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Half of Israelis Have Had at Least One Coronavirus Jab: Ministry

Jérusalem (AFP) — Just over half of Israel’s population has had at least a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the health ministry said Friday in its latest update. It said that 4.65 million of the country’s 9.29 million

Paramedics administer a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to men inside a mobile clinic of Magen David Adom at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem on February 22, 2021. - Israel's inoculation campaign is regarded as the world's fastest, with one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine administered to 4.25 …

Emirates Man Arrested for Stealing Camel as Gift for Girlfriend

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Emirati police have arrested a man for allegedly stealing a highly valuable newborn camel to give to his girlfriend for her birthday, the United Arab Emirates’ state-linked newspaper reported Wednesday.

Camels are seen during a beauty contest as part of the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rumah, some 160 kilometres east of Riyadh, on January 19, 2018. The 28-day King Abdulaziz Camel Festival features races and camels beauty contest, known as Miss Camel with prizes amounting to $30 million. …

Iran Starts Limited Coronavirus Vaccinations with Russian Shots

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Tuesday launched a coronavirus inoculation campaign among healthcare professionals with recently delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East with its death toll nearing 59,000.

An Iranian health worker prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the country launches its inoculation campain, at the Imam Khomeini hospital in the capital Tehran, on February, 9, 2021. - The inoculation effort for 80-million-plus population is starting with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, authorities have said, as the …

Israel to Ease Lockdown as Coronavirus Numbers Slow

JERUSALEM — Israel announced Friday that it will ease lockdown measures but keep its international airport and land borders closed following a slight fall in the spread of coronavirus cases.

Israeli Paramedics of Maguen David Adom (Israel's National Emergency Pre-Hospital Medical Organisation) at the coronavirus national operations center, perform a coronavirus test exercise on a volunteer on February 26, 2020 in the central Israeli city of Kiryat Ono. - Some 80,000 people are infected worldwide, including nearly 2,800 outside China, …

Germany Compensates Heirs for Nazi-Looted Liszt Scores

BERLIN — A German classical music foundation says it has found the rightful heirs of a Jewish woman who was forced by the Nazis to sell two scores by composer Franz Liszt before being deported to a concentration camp.

Prisoners and US army soldiers stand behind the gate of Buchenwald concentration camp on which it is written 'Jedem das seine' (To each his just deserts). The construction of Buchenwald camp started 15 July 1937 and was liberated by US General Patton's army 11 April 1945. Between 239,000 and 250,000 …

Iran Complains Israel Waging Unfair ‘Psychological War’

TEHRAN — A top Iranian official Wednesday said arch-foe Israel was waging a “psychological war” after the Jewish state’s army said new “offensive options” were being drawn up in case they were needed against the Islamic republic.


Holocaust Survivors Get Coronavirus Vaccine on Auschwitz Liberation Day

VIENNA — Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia were poised to get their first coronavirus vaccination Wednesday, acknowledging their past suffering with a special tribute 76 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, where the Nazis killed more than 1 million Jews and others.

A former inmate of the Nazi death camps arrives for a memorial service to the victims of the former concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Pope Benedict XVI on 28 May, 2006, Auschwitz. Poland.

Iran’s Guard Goes Ballistic with Advanced Missile Drill amid Tensions

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces on Friday held a military exercise involving ballistic missiles and drones in the country’s central desert, state TV reported, amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.

Iran Ballistic Missile Launch AP

Germany Hands over 14 Nazi-Looted Artworks from Gurlitt Trove

BERLIN — German authorities have now handed over all 14 works from the art trove accumulated by late collector Cornelius Gurlitt that so far were proven to have been looted under Nazi rule, the government said Wednesday.

The Federal Government's Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Gruetters (R) shakes hands with heir Maria de las Mercedes Estrada (L) as heir Wolfgang Kleinertz (C) looks on during the restitution of a painting titled 'Portrait of a seated woman' by artist Thomas Couture, on January 8, 2019 in …

USS Nimitz to Remain in Middle East to Counter Iran Threats

The Defense Department said late Sunday that the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its strike group are to remain in the Middle East to counter Iranian threats days after it was ordered to return home following a 10-month deployment.

This US Navy handout photo shows an F/A-18E Super Hornet attached to the "Tomcatters" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 as it launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct flight operations in support of Operation Inherent Resolve June 6, …