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NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2021

Tunisia's President Holds Forth on Freedoms After Seizing Power
"‘Why do you think that, at 67, I would start a career as a dictator?'" President Kais Saied said in a meeting with The New York Times, quoting Charles de Gaulle. He vowed to preserve hard-fought rights.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2021

Riots Shatter Veneer of Coexistence in Israel's Mixed Towns
Israel's Jewish and Palestinian communities looked past each other until violence and bloodshed forced a reckoning.

NYT Middle East
Jul 31, 2021

Wildfires in Turkey Rage on, Firefighters Struggle to Contain the Blaze
The Turkish authorities said they were investigating the causes of fires that killed at least four people and threatened popular tourist destinations.

NYT Middle East
Jul 31, 2021

Biden Promised to Restore the Iran Nuclear Deal. Now It Risks Derailment.
Both sides have much to lose if a delicate negotiation over limiting Iran's activities in return for a lifting of sanctions falls short.

NYT Middle East
Jul 30, 2021

Murder Trial in Sweden Could Shine Unsavory Light on Iran's New President
Nearly 3,000 miles from Tehran where mass executions were carried out in 1988, a murder trial in Sweden could produce new revelations that complicate life for Iran's president-elect.

NYT Middle East
Jul 30, 2021

Ruth Pearl, Mother of Murdered Reporter Daniel Pearl, Dies at 85
A reluctant celebrity, she was thrust into the spotlight after his brutal death, and created a foundation in his memory to promote cultural understanding.

NYT Middle East
Jul 30, 2021

Israeli Officials Say Iran Is Behind Deadly Attack on Oil Tanker
Drones carried out the attack on a tanker managed by an Israeli-led firm, killing two people, officials said — apparently the latest in a series of maritime clashes between Iran and Israel.

NYT Middle East
Jul 30, 2021

Turkey Is Next as Wildfires Afflict Mediterranean Countries
The Turkish authorities said they were investigating the causes of fires that killed at least four people and threatened popular tourist destinations.

NYT Middle East
Jul 30, 2021

Tanker Managed by Israeli-Led Firm Attacked Off Oman, Killing 2
It could be the latest in a spate of recent episodes involving Iran and Israeli-linked ships.

NYT Middle East
Jul 30, 2021

Qaddafi's Son Is Alive. And He Wants to Take Libya Back.
In his first meeting with a foreign journalist in a decade, Seif al-Islam described his years in captivity — and hinted at a bid for Libya's presidency.

NYT Middle East
Jul 30, 2021

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NYT Middle East
Jul 29, 2021

Israel to Give Third Covid Vaccine Shots to Those Over 60
Whether booster shots are needed by older citizens is an issue that is far from settled among scientists.

NYT Middle East
Jul 28, 2021

Khamenei Adds to Doubts on Iran Nuclear Deal Talks
"Trust in the West does not work," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, signaling further problems with stalled negotiations to salvage the country's nuclear agreement.

NYT Middle East
Jul 28, 2021

Syrian Doctor Indicted in Germany for Crimes Against Humanity
The military doctor, who was among the influx of refugees who entered Germany from Syria, is accused of torturing opponents of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2021

Biden Takes Two Paths to Wind Down Iraq and Afghan Wars
The differences in how President Biden has handled the wars offer insight not only into America's strategic interests, but also in how he views the two conflicts.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2021

Tunisia's Democracy Verges on Collapse as President Moves to Take Control
The effort by President Kais Saied threatened the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring protests a decade ago, and his opponents called it a coup.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2021

Lebanon Turns to Billionaire Tycoon to Form Next Government
Najib Mikati, who has served as prime minister twice before, will try to form a government that can please Lebanon's politicians and address its financial meltdown. His two predecessors failed.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2021

Tunisia's Democracy Verges on Dissolution as President Moves to Take Control
The effort by President Kais Saied threatened the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring protests a decade ago, and his opponents called it a coup.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2021

In Iraq, Going Viral Can Bring Fame, and the Threat of Violence
Ali Adil reached out to President Biden in video from his hot, dusty rooftop. The video brought millions of likes. It also left him afraid to leave his house.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2021

Tunisia's President Moves to Suspend Parliament and Fire Prime Minister
The effort by Kais Saied to take control of the country was seen as a threat to the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring protests. His opponents called it a "coup."

