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Jerusalem’s Palm Sunday Procession Scaled Back Due to Coronavirus

JERUSALEM — A small group of Franciscan monks and Roman Catholic faithful took to the streets of Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter in the Old City Sunday to distribute olive branches after the traditional Palm Sunday procession was cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

A nun wears a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus next to the closed Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a place where Christians believe Jesus Christ was buried as a palm hangs on the door in Jerusalem's old city, Sunday, April 5, 2020. The traditional Palm Sunday …

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.

An Orthodox priest gives the Holy Fire to worshippers with a candle inside the Church of Metochi Panagiou Tafou in Athens, on April 15, 2017. The Holy Fire arrived from the church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, earlier this evening. Greeks flock to churches around the country this week …

Iran Lashes U.S. as Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 3,000

Tehran — Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has passed 3,000, the health ministry said on Wednesday, as President Hassan Rouhani accused Washington of missing a “historic opportunity” to lift sanctions.

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 …

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.

A member of a medical team takes a the temperature of a young Iraqi traveller at the Shalamjah border crossing, some 15 kms southeast of the city of Basra, upon their return from Iran on February 21, 2020. - Iran reported two more deaths among 13 new cases of coronavirus …

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.

A Lebanese man, wearing facial gas mask as part of health safety measures related to the spread of COVID-19, walks past a graffiti in the northern port city of Tripoli, on March 16, 2020 - Lebanon, on March 15, urged people to stay at home for two weeks and prepared …

Dubai Film and Comic Con Laughs in the Face of Coronavirus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — As papier-mâché hand grenades and plastic assault rifles barely caught the attention of security guards, a health official in Dubai wordlessly watched over an infrared camera filming all who passed by — including a few scythe-wielding Grim Reapers.

A cosplayer dressed as a creation from "Star Wars" attends the Middle East Comic Con in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, March 5, 2020. The Middle East Film & Comic Con has begun in Dubai, a city of skyscrapers and nightclubs suddenly subdued by the outbreak of the new coronavirus …

Berlin Drops Hindenburg Honorary Title for Role in Nazi Rise

BERLIN — He led Germany’s army in World War I and served for nearly a decade as the country’s president, but thanks to his role in Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, Paul von Hindenburg is an honorary Berliner no more.

circa 1933: Two leaders of the German Reich, Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg (1847 - 1934) , late President of the German Reich and Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945), German political and government leader and dictator. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

An Iranian street vendor sells protective masks in the capital Tehran on February 20,2020. - Two people have died in Iran yesterday after testing positive for the new coronavirus, the health ministry said, in the Islamic republic's first cases of the disease. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo by …

Report: Leftist Group Behind Well-Funded Campaign Urging Israelis to Vote

JERUSALEM – An online group purporting to be apolitical and calling on Israelis to get out and vote in the March 2 elections is being run by a group of leftwing activists and has received millions of shekels in funding by leftwing donors including a George Soros-affiliated foundation, an Israeli newspaper claimed Monday.

ROSH HAAYIN, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 17: An Israeli man and his son casts his vote on September 17, 2019 in Rosh Haayin, Israel. Israelis are heading to the polls for a second time this year after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

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.

A Ukrainian tourist walks in the arrival hall of the Internatioanal Boryspil airport outside Kiev after his plane landed from China on January 30, 2020. - The first out of four special flights will be held on January 30, 2020 in order to evacuate hundreds of Ukrainian tourists from China …

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. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center right, takes part in a welcome ceremony for him at the London Stock Exchange in the City of London, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)