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Iran’s Guard Goes Ballistic with Advanced Missile Drill amid Tensions

Iran’s Guard Goes Ballistic with Advanced Missile Drill amid Tensions

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces on Friday held a military exercise involving ballistic missiles and drones in the country’s central desert, state TV reported, amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a U.S.

Germany Hands over 14 Nazi-Looted Artworks from Gurlitt Trove

Germany Hands over 14 Nazi-Looted Artworks from Gurlitt Trove

BERLIN — German authorities have now handed over all 14 works from the art trove accumulated by late collector Cornelius Gurlitt that so far were proven to have been looted under Nazi rule, the government said Wednesday.

USS Nimitz to Remain in Middle East to Counter Iran Threats

USS Nimitz to Remain in Middle East to Counter Iran Threats

The Defense Department said late Sunday that the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its strike group are to remain in the Middle East to counter Iranian threats days after it was ordered to return home following a 10-month deployment.

Pictures: Coronavirus Dampens Christmas Cheer in Bethlehem, Rome, Sydney and Beyond

Pictures: Coronavirus Dampens Christmas Cheer in Bethlehem, Rome, Sydney and Beyond

Bethlehem on Thursday ushered in Christmas Eve with a stream of joyous marching bands and the triumphant arrival of the top Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land, but few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Germany Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Landmark Nuremberg Trials

Germany Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Landmark Nuremberg Trials

BERLIN — Seventy-five years ago, the dock of Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice was packed with some of the most nefarious figures of the 20th Century: Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop and 18 other high-ranking Nazis.

Turkey Hurt, Offended by Pompeo’s Plan to Discuss Religious Freedom

Turkey Hurt, Offended by Pompeo’s Plan to Discuss Religious Freedom

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey took offense at a U.S. statement that said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would promote religious freedom during an upcoming visit to Istanbul and called Wednesday on Washington to focus on racism and hate crimes in the United States instead.

Muslim World Rises Against French Crackdown on Radical Islam

Muslim World Rises Against French Crackdown on Radical Islam

Paris -- France's largest employers' federation on Monday urged companies to "resist the blackmail" over a product boycott by Arab countries as a backlash widens over Paris's hardened stance against radical Islam.

Jewish Group Condemns Auction of Hitler Speeches in Germany

Jewish Group Condemns Auction of Hitler Speeches in Germany

BERLIN — A prominent European Jewish organization slammed a Munich auction house’s decision to sell several of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s handwritten speech notes, saying Tuesday it “defies logic, decency and humanity” to put them on the market.

First Commercial Passenger Flight from UAE Lands in Israel

First Commercial Passenger Flight from UAE Lands in Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel — The first commercial passenger flight to Israel by a carrier from the United Arab Emirates landed near Tel Aviv on Monday, further cementing a normalization deal between the two countries.

UK Festival Curator Accuses UAE Minister of Sex Assault

UK Festival Curator Accuses UAE Minister of Sex Assault

LONDON — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival said Sunday the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival’s curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates while working with him.

Israeli Navy Prepares for Arrival of New Upgraded Warships

Israeli Navy Prepares for Arrival of New Upgraded Warships

ABOARD THE INS LAHAV — After a coronavirus-related delay, Israel’s navy is preparing for the long-awaited arrival of its next generation of missile boats — giving it a powerful new tool to defend its strategic natural gas industry from the threat of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Mecca Reopens for Limited Muslim 'Umrah' Pilgrimage

Mecca Reopens for Limited Muslim 'Umrah' Pilgrimage

Mecca (Saudi Arabia) -- Mask-clad Muslims circled Islam's holiest site along socially distanced paths on Sunday, as Saudi authorities partially resumed the year-round umrah pilgrimage amid extensive health precautions after seven-month coronavirus hiatus.

Turkish Government Accused of Hiding True Extent of Coronavirus Outbreak

Turkish Government Accused of Hiding True Extent of Coronavirus Outbreak

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s government is being accused of hiding the true extent of the country’s coronavirus outbreak after the health minister revealed that the daily COVID-19 figures published by his ministry reflect only patients with symptoms and not all positive cases.

