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NYT Middle East
Jul 20, 2018

Israel Cements Right-Wing Agenda in a Furious Week of Lawmaking
Parliament moved aggressively to push through a series of polarizing measures, piling up points at the expense of its already weakened foes.

NYT Middle East
Jul 20, 2018

Israel Launches Broad Air Assault in Gaza Following Border Violence
After a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier along the border fence and Israel responded with "a wide-scale attack" against Hamas military targets.

NYT Middle East
Jul 19, 2018

Inside Egypt's Mysterious Sarcophagus: Mummies, Curse-Free So Far
A black sarcophagus found in a pit in Alexandria, Egypt, last week was opened on Thursday after much speculation over who, or what, was inside.

NYT Middle East
Jul 19, 2018

Inside That Black Sarcophagus in Egypt? 3 Mummies (and No Curses)
A sarcophagus found in a pit in Alexandria last week was opened after much speculation over who, or what, was inside.

NYT Middle East
Jul 19, 2018

Inside That Black Sarcophagus in Egypt? Mummies (Curse-Free)
A sarcophagus found in a pit in Alexandria last week was opened after much speculation over who, or what, was inside.

NYT Middle East
Jul 19, 2018

American Accused of Being ISIS Fighter in Syria Faces Prosecution in U.S.
Ibraheem Musaibli, who is from Michigan, is being held in Syria. So is an Indiana woman whose husband died fighting for ISIS. The U.S. is bringing them home.

NYT Middle East
Jul 19, 2018

A Cobra Strikes. A Magician Is Stricken. Middle Eastern Foes Unite.
After an Egyptian cobra bit a famous Turkish illusionist, officials scrambled to get him to Cairo for treatment. It was a rare instance of cooperation between the countries.

NYT Middle East
Jul 19, 2018

Israeli Law Declares the Country the ‘Nation-State of the Jewish People'
Critics say that by giving a special status to Jews — and downgrading the status of the Arabic language — the legislation diminishes non-Jewish citizens.

NYT Middle East
Jul 19, 2018

Israel Passes Law Anchoring Itself as Nation-State of the Jewish People
The legislation downgrades the status of the Arabic language, promotes Jewish construction, and enshrines the exclusive right of Jews to self-determination.

NYT Middle East
Jul 18, 2018

Israel Passes ‘National Home' Law, Drawing Ire of Arabs
The legislation alters the status of Arabic from an official language to a "special" one, and says the right to national self-determination rests solely with the Jewish people.

NYT Middle East
Jul 18, 2018

Iran Says Trump Sought Meeting With President 8 Times at U.N. Last Year
The claim, if confirmed, suggests that President Trump was far more interested in talking with Iran's president than had been previously disclosed.

NYT Middle East
Jul 18, 2018

Iran Calls Israel's Reported Theft of Nuclear Trove ‘Laughably Absurd'
The Iranians were responding to what Israel has described as documents it said Mossad agents stole from a Tehran warehouse that showed work on bombs.

NYT Middle East
Jul 18, 2018

As ISIS Fighters Fill Prisons in Syria, Their Home Nations Look Away
On a rare tour of prisons for Islamic State suspects from nearly 50 countries, a Times reporter watched their jailers try to secure them humanely — but for how long?

NYT Middle East
Jul 18, 2018

Larnaka Dispatch: With Weddings in Cyprus, Israelis and Lebanese Bridge a Divide
Cyrus has developed a cottage industry in weddings for couples from Israel and Lebanon, where only religious leaders are authorized to perform marriages.

NYT Middle East
Jul 17, 2018

In West Bank, 99.7% of Public Land Grants by Israel Go to Settlers
Official data from a freedom of information request shows under 1 percent of Israel's allocations of state land in the territory are for Palestinian use.

NYT Middle East
Jul 17, 2018

Iran Sues U.S. Over Broken Nuclear Deal and Reimposed Sanctions
The action asked the International Court of Justice to declare that the sanctions reimposed on May 8 should be terminated "without delay."

NYT Middle East
Jul 17, 2018

Iran Takes U.S. to Court Over Nuclear Deal and Reimposed Sanctions
The action asked the International Court of Justice to declare that the sanctions reimposed on May 8 should be terminated "without delay."

NYT Middle East
Jul 17, 2018

American-Russian Relations in Syria? Less Rosy Than Trump and Putin Claim
After their meeting in Finland, the two presidents lauded the close cooperation between their two militaries in Syria, but the record is actually more mixed.

