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NYT Middle East
Aug 21, 2019

Australia Is Third Country to Join U.S. in Patrolling Strait of Hormuz
"This is about freedom of shipping," said Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who denied that Australia was helping the United States put pressure on Iran.

NYT Middle East
Aug 20, 2019

What ‘Victory' Looks Like: A Journey Through Shattered Syria
On an eight-day visit, New York Times journalists given rare access to Syria found ruin, grief and generosity. What was missing after eight years of civil war? Young men and a middle class.

NYT Middle East
Aug 20, 2019

Syrian Forces Move Into Strategic Town, Tightening Grip on Rebels
Syria appeared close to seizing the town of Khan Sheikhoun, though clashes continued. The town lies on an important transportation corridor.

NYT Middle East
Aug 20, 2019

Pompeo Concedes Challenges on ISIS and North Korea, but Says Iran Policy Is Working
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the Islamic State had gained ground and that North Korea was a source of frustration.

NYT Middle East
Aug 20, 2019

A Journey to Explore What ‘Victory' Looks Like in a Shattered Syria
On an eight-day visit, three New York Times journalists given rare access to Syria found ruin, grief and generosity. What was missing after eight years of civil war? Young men and a middle class.

NYT Middle East
Aug 20, 2019

Al-Bashir Trial in Sudan Opens with Claim of $90 Million Payment From Saudis
A senior police officer said that the country's deposed leader had admitted to receiving the money.

NYT Middle East
Aug 19, 2019

Palestinian Authority Bans Activities by Gay Rights Group
The Palestinian group, Al Qaws, vowed to continue its work. A police spokesman said its activities violated the "ideals and values of Palestinian society."

NYT Middle East
Aug 19, 2019

Saudis Paid $90 Million to Sudan's Ex-Leader, Officer Says in al-Bashir Trial
A senior police officer said that Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the country's deposed leader, had admitted to receiving the money.

NYT Middle East
Aug 18, 2019

Blackface, Staple of Arab Comedy, Faces Surge of Criticism
The racist comedy trope, unacceptable in the West, is alive and well in mainstream Arab media.

NYT Middle East
Aug 17, 2019

Yemeni Separatists Relinquish Control of Buildings in Aden
The separatists' takeover of Aden has strained a Saudi-led military coalition formed to confront the Iranian-aligned Houthis, who bombed a Saudi oil facility on Saturday.

NYT Middle East
Aug 17, 2019

Houthis in Yemen Claim Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities
A Houthi spokesman called it the "biggest attack in the depths" of the kingdom, the world's top oil exporter, but a Saudi official said the attack had caused a "minor" fire and no casualties.

NYT Middle East
Aug 16, 2019

Peace Road Map for Afghanistan Will Let Taliban Negotiate Women's Rights
Afghanistan must "be free of fear and abuse" under a final peace deal, says the country's ambassador to Washington. An agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban, for new talks with Kabul, raises concerns that women may lose rights in future Afghan governments.

NYT Middle East
Aug 16, 2019

Tlaib Renounces Trip to West Bank Under Israel's Conditions
Israel said Ms. Tlaib could visit her grandmother in the West Bank if she agreed not to "promote boycotts." Ms. Tlaib initially agreed then canceled.

NYT Middle East
Aug 16, 2019

In Tlaib's Ancestral Village, Grandmother Weathers a Global Political Storm
Suddenly pulled into an international uproar, the 90-year-old grandmother of Representative Rashida Tlaib has barely kept up with the dizzying drama.

NYT Middle East
Aug 16, 2019

The Anti-Boycott Law Israel Used to Bar Both Omar and Tlaib
The nation has used the 2017 law to deny entry to some foreign supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

NYT Middle East
Aug 16, 2019

Rashida Tlaib Says She Won't Visit West Bank Under Israel's Conditions
Israel said on Friday that Ms. Tlaib could visit her grandmother in the West Bank if she agreed not to "promote boycotts." Ms. Tlaib canceled her trip.

NYT Middle East
Aug 16, 2019

The Law Israel Used to Initially Bar Both Omar and Tlaib
Israel has used the 2017 law to deny entry to foreign supporters of a movement to boycott the country. But it later said Representative Rashida Tlaib could enter on humanitarian grounds.

