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NYT Middle East
Feb 23, 2018

U.S. Will Move Embassy to Jerusalem in May, Marking Israel's 70th Birthday
A building now used for consular affairs will be designated the embassy, but most employees will remain in Tel Aviv for now.

NYT Middle East
Feb 23, 2018

Trump Administration to Open Embassy in Jerusalem in May
President Trump said he resisted enormous pressure when he decided to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital because "it's the right thing to do."

NYT Middle East
Feb 22, 2018

Iran Finally Let Her See Her Husband. He Was Dead.
The authorities say Kavous Seyed Emami, a prominent environmentalist, committed suicide in prison. His wife and sons doubt that, and are demanding answers.

NYT Middle East
Feb 22, 2018

Blocked by Russia, U.N. Fails to Pass Syria Cease-Fire Resolution
The resolution was intended to allow food and medicine to reach a besieged Damascus suburb, where conditions were described as "hell on earth."

NYT Middle East
Feb 22, 2018

Syrian Militias Enter Afrin, Dealing a Setback to Turkey
Pro-government militias entered the northwest enclave in support of Kurdish fighters to broad welcome from residents, but not from Turkey.

NYT Middle East
Feb 21, 2018

When No Place Is Safe: Sheltering Under Siege in Syria
Eastern Ghouta has been under intense bombardment by government forces. With more than 200 people dead in just recent days, basements are filling up.

NYT Middle East
Feb 21, 2018

Top Aide to Netanyahu Turns State Witness as Graft Cases Multiply
The aide, Shlomo Filber, could support the most damning charge of favors to an Israeli communications giant in exchange for fawning news coverage.

NYT Middle East
Feb 21, 2018

Bahrain Activist Gets 5-Year Sentence for ‘Insulting' Tweets
Nabeel Rajab, a leading figure of pro-democracy rallies in 2011, had criticized prison abuses and the Yemen war. He was already serving time for criticizing the government.

NYT Middle East
Feb 21, 2018

When Jokes Become a Crime: Free Speech Under Fire in Lebanon
A surge of legal cases against entertainers, journalists and activists has raised concerns about one of the Arab world's freest environments.

NYT Middle East
Feb 21, 2018

Netanyahu Peril Grows, as Trusted Aide Agrees to Testify
Avoiding jail time, a senior official turns state's witness, offering information about ties between Mr. Netanyahu and an Israeli media tycoon.

NYT Middle East
Feb 20, 2018

Abbas Spars With Israel at U.N., as Kushner Listens On
President Trump's son-in-law and the Palestinian president each made rare appearances at the Security Council.

NYT Middle East
Feb 20, 2018

New Netanyahu Corruption Allegations: The Details
Here is a rundown of the new allegations in the inquiry into the Israeli prime minister and his inner circle, according to the police and Israeli news reports.

NYT Middle East
Feb 20, 2018

Syrian Bombardment Takes Its Deadliest Toll in Years
Syrian and Russian planes killed more than 150 in a rebel-held area near Damascus, and pro-government forces attempted to deter Turkish forces from Afrin.

NYT Middle East
Feb 20, 2018

Fact Check: Is Israel a Model When It Comes to Guns, as Mike Huckabee Says?
Israel has compulsory military service and firearms are a common sight, but personal gun ownership is tightly restricted.

NYT Middle East
Feb 20, 2018

Netanyahu Inquiry Expands, With New Bribery Allegations
The Israeli prime minister, already accused of accepting nearly $300,000 in bribes, could now face charges of obstructing justice.

NYT Middle East
Feb 20, 2018

Syria and Its Allies Push Deadly Assaults on 2 Fronts
Syrian and Russian planes killed nearly 100 in a rebel-held area near Damascus, and pro-government forces attempted to deter Turkish forces from Afrin.

NYT Middle East
Feb 20, 2018

5 Security Officers in Iran Killed in Clashes with Dervishes
The violence began when followers of a mystical Sufi strain of Islam gathered at a police station to demand the release of members of their sect.

