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Dubai Reopens Doors to Tourists After Coronavirus Shutdown

Dubai — With a “welcome” passport sticker and coronavirus tests on arrival, Dubai reopens its doors to international visitors Tuesday in the hope of reviving its tourism industry after a nearly four-month closure.

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2013 file photo, a worker looks at his mobile phone at the newly opened Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to a New York Times report, ToTok, a chat app that quickly became popular in the United Arab Emirates for …

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.

PALMACHIM, ISRAEL - JUNE 11: In this handout photo released by the Israeli Aerospace Industries, a Shavit rocket carrying the Ofek 7 satellite is launched early morning from the Israeli Air Force test range June 11, 2007 in Palmachim, Israel. According to reports, the new satellite will be able to …

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.

93-year-old former SS guard Bruno Dey in the concentration camp Stutthof near Danzig, arrives at the regional court in Hamburg, Germany, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. The prosecution accuses the 93-year-old man of aiding and abetting the murder of 5230 people. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP)

Museum to Mosque: Turkey Debates Iconic Hagia Sofia’s Future Status

ISTANBUL — In its more than 1,400-year existence, the majestic domed structure of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has served as the Byzantine Empire’s main cathedral, a mosque under the Ottoman Empire and a museum under modern Turkey, attracting millions of tourists each year.

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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.

FILE - In this March 5, 2020 file photo, passengers wearing protective masks walk to their plane in the departure terminal at the Rafik Hariri International Airport, in Beirut, Lebanon. On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Beirut's airport is partially reopening after a three-month shutdown and Lebanon's cash-strapped government hopes thousands …

Coronavirus-Hit Iran Says Masks Compulsory from Next Week

Tehran — Iran said Sunday it will make mask-wearing mandatory in certain areas and has allowed virus-hit provinces to reimpose restrictions, as novel coronavirus deaths mounted in the Middle East’s worst-hit country.

Iranians, some wearing protective masks,walk outside the capital Tehran's grand bazaar, during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic crises, on March 18, 2020. - Iran said its novel coronavirus death toll surpassed 1,000 today as President Hassan Rouhani defended the response of his administration, which has yet to impose a lockdown. The …

Dodging Coronavirus, U.S. Navy Warships Break Seagoing Record

The two U.S. warships in the Middle East weren’t aiming to break a record. But when the coronavirus made ship stops in foreign countries too risky, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the USS San Jacinto were ordered to keep moving and avoid all port visits.

In this May 24, 2020, photo, provided by the U.S. Navy Sailors run on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). When coronavirus made U.S. Navy ship stops in foreign countries too risky, the USS Dwight D Eisenhower and the USS San Jacinto were …

Confident Israeli PM Sets August Target Date to Open Skies to Flight

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Greek counterpart Tuesday he hoped to open Israel’s skies as soon as August after a prolonged closure due to the coronavirus, and that Greece would be among the first destinations for Israeli tourists.

A picture taken on July 19, 2016 shows the tail of an El Al Israel Airlines' Boeing 777-258 on the tarmac at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. / AFP / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Months into Coronavirus Pandemic, Iran Shaken by Biggest One-day Case Spike

TEHRAN, Iran — Months into Iran’s fight against the coronavirus, doctors and nurses at Tehran’s Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital still don a mask, a disposable hazmat suit and a double layer of latex gloves every day to attempt to contain a pandemic that shows no signs of slowing.

Medics treat a patient infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 8, 2020. With the approaching Persian New Year, known as Nowruz, officials kept up pressure on people not to travel and to stay home. Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour, who gave Iran's new …

European Court Backs Anti-Israel BDS Protest Movement

PARIS — The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that France violated the freedom of expression of pro-Palestinian activists who were convicted for campaigning against Israeli goods.

Jordanian protesters hold banners during a demonstration against the US president's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on December 29, 2017, in the Jordanian capital Amman. / AFP PHOTO / Khalil MAZRAAWI (Photo credit should read KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images) Editorial subscription SML 3460 x 2299 px | …

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.

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