Thousands protest in Jerusalem against Israeli PM

JERUSALEM (AP) - Thousands of Israelis protested in Jerusalem on Saturday in the latest weekly demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his handling of the coronavirus crisis and the corruption charges he faces.

Sudan says deal with US blocks further compensation claims

CAIRO (AP) - Sudan says it has signed an agreement with the U.S. that could effectively stop any future compensation claims being filed against the African country in U.S. courts, following Washington's decision to remove the country from its list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Iraq clears sit-in square, a year after mass protests began

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi security forces on Saturday cleared out sit-in tents from the capital's central square that has been the epicenter of the anti-government protest movement, a year after the eruption of demonstrations against corruption led to months of clashes with authorities across Iraq.

Sudan deal plunges migrants in Israel into new uncertainty

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Usumain Baraka speaks impeccable Hebrew, considers Israelis among his best friends and can quote passages from the Old Testament. But as a Sudanese asylum seeker, Baraka has no legal status in Israel and lives a precarious life tethered to the whims of the Israeli government.

Saudi man crashes car into gates of Mecca's Grand Mosque

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A Saudi man in a speeding car crashed into the outer gates of Mecca's Grand Mosque late Friday night, the country's state-run news agency reported.


As anger rises, Muslims protest French cartoons

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Tens of thousands of Muslims, from Pakistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian territories, poured out of prayer services to join anti-France protests on Friday, as the French president's vow to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Muslim world.

Over 3 million cases of coronavirus reported in Mideast

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The number of reported coronavirus cases has gone over 3 million in the Middle East, an Associated Press count showed Friday, with the true number likely even higher.

Qatar: Officials behind women exams referred to prosecutors

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Qatar said Friday it referred officials at its international airport to prosecutors for possible charges after women aboard Qatar Airways flights faced forced vaginal examinations following the discovery of an abandoned newborn baby.

Qatar says officials behind forced examinations of women at airport referred to prosecutors for possible charges

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Qatar says officials behind forced examinations of women at airport referred to prosecutors for possible charges.

US allows Jerusalem-born citizens to put Israel on passports

JERUSALEM (AP) - The United States will allow Americans born in disputed Jerusalem to list Israel as their place of birth on passports and other documents, according to a new policy announced Thursday.


Israel lights candles for Rabin 25 years after assassination

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Israelis lit thousands of candles on Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was shot dead by a Jewish extremist as he pursued peace with the Palestinians.

Israel-Lebanon maritime talks productive, mediators say

BEIRUT (AP) - Talks between Israel and Lebanon over disputed maritime borders were productive and are expected to resume next month, the U.S. and the United Nations said Thursday.

Russia delegation calls for conference on refugees in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday met with a high-level Russian delegation advocating for jointly hosting an international conference on refugees in the capital Damascus next month.

Saudi man arrested after stabbing guard at French Consulate

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A Saudi man stabbed and slightly wounded a guard at the French Consulate in the city of Jiddah on Thursday, authorities said, as France urged its citizens in the kingdom to be "on maximum alert."

Saudi state-run news agency says man detained after he stabbed, slightly wounded guard at French Consulate in Jiddah

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi state-run news agency says man detained after he stabbed, slightly wounded guard at French Consulate in Jiddah.

Analysis: Iran frets over US vote it insists doesn't matter

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Top officials in Iran say the upcoming U.S. election doesn't matter, but nearly everyone else there seems to be holding their breath.

Satellite photos show construction at Iran nuclear site

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Iran has begun construction at its Natanz nuclear facility, satellite images released Wednesday show, just as the U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged Tehran is building an underground advanced centrifuge assembly plant after its last one exploded in a reported sabotage attack last summer.

With no visitors, Jerusalem citadel undergoes major facelift

JERUSALEM (AP) - The coronavirus pandemic may be keeping tourists away from Jerusalem's ancient citadel, but it has created a rare opportunity for the site to launch a massive restoration and conservation project.

Lebanon, Israel hold 2nd round of maritime demarcation talks

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon and Israel held a second round of U.S.-mediated talks Wednesday over their disputed maritime border and agreed to continue discussions on the next day.

Turkey threatens new military operation into Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Wednesday to launch a new military operation in northern Syria if Kurdish militants are not cleared from areas along its border with Syria.

Halloween in the pandemic: Costumes and candy, at a distance

Samantha Ruiz-Bueno, left, passes out candy to Boaz Pettis, 6, of Millcreek Township, Pa., and his sister Callista Pettis, 8, during the Drive-thru Trunk or Treat event for kids at the Fairview United Methodist Church, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Fairview, Pa. (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP)

North Carolina voter rally ends with pepper spray, arrests
Gospel star Bishop Rance Allen dead at 71
Miss America 1993 Leanza Cornett dies after fall at 49
Teen told police where to find gun used in Kenosha shootings

Kyle Rittenhouse sits while listening during an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Pool)

Some Thai students choose protest option at graduation

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn waves from his limousine after officiating a graduation ceremony at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Thailand's king has presided over a university graduation ceremony at a stronghold of a protest movement seeking to reduce the monarchy's powers, after activists issued a call for students to boycott the event.  (AP Photo/Sunti Teapia)

Asia Today: Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus carries a child and walks past a graffiti in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

Huge crowd joins LGBT march in Taiwan, where COVID is at bay

Participants march through a street during a pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Indonesian leader condemns France attacks, Macron's comments

Indonesian Muslims pray during an anti-France rally outside Al Mashun Great Mosque in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Muslims around the world have been calling for both protests and a boycott of French goods in response to France's stance on caricatures of Islam's most revered prophet. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Kashmir shuts down to protest India's new land laws

Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard at a closed market area during a strike called by separatists in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Kashmir's main separatist grouping called the strike to protest new land laws that India enacted on Tuesday, allowing any of its nationals to buy land in the region. Pro-India politicians in Kashmir have also criticized the laws and accused India of putting Kashmir's land up for sale. The move exacerbates concerns of Kashmiris and rights groups who see such measures as a settler-colonial project to change the Muslim-majority region's demography. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 1987 file photo, actor Sean Connery holds a rose in his hand as he talks about his new movie

England to enter new lockdown; UK virus cases pass 1 million

Demonstrators hold a silent vigil in Parliament Square to rise awareness on entertainment and arts world, in London, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Backstage technicians and crews are calling for more fundingfrom the government for the performing arts and hospitality sectors as the coronavirus lockdown is widely anticipated to be extended in England to help control the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Orthodox priest shot at church in France, motive unknown

Police officers and rescue workers block the access to the scene after a Greek Orthodox priest was shot Saturday Oct.31, 2020 while he was closing his church in the city of Lyon, central France. The priest, a Greek citizen, is in a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit in the abdomen, a police official told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Death toll reaches 39 in quake that hit Turkey, Greek island

Medics and rescue personnel carry into an ambulance an injured person from the debris of a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Rescue teams on Saturday ploughed through concrete blocs and debris of eight collapsed buildings in Turkey's third largest city in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey's Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos, killing dozens of people. Hundreds of others were injured. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Georgia's ruling party claims victory in parliamentary vote

In this handout photo released by Georgian Dream Party Press office, Georgian businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who created Georgian Dream party, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, speaks to the media after voting at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Ivanishvili quickly congratulated his supporters on winning the vote after several exit polls showed his party with a strong lead.(Georgian Dream Party Press office via AP)