UN: Libya coast guard intercepts, detains about 400 migrants

CAIRO (AP) - Libya's coast guard intercepted about 400 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast over the past two days, and brought them to the capital of Tripoli from where they were taken to a detention center, the U.N. migration agency said Monday.

Reports: Russian mediation reopens major highway in NE Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - Traffic returned to a major highway in northeastern Syria for the first time in seven months on Monday, following Russian mediation to reopen parts of the road captured last year by Turkey-backed opposition fighters.

Yemeni gravediggers overwhelmed amid spike in virus deaths

ADEN, Yemen (AP) - At a cemetery in Yemen's largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves were a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Israel's Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

JERUSALEM (AP) - To the sounds of his impassioned supporters chanting outside, a defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strode into a Jerusalem courtroom Sunday to face corruption charges in a long-awaited trial that has overshadowed three inconclusive elections and deeply divided the country.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing blue mask, enters court for start of corruption trial.

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing blue mask, enters court for start of corruption trial.


Netanyahu denounces trial as 'attempt to depose a strong right-wing leader'

JERUSALEM (AP) - Netanyahu denounces trial as "attempt to depose a strong right-wing leader."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at courthouse for start of corruption trial

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at courthouse for start of corruption trial.

Migrant shipwrecks off Tunisia leave 1 dead, over 80 rescued

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - At least one migrant has drowned, six are missing and over 80 have been rescued off Tunisia's coast, authorities said, amid a new wave of dangerous attempts to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.

Jerusalem's Holy Sepulcher reopens after coronavirus closure

JERUSALEM (AP) - Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher reopened to visitors on Sunday after a two-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Libya's Hifter: Tripoli campaign to continue despite losses

CAIRO (AP) - The military commander of eastern Libya-based forces said Saturday that they will continue fighting forces loosely allied with the U.N.-supported government in Tripoli, even though his campaign has suffered setbacks in recent weeks.


Israel's Netanyahu, unbeaten in elections, is going on trial

JERUSALEM (AP) - After entering the record books last year as Israel's longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu will once again make history when he becomes the country's first sitting leader to go on trial.

Sudan to establish police force to protect health workers

CAIRO (AP) - Sudan's transitional authorities are working to create a police force to protect health facilities, the prime minister's office said Saturday, as attacks against health workers and hospitals increase amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gaza reports 1st virus-related death amid fears of outbreak

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - The crowded Gaza Strip recorded its first death from the coronavirus on Saturday, officials said, amid fears an outbreak could paralyze the territory's already overstretched health care system.

UN-supported Libya gov't takes back Tripoli area from rivals

CAIRO (AP) - Libya's U.N.-supported government said its forces took back several districts on Friday in Tripoli's southern reaches that had been captured by their rivals in a year-long offensive on the country's capital.

UK court orders gunrunner to pay over $4.1M to UAE emirate

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - An Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal must pay a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes, a British court ruled Friday.

Egyptian acclaimed sculptor Adam Henein dies at 91

CAIRO (AP) - Acclaimed Egyptian artist Adam Henein, who joined ancient pharaonic themes with sleek modernism in sculptures that often portrayed birds and other animals, died Friday, his family said. He was 91.

Sudanese media say 57 killed in fiery head-on vehicle crash

CAIRO (AP) - A fiery head-on collision in Sudan between a truck carrying passengers and a tractor-trailer killed 57 people and left more than 20 injured on a highway in the country's Darfur region, state-run media reported on Friday.

Friday prayers resume in Gaza despite new virus fears

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Gaza's Hamas rulers allowed mosques to reopen for Friday prayers for the first time since March, despite a recent spike in new coronavirus cases within quarantine facilities in the isolated territory.

Iran leader says Israel a 'cancerous tumor' to be destroyed

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader on Friday called Israel a "cancerous tumor" that "will undoubtedly be uprooted and destroyed" in an annual speech in support of the Palestinians, renewing threats against Iran's archenemy in the Middle East.

Khashoggi's sons forgive Saudi killers, sparing 5 execution

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced on Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to five government agents who had been sentenced to death for an operation that cast a cloud of suspicion over the kingdom's crown prince.

