to stay at home, Israel’s insular ultra-Orthodox community is suffering disproportionately from the coronavirus outbreak
The Associated Press4 days ago
Iran's parliament says speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantineIran's parliament says speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine
The Associated Press4 days ago
AP Week in Pictures, Middle EastThis photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan region between March 26 and April 1, 2020
The Associated Press4 days ago
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