NYT Middle East
Jul 14, 2018

2 Killed in Gaza, 4 Wounded in Israel, in Most Intense Fighting Since 2014 War
Two Palestinian teenagers were killed and four members of an Israeli family were wounded in a daylong exchange of rockets and airstrikes in and around the Gaza Strip.

NYT Middle East
Jul 14, 2018

Emirati Prince Flees to Qatar, Exposing Tensions in U.A.E.
The defection sheds light on the usually quiet disputes among the royal families of the seven monarchies that make up the United Arab Emirates.

NYT Middle East
Jul 13, 2018

Abbas Amir Entezam, Iranian Official Jailed as a Spy, Dies at 86
Mr. Entezam, the first senior official of post-revolutionary Iran to face espionage charges, served 17 years in prison.

NYT Middle East
Jul 13, 2018

Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.')
The discovery of a mysterious coffin on a construction site in Egypt has prompted ever-wilder theories about what secrets might lie inside.

NYT Middle East
Jul 12, 2018

Netanyahu Says Putin Agreed to Restrain Iran in Syria
As Syrian government forces press their offensive in southwestern Syria, the diplomatic battle has already turned to what postwar Syria will look like.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2018

Memories Lost and Futures on Hold: A Look Inside a Camp for Syria's Displaced
An estimated 6.6 million Syrians are displaced within their own country. One man's videos provide a rare look inside a camp for those who have fled their homes.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2018

Unable to Stop Flaming Kites, Israel Moves to Choke Off Gaza Commerce
The new restrictions are aimed at forcing Hamas to crack down on kites and balloons that have caused hundreds of fires in Israel.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2018

Iran's Shaming of Young Dancer Draws Backlash
A 19-year-old who posted videos of herself dancing on Instagram had to publicly confess her "crime" on TV. Now, scores of women are posting videos of themselves dancing.

NYT Middle East
Jul 08, 2018

Cairo Dispatch: Foreign Belly Dancers? Egyptians Shake Their Heads (and Hips)
The arrest of a Russian belly dancer exposed simmering tensions in Cairo's belly-dancing scene. Critics say foreigners are sullying an ancient art form. Many Egyptians love them.

NYT Middle East
Jul 07, 2018

‘Insider Attack' Kills U.S. Service Member in Afghanistan
Two others were wounded in the attack, which the Taliban said was carried out by an Afghan soldier.

NYT Middle East
Jul 06, 2018

Scorpions, Dehydration, Disease: Syrians at the Border Face Deadly Threats
Thousands of Syrians who fled a new government offensive are sleeping in the open desert at the border with Jordan, unable to cross the frontier.

NYT Middle East
Jul 06, 2018

ISIS May Be Waning, but Global Threats of Terrorism Continue to Spread
The U.S. and its allies are still waging a shadow war against a wide range of terrorist threats despite the Islamic State's defeat in Iraq and Syria.

NYT Middle East
Jul 05, 2018

Israel's Secret Operation to Recover the Watch of a Legendary Spy
For years, the Israeli spy agency has tried to find the body of a spy who was executed in Syria. It has not found the body but it has found his watch.

NYT Middle East
Jul 05, 2018

Yad Vashem Rebukes Israeli and Polish Governments Over Holocaust Law
Israel and Poland tried to put a dispute over a Holocaust law behind them with a joint statement. But Israel's Holocaust memorial center found "grave errors and deceptions" in the statement.

NYT Middle East
Jul 05, 2018

Wives and Children of ISIS: Warehoused in Syria, Unwanted Back Home
More than 2,000 women and children from Europe, the Mideast and the U.S. are being detained in sweltering camps — and no one knows what to do with them.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2018

Islamic State Says Its Leader's Son Was Killed in Syria
Hudhayfah al-Badri, a son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in the central Syrian province of Homs, the Islamic State's news agency announced.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2018

Israel Penalizes Palestinians for Payments to Prisoners and ‘Martyrs'
The Palestinian Authority pays families of people killed, hurt or jailed in conflict with Israel. Israel will withhold that amount from the authority.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2018

Nonfiction: The Woman Whose Hair Frightens Iran
The exiled Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad writes about her protest against compulsory hijabs in "The Wind in My Hair."