NYT Middle East
Aug 16, 2019

The Law Israel Used to Initially Bar Omar and Tlaib
Israel has used the 2017 law to deny entry to foreign supporters of a movement to boycott the country. But it later said Representative Rashida Tlaib could enter on humanitarian grounds.

NYT Middle East
Aug 16, 2019

Israeli Decision on Omar and Tlaib Inflames Politics in Two Countries
Mr. Trump's call to bar the two congresswomen was an extraordinary step to influence an allied nation and punish his political opponents at home.

NYT Middle East
Aug 16, 2019

Israel Says Rashida Tlaib Can Visit to See Her Grandmother
Israel had denied entry to two Congress members, Ms. Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, for supporting a boycott movement. The government now says Ms Tlaib can enter.

NYT Middle East
Aug 16, 2019

The Law Israel Used to Bar Omar and Tlaib
Israel has used the law, passed in 2017, to deny entry to outspoken foreign supporters of a movement to boycott the country.

NYT Middle East
Aug 15, 2019

The Law Israel Used to Keep Omar and Tlaib Out
Israel has used the law, passed in 2017, to deny entry to outspoken foreign supporters of a movement to boycott the country.

NYT Middle East
Aug 15, 2019

Israel Denies Entry to Omar and Tlaib After Trump's Call to Block Them
Mr. Trump's call to bar the two congresswomen was an extraordinary step to influence an allied nation and punish his political opponents at home.

NYT Middle East
Aug 15, 2019

Gibraltar Releases Iranian Tanker, Hours After U.S. Asked to Seize It
The government in the British territory said Thursday morning that the United States had applied to seize the Iranian vessel. By the afternoon, it had been released.

NYT Middle East
Aug 15, 2019

Trump Urges Israel to Block Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib
He said on Twitter while Israeli officials were deliberating the matter that "it would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit."

NYT Middle East
Aug 15, 2019

Israel Weighs Blocking Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from West Bank Visit
The move would reverse an earlier Israeli decision and would fly in the face of bipartisan support for the visit in the United States Congress.

NYT Middle East
Aug 15, 2019

U.S. Applies to Seize Iranian Tanker Held in Gibraltar
The legal basis for the request was not immediately clear. The local authorities have been considering its release to ease a weekslong standoff.

NYT Middle East
Aug 13, 2019

Iran Says Tanker Seized at Gibraltar Will Be Released Soon
British and Gibraltar officials declined to comment on the Iranian prediction that the Iranian tanker, held since July 4, would be let go.

NYT Middle East
Aug 10, 2019

Yemeni Separatists Oust Government in Key City, Complicating Peace Efforts
The government no longer has a foothold in two of the country's most important cities, even though it is internationally recognized.

NYT Middle East
Aug 10, 2019

Israeli Military Kills 4 Palestinian Militants After Attack at Gaza Border
Israeli forces said the men had been armed with assault rifles, anti-tank missiles and hand grenades, one of which was thrown.

NYT Middle East
Aug 10, 2019

Israeli Military Kills 4 Armed Palestinian Militants at Gaza Border
Israeli forces said the men had been armed with assault rifles, anti-tank missiles and hand grenades, one of which was thrown.

NYT Middle East
Aug 09, 2019

Will a New Plan End the War in Afghanistan?
Peace remains elusive after 18 years of war. A framework agreement between the United States and the Taliban will signal how it might be possible.

NYT Middle East
Aug 09, 2019

'A Civil War Within a Civil War' as Fighting Rages in Southern Yemen
Dozens have been killed as two forces that are supposed to be allies clashed in the city of Aden.

NYT Middle East
Aug 09, 2019

‘A Civil War Within a Civil War' as Fighting Rages in Southern Yemen
Dozens have been killed as two forces that are supposed to be allies clashed in the city of Aden.

NYT Middle East
Aug 09, 2019

A Canadian Citizen Held in Syrian Prisons is Set Free
Lebanese security officials helped negotiate the release of Kristian Lee Baxter, who had traveled to Syria last year in search of adventure.