Mike Pompeo Speaks with NATO Chief About Mediterranean Tensions

Mike Pompeo Speaks with NATO Chief About Mediterranean Tensions

ATHENS, Greece — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is due to arrive in Greece on an official visit early Monday, has had a conversation on tensions in the eastern Mediterranean with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Probe of Gang Rape Case that Shocked Egypt Ensnares More Suspects

Probe of Gang Rape Case that Shocked Egypt Ensnares More Suspects

CAIRO — An announcement last month that Egypt’s top prosecutor would investigate an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at a luxury Cairo hotel marked a rare moment of triumph for human rights activists.

First Israel-Emirates Commercial Flight Set for Monday

First Israel-Emirates Commercial Flight Set for Monday

Jerusalem -- An Israeli-American delegation will fly on the first commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates on Monday after a landmark deal between the countries, officials said Friday.

Pompeo Visits Oman in Final Stop on Middle East Swing

Pompeo Visits Oman in Final Stop on Middle East Swing

OMAN -- Secretary of StateMike Pompeowrapped up his trip to the Middle East and Sudan with a stop in Oman on Thursday to meet with Omani Sultan Haithambin Tarik Al Said.

Iraq PM to Meet Trump with U.S. Troops on the Agenda

Iraq PM to Meet Trump with U.S. Troops on the Agenda

Washington -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi will meet US President Donald Trump for the first time in Washington on Thursday, with the presence of American troops in the country at the top of his agenda.

Lebanese Customs Chief Arrested over Deadly Beirut Blast

Lebanese Customs Chief Arrested over Deadly Beirut Blast

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The head of Lebanon’s customs authority was formally arrested on Monday after being questioned over the massive explosion in Beirut earlier this month, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Beirut's Port Partially Opens, Thousands Remain Homeless

Beirut's Port Partially Opens, Thousands Remain Homeless

Beirut's port partially opened again Wednesday as officials and residents continued to recover from last week's devastating blasts that killed hundreds and left thousands homeless in Lebanon's capital city.

Qatar Confirms Plan to Bring 2032 Olympics to Middle East

Qatar Confirms Plan to Bring 2032 Olympics to Middle East

Doha -- Qatar will seek to host the 2032 Olympic Games, it said on Monday, joining a crowded field and raising questions about scorching summer temperatures and underwhelming attendances at past events.

Jordan Top Court Dissolves Country's Muslim Brotherhood

Jordan Top Court Dissolves Country's Muslim Brotherhood

Amman -- Jordan's top court has dissolved the country's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist movement, an official said Thursday, citing the group's failure to "rectify its legal status".

Iran Executes Defense Ministry Staffer as Alleged CIA Spy

Iran Executes Defense Ministry Staffer as Alleged CIA Spy

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has executed a former employee of the defense ministry who was convicted of spying on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, the country’s judiciary said Tuesday.

Iran Says Misaligned Radar Led to Ukrainian Jet Downing

Iran Says Misaligned Radar Led to Ukrainian Jet Downing

Tehran -- Iran said that the misalignment of an air defence unit's radar system was the key "human error" that led to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane in January.

Israel Announces Successful Launch of New Spy Satellite

Israel Announces Successful Launch of New Spy Satellite

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Defense Ministry announced the successful launch of a new spy satellite early on Monday that would help the country monitor Iran’s nuclear activity as its foreign minister hinted that Israel may have been behind a fire that damaged an Iranian nuclear site last week.

Former Nazi Camp Guard, 93, Faces German Court Reckoning

Former Nazi Camp Guard, 93, Faces German Court Reckoning

Berlin -- The prosecution's closing arguments will be heard on Monday in the trial of a 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 people during World War II.

Former Nazi Camp Guard, 93, Faces German Court Reckoning

Former Nazi Camp Guard, 93, Faces German Court Reckoning

Berlin -- The prosecution's closing arguments will be heard on Monday in the trial of a 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 people during World War II.

Lebanon’s Plea to Skeptical Expats: Come Visit (Please Bring Cash)

Lebanon’s Plea to Skeptical Expats: Come Visit (Please Bring Cash)

BEIRUT — With Beirut’s airport partially reopening from a three-month virus shutdown, the government is hoping thousands of Lebanese expatriates will return for the summer — and bring dollars desperately needed to prop up the crashing economy.