NYT Middle East
Jul 02, 2018

U.S. Softens Demand That Countries Stop All Iran Oil Imports
The Trump administration it would not penalize reduced Iranian oil imports in at least some cases, a move that is likely to soothe market concerns.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2018

The Case of the Purloined Poultry: How ISIS Prosecuted Petty Crime
Hundreds of records left behind by the Islamic State reveal how the group won points with the populace by resolving minor disputes.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2018

In Yemen, a Pause in Fighting Raises Hopes for Peace Talks
The United Arab Emirates temporarily halted the fight for the strategic Yemeni port city of Al Hudaydah, Emirati and international diplomats said Sunday.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2018

Unwelcome Sound on Germany's Stages: Musicians Who Boycott Israel
Performers who support a movement protesting the treatment of Palestinians are clashing with German sensibilities.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2018

Syrian Offensive Leaves Thousands Stranded at Jordan's Closed Border
The situation was deteriorating along the border between Syria and Jordan where thousands fled after a new offensive began in the southern city of Dara'a.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2018

Trump Pressures Saudi Arabia to Increase Oil Production
The president tweeted that Saudi Arabia might raise production by up to two million barrels a day. Oil prices have been rising amid worries about declining Iranian oil exports.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2018

Trump Says Saudi Arabia Will Increase Oil Production
President Trump tweeted that Saudi Arabia might raise production by up to two million barrels a day. Saudi Arabia did not cite any specific figures in its account of the conversation.

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2018

Syrian Assault Flouts U.S.-Backed Cease-Fire and Sets Off New Exodus
Syrian and Russian forces drive into one of the country's last rebel-held areas, sending 160,000 people fleeing toward Israel and Jordan.

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2018

The Saturday Profile: From Jewish Saint, to Israeli Pol, to Diaspora's Ally
At 70, Natan Sharansky is reflecting on his life and career. "You never finish anything," he says. "You do your part, and then you let others continue."

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2018

The Saturday Profile: From Jewish Saint, to Israeli Pol, to Would-Be Statesman
At 70, Natan Sharansky is reflecting on his life and career. "You never finish anything," he says. "You do your part, and then you let others continue."

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2018

The Saturday Profile: From Jewish Saint, to Israeli Politician, to Diaspora's Ally
At 70, Natan Sharansky is reflecting on his life and career. "You never finish anything," he says. "You do your part, and then you let others continue."

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2018

U.N. Cases Read Like ‘Manual in How Not to Investigate' Sexual Assault
The secretary general has vowed greater accountability for sexual misconduct. But many employees say that won't end decades of sexism and abuse within the organization.

NYT Middle East
Jun 28, 2018

Israeli Judge Convicts Man on Charges of Threatening U.S. Jewish Groups
The judge said the man, a dual American and Israeli citizen, made thousands of threats, including against numerous Jewish organizations in the United States.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2018

O.P.C.W., Chemical Weapons Watchdog, Gets Power to Assign Blame
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons voted on Wednesday to make the change, a move opposed by Russia and Syria.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2018

Group That Investigates Chemical Weapons Use Will Also Say Who's to Blame
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons voted on Wednesday to make the change, a move opposed by Russia and Syria.

NYT Middle East
Jun 26, 2018

Roiling Markets, U.S. Insists World Must Stop Buying Iranian Oil
The United States vowed Tuesday to impose sanctions on any country that buys Iranian oil after Nov. 4, a tough position likely to alienate many.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2018

Head of U.N. Agency for Palestinian Refugees Warns of Cuts
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which helps 5.4 million Palestinians classified as refugees, could start running out of money next month.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2018

Iran Is Changing, but Not in Ways Trump Thinks
The president says his order withdrawing the United States from the nuclear deal has made Iran change its ways. He's right, but for the wrong reasons.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2018

One Building; Dozens Killed in Syria: How Bashar al-Assad Gassed His Own People
Syrian officials say there wasn't a chemical attack. But what really took place in the town of Douma in April? We analyzed 67 videos to reconstruct how at least 34 people died in one apartment building.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2018

One Chlorine Bomb, Dozens Killed in Syria: How Assad Gassed His Own People
Syrian officials say there wasn't a chemical attack. But what really took place in the town of Douma in April? We analyzed 67 videos to reconstruct how at least 34 people died in one apartment building.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2018

How Bashar al-Assad Gassed Syrian Civilians
Syrian officials say there wasn't a chemical attack. But what really took place in the town of Douma in April? We analyzed 67 videos to reconstruct how at least 34 people died in one apartment building.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2018

Erdogan's Victory in Turkey Election Expands His Powers
The vote was the first to be held since Turkey narrowly approved a referendum last year to give the president, once a largely ceremonial role, sweeping executive authority.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2018

