Children in Beirut suffer from trauma after deadly blast

BEIRUT (AP) - When the huge explosion ripped through Beirut last week, it shattered the glass doors near where 3-year-old Abed Itani was playing with his Lego blocks. He suffered a head injury and cuts on his tiny arms and feet, and he was taken to the emergency room, where he sat amid other bleeding people.

Political novices drawn to anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) - In a summer of protests against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the accusations of corruption and calls for him to resign could be accompanied by another familiar refrain: "I've never done this before."

Iraq military says Turkish drone kills 2 senior commanders

BAGHDAD (AP) - A Turkish drone strike killed two senior Iraqi security officials, Iraq's military said Tuesday, marking the first time that Turkey's operation to root out Kurdish rebels in Iraq's north produced fatalities among high-ranking Iraqi personnel.

Israeli PM's uneasy alliance seems headed toward collapse

JERUSALEM (AP) - When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival, Benny Gantz, agreed to form an "emergency" government in May after three bitter and deadlocked election campaigns, the goal was to stabilize Israeli politics in the face of a global pandemic.

Egyptians vote for revived upper house of Parliament

CAIRO (AP) - Egyptians began voting Tuesday for seats in the Senate, the upper chamber of Parliament that was restored as part of constitutional amendments approved in a referendum last year. The election comes as the country faces an increase in coronavirus cases.


After multiple crises, this time Lebanese feel broken

BEIRUT (AP) - For nearly a week, Mona Zahran had to sleep on a couch pulled across her apartment's front door. Beirut's massive explosion knocked her doors off their hinges and shattered her windows, and she feared looters would take advantage of the chaos that has hit the Lebanese capital since.

Art, artifacts back on display for Israel Museum reopening

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israel Museum on Tuesday pulled the priceless Dead Sea Scrolls out of a heavily fortified vault ahead of its reopening to the public following a five-month shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A week after blast, Beirut pauses to remember the dead

BEIRUT (AP) - The shattered city of Beirut on Tuesday marked a week since the catastrophic explosion that killed at least 171 people, injured thousands and plunged Lebanon into a deeper political crisis.

Sudan imposes curfew in eastern city after clashes kill 13

CAIRO (AP) - Sudanese authorities Tuesday imposed a round-the-clock curfew in an eastern port city after tribal clashes earlier this week killed more than a dozen people and wounded more than 40 others.

US says blast hits Iraq convoy, border attack claim false

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - An explosion targeted a U.S.-led coalition convoy in Iraq on Tuesday and caused no casualties, just hours after a newly formed Shiite militant group falsely claimed bombing a similar convoy at the Iraq-Kuwait border, the American military said.


Palestinian protesters urge Israel to free boycott activist

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Dozens of Palestinians protested outside the German diplomatic office in the West Bank on Tuesday, seeking to draw attention to Israel's arrest of a leading coordinator of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel.

Egypt allows Gazans to leave strip for first time in months

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) - Egypt on Tuesday reopened Gaza's main passenger crossing point for the first time in months for thousands of Palestinians who have been stranded on both sides of the border due to the coronavirus crisis.

Lebanese government resigns after Beirut blast, public anger

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's prime minister stepped down from his job Monday in the wake of the catastrophic explosion in Beirut that has triggered public outrage, saying he has come to the conclusion that corruption in the country is "bigger than the state."

French expert: Dangerous chemicals remain in Beirut port

BEIRUT (AP) - Chemical experts and firefighters are working to secure at least 20 potentially dangerous chemical containers at the explosion-shattered port of Beirut, after finding one that was leaking, according to a member of a French cleanup team.

UN food chief: Beirut could run out of bread in 2 1/2 weeks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The head of the U.N. food agency said Monday he's "very, very concerned" Lebanon could run out of bread in about 2 ½ weeks because 85% of the country's grain comes through Beirut's devastated port - but he believes an area of the port can be made operational this month.

Lebanese health minister says the Cabinet has resigned over Beirut's deadly explosion last week

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanese health minister says the Cabinet has resigned over Beirut's deadly explosion last week.

Iran shutters newspaper after expert questions virus numbers

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran shut down a newspaper on Monday after it published remarks by an expert who said the official figures on coronavirus cases and deaths in the country account for only 5% of the real toll, allegations rejected by the Health Ministry.

Lebanon's justice minister resigns in wake of explosion

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's justice minister has resigned in protest, the third Cabinet member to do so following last week's devastating explosion in Beirut, the state news agency reported Monday.