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2021

Tunisia's President Suspends Parliament and Fires Prime Minister
The moves by President Kais Saied to take control of the country were seen as a threat to the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring protests. His opponents called it a "coup."

NYT Middle East
Jul 25, 2021

Soccer Team Was Lone Bright Spot in West Bank Village. Virus Took That, Too.
Despite a fan base of just 1,400 people, the Wadi al-Nis club was a perennial West Bank powerhouse. But the team — most of whose players are related — could not defeat the coronavirus.

NYT Middle East
Jul 24, 2021

U.S. to Announce Troop Drawdown From Iraq
The deal appears to be the latest effort by the Iraqi prime minister to balance the needs and demands of the country's two closest allies: the United States and Iran.

NYT Middle East
Jul 24, 2021

U.S. to Announce Troop Drawdown From Iraq, but Little Is Expected to Change
The deal appears to be the latest effort by the Iraqi prime minister to balance the needs and demands of the country's two closest allies: the United States and Iran.

NYT Middle East
Jul 21, 2021

A Rap Song Lays Bare Israel's Jewish-Arab Fracture — and Goes Viral
A Jew and a Palestinian sling slurs at each other, giving voice to hidden prejudice with the aim of overcoming it.

NYT Middle East
Jul 21, 2021

Iran's Problems Compounded by Water Shortages
A prolonged drought worsened by climate change and government mismanagement has added a volatile new element to the swirl of challenges in Iran, ranging from the pandemic to U.S. sanctions.

NYT Middle East
Jul 20, 2021

Ben & Jerry's to Stop Selling Ice Cream in Israeli-Occupied Territories
A politically active company just waded into one of the most fraught issues in the world, and the reaction was immediate.

NYT Middle East
Jul 20, 2021

Israel Briefly Shells Southern Lebanon After Militant Rocket Fire
No injuries were reported, but the brief incident underscored the fragility of the security situation on the border of Israel and Lebanon.

NYT Middle East
Jul 19, 2021

2 Rockets Fired at Israel From Lebanon, Setting Off Sirens in North
One of the rockets was shot down by missile defenses and the other landed in open area, causing no damage, Israel's military said.

NYT Middle East
Jul 19, 2021

Ben & Jerry's to Stop Selling Ice Cream in Israeli Occupied Territories
A politically active company just waded into one of the most fraught issues in the world, and the reaction was immediate.

NYT Middle East
Jul 19, 2021

Jewish Prayer at Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem Sets Off Alarms
Media reports of prayer groups and mixed messages from Israel's government raised questions about a potentially explosive policy shift.

NYT Middle East
Jul 18, 2021

Israeli Spyware Maker Is in Spotlight Amid Reports of Wide Abuses
Data leaked to a consortium of news organizations suggests that several countries use Pegasus, a powerful cyberespionage tool, to spy on rights activists, dissidents and journalists.

NYT Middle East
Jul 18, 2021

‘They Just Left Us': Greece Is Accused of Setting Migrants Adrift at Sea
Frustrated by more than a year of picking up people they say Greece has illegally pushed out, Turkish officials invited journalists to witness rescues firsthand.

NYT Middle East
Jul 17, 2021

Israeli Companies Aided Saudi Spying Despite Khashoggi Killing
Ignoring concerns that Saudi Arabia was abusing Israeli spyware to crush dissent at home and abroad, Israel encouraged its companies to work with the kingdom.

NYT Middle East
Jul 17, 2021

Hospital Fires Outrage Iraqis, but They See Little Hope for Change
Two catastrophic fires in coronavirus wards are symptoms of the mismanagement and corruption that have left millions of Iraqis without proper health care, reliable electricity or clean water.

NYT Middle East
Jul 17, 2021

L'homme fort des finances du Liban poursuivi pour fraude
Les Libanais ne peuvent pas retirer leur argent des banques, la monnaie s'est effondrée, et le règne de Riad Salamé à la tête de la banque centrale vacille sous le coup de multiples enquêtes judiciaires.

NYT Middle East
Jul 17, 2021

How One of the World's Biggest Ships Jammed the Suez Canal
Four months after the megaship Ever Given got stuck in the canal, neither the canal nor the shipping industry has addressed some of the most critical issues that led to the grounding.

NYT Middle East
Jul 17, 2021

As Lebanon Collapses, Riad Salameh Faces Questions
People can't get their money from banks, the currency has crashed and Riad Salameh's reign at the central bank is facing allegations of fraud.

NYT Middle East
Jul 17, 2021

As Lebanon Collapses, the Man With an Iron Grip on Its Finances Faces Questions
People can't get their money from banks, the currency has crashed and Riad Salameh's reign at the central bank is facing allegations of fraud.

NYT Middle East
Jul 15, 2021

At a Cultural Hub in Bethlehem, Art Thrives in the Fray
At Dar Jacir, an art center in a "difficult location," people are searching for ways to make art under siege.

NYT Middle East
Jul 15, 2021

Iraqi Authorities Revise Down Death Toll in Covid Hospital Fire
Regional health officials now say 60 died, not 92 as initially reported by the state news media.

NYT Middle East
Jul 15, 2021

Saad Hariri, Lebanon's Designated Prime Minister, Quits Amid Crises
After nine months of political wrangling, Saad Hariri gave up on trying to form a government, opening a new political void.

NYT Middle East
Jul 15, 2021

China Criticized the Afghan War. Now It Worries About the Withdrawal.
An explosion that killed Chinese workers in Pakistan has stirred fears in Beijing of regional instability.

NYT Middle East
Jul 15, 2021

Tomás Zerón, Former Official Wanted by Mexico, Takes Refuge in Israel
Israel has refused to extradite Tomás Zerón, accused of torture and evidence tampering, because of Mexico's criticism of the country, an Israeli official said.

NYT Middle East
Jul 15, 2021

Former Official Wanted by Mexico Takes Refuge in Israel
Israel has refused to extradite Tomás Zerón, accused of torture and evidence tampering, because of Mexico's criticism of the country, an Israeli official said.

NYT Middle East
Jul 13, 2021

Ahmed Jibril, Militant Palestinian Leader Behind Attacks, Dies at 84
He was considered a top security threat to Israel in the 1970s and '80s, and his hijackings, kidnappings and attacks had enduring political effects.

NYT Middle East
Jul 13, 2021

Death Toll Rises to 92 in Fire That Gutted Iraq Hospital Coronavirus Ward
The blaze, caused by an electrical short in a ventilator, was the second such fire in three months in a country where corruption and mismanagement have left basic government services barely functioning.

NYT Middle East
Jul 13, 2021

Death Toll Climbs After Fire Sweeps Through Iraq Coronavirus Ward
At least 64 people were killed, most of them patients, when a hospital's new isolation ward caught fire in the southern city of Nasiriya.

NYT Middle East
Jul 12, 2021

Fire at Iraq Covid Hospital Kills at Least 39
The fire at a hospital in the southern city of Nasiriya also injured at least 20 and many patients were still missing, health officials and the police said Monday.

NYT Middle East
Jul 12, 2021

Israel Details Administering 3rd Shot for Immunocomprised People
The health ministry cited the rising infection rate as well as growing evidence that such people do not develop sufficient antibodies after two doses.

NYT Middle East
Jul 12, 2021

Two Jordanians Sentenced to Prison in Plot Against Monarchy
A closed court sentenced a former confidant to Jordan's king and adviser to the Saudi crown prince, along with a cousin of the monarch, to 15 years in prison.

NYT Middle East
Jul 11, 2021

Iranians Are Traveling to Armenia to Get Covid Vaccines
Iran's daily caseload has been rising, and only 2 percent of its population is fully vaccinated.

NYT Middle East
Jul 10, 2021

Egypt Denies Times Report That Officials Sexually Abused Women
The government rejected the accounts of women who said they were sexually assaulted by Egyptian security and justice officials during searches.

NYT Middle East
Jul 10, 2021

After Years as a Battleground, Investment Boom Lifts Iraqi City
Ramadi was the site of some of the fiercest fighting against U.S. troops during the Iraq war, then came a devastating fight with ISIS. Now, it's emerging as one of Iraq's most stable cities.

NYT Middle East
Jul 10, 2021

Jehan Sadat, 87, Widow of Egypt's President and Women's Advocate, Dies
Until her husband was assassinated in 1981, she pushed him to enact measures aimed at improving women's rights and education.

NYT Middle East
Jul 09, 2021

Blast in Tehran Near State Broadcasting Headquarters Rattles Iran
An explosion in a park near the state broadcasting company rocked Iran's capital early Saturday morning. No casualties were reported, and it was uncertain if the blast was an attack or accident.

NYT Middle East
Jul 07, 2021

Ship That Blocked the Suez Canal Is Moving On
The giant container ship had been held in the Suez Canal since March, as Egyptian authorities and the ship's owners argued over compensation. On Wednesday, it finally began the journey out.

NYT Middle East
Jul 07, 2021

Ever Given, the Ship That Blocked the Suez Canal, Is Moving On
The giant container ship had been held in the Suez Canal since March, as Egyptian authorities and the ship's owners argued over compensation. On Wednesday, it finally began the journey out.

NYT Middle East
Jul 07, 2021

Critic's Death Puts Focus on Palestinian Authority's Authoritarianism
Protests against the increasingly autocratic rule of President Mahmoud Abbas and his limits on freedom have been harshly suppressed.

NYT Middle East
Jul 06, 2021

Israel's New Government Fails to Extend Contentious Citizenship Law
In an early setback for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, parts of his coalition opposed the law. The opposition refused to come to the rescue.

NYT Middle East
Jul 05, 2021

As Lebanon's Crisis Deepens, Lines for Fuel Grow, and Food and Medicine Are Scarce
The World Bank said the financial crisis could rank among the world's three worst since the mid-1800s. The currency has lost more than 90 percent of its value and unemployment has skyrocketed.

NYT Middle East
Jul 05, 2021

They Were the Nice, Older Couple Next Door. Then the First Body Turned Up.
An Iranian couple has confessed to murdering and dismembering their son, years after killing a daughter and her husband. They are not sorry.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2021

Cargo Ship, Recently Israeli-Led, Is Struck in High Seas Encounter
The attack, which did little if any damage, appeared to be the latest act in the shadow war between Iran and Israel.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2021

Iran Braces for Fifth Wave as Delta Variant Spreads
President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranians to follow safety protocols to avoid more severe restrictions.

NYT Middle East
Jul 03, 2021

Journalist's Monthslong Hunger Strike Points to Perils of Reporting in Morocco
Soulaimane Raissouni, who has been held without trial for over a year, is more than 80 days into a hunger strike.

NYT Middle East
Jul 02, 2021

A New Investigator Targets Powerful Officials in Beirut Blast Probe
Judge Tariq Bitar is seeking to lift the immunity of prominent political and security figures as part of efforts to prosecute those responsible for the deadly explosion in Beirut's port last summer.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2021

Israel's New Leaders Tilt Right With Settler Deal, Hinting at Approach
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's decision about an unauthorized settlement has provided an early idea of how he hopes to manage his unlikely coalition.

NYT Middle East
Jul 01, 2021

Israel's New Leader Tilts Right in Settler Deal, a Hint at His Approach
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's decision about an unauthorized settlement has provided an early idea of how he hopes to manage his unlikely coalition.

NYT Middle East
Jun 30, 2021

U.A.E.'s Mars Orbiter Gets New Views of Red Planet Auroras
The Hope orbiter, built by the United Arab Emirates, was able to use its scientific instruments to capture an improved picture of the red planet's night lights.

NYT Middle East
Jun 28, 2021

Biden Faces Intense Cross Currents in Iran Policy
The airstrikes the president ordered on Iranian-backed militias show how he has to navigate between using force and pursuing diplomacy to revive the nuclear deal.

NYT Middle East
Jun 28, 2021

Iraq Is Caught in the Middle as U.S. and Iran Spar on Its Soil
Baghdad condemned American airstrikes on Iranian-controlled militias that have been harrying U.S. operations in Iraq, fearing an escalation.

NYT Middle East
Jun 28, 2021

Iraq Condemns U.S. Airstrikes on Iran-Backed Militias
Baghdad said the attacks were a violation of its sovereignty. One of the targeted militias threatened to wage "open war" on American interests in Iraq.

NYT Middle East
Jun 28, 2021

Iraq Condemns U.S. Airstrikes on Iranian-Backed Militias
Baghdad said the attacks overnight were a violation of its sovereignty. One of the targeted militias threatened to wage "open war" on American interests in Iraq.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2021

U.S. Carries Out Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria
The attacks were against weapons storage facilities used by Iranian-backed militias to conduct drone strikes against locations where the American military is.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2021

Meeting Blinken, Israel's Top Diplomat Aims to Fix Netanyahu ‘Mistakes'
Israel's foreign minister, Yair Lapid, is determined to repair his government's fraught relationship with Washington Democrats, but he does not necessarily speak for his own right-wing prime minister, Naftali Bennett.

NYT Middle East
Jun 27, 2021

UNESCO Mosul Competition Design Prompts Outcry
The restoration is seen as essential to the idea that the Iraqi city has moved on from ISIS. But some critics say the plan betrays Iraq's heritage.

NYT Middle East
Jun 26, 2021

Royal Drama Unfolds in Court, but a Prince at the Center of It Is Absent
Two prominent figures are on trial in Jordan accused of plotting to destabilize the kingdom. One is an adviser to Saudi Arabia's leader, and the Saudis have been trying to disrupt the trial.

NYT Middle East
Jun 26, 2021

A Royal Drama Unfolds in Court, But Prince at the Center of It Is Absent
Two prominent figures are on trial in Jordan accused of plotting to destabilize the kingdom. One is an adviser to Saudi Arabia's leader and the Saudis have been trying to disrupt the trial.

NYT Middle East
Jun 25, 2021

France and U.S. Agree on the Perils of a Rising China, Blinken Says
After meeting with President Emmanuel Macron of France, who says Europe should be less dependent on U.S. leadership, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told The Times they see eye to eye on key issues.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2021

Illegal Settlement Creates Test for Israel's New Government
The outpost of Evyatar is illegal under Israeli law. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will anger one wing of his coalition if he evicts the settlers, and another if he lets them stay.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2021

Activist Dies in Palestinian Authority's Custody, Inciting Widespread Outrage
Nizar Banat's death comes amid a crackdown on the authorities' opponents.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2021

Israel Grapples With Covid Outbreak That Some Link to Delta
Dozens of new cases recently emerged at schools in two cities, Modiin and Binyamina, leading to hundreds of people being quarantined.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2021

Unauthorized Settlement Creates Stress Test for Israel's New Government
The outpost of Evyatar is illegal under Israeli law. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will anger one wing of his coalition if he evicts the settlers, and another if he lets them stay.