Prince William Lands in Jordan for ‘Historic' Middle East Trip
The Duke of Cambridge is embarking on the visit at the request of the government, in the first such trip by a British royal.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2018

Erdogan's Election Win Gives Him Vastly Expanded Powers in Turkey
The vote was the first to be held since Turkey narrowly approved a referendum last year to give the president, once a largely ceremonial role, sweeping executive authority.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2018

Saudi Women Can Now Drive. Overcoming Beliefs on Gender Will Be Harder.
Poor road conditions and a lack of money are also among the reasons not all Saudi women are taking advantage of their new freedom to drive.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2018

As Israel Pushes to Build, Bedouin Homes and School Face Demolition
Israel has long wanted to clear the West Bank of Bedouin herders near Jerusalem to make room for Jewish settlements. It could happen any day.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2018

Jared Kushner Criticizes Abbas, Questioning His Ability to Make Peace
President Trump's Middle East adviser told a Palestinian newspaper that the U.S. would roll out its peace plan even if the Palestinian leader remained on the sidelines.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2018

Transcript: Jared Kushner's Interview With a Palestinian Newspaper
Mr. Kushner, President Trump's special adviser on the Middle East, spoke to the Palestinian newspaper Al Quds. His remarks were published on Sunday.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2018

Inside Turkey's Election: A Democracy on the Brink
What does an election look like when democracy's very survival is in question? To find out, we came to Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in power for more than 15 years.

NYT Middle East
Jun 23, 2018

A Moment to Savor: A Saudi Woman Rejoices as Driving Ban Ends
Hessah Alajaji could finally do something so normal that women across the world take it for granted: She could get a meal on her own.

NYT Middle East
Jun 23, 2018

Iraqi Political Alliance Unites a U.S. Friend and Foe
The outgoing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, an American ally, has teamed up with the radical cleric Moktada al-Sadr, who was the surprise vote-leader in elections.

NYT Middle East
Jun 23, 2018

Iraq Says It Bombed a Meeting of Islamic State Leaders in Syria
The military said fighter jets had destroyed three houses just across the border, killing high-profile targets such as the group's so-called deputy war minister.

NYT Middle East
Jun 23, 2018

Cairo Dispatch: Even With Mo Salah in the World Cup, Egypt Can't Seem to Catch a Break
A tepid performance in the soccer tournament has disappointed Egyptian fans. But they still love Mohamed Salah.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2018

How Guardianship Laws Still Control Saudi Women
The right to drive is only one small step toward full legal equality.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2018

OPEC, After Bolstering Prices, Considers Ramping Up Oil Production
The shift effectively ends a deal that had more than doubled prices and raised revenues for oil producers, but that drew the ire of President Trump.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2018

OPEC, After Bolstering Oil Prices, Considers Ramping Up Production
The shift effectively ends a deal that had more than doubled prices and raised revenues for oil producers, but that drew the ire of President Trump.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2018

OPEC, Having Bolstered Oil Prices, Considers Ramping Up Production
The shift effectively ends a deal that had more than doubled prices and raised revenues for oil producers, but that drew the ire of President Trump.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2018

Free to Drive, Saudi Women Still Must Take a Back Seat to Men
Despite some changes in Saudi society, a restrictive guardianship system means that women remain dependents of male relatives their whole lives.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2018

Saudi Women Can Drive, but Here's the Real Roadblock
Despite some changes in Saudi society, a restrictive guardianship system means that women remain dependents of male relatives their whole lives.

NYT Middle East
Jun 21, 2018

A Canal Through Turkey? Presidential Vote Is a Test of Erdogan's Building Spree
A proposed canal would open a new trade route and cement President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's legacy. But critics warn that he is overreaching as the economy stalls.

NYT Middle East
Jun 21, 2018

Iraqi Court Backs Recount of All Ballots Cast in Last Month's Elections
Iraqi authorities have been struggling to address allegations that fraud marred the May voting.

NYT Middle East
Jun 21, 2018

Turkey's Presidential Election Will Test Love for Erdogan's Megaprojects
A proposed canal would open a new trade route and cement President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's legacy. But critics warn that he is overreaching as the economy stalls.

NYT Middle East
Jun 21, 2018

Iraqi Court Backs Manual Recount of All Ballots Cast in Last Month's Elections
Iraqi authorities have been struggling to address allegations that the voting was marred by fraud.

NYT Middle East
Jun 21, 2018

Turkey Election Will Test Love for Erdogan's Megaprojects
A proposed canal would open a new trade route and cement President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's legacy. But critics warn that he is overreaching as the economy stalls.

