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NYT Middle East
Jul 12, 2020

Bartering Child's Dress for Food: Life in Lebanon's Economic Crisis
A TV chef abandons unaffordable beef. Blackouts make for sweltering summer nights. Changing money feels like a drug deal: The financial meltdown means daily pain and a blow to a country's pride.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2020

Ragaa el-Gedawy, Cherished Star of Egyptian Cinema, Dies at 85
She endeared herself to audiences with her grace, naturalism and comic skill. She fell ill after filming a TV series in May and died from Covid-19 in July.

NYT Middle East
Jul 10, 2020

‘Lifeline' Syria Aid Measure Lapses Over U.N. Security Council Deadlock
With hours to go before a deadline, Russia and China vetoed an attempt by Western members to extend approval for aid to be delivered via two border crossings from Turkey.

NYT Middle East
Jul 10, 2020

Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran's Nuclear Program
Some officials say that a joint American-Israeli strategy is evolving — some might argue regressing — to a series of short-of-war clandestine strikes.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2020

Major Explosion Rocks Iran Again, the 3rd Blast in 3 Weeks
The precise location of Friday's explosion was unclear, but analysts said there are several military and training facilities in the area.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2020

The Killing of Qassim Suleimani Was Unlawful, Says U.N. Expert
The United States provided no evidence that its fatal January drone strike against General Suleimani was in response to an imminent threat, said a United Nations special rapporteur.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2020

Cairo Badly Needed a Detox. Lockdown Supplied One, at a Steep Price.
Three months of lockdown slowed its pulse, stripped its grit and exposed a new side to a weary city. But without the noise, bustle and grind, was it really Cairo?

NYT Middle East
Jul 08, 2020

Accusations of Serial Rape Push Egypt Toward a Reckoning
In a country where women are often blamed when they are sexually assaulted, the arrest of an Egyptian student has raised hopes for changing attitudes.

NYT Middle East
Jul 08, 2020

Beirut Businessman Imprisoned by U.S. is Back Home
The businessman, Kassim Tajideen, convicted in a sanctions-evasion scheme involving Hezbollah, was released early because of fears of coronavirus infection.

NYT Middle East
Jul 07, 2020

Killing of Security Analyst Seen as Message to Iraqi Government
The analyst, Hisham al-Hashimi, was a proponent of government efforts to rein in the Islamic State and Iraq's Shiite militias. Suspicion fell on both groups.

NYT Middle East
Jul 06, 2020

Laid Off and Locked Up: Virus Traps Domestic Workers in Arab States
The pandemic and economic crises have caused many workers to lose their jobs. Some have been detained, abused, deprived of wages and stranded far from home with nowhere to turn for help.

NYT Middle East
Jul 05, 2020

Iran Nuclear Program Set Back Months; Bomb Used, Official Says
A Middle Eastern intelligence official said Israel planted a bomb in a building where advanced centrifuges were being developed.

NYT Middle East
Jul 05, 2020

An Ancient Valley Lost to ‘Progress'
In his push for economic development, Turkey's president has flooded the archaeological gem of Hasankeyf and displaced thousands of families.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2020

Trial of 20 Saudis in Jamal Khashoggi Killing Opens in Turkey
Supporters of the slain journalist expressed hope that the proceedings would offer a chance for justice. The defendants are to be tried in absentia.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2020

Late Action on Virus Prompts Fears Over Safety of U.S. Diplomats in Saudi Arabia
Surging outbreaks in the U.S. Embassy and the kingdom and quiet congressional pressure led the State Department belatedly to allow voluntary departures. Some demand more action.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2020

Netanyahu's Annexation Day Arrives, but All That Emerges Is Delay
Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, added his voice to the chorus of foreign leaders opposing any unilateral annexation of the occupied West Bank.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2020

White House Dismisses Reports of Bounties, but Is Silent on Russia
Robert C. O'Brien, the national security adviser, told Fox News that President Trump knew nothing about the reports because the briefer "decided not to" share unverified intelligence with him.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2020

Trump's New Russia Problem: Unread Intelligence and Missing Strategy
High-level clearance is not required to see that the list of Russian aggressions in recent weeks rivals some of the worst days of the Cold War.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2020

U.N. Security Council Rebuffs Pompeo on Iran Arms Ban
Members of the United Nations Security Council criticized both Iran and the United States for escalating the conflict.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2020

At Syrian Aid Summit, a Struggle to Raise Enough to End ‘Downward Spiral'
As the civil war enters its 10th year, Syria's economy is collapsing and the pandemic is adding to the woes. Donors pledged $7.7 billion in aid Tuesday, an amount not nearly enough to end the misery.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2020

