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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.

Israel’s Unlikely Olympic Baseball Team Dreams Big for Japan

Israel’s Unlikely Olympic Baseball Team Dreams Big for Japan

TEL AVIV, Israel — As a baseball-crazed kid growing up in Miami, Danny Valencia dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues. The thought of heading to the Olympics, for a foreign country no less, never crossed his mind.

Israel on High Alert Following Soleimani Elimination

Israel on High Alert Following Soleimani Elimination

Israel's defence minister summoned the country's military and security chiefs to Tel Aviv on Friday in the wake of the U.S. air strike that killed senior Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.

Iran, China, Russia, to Join for Gulf of Oman Naval Drills

Iran, China, Russia, to Join for Gulf of Oman Naval Drills

China, Russia and Iran will hold joint naval drills starting Friday in the Gulf of Oman, Beijing said, at a time of heightened tensions since the US withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.

Scientists Claim to Find Ancient Seawall off Israeli Coast

Scientists Claim to Find Ancient Seawall off Israeli Coast

An international team of researchers says it has discovered a 7,000-year-old-seawall along Israel’s Mediterranean coast, providing evidence that coastal communities protected themselves against rising waters even in ancient times.

Wealthy German Family Gifts Millions to Holocaust Survivors

Wealthy German Family Gifts Millions to Holocaust Survivors

One of Germany’s richest families, which owns Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Pret A Manger and other international brands, is giving millions to support Holocaust survivors as it seeks to atone for its use of forced laborers during the Nazi era and its enthusiastic support of Adolf Hitler, The Associated Press has learned.

Israel's Drone Industry Rises to Become Global Force

Israel's Drone Industry Rises to Become Global Force

In a fierce battle for market share against world superpowers China and the United States, Israel's drone industry likes to say it has a secret weapon -- military experience.

Christian Buys Nazi Items with Plans to Donate to Jewish Group

Christian Buys Nazi Items with Plans to Donate to Jewish Group

A Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul said Monday that he purchased Adolf Hitler’s top hat and other Nazi memorabilia from a German auction in order to keep them out of the hands of neo-Nazis, and has agreed to donate them to a Jewish group.

Iran Vows to Punish 'Mercenaries' Behind Street Violence

Iran Vows to Punish 'Mercenaries' Behind Street Violence

Iran vowed Sunday to severely punish "mercenaries" arrested over a wave of street unrest sparked by a fuel price hike, as much of the country came back online after a week-long internet blackout.

Benjamin Netanyahu: Yitzhak Rabin 'Was Not a Traitor'

Benjamin Netanyahu: Yitzhak Rabin 'Was Not a Traitor'

Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that slain Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin "was not a traitor" for approving the 1993 Oslo Accords and admitted he should have spoken out more against those who labeled him as one.

State Dept: Iran Remains World’s Largest State Sponsor of Terror

State Dept: Iran Remains World’s Largest State Sponsor of Terror

The US State Department’s new report on terrorism lists the Islamic Republic of Iran as the top international state-sponsor of terrorism and cites Tehran’s work with facilitating the activities of Sunni terrorist organization al-Qaeda.

Iraqi Protesters Attack Iran Consulate in Karbala

Iraqi Protesters Attack Iran Consulate in Karbala

BAGHDAD — Dozens of Iraqi protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Sunday, scaling the concrete barriers ringing the building, bringing down an Iranian flag and replacing it with the Iraqi flag, eyewitnesses said.

Netanyahu Congratulates Trump on Elimination of al-Baghdadi

Netanyahu Congratulates Trump on Elimination of al-Baghdadi

Israeli officials on Sunday praised US President Donald Trump on the American special forces raid in Syria that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it an “important milestone” in the fight against terrorism.

Ex-SS Guard on Trial: I Saw People Led into Gas Chamber

Ex-SS Guard on Trial: I Saw People Led into Gas Chamber

A 93-year-old former guard at the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp testified at his trial Friday that he once saw people being led into the gas chamber, followed by screaming and banging sounds behind the locked door.

Watch - Aaron Klein: Iran Will Try to Gain from U.S. Withdrawal in Syria

Watch - Aaron Klein: Iran Will Try to Gain from U.S. Withdrawal in Syria

In a segment on Israeli television, Breitbart Jerusalem bureau chief expressed concern Iran could attempt to fill the power vacuum in northeast Syria following the U.S. withdrawal from that territory and a deal between Russia and Turkey to jointly patrol the area.