NYT Middle East
Jun 21, 2018

Sara Netanyahu Indicted on Fraud Charges in Israel
The wife of the prime minister is accused of falsifying records to conceal close to $100,000 in expenses, mostly to high-end chefs for private meals.

NYT Middle East
Jun 20, 2018

Horrific Details on Syria Chemical Attacks Left Out, for Now, From U.N. Report
An early draft of a report on the recapture of rebel-held Damascus suburbs contained information about chemical attacks omitted from the final version.

NYT Middle East
Jun 20, 2018

‘Everyone Is Beautiful During Eid'
Here's how the people of Zanzibar celebrated the end of Ramadan.

NYT Middle East
Jun 20, 2018

U.N. Report Left Out Damning Details on Syria Chemical Attack
An early draft of the report on the recapture of rebel-held Damascus suburbs contained information about chemical attacks omitted from the final version.

NYT Middle East
Jun 20, 2018

U.N. Panel Condemns ‘Pervasive War Crimes' in Syria Siege
Investigators found signs of repeated use of chemical weapons and potential targeting of hospitals in the long, brutal siege of rebel-held eastern Ghouta.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2018

Battle Intensifies for Yemeni Port as Dock Workers Still Unload Aid
Three ships with enough aid to feed six million people for a month were unloaded in Al Hudaydah, even as fighting around the Yemeni port raged.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2018

Doors for Refugees Close as Displaced Population Soars, U.N. Says
A refugee agency's annual report shows no letup in the number of people who fled their homes in 2017.

NYT Middle East
Jun 18, 2018

Israel Charges a Former Minister With Spying for Iran
Iranian intelligence recruited the former minister in Africa, the Israeli authorities said. He already had a shady past as a convicted drug dealer.

NYT Middle East
Jun 18, 2018

Man Executed in Iran Over Officers' Deaths at Protest
The hanging of the man accused of driving a bus over three police officers was described as a warning to political dissidents.

NYT Middle East
Jun 16, 2018

Egypt Imposes Steep Fuel Price Increases
This is the third time the government has increased fuel prices since austerity measures were announced in late 2015.

NYT Middle East
Jun 16, 2018

Battles Rage Around International Airport in Strategic Yemeni City
A Saudi-led coalition fought Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the port of Al Hudaydah, the gateway for food supplies to famine-stricken Yemen.

NYT Middle East
Jun 15, 2018

Complex With New Trump Golf Club Will Get Chinese Help
The president's partner in Dubai has tapped a company controlled by the government in Beijing to help build a project featuring an 18-hole course designed by Tiger Woods.

NYT Middle East
Jun 14, 2018

As Saudis Go to War, the Crown Prince Attends a Soccer Match
Fighters backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pushed toward the Yemeni port city of Al Hudaydah. The Saudi crown prince watched the World Cup.

NYT Middle East
Jun 14, 2018

The Militia That's Threatening American Troops in Syria
There are roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria. Recently, a statement went out calling for direct attacks against them. Who sent it, and why?

NYT Middle East
Jun 14, 2018

The Militia Threatening American Troops in Syria
There are roughly 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria. Recently, a statement went out calling for direct attacks against them. Who sent it, and why?

NYT Middle East
Jun 13, 2018

U.N. General Assembly Vote Castigates Israel Over Gaza Deaths
The resolution, adopted 120 to 8, was almost identical to the one blocked by the United States at the Security Council on June 1.

NYT Middle East
Jun 13, 2018

Why Iran's World Cup Team Bought Its Own Jerseys
Major brands typically pay millions of dollars to outfit national soccer teams. But international sanctions and pressure on Iran have forced its World Cup squad to take a do-it-yourself approach to its uniforms.

NYT Middle East
Jun 13, 2018

Why Iran's World Cup Team Had to Buy Its Own Jerseys
Major brands typically pay millions of dollars to outfit national soccer teams. But international sanctions and pressure on Iran have forced its World Cup squad to take a do-it-yourself approach to its uniforms.

NYT Middle East
Jun 13, 2018

Iran's World Cup Team Is Pretty Good. Its Jerseys Are Not.
Major brands typically pay millions of dollars to outfit national soccer teams. But international sanctions and pressure on Iran have forced its World Cup squad to take a do-it-yourself approach to its uniforms.

NYT Middle East
Jun 13, 2018

Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Yemen After Attack on Port
United Nations officials and others said that hundreds of thousands could starve if the assault drags on, closing a vital gateway for relief supplies.

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