Explosion in Iran Kills 19, State TV Says
A gas leak in a medical clinic in northern Tehran caused the blast, news reports said.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2020

United Nations Fights Donor Fatigue for Syrian Civilians and Refugees
With the civil war in its 10th year, Syria's economy is collapsing and the coronavirus looms, a donor pledging conference falls short of last year's totals.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2020

Iran Issues Death Sentence for Opposition Journalist
Ruhollah Zam once ran a popular news service that helped share information about the widespread protests in 2017. He had been exiled in France until October, when he traveled to Iraq and then disappeared.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2020

After Iranian Missile Facility Blows Up, Conspiracy Theories Abound in Tehran
Satellite photographs show the explosion happened at a missile production facility. Iran said the episode was a gas explosion at a different military base.

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2020

Iranian Missile Facility Blows Up, and Conspiracy Theories Abound in Tehran
Satellite photographs show the explosion happened at a missile production facility. Iran said the episode was a gas explosion at a different military base.

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2020

5 BRs, Pool/Hot Tub, Mediterranean Vu; Too Far to Commute to Jerusalem
The United States has put the ambassador to Israel's Malibu-style seaside estate on the market. It can be yours for only $87 million.

NYT Middle East
Jun 29, 2020

Iran Issues Arrest Warrants for Trump and 35 Others in Suleimani Killing
A Tehran prosecutor said that Iran had asked for international help in detaining people involved in the drone strike that killed the powerful general.

NYT Middle East
Jun 28, 2020

African Migrants in Yemen Scapegoated for Coronavirus Outbreak
Migrants say Houthi militia who control northern Yemen are brutally forcing them out of their territory and into dangerous situations.

NYT Middle East
Jun 26, 2020

Iraq Raids Iranian-Backed Militia Accused of Attacking U.S. Forces
Iraqi forces detained 14 members of the group, Khataib Hezbollah, to send a message that "no one is above the law."

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2020

Israel Announces Partnership With U.A.E., Which Throws Cold Water On It
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touted a rare public opening between the two countries. Apparently, the Emirates was not ready for it.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2020

Zeev Sternhell, ‘Super Zionist' Wary of Extremism, Dies at 85
A scholar of European fascism (and a bomb attack target), he feared ultranationalism in Israel and saw West Bank settlements as "a cancer."

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2020

Trump Administration May End Congressional Review of Foreign Arms Sales
Discussions are underway about ending an informal review process because lawmakers from both parties have held up arms sales to Saudi Arabia over civilian casualties in Yemen.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2020

Israel Announces Partnership With U.A.E. to Fight the Coronavirus
The partnership would be a rare public opening between two key United States allies in the Middle East, and a step toward normalization.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2020

U.S. Used Missile With Long Blades to Kill Qaeda Leader in Syria
Special Operations forces used a secret weapon designed to limit civilian casualties to strike the Qaeda veteran this month.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2020

Palestinians in Jordan Valley Fear Annexation Would Choke Off Their Villages
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to annex territory along the Jordan border. Palestinian residents wonder where that leaves them.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2020

From China To Germany, the World Learns to Live With the Coronavirus
As mass infections strike even in places that had seemed to tame the coronavirus, officials are turning to targeted and fast-but-flexible approaches to stop third or fourth waves.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2020

How the World Is Learning to Live With a Deadly Pandemic
As mass infections strike even in places that had seemed to tame the coronavirus, officials are turning to targeted and fast-but-flexible approaches to stop third or fourth waves.

NYT Middle East
Jun 23, 2020

The Hajj Pilgrimage Is Canceled, and Grief Rocks the Muslim World
The coronavirus pandemic upended the plans of millions of Muslims, for whom the once-in-a-lifetime trip is a sacred milestone.

NYT Middle East
Jun 23, 2020

Facebook, Citing Looting Concerns, Bans Historical Artifact Sales
The company announced the prohibition after researchers reported that looters were using the platform to identify and sell illegally excavated antiquities.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2020

Saudi Arabia Drastically Limits Hajj Pilgrimage to Prevent Viral Spread
Saudi Arabia said only "very limited numbers" of pilgrims could perform the hajj this year, with only Saudis and foreign nationals already in the kingdom allowed to take part.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2020

Mixed Signals on Israeli Annexation Reflect Split Among Officials
U.S. and Israeli officials are divided on whether annexation is a means to get Palestinians to the table, or whether the peace plan is a means to get annexation.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2020

Syrian Doctor Accused of Torture Is Arrested in Germany
Alaa Mousa, who worked in a prison, is expected to be charged with crimes against humanity. He is the third former Syrian official to be detained in Germany.