NYT Middle East
Feb 20, 2018

Netanyahu Faces New Accusations: Did His Adviser Try to Bribe a Judge?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was already accused of accepting nearly $300,000 in bribes. The latest allegations could amount to obstruction of a criminal investigation.

NYT Middle East
Feb 20, 2018

Syrian Bombardment Kills Nearly 100 in Eastern Ghouta
One monitoring group said that the shelling of the rebel-held enclave near Damascus resulted in the deadliest day in years.

NYT Middle East
Feb 19, 2018

Kurdish Syria, Where the Fallen Find Fame
Syria's Kurds venerate their war dead with enthusiasm and no expense spared, building battlefield morale. The living even take the names of the fallen.

NYT Middle East
Feb 19, 2018

Iran Plane Crash Leads to Search-and-Rescue Effort at 14,500 Feet
Because of bad weather conditions, the rescue teams have been unable to use helicopters to fly over the crash site, and its members have climbed Mount Dena in search of debris.

NYT Middle East
Feb 19, 2018

Iran, Deeply Embedded in Syria, Expands ‘Axis of Resistance'
Iran is training thousands of militiamen in Syria and deploying drones and precision weapons. Its goal, say analysts: a united front in any war with Israel.

NYT Middle East
Feb 18, 2018

Swastikas Discovered at Polish Embassy in Israel
The obscene graffiti followed a remark by the Polish prime minister defending a new law criminalizing suggestions that Poland was a perpetrator of the Holocaust.

NYT Middle East
Feb 18, 2018

Swastikas Discovered at Polish Embassy in Israel After ‘Jewish Perpetrators' Comment
The obscene graffiti followed a remark by the Polish prime minister defending a new law criminalizing suggestions that Poland was a perpetrator of the Holocaust.

NYT Middle East
Feb 18, 2018

66 Feared Dead After Iran Plane Crash
Aseman Airlines said the plane was carrying 60 passengers and six crew members when it went down in a mountainous region south of Tehran.

NYT Middle East
Feb 18, 2018

66 Feared Dead After Iran Plane Crashes Into Mountain
Aseman Airlines said the plane was carrying 60 passengers and six crew members when it went down south of Tehran.

NYT Middle East
Feb 18, 2018

Netanyahu to Iran: ‘Do Not Test Israel's Resolve'
Brandishing what he said was part of an Iranian drone shot down by the Israeli military, the prime minister warned in a speech in Munich against crossing Israel's "red lines."

NYT Middle East
Feb 18, 2018

Iran Plane Crashes Into Mountain, Killing All 66 Aboard
Aseman Airlines said the plane was carrying 60 passengers and six crew members when it went down south of Tehran.

NYT Middle East
Feb 18, 2018

Iran Plane Crash in Mountainous Area Kills All 66 on Board
Aseman Airlines said a plane carrying 60 passengers and six crew members had flown into a mountain, killing all aboard.

NYT Middle East
Feb 17, 2018

4 Israelis Hurt by Bomb Set in Flag at Gaza Fence, Igniting Night of Fighting
Israel responded with airstrikes on an attack tunnel and five other targets across Gaza. A rocket fired at Israel struck the roof of a home but did not explode.

NYT Middle East
Feb 17, 2018

Meet America's Syrian Allies Who Helped Defeat ISIS
They are Arabs and Kurds, men and women, young and old. Meet some of the fighters who teamed up with the United States to drive the Islamic State out of northeastern Syria.

NYT Middle East
Feb 16, 2018

Turkey and U.S. in Talks on Worsening Syria Crisis
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke for hours but agreed little on tough questions that divide the NATO allies.

NYT Middle East
Feb 16, 2018

For 8 Days, Syria Felt More Like World War III
Over the course of just eight days in February, the conflict in Syria intensified, with the U.S., Russia, Turkey, Israel and Iran all playing a part. Here's how one of the most chaotic weeks in the seven-year war unfolded.

NYT Middle East
Feb 15, 2018

News Analysis: In Netanyahu's Israel, the Divisiveness Is Now All About Him
Israeli politics has always been noisily contentious, but with the prime minister facing possible bribery charges, the toxicity threatens to reach new heights.

NYT Middle East
Feb 15, 2018

Trilobites: Ancient Artists Carved Camels in Saudi Desert's Stone
The unique, life-size relief sculptures of humped creatures and other beasts of burden are about 2,000 years old, but little is known about their origins.

NYT Middle East
Feb 15, 2018

Trilobites: Ancient Artists Left Camels Carved in Saudi Desert's Stone
The unique, life-size relief sculptures of humped creatures and other beasts of burden are about 2,000 years old, but little is known about their origins.

NYT Middle East
Feb 14, 2018

Netanyahu, Linked to $300,000 in Bribes, Says He Won't Quit
Facing bribery charges, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel still has a commanding hold on power.

NYT Middle East
Feb 14, 2018

Netanyahu, Defiant and Confident, Vows Not to Resign
Facing bribery charges, the Israeli prime minister still has a commanding hold on power.

NYT Middle East
Feb 14, 2018

Israeli Prime Ministers' Struggles With Corruption: A Timeline
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting new allegations of corruption. Here's a timeline of his and his predecessors' past run-ins with the law.

NYT Middle East
Feb 14, 2018

Hoping for $100 Billion to Rebuild, Iraq Got Less Than a Third
And much of the total came not in grants but in loans, guarantees and investments. Regional officials nevertheless proclaimed the donor event a success.

NYT Middle East
Feb 14, 2018

Jordan, a Pivotal Arab Ally, Gets More U.S. Aid Despite Rancor Over Jerusalem
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson was given a cordial reception in Jordan, despite lingering tensions over the Trump administration's Mideast policy.

NYT Middle East
Feb 14, 2018

Netanyahu, Defiant, Calls Bribery Case ‘Full of Holes, Like Swiss Cheese'
Fighting back against a police recommendation that he be prosecuted on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges, the Israeli prime minister vowed not to resign.

NYT Middle East
Feb 13, 2018

Promoted by Netanyahu, Israel's Attorney General Must Now Scrutinize Him
Avichai Mandelblit, a former aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will be the one to decide if Mr. Netanyahu will be formally charged.

NYT Middle East
Feb 13, 2018

Netanyahu Should Be Charged in Graft Cases, Israeli Police Say
The charges, which would be the first against a sitting prime minister, raised immediate doubts about his ability to stay in power.

NYT Middle East
Feb 13, 2018

Corruption Charges Suggested for Netanyahu
The charges, which would be the first against a sitting prime minister, raised immediate doubts about his ability to stay in power.

NYT Middle East
Feb 13, 2018

The Case Against Netanyahu: Highlights From the Police Investigation
The Israeli police said they had uncovered enough evidence to charge the prime minister with bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

NYT Middle East
Feb 13, 2018

Netanyahu Should Be Charged With Bribery and Fraud, Israeli Police Say
The charges, which would be the first against a sitting prime minister, raised immediate doubts about his ability to stay in power.

NYT Middle East
Feb 13, 2018

Iraq Wants $88 Billion for Rebuilding. Allies Offer a Fraction of That.
A lukewarm response by potential donors, including the United States, at a fund-raising conference threatens efforts to stabilize the war-torn country.

NYT Middle East
Feb 13, 2018

Iraq Donor Conference Heads Toward Embarrassing Failure
Iraq received only $4 billion of the $88 billion it says it needs, and none from the United States, threatening efforts to stabilize the country.

NYT Middle East
Feb 13, 2018

Dozens of Russians Are Believed Killed in U.S.-Backed Syria Attack
Although only four Russians have been confirmed dead, reports continue to circulate that many more died in fighting in eastern Syria on Feb. 7-8.

NYT Middle East
Feb 13, 2018

Dozens of Russians Are Believed Killed in U.S.-Led Syria Attack
Although only four Russians have been confirmed dead, reports continue to circulate that many more died in fighting in eastern Syria on Feb. 7-8.

NYT Middle East
Feb 12, 2018

In Iran, Environmentalists Are Now Seen as Spies
A broad feud over the country's direction between hard-liners and moderates under President Rouhani is expanding into the environment, as water shortages loom.

NYT Middle East
Feb 12, 2018

Visiting Egypt, Tillerson Is Silent on Its Wave of Repression
At the start of a weeklong tour of the Middle East, the secretary of state avoided criticism of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. But tensions remain.

NYT Middle East
Feb 12, 2018

In Iran, Environmentalists Now Seen as Spies
A broad feud over the country's direction between hard-liners and moderates under President Rouhani is expanding into the environment, as water shortages loom.

NYT Middle East
Feb 12, 2018

Philippines Bars Citizens From Working in Kuwait After Body Is Found
The announcement came days after President Rodrigo Duterte responded angrily to reports that a Filipino domestic worker had been found in a freezer in the Gulf state.

NYT Middle East
Feb 12, 2018

Philippines Stops Citizens From Working in Kuwait, Citing Abuses
The announcement came days after President Rodrigo Duterte responded angrily to reports that a Filipino domestic worker had been found in a freezer in the Gulf state.

NYT Middle East
Feb 11, 2018

Israel's Clash With Iran and Syria: 5 Takeaways
What are some of the lessons from a skirmish in which Israel lost a jet? One is that as the Syrian civil war winds down, a new conflict is emerging.

NYT Middle East
Feb 11, 2018

With Gaza in Financial Crisis, Fears That ‘an Explosion's Coming'
A standoff between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority is ravaging Gaza's economy, pushing it to the verge of collapse, and escalating the risk of a violent confrontation with Israel.

NYT Middle East
Feb 11, 2018

Kobani Journal: By Light of a Blood Moon, Life Returns to a Bombed-Out Syrian Landscape
Residents reluctantly return to live amid the rubble of the battered ruins of Kobani, a Kurdish city in northern Syria. They call the neighborhood The Museum.

NYT Middle East
Feb 10, 2018

Israel Strikes Iran in Syria and Loses a Jet
Israel said it had launched a major attack after its F-16 came under Syrian fire. The events appeared to be Israel's first direct engagement with Iranian forces in Syrian territory.

NYT Middle East
Feb 10, 2018

He Fought for Iran's Environment and Was Arrested. Now, He's Dead.
Authorities say a well-known Iranian-Canadian professor killed himself in a Tehran prison, after he and other environmentalists are arrested. His family is demanding answers.

NYT Middle East
Feb 10, 2018

Who Are ‘the Beatles' of ISIS?
The four men from West London went to fight in Syria. They were known among Western hostages for their British accents — and their brutality. Two of the men are dead, and the remaining two were recently captured. Here's what is known about them.

NYT Middle East
Feb 10, 2018

Israel Strikes Iran in Syria, Losing Jet, as Conflict Moves Into Perilous Phase
Israel said it had launched a major attack after its F-16 came under Syrian fire. The events appeared to be Israel's first direct engagement with Iranian forces in Syrian territory.

NYT Middle East
Feb 10, 2018

After a Mosque Massacre, Egypt Strikes Back in Sinai
Egyptian Air Force pounded militant targets late Friday as part of a major operation in North Sinai. But the military provided scant detail about the operation.

NYT Middle East
Feb 10, 2018

Israel Attacks Targets in Syria After Iranian Drone Enters Israeli Airspace and Jet Crashes
Israel said it had launched a major attack after its F-16 came under Syrian fire. The events appeared to be Israel's first direct engagement with Iranian forces in the Golan Heights.

NYT Middle East
Feb 10, 2018

Israel Attacks Iranian Targets in Syria After Jet Crashes Under Fire
Israel said it had shot down an Iranian drone and launched a major attack after its F-16 came under fire. The events appeared to be Israel's first direct engagement with Iranian forces in the Golan Heights.

NYT Middle East
Feb 10, 2018

After Jet Crashes, Israel's Military Strikes Syria and Seizes Iranian Drone
The events appeared to be Israel's first direct engagement with Iranian forces in the Golan Heights and risked a new escalation in Syria's seven-year war.

NYT Middle East
Feb 08, 2018

It's Hard to Believe, but Syria's War Is Getting Even Worse
The conflict has broken into several small wars, and the carnage is reaching a new peak, upending any assumptions it might be nearing an end.

NYT Middle East
Feb 08, 2018

2 of ISIS' Infamous British Fighters Are Captured by Syrian Kurds
The men were part of a notorious group of Islamic State militants known as the "Beatles" because of their British accents.

NYT Middle East
Feb 08, 2018

2 of ISIS's Infamous British Fighters Are Captured by Syrian Kurds
The men were part of a notorious group of Islamic State militants known as the "Beatles" because of their British accents.

NYT Middle East
Feb 08, 2018

Far From Winding Down, Syria's War Escalates on Multiple Fronts
The conflict has broken into several small wars, and the carnage is reaching a new peak, upending any assumptions it might be nearing an end.

NYT Middle East
Feb 08, 2018

Netanyahu Lashes Out as Israeli Police Wrap Up Graft Inquiries
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused a police chief of "mendacious" insinuations against him. Critics say he is trying to discredit the investigations.

NYT Middle East
Feb 08, 2018

Iran Plays Down Report That U.S. Secretly Asked for Talks on Prisoners
The American inquiries were rejected, an official in Tehran said. "They have shown themselves as dishonest," he added, "so what is the use of new talks?"

NYT Middle East
Feb 08, 2018

U.S.-Backed Coalition in Syria Strikes Pro-Assad Forces
Americans say the coalition repelled an attack by forces backing President Bashar al-Assad in a rare confrontation between groups that have both fought ISIS.

NYT Middle East
Feb 07, 2018

On Northern Syria Front Line, U.S. and Turkey Head Into Tense Face-off
The New York Times traveled with two U.S. generals to a northern Syria city where armed conflict between the Americans and Turks is now a possibility.

NYT Middle East
Feb 07, 2018

Beirut Journal: Walking Tour of a City's History, Assassinations Included
Ronnie Chatah, who leads the tours, considers them a tribute to the city and to his father, who was killed by a car bomb in Lebanon in 2013.

NYT Middle East
Feb 06, 2018

‘Extreme' Suffering in Syria as Government Steps Up Bombing
More than 80 people were killed in rebel-held areas amid carnage that the United Nations called "outrageous" and an international failure.

NYT Middle East
Feb 06, 2018

Iran Returns Ailing U.S. Citizen to Prison in New Sign of Tension
Baquer Namazi, 81, an American citizen and former Unicef diplomat, was ordered back to Tehran's Evin Prison after a medical leave for heart problems.

NYT Middle East
Feb 06, 2018

Poland's President Supports Making Some Holocaust Statements a Crime
President Andrzej Duda said he would approve the law, but, in a concession to critics, he said the Constitutional Court would determine whether it violates freedom of speech.

NYT Middle East
Feb 05, 2018

From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables
Riyadh plans to build a $300 million solar farm that would generate enough electricity to power 200,000 homes, an example Saudi leaders hope will have positive consequences.

NYT Middle East
Feb 05, 2018

Videos of Syrian Militia Abusing Kurdish Fighter's Corpse Stir Outrage
"She's beautiful, man," a Syrian fighter says of the partly naked body in the video. The Free Syrian Army has ordered an investigation.

NYT Middle East
Feb 05, 2018

Machete-Wielding Attacker Shot in Presidential Complex in Tehran
The assailant, believed to be around 35, was dressed in a white shroud, symbolic in Shiite Islam of a willingness to die for one's cause.

NYT Middle East
Feb 04, 2018

Compulsory Veils? Half of Iranians Say ‘No' to Pillar of Revolution
A government study found that 49.8 percent of Iranians consider the Islamic veil a private matter. The report pits President Hassan Rouhani against hard-liners.

NYT Middle East
Feb 04, 2018

Turkey's Worst Day Yet in Syria Offensive: At Least 7 Soldiers Killed
Syrian rebels in the northern city of Afrin also destroyed at least one tank, a day after other rebels shot down a Russian warplane.

NYT Middle East
Feb 04, 2018

Thousands of ISIS Fighters Flee in Syria, Many to Fight Another Day
As some Islamic State fighters go into hiding and others slip into Turkey, the flow threatens to tarnish American declarations that the militant group has been largely defeated.

NYT Middle East
Feb 03, 2018

Archaeologists in Egypt Discover 4,400-Year-Old Tomb
The tomb is believed to belong to Hetpet, a powerful priestess, and it contains rare paintings of her hunting and fishing.

NYT Middle East
Feb 03, 2018

Russian Warplane Shot Down in Syria by Rebels, Defense Ministry Says
The jet was downed in Idlib in one of the country's so-called de-escalation zones. The pilot survived the initial attack by parachuting from the plane but was killed on the ground by militia members.

NYT Middle East
Feb 03, 2018

Secret Alliance: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Egypt, With Cairo's O.K.
Unmarked Israeli aircraft have been pounding Islamist militants in the North Sinai. Israel's role has been kept secret to prevent a backlash in Egypt.

NYT Middle East
Feb 03, 2018

Most Afghans Can't Read, but Their Book Trade Is Booming
Fueled by pent-up demand for both outside views and local authors, Kabul book publishers and sellers are flourishing — and feeding a need for escape.

NYT Middle East
Feb 02, 2018

Some Syrian Refugees Are Going Back to War Alongside Turkey
The Turkish operation to secure a buffer zone in Syria, mainly fighting U.S.-trained Kurds, is relying on the Free Syrian Army, also U.S.-trained.

NYT Middle East
Feb 02, 2018

Israel Moves to Expel Africans. Critics Say That's Not Jewish.
An Israeli government plan to deport African migrants spawns a protest invoking Jewish values and lessons of the Holocaust

NYT Middle East
Feb 02, 2018

Iran Arrests 29 Linked to Protests Against Compulsory Hijab
Many of those arrested were women. Police also seized six activists over anti-government protests, and a cleric said demonstrators could be executed.

NYT Middle East
Feb 02, 2018

About 90 Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Capsizes Near Libya
Increasing numbers of Pakistanis are trying to make the dangerous crossing to Europe, but it's not clear why.

NYT Middle East
Feb 02, 2018

The Saturday Profile: Haunted by Memories of Syrian Torture, Saved by Art
Najah al-Bukai, an artist who survived the Assad government's notorious detention centers, copes with the trauma by drawing what he and others went through.

NYT Middle East
Feb 01, 2018

Haim Gouri, Poetic Voice of a Rising Israel, Is Dead at 94
A journalist and author as well, Mr. Gouri was called the last of Israel's national poets and the conscience of the founding generation.

NYT Middle East
Feb 01, 2018

Poland Tries to Curb Holocaust Speech, and Israel Puts Up a Fight
The legislation, which would make it illegal to blame Poles for crimes committed by Nazi Germany, has risked rupturing ties with Israel and the United States.

NYT Middle East
Feb 01, 2018

A Visit to the Tense Front Line Between Kurds and Turks
A reporter's visit to the front line in Manbij, Syria, found that Kurdish rebels' fears of a Turkish advance have been dispelled by American military assurances of support.

NYT Middle East
Feb 01, 2018

As Strongmen Steamroll Their Opponents, U.S. is Silent
Across the world, autocratic leaders are engaging in increasingly brazen behavior as they dispense with even a fig leaf of democratic practice.

NYT Middle East
Feb 01, 2018

As Strongmen Steamroll Their Opponents, Trump is Silent
Autocratic leaders are acting more brazenly than ever, with little fear of rebuke from an American president who has sidelined human rights.

NYT Middle East
Feb 01, 2018

Kurds and Their Allies in Syria Count On Promises of U.S. Support
A reporter's visit to the front line in Manbij, Syria, found that Kurdish rebels' fears of a Turkish advance have been dispelled by American military assurances of support.

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