Lebanon's justice minister resigns in protest after deadly blast, the third minister to quit

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's justice minister resigns in protest after deadly blast, the third minister to quit.

Blast destroyed landmark 19th century palace in Beirut

BEIRUT (AP) - The 160-year-old palace withstood two world wars, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the French mandate and Lebanese independence. After the country's 1975-1990 civil war, it took 20 years of careful restoration for the family to bring the palace back to its former glory.

Shares mostly lower in Asia after retreat on Wall Street

A man looks at an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after Wall Street pumped the brakes on its recent rally. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

UN council at odds over peacekeeping operation in Lebanon

People gather in honor of the victims at the scene of the last week's explosion that killed many and devastated the city, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

No charges for many arrested at ongoing Portland protests

Demetria Hester, center, speaks to the media after being released from the Multnomah County Justice Center on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Hester became a leading activist in the racial justice movement after she was assaulted by a white supremacist three years ago. Authorities said Hester won't be charged following her arrest early Monday. Hester had been booked on suspicion of disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer during the protest that began Sunday night. Hester's arrest drew a sharp rebuke from national Black Lives Matter activists, who are increasingly focusing on demonstrations in Oregon's largest city. (Brooke Herbert/The Oregonian via AP)

Interest in homeschooling has 'exploded' amid pandemic

In this May 5, 2020, photo provided by Christina Rothermel Branham, is her son James, doing school work at their Tahlequah, Oklahoma home. Branham, a psychology and counseling professor at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, said she is going to attempt virtual learning through her local school district for her son. But she plans to switch to a homeschooling curriculum of her choosing if it isn't going well after about a month, noting that the virtual learning she oversaw in the spring was

Harris brings Baptist, interfaith roots to Democratic ticket

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., meets people before a Corinthian Baptist Church service, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Harris, tapped on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 as Joe Biden's running mate, attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple growing up. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Japan appeals court order to recognize 'black rain' victims

Saki Morioki, 5 years old, looks at paper lanterns floating along the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. in Hiroshima, western Japan. Japan marked the 75th anniversary Thursday of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The official lantern event was cancelled to the public due to coronavirus but a small group of local representatives released some lanterns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, and Director of Health Ashley Bloomfield address a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. The news came as an unpleasant surprise and raised questions about whether the nation's general election would go ahead as planned next month. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

Asia Today: Victoria adds 21 deaths, Singapore clears dorms

People queue early morning outside a supermarket in Hobsonville, Auckland, as New Zealand prepares to move into Covid-19 Alert Level 3, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday, Aug. 11 authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

As Hong Kongers seek to emigrate, some simply can't leave

Pamela Lam and her son stand in Hong Kong, Friday, July 3, 2020. Lam's 6-year-old son fell in love with the Hong Kong protest anthem,

1000s of Korean laborers still lost after WWII, Cold War end

South Korean Shin Yun-sun shows photos of her 92-year-old mother, Baek Bong-rye, during an interview at her house in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Shin, 75, has spent decades pestering government officials, digging into records and searching burial grounds on Russia's desolate Sakhalin island, desperately searching for traces of a father she never met. Shin wants to bring back the remains of her presumably dead father for her ailing mother.  Japan's colonial government conscripted Shin's father for forced labor from their farming village in September 1943, when Baek was pregnant with Shin.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

UK economy officially in recession after 20.4% Q2 slump

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, pedestrians wearing face masks pass the Bank of England in London. The Bank of England left its benchmark interest rate at a record low of 0.1% on Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, as it expressed caution about how rapidly the United Kingdom's economy will recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Protests in Belarus continue despite challenger's departure

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, speaks at a news conference after the Belarusian presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.The country's central election commission said that with all ballots counted, Lukashenko, who has led Belarus for 26 years, took 80.23% of the vote and his main opposition challenger, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, had only 9.9%.

Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

In this handout photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, and provided by Russian Direct Investment Fund, a new vaccine is on display at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Russia on Tuesday, Aug. 11 became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine for use in tens of thousands of its citizens despite international skepticism about injections that have not completed clinical trials and were studied in only dozens of people for less than two months. (Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/ Russian Direct Investment Fund via AP)

Dutch government plans to tighten virus quarantine measures
EU's top diplomat says bloc to review ties with Belarus, mulls action over vote crackdown