NYT Middle East
Jun 21, 2020

Gaps in Vetting Visas Allowed Saudi Gunman Into U.S. Pilot Training
The gunman who killed three in Florida was not directed by Al Qaeda, nor inspired solely by online ideology. He was a new kind of terrorist, harder to spot: an extremely enterprising freelancer.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2020

Fugitive Iranian Judge Dies After Fall From Hotel in Romania
The judge, on trial for bribery in Iran and known as a notorious jailer of journalists, plunged six stories in what is being called an apparent suicide.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2020

Fugitive Iranian Judge Dead After Fall From Hotel in Romania
The judge, on trial for bribery in Iran and known as a notorious jailer of journalists, plunged six stories in what is being called an apparent suicide.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2020

Johnson & Johnson Will Stop Selling Skin-Whitening Lotions
The Neutrogena and Clean & Clear products, which were advertised as dark-spot reducers and were sold in Asia and the Middle East, will soon come off the shelves, the manufacturer said.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2020

Iran Is Accused of Hiding Suspected Nuclear Activity
The United States and the big European powers came together to declare they had serious concerns about Tehran's failure to allow inspectors into two locations.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2020

As Annexation Looms, Israeli Experts Warn of Security Risks
Unilaterally taking territory the Palestinians have counted on for a state could cement Benjamin Netanyahu's legacy. It could also destabilize the region.

NYT Middle East
Jun 18, 2020

Nemir Kirdar, Middle East Financier With Foot in the West, Dies at 83
The private equity firm he founded, Investcorp, tapped into Persian Gulf oil money and once purchased Tiffany and Co., Gucci and other Western brands.

NYT Middle East
Jun 18, 2020

Number of Refugees Worldwide Has Doubled in a Decade, U.N. Report Says
Nearly 80 million people, or 1 percent of humanity, now qualify as refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced.

NYT Middle East
Jun 18, 2020

How Two Russians Got Caught Up in Libya's War, Now an Action Movie
The Russians, who said they were doing sociology research, were jailed on charges of political meddling. It's the latest tale of foreign intrigue in Libya.

NYT Middle East
Jun 16, 2020

In Iraq, a New Prime Minister Takes Stock of His Bloodied Land
In one city ruined by war, even the stones seem to have voices. They tell the stories of people who can no longer speak for themselves.

NYT Middle East
Jun 15, 2020

Syria's Economy Collapses Even as Civil War Winds to a Close
President Bashar al-Assad faces threats he cannot bomb into submission, as protests erupt over living standards and a rift opens among the ruling elite.

NYT Middle East
Jun 15, 2020

Arrested for Waving Rainbow Flag, a Gay Egyptian Takes Her Life
Charged with "inciting debauchery," Sarah Hegazi was jailed and tortured.

NYT Middle East
Jun 15, 2020

Victor in Syria's War, Bashar al-Assad Faces Economic Meltdown
As Syria's economy implodes and its currency collapses, President Bashar al-Assad faces threats he cannot bomb his way out of.

NYT Middle East
Jun 13, 2020

U.N. Expresses Horror at Mass Graves in Libya
The discovery of eight mass graves near Tripoli was a grim reminder of the atrocities that have punctuated the country's conflict.

NYT Middle East
Jun 12, 2020

Arab Envoy Warns Israelis That Annexation Threatens Warming Ties
In a watershed op-ed article, an influential Arab diplomat wrote, in Hebrew, that normalization with Israel would not survive a unilateral land grab at the Palestinians' expense.

NYT Middle East
Jun 11, 2020

Turkey Court Sentences U.S. Consulate Employee to Over 8 Years in Prison
Ignoring U.S. arguments that the charges were baseless, a court convicted Metin Topuz of aiding the group that Turkey accuses of masterminding a 2016 coup attempt.

NYT Middle East
Jun 11, 2020

Lebanon's Currency Plunges, and Protesters Surge Into Streets
Demonstrations broke out across the country after the pound sank to a new low against the U.S. dollar, obliterating the purchasing power of many Lebanese.

NYT Middle East
Jun 10, 2020

Pompeo Aide Who Pushed Saudi Arms Sale Said to Have Pressured Inspector General
Congress is looking into whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked President Trump to fire Steve Linick, the department's inspector general, to retaliate for investigations.