States give few details on billions spent on virus supplies

FILE - In this April 10, 2020, file photo, wearing protective masks ground crew at the Los Angeles International airport unload supplies of medical personal protective equipment, PPE, from a China Southern Cargo plane upon it's arrival. States are spending billions of dollars stocking up on medical supplies like masks and breathing machines during the coronavirus pandemic. An Associated Press survey of all 50 states found a hodgepodge of public information about the purchase of masks, gloves, gowns and other hard-to-get equipment for medical and emergency workers. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Trump demands immediate answer from governor on RNC capacity

In this Friday, May 22, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

This Thursday, May 21, 2020, photo shows a parked car with a broken driver's side window after a smash-and-grab break-in in Los Angeles. The coronavirus hasn't been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Fed judge rules Florida can't stop poor felons from voting
Car convoys, small ceremonies to mark Memorial Day in NYC

A young man wearing a protective face mask rides his bicycle along a fairly crowded Coney Island boardwalk during the current coronavirus outbreak, the afternoon of Sunday, May 24, 2020, in New York. No swimming was allowed and social distancing reminders were abundant on the beach as Memorial Day weekend kicked off the first weekend of summer. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Asia Today: South Korea to require masks on transit, flights

A public tv screen shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking at a press conference Monday, May 25, 2020, in Tokyo. Abe announced the lift of a coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other remaining prefectures. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan lifts coronavirus emergency in all remaining areas

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves a venue after a news conference in Tokyo Monday, May 25, 2020. Abe lifted a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other remaining areas on Monday, ending the restrictions nationwide as businesses begin to reopen. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan ends coronavirus state of emergency as it lifts restrictions in last areas including Tokyo
Severe storm lashes vast expanse of west Australian coast

Debris falls from a row of damaged shops in Perth, Australia, Monday, May 25, 2020. There are reports of damage to buildings, homes, fences, electricity infrastructure and trees across Perth as a severe storm hit the coast and brought wind gusts of more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour, officials said. (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)

New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

In this image made from video, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern looks up when an earthquake struck during a live television interview in Wellington, New Zealand, Monday morning, May 25, 2020. New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is sometimes called the Shaky Isles for its frequent quakes. (Newshub via AP)

Germany divided over plans to nix rules despite outbreaks

People walk in front of a poster wall displaying the distance rules at the cathedral place in Erfurt, central Germany, Monday, May 25, 2020. A spat is brewing between Germany's federal government and state governors over plans by some regional leaders to end pandemic-related restrictions despite fresh clusters of cases across the country. The governor of Thuringia state, Bodo Ramelow, said Saturday that he hopes to lift the remaining statewide lockdown rules on June 6 and tackle outbreaks locally. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

French nursing homes employees protest pay, conditions

An elderly woman walks past employees demonstrating outside a nursing home of the Korian group, one of the market leaders in the lucrative industry of providing care and assisted living facilities for older adults, Monday, May 25, 2020 in Paris. In France, the group is facing several lawsuits filed by families who have lost loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic that has caused thousands of deaths in French care homes. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

UK's Johnson struggles to shift attention from aide's trip

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior aide Dominic Cummings leaves his north London home, Monday May 25, 2020. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is standing by his top aide, Cummings, who is accused of breaking lockdown rules by traveling 250 miles (400 km) to his parents' house while coming down with COVID-19. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

FILE - In this Monday, April 27, 2020. file photo,  The Volkswagen logo stand on the top of a VW headquarters building in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is gradually launch the production at important plants after the corona lockdown. (Swen Pfoertner/dpa via AP)

Brussels Airlines to resume flights on downsized summer sked

Planes from Brussels Airlines sit idle on the tarmac at Brussels Airport in Brussels, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis, Brussels Airlines unveiled Tuesday a cost-cutting plan that will result in the reduction of 25 percent of its workforce. The Lufthansa subsidiary, which employs 4,000 people, has suspended its flights as a result of the pandemic, which has put much air travel to a halt. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)