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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.

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.

Israel’s Health Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Israel’s Health Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and his wife Chava have tested positive for the coronavirus, his office announced after midnight Wednesday, saying they were both in a good condition.

Hundreds Die in Iran After Drinking Poison 'Cure' for Coronavirus

Hundreds Die in Iran After Drinking Poison 'Cure' for Coronavirus

TEHRAN, Iran — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus.

Lebanon on Coronavirus Lockdown as Iraqis Prepare for Curfew

Lebanon on Coronavirus Lockdown as Iraqis Prepare for Curfew

BEIRUT — Lebanon went into lockdown and Iraqis prepared for a curfew Monday as part of regional efforts to contain the new coronavirus even as businesses remained open in Iran, which is battling the worst outbreak in the Middle East and where another senior official has died from the virus.

Dubai's Ruler Ordered Daughters' Abduction and Intimidated Ex-Wife, Court Rules

Dubai's Ruler Ordered Daughters' Abduction and Intimidated Ex-Wife, Court Rules

Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum ordered the abduction of two of his daughters and subjected his former wife to a "campaign of fear and intimidation", forcing her to flee to London with their two children, according to a British court ruling made public on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia Suspends Entry for Pilgrims over Coronavirus

Saudi Arabia Suspends Entry for Pilgrims over Coronavirus

Riyadh -- Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for visits to Islam's holiest sites for the "umrah" pilgrimage, an unprecedented move triggered by coronavirus fears that raises questions over the hajj, which starts in July.

Iran Reports Highest Coronavirus Death Toll Outside of China

Iran Reports Highest Coronavirus Death Toll Outside of China

Iran’s health ministry raised Sunday the death toll from the new virus to 8 people in the Middle Eastern country, amid concerns that clusters there, as well as in Italy and South Korea, could signal a serious new stage in its global spread.

Pompeo Meets Saudi King in Talks Focused on Iranian Threats

Pompeo Meets Saudi King in Talks Focused on Iranian Threats

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday in a visit focused primarily on discussing shared security concerns about regional rival Iran.

Pompeo Meets Saudi King in Talks Focused on Iranian Threats

Pompeo Meets Saudi King in Talks Focused on Iranian Threats

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday in a visit focused primarily on discussing shared security concerns about regional rival Iran.

East Asian Travelers Banned from Israel over Coronavirus Fears

East Asian Travelers Banned from Israel over Coronavirus Fears

As part of efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Monday said Israel would ban all non-Israelis who were in four East Asian countries and territories in the previous 14 days.

Report: Good News for Netanyahu as Israel's Economy Surpasses Expectations

Report: Good News for Netanyahu as Israel's Economy Surpasses Expectations

TEL AVIV - Israel's economic growth last year exceeded all predictions, boding well for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who hopes his stewardship of the Jewish state's strong finances will give him the upper hand against main political challenger Blue and White's Benny Gantz, Bloomberg News reported.

Syria Says Israel Struck Several Targets Near Damascus

Syria Says Israel Struck Several Targets Near Damascus

Syrian state media said early Thursday that Israel launched strikes against several targets near Damascus and claimed the country’s air defenses downed a number of missiles.

Syria Says Israel Struck Several Targets Near Damascus

Syria Says Israel Struck Several Targets Near Damascus

Syrian state media said early Thursday that Israel launched strikes against several targets near Damascus and claimed the country’s air defenses downed a number of missiles.

Survivors Return to Auschwitz 75 Years After Liberation

Survivors Return to Auschwitz 75 Years After Liberation

OSWIECIM, Poland — Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp gathered Monday for commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camp, using the testimony of survivors to warn about the signs of rising anti-Semitism and hatred in the world today.

Survivor in Slovenia Turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Survivor in Slovenia Turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

RAKEK, Slovenia — For Marija Frlan it’s as symbolic as it can get: A survivor of a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, the Slovenian woman turns 100 years old on Monday, the international Holocaust Remembrance Day.

France's Macron Slams Antisemitism on Jerusalem Visit

France's Macron Slams Antisemitism on Jerusalem Visit

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday rallied against antisemitism, saying it "haunts our present time", during a visit to Jerusalem to commemorate Holocaust victims.