NYT Middle East
Jun 10, 2020

ISIS Attacks Surge in Iraq Amid Debate on U.S. Troop Levels
The growing pressure on the United States to reduce its military presence in Iraq comes as strikes by the Islamic State are on the rise.

NYT Middle East
Jun 10, 2020

Albert Memmi, a ‘Jewish Arab' Intellectual, Dies at 99
His books and novels were consumed by identity, as a Tunisian-born Jew who fled to France, and as a left-wing Zionist who supported a Palestinian homeland.

NYT Middle East
Jun 10, 2020

Iran Criminalizes Child Abuse After Outrage Over Killing of Teenage Girl
The new law marks the nation's first legal protection for children and adolescents, though it does not address child marriages nor juveniles sentenced to death.

NYT Middle East
Jun 10, 2020

Syria's Idlib Province, Wrecked by War. Readies for Coronavirus Battle
A Syrian pharmacist volunteered to help prepare for the onset of the coronavirus in a region crowded with war refugees. Here is his account.

NYT Middle East
Jun 09, 2020

Israel Court Rejects Law Legalizing Thousands of Settlement Homes
Palestinian landowners will now be able to move ahead with lawsuits to recover privately owned property on which nearly 4,000 Jewish homes had been built in the occupied West Bank.

NYT Middle East
Jun 08, 2020

Iran Criminalizes Child Abuse After Outrage Over Teenage Girl's Murder
The new law marks the nation's first legal protection for children and adolescents, though it does not address child marriages nor juveniles sentenced to death.

NYT Middle East
Jun 08, 2020

The Palestinian Plan to Stop Annexation: Remind Israel What Occupation Means
Officials in the West Bank say they are willing to let the Palestinian Authority collapse if Israel applies its sovereignty over occupied territory.

NYT Middle East
Jun 07, 2020

A Daughter Is Beheaded, and Iran Asks if Women Have a Right to Safety
The so-called honor killing of a 14-year-old girl in Iran has shaken the country and forced an examination of its failure to protect women and children.

NYT Middle East
Jun 06, 2020

Libyan Commander Backed by Russia Says He's Ready for Talks to End War
Khalifa Hifter saw the collapse this week of his 14-month campaign to capture Tripoli from a government backed by the U.N. and Turkey.

NYT Middle East
Jun 05, 2020

Urging Iran to ‘Make the Big Deal,' Trump Ties Nuclear Negotiations to Election
The president's invitation came as international inspectors were said to have found that Iran had boosted its stockpile of low-enriched uranium in the past three months.

NYT Middle East
Jun 04, 2020

Coronavirus Rips Into Regions Previously Spared
As the West settles into a grinding battle with the disease, the virus surges across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South Asia.

NYT Middle East
Jun 04, 2020

Coronavirus Surges in Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South Asia
As the West settles into a grinding battle with the disease, the virus surges across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and South Asia.

NYT Middle East
Jun 04, 2020

Russian-Backed Libyan Commander Retreats From Tripoli
Belligerents on all sides of the Libyan conflict, including Turkey, Russia and the U.A.E., are preparing for a new stage after a pullback by the forces of the commander, Khalifa Hifter.

NYT Middle East
Jun 04, 2020

Iran Frees Navy Veteran Held for Two Years
The release of Michael R. White, announced by his mother in the United States and tweeted by President Trump, came a day after an Iranian scientist held by the American authorities was returned to Iran.

NYT Middle East
Jun 04, 2020

A Would-Be Netanyahu Nemesis Snipes From the Sidelines
A settler himself, Avigdor Liberman taunts Israel's prime minister for talking endlessly about annexing West Bank territory, giving opponents time to mobilize.

NYT Middle East
Jun 02, 2020

U.S. Returns Iran Scientist in Possible Precursor to Prisoner Exchange
There are expectations that the return of the scientist, Sirous Asgari, could lead to the release of an American in Iran. Speculation has focused on Michael R. White, 48, a Navy veteran held for nearly two years.

NYT Middle East
Jun 02, 2020

Yemen Aid Falls Short, Threatening Food and Health Programs
The country has been hammered by years of war, hunger and disease. Is the world prepared to watch it "fall off the cliff?" a United Nations official asks.

NYT Middle East
Jun 02, 2020

In Egypt, Images From American Protests Evoke a Lost Revolution
Memories of 2011's Arab Spring, and its fragile hopes, have been revived in the minds of many Egyptians as they've watched a strikingly similar dynamic play out in the United States.

NYT Middle East
Jun 01, 2020

Netanyahu's Annexation Plans Meet Surprise Opponent: Israeli Settlers
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to annex much of the occupied West Bank. But now that he can, there are questions about whether he will.

NYT Middle East
May 31, 2020

Western Countries Leave Children of ISIS in Syrian Camps
The children are living in squalid detention camps lacking schools, health care and clean water, and where disease and jihadist ideology are rampant.

NYT Middle East
May 30, 2020

Coronavirus Slams Broken, Embattled Yemen
Lacking equipment, expertise and authority, a divided, war-torn country bobbles a response to a surging pandemic.

NYT Middle East
May 28, 2020

‘Ramy' and the New American Muslims of TV
Even positive portrayals of Muslim Americans after 9/11 seemed burdened with a responsibility to explain and defend. But that burden is starting to be cast off.

NYT Middle East
May 26, 2020

U.S. Accuses Russia of Sending Warplanes to Libya
The unusually sharp assertion by a senior American commander underscored the Pentagon's concern about Moscow's growing influence in the country's sprawling war.

NYT Middle East
May 26, 2020

Ex-Head of Australian Girls School Is Fit for Trial, Israeli Court Says
For six years, Australia has tried to extradite Malka Leifer to face charges of sexually assaulting her students but she claimed to be mentally ill.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2020

ISIS Prisoners Threaten U.S. Mission in Northeastern Syria
Overcrowded, makeshift prisons and camps and fears of Covid-19 have led to two riots by hardened fighters.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2020

By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.
A short-lived mission uncovered by U.N. investigators offers a glimpse into the world of those who have thrived off Libya's chaos.

NYT Middle East
May 25, 2020

By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. Then the Plan Went South.
A short-lived mission uncovered by U.N. investigators offers a glimpse into the world of those who have thrived off Libya's chaos.

NYT Middle East
May 24, 2020

Push to Reopen Houses of Worship in Europe and Mideast Brings Perils and Tensions
In Germany, 40 new cases were confirmed among the faithful in Frankfurt. France restarted church services this weekend. And protesters in the West Bank demanded that mosques reopen for the Eid holiday.

NYT Middle East
May 24, 2020

Netanyahu Corruption Trial Begins, Taking Israel Into Uncharted Territory
The prime minister's trial is expected to last a year or more, with the first witnesses not expected to testify for months. He has long maintained his innocence.

NYT Middle East
May 23, 2020

U.N. Documents Abductions and Torture Of Iraqi Protesters
Protesters have long said threats and abductions by militias were routine. United Nation investigators have begun to substantiate the claims.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2020

Virus Lockdown Forces Iran Into Its First Virtual Quds Day
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei openly acknowledged, apparently for the first time, Iran's support for armed Palestinian groups fighting Israel.

NYT Middle East
May 22, 2020

Khashoggi's Son Says Family Pardons His Father's Killers
The pardon effectively ends the prospect that any of the men who killed Jamal Khashoggi will be executed.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2020

In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker
With a succession of quick victories, Turkish-supported forces in Libya have rolled back the gains of a would-be strongman whose allies, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, now face tough choices.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2020

Abdullah al-Hamid, Saudi Dissident, Dies in Detention at 69
A tireless advocate for human rights and a thorn in the side of the monarchy, he spoke out for democratic reforms and was imprisoned seven times.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2020

As Saudi Official Hid Abroad, His Family Became a Target at Home
Saad Aljabri knows "where the bodies are buried." Now Saudi authorities are arresting his relatives to force him to return to the kingdom, his son says.

NYT Middle East
May 21, 2020

In Istanbul Under Lockdown, Baklava Makers Are Essential Workers
A strict weekend curfew quiets the city's joyous commotion, but offers up new moments of breathtaking beauty, both spiritual and natural. And essential sweets are still delivered.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2020

Abbas, Cornered by Israeli Annexation, Opts for ‘Judgment Day' Scenario
The Palestinian leader has promoted security cooperation with Israel in his quest for a Palestinian state. That strategy may have hit a dead end.

NYT Middle East
May 20, 2020

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Release From Prison in Iran Is Extended
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2016 after she was accused of plotting to overthrow the government in Tehran. She has vigorously denied the charges.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2020

Iran Quietly Lowers the Temperature With U.S.
Despite the heated rhetoric on both sides, Iran has toned down its approach to the West on several fronts, and the U.S. has reciprocated.

NYT Middle East
May 19, 2020

Israel Hack of Iran Port Is Latest Salvo in Exchange of Cyberattacks
Israel was behind a cyberattack that disrupted a major port in Iran, done in response to an attempt by the Revolutionary Guards to infiltrate an Israeli water facility.

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