Saudi Arabia to End Coronavirus Curfew from June 21

Saudi Arabia to End Coronavirus Curfew from June 21

Riyadh -- Saudi Arabia will end its nationwide coronavirus curfew from June 21, except in the holy city of Mecca, the interior ministry said Tuesday, after more than two months of stringent curbs.

Over 65s in Turkey Allowed Outside for First Time Since March

Over 65s in Turkey Allowed Outside for First Time Since March

Istanbul -- Turkish people aged 65 and over on Sunday described their joy after the government allowed them to go outside for the first time in nearly two months in an easing of the coronavirus restrictions.

Arab Gulf Economies Take Massive Hit with Oil Price Crash

Arab Gulf Economies Take Massive Hit with Oil Price Crash

BAGHDAD — Iraq is planning painful cuts in social benefits relied on by millions of government workers. Saudi Arabia will likely have to delay mega-projects. Egypt and Lebanon face a blow as their workers in the Gulf send back less of the much-needed dollars that help keep their fragile economies afloat.

Turkish Mosque Turned into Temporary 'Supermarket'

Turkish Mosque Turned into Temporary 'Supermarket'

Istanbul -- At the entrance of an Istanbul mosque, the racks usually reserved for the shoes of the faithful are loaded with pasta packages, oil bottles, biscuits -- like a supermarket.

Israeli Survivors Remember Holocaust amid Coronavirus Quarantine

Israeli Survivors Remember Holocaust amid Coronavirus Quarantine

JERUSALEM — With the global coronavirus pandemic ravaging the elderly, Israel’s aging population of Holocaust survivors finds itself on the country’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day this year much like they were during World War II — alone and in fear of the unknown.

Iran Accused of ‘Dangerous’ Harassment of U.S. Warships

Iran Accused of ‘Dangerous’ Harassment of U.S. Warships

WASHINGTON — A group of 11 Iranian naval vessels made “dangerous and harassing” maneuvers near U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait on Wednesday, in one case passing within 10 yards (meters) of a Coast Guard cutter, American officials said.

Mideast Debt, Unemployment to Spike in Coronavirus Recession: IMF

Mideast Debt, Unemployment to Spike in Coronavirus Recession: IMF

Dubai -- Debt levels, unemployment and budget deficits will spike as the Middle East endures a coronavirus-led recession, piling pain on economies already hit by conflicts and an oil price slump, the IMF said Wednesday.

Israel Tightens Quarantine in Jerusalem to Halt Coronavirus Spread

Israel Tightens Quarantine in Jerusalem to Halt Coronavirus Spread

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government approved a tight quarantine of several areas of Jerusalem on Sunday, including the historic Old City, in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the city’s most susceptible neighborhoods.

Iran Reports 117 New Virus Deaths, Raising Total to 4,474

Iran Reports 117 New Virus Deaths, Raising Total to 4,474

Tehran -- Iran on Sunday announced 117 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the overall official toll to 4,474, even as it eased some restrictions that had been imposed to slow the spread of the illness.

In Jerusalem, Isolated Christians Mark a Sombre Easter

In Jerusalem, Isolated Christians Mark a Sombre Easter

Eggs on the table and a toy rabbit on the dresser -- with a few decorations, Palestinian Christian Sawsan Bitar attempts to salvage some normality from an Easter overshadowed by coronavirus.

Pampered Kuwaitis Quibble in Five-Star Luxury Quarantine

Pampered Kuwaitis Quibble in Five-Star Luxury Quarantine

Kuwait City -- The meat is too fatty and the staff are slow to clean up coffee stains -- some Kuwaitis quarantined in five-star hotels due to the coronavirus outbreak have a litany of complaints.

Turkey Tightens Controls in Public Places over Coronavirus Threat

Turkey Tightens Controls in Public Places over Coronavirus Threat

Istanbul -- Turkey stepped up controls Saturday on crowded public spaces including markets and ferries in Istanbul, a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed the use of face masks to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

Israel to Help Christians Share Holy Rituals amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Israel to Help Christians Share Holy Rituals amid Coronavirus Pandemic

JERUSALEM — Israel is working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals — the Holy Fire ceremony — is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday.