Highways raise alarm in Cairo's historic City of the Dead

CAIRO (AP) — For centuries, sultans and princes, saints and scholars, elites and commoners have been buried in two sprawling cemeteries in Egypt’s capital, creating a unique historic city of the dead....

Without test results, virus raced through an Afghan family

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Even as Dr. Yousuf Aryubi and his siblings, one after the other, started showing symptoms of COVID-19, the family was sure it was just a bad flu. The hospital had promised to...

With test results lost, an Afghan family fell to virus

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As in many Afghan households, dinner at Dr. Yousuf Aryubi’s home meant the whole family — his mother, his siblings, their children — sitting on the floor together around a ma...

Muslims try to keep Ramadan spirit amid virus restrictions

BAHTIM, Egypt (AP) — Every year during Ramadan, the Light of Muhammad Mosque sets up long tables on the street and dishes up free meals at sunset for the poor to break their daily fast. It’s a charity...

In packed, dirty cells, political prisoners fear virus

CAIRO (AP) — Reza Khandan got the word from friends jailed in Iran’s most feared prison, Evin. A prisoner and a guard in their cell block had been removed because they were suspected of having coronav...

Crammed in filthy cells, political prisoners fear infection

CAIRO (AP) — Reza Khandan got the word from friends locked away in Iran’s most feared prison, Evin. A prisoner and a guard in their cell block had been removed because they were suspected of having co...

'America is running away': Syrian withdrawal turns chaotic

BEIRUT (AP) — The crowd hurled potatoes that thudded on the sides of the hulking U.S. armored vehicles. "What happened to Americans?" one man shouted in English up at the sole U.S. soldier visible on ...

Sense of impunity emboldens autocrats to get rid of enemies

BEIRUT (AP) — The disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist raises a dark question for anyone who dares criticize governments or speak out against those in power: Will the world have their back? ...

'Unite with the devil': Yemen war binds US, allies, al-Qaida

ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — Again and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants...

Yemen: US allies strike deals with al-Qaida in war on rebels

ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has cut secret deals with al-Qaida fighters, paying some to leave key cities and towns the militants had sei...

Yemen: US allies don't defeat al-Qaida but pay it to go away

ATAQ, Yemen (AP) — Again and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants...

Working class, hard hit by economic woes, fuels Iran unrest

CAIRO (AP) — The Iranian town of Doroud should be a prosperous place — nestled in a valley at the junction of two rivers in the Zagros Mountains, it's in an area rich in metals to be mined and stone t...

2009 vs now: How Iran's new protests compare to the past

CAIRO (AP) — In 2009, millions around Iran turned out in protests demanding change after the allegedly rigged re-election of a hard-line president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It was an ear...

Smothered by the Islamic State, an Iraqi teen dares to dream

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The three women tensed as their taxi approached the checkpoint manned by Islamic State group fighters. Everyone in Mosul dreaded checkpoints; you could never predict what these gunm...

An Iraqi teen turns inward to survive the Islamic State

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Soon after she turned 14, Ferah built her own world in her bedroom. A world of paper butterflies, of lights draped in strings from corner to corner, of inspirational messages taped ...