NYT Middle East
Jun 24, 2021

Gaza's Deadly Night: How Israeli Airstrikes Killed 44 People
On May 16, Israeli airstrikes destroyed three apartment buildings, decimating several families. We visited the scene, interviewed survivors and analyzed videos, photos and satellite images to find out what happened.

NYT Middle East
Jun 23, 2021

Iran Atomic Agency Says It Thwarted Attack on a Facility
The attack was said to have been carried out by a small drone against a manufacturing center used in the production of centrifuges.

NYT Middle East
Jun 23, 2021

Settlement Is Reached Over Stuck Ship That Blocked Suez Canal in Egypt
International trade was jammed for nearly a week when the Ever Given blocked the waterway in March.

NYT Middle East
Jun 23, 2021

U.S. Seizes Iran-Linked Websites at Key Point in Nuclear Talks
Officials seized the domains of about three dozen websites just days after Iran elected a new, hard-line president, and at a critical moment in nuclear negotiations.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2021

Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.
The training, approved by the State Department, underscores the perils of military partnerships with repressive governments.

NYT Middle East
Jun 22, 2021

U.S. Blocks Websites Linked to Iran at Key Point in Nuclear Talks
Officials seized the domains of about three dozen websites just days after Iran elected a new, hard-line president, and at a critical moment in nuclear negotiations.

NYT Middle East
Jun 21, 2021

Glowing Bacteria May One Day Protect People From Landmines
Researchers in Israel have recently detailed progress in developing sensors that light up in the presence of a chemical linked to deadly explosives.

NYT Middle East
Jun 21, 2021

Iran's Incoming President Vows Tough Line on Missiles and Militias
Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's ultraconservative president-elect, said he would not meet with President Biden and that Tehran's position on its ballistic missile program was "nonnegotiable."

NYT Middle East
Jun 21, 2021

Fight Over a Gentle Stream Distills Israel's Political Divide
Who gets to enjoy the Asi, an exquisite squiggle of water? The question has come to symbolize the identity politics that divide Israeli society.

NYT Middle East
Jun 20, 2021

Iran's System Keeps Its Grip, Despite the Chaos (or Because of It)
Governments rooted in revolution like Tehran's have proved to be among the world's most stable, even drawing strength from crises.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2021

For Biden, Iranian Hard-liner May Be Best Path to Restoring Nuclear Deal
The next six weeks before a new government takes office in Tehran may be a unique window for clinching an agreement that Iran's leadership has been delaying.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2021

A Roadblock for Iran's President-Elect: He's on the U.S. Sanctions List
Ebrahim Raisi, who is accused of grave human rights violations, has also been penalized by the European Union.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2021

Biden's Bet: Iranian Hard-liner May Be Best Path to Restoring Nuclear Deal
The next six weeks before a new government takes office in Tehran may be a unique window for clinching an agreement that Iran's leadership has been delaying.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2021

Iranian Hard-Liner Ebrahim Raisi Wins Presidential Election Vote
The government announced his victory on Saturday, a day after a vote that many Iranians skipped, viewing it as rigged.

NYT Middle East
Jun 19, 2021

Iran Election: Ebrahim Raisi Is Headed to Presidency as Rivals Concede
Rival candidates conceded the election to Mr. Raisi, Iran's judiciary chief, a close ally of the supreme leader who has a record of grave human rights violations.

NYT Middle East
Jun 18, 2021

Israeli-Palestinian Vaccine Deal Collapses Amid Expiry Date Dispute
After months of resisting sending vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority, Israel on Friday morning said it would deliver a million or more. Hours later, the authority rejected the first shipment.

NYT Middle East
Jun 18, 2021

Iranians Vote in Presidential Election, but Mood is Pessimistic
Turnout appeared low on Friday, with many voters saying they would not cast ballots in an election that they feel has been manipulated in favor of a hard-line conservative candidate.

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