NYT Middle East
Aug 09, 2019

U.N. Sounds Alarm Over Killings in Idlib as Syria Cease-Fire Collapses
A cease-fire agreement signed in Kazakhstan had produced a flicker of hope. But it lasted all of three days, with air force jets hitting targets in the province on Friday.

NYT Middle East
Aug 09, 2019

Hajj Begins as Muslims Flock to Mecca
Among the faithful making the annual pilgrimage are survivors and relatives of victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks.

NYT Middle East
Aug 08, 2019

U.S. and Turkey Avoid Conflict by Agreeing on Buffer Zone in Syria
Turkey wins American agreement for its longstanding demands for a safe zone along its border with Syria, but many details remain unresolved.

NYT Middle East
Aug 08, 2019

U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran's Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy
Accused C.I.A. spies are said to have been gathering intelligence on oil sales, data that the Americans want and that Iran wants to keep secret.

NYT Middle East
Aug 08, 2019

Yeshiva Student Found Stabbed to Death in West Bank
The killing set off a hunt for the assailant by the Israeli Army, which was treating his death as a terrorist attack. Investigators were pursuing the possibility of a botched abduction.

NYT Middle East
Aug 07, 2019

U.S. and Turkey Agree on Buffer Zone in Northeastern Syria
Turkey wins American agreement for its longstanding demands for a safe zone along its border with Syria, but many details remain unresolved.

NYT Middle East
Aug 07, 2019

U.S. and Turkey Agree on Peace Corridor in Northeastern Syria
Turkey wins American agreement for its longstanding demands for a safe zone along its border with Syria, but many details remain unresolved.

NYT Middle East
Aug 07, 2019

A Yearslong Battle Over Kafka's Legacy Ends in Jerusalem
The arrival in Israel of a final batch of the writer's documents serves as a coda to a legal saga that many compared to a Kafka novel.

NYT Middle East
Aug 06, 2019

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NYT Middle East
Aug 06, 2019

If You Live in Saudi Arabia, How Will the New Travel and Work Rights Affect You?
Tell us what you hope will come from the recently announced changes to the "guardianship" system.

NYT Middle East
Aug 05, 2019

U.K. Joins U.S.-led Effort to Protect Ships in Strait of Hormuz
Tensions between Britain and Iran have risen since Iran seized a tanker in July. Monday's decision was an acknowledgment that British efforts to create a European-led task force have proved difficult.

NYT Middle East
Aug 05, 2019

Egypt Ties Deadly Car Explosion to Terrorism
A vehicle packed with explosives that was driven against traffic in Cairo crashed into three cars and exploded, killing at least 20 people.

NYT Middle East
Aug 04, 2019

Iran Says It Has Seized Another Oil Tanker in Persian Gulf
State news media reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps had seized a ship smuggling fuel to Arab countries and had detained the foreign crew.

NYT Middle East
Aug 04, 2019

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NYT Middle East
Aug 04, 2019

Iran Seizes Oil Tanker in Persian Gulf
State news media reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps had seized a ship smuggling fuel to Arab countries and detained the foreign crew.

NYT Middle East
Aug 03, 2019

ISIS, Eyeing Europe, Could Launch Attacks This Year, U.N. Warns
Less than five months after its military defeat in Syria, the group is considering attacks designed to "exacerbate existing dissent and unrest" in European nations.

NYT Middle East
Aug 02, 2019

Saudi Arabia Extends New Rights to Women in Blow to Oppressive System
Saudi women will be able to travel without a man's permission and receive equal treatment in the workplace, eroding the a system that made women second-class citizens.

NYT Middle East
Aug 02, 2019

Yemen Officials: Al-Qaida Kills at Least 20 at Military Camp
Islamic militants — both Yemen's Al Qaeda branch and the Islamic State group's affiliate — have exploited the chaos of the civil war to carry out bombings, shootings and assassinations.

NYT Middle East
Aug 02, 2019

U.S. Military Calls ISIS in Afghanistan a Threat to the West. Intelligence Officials Disagree.
As officials debate whether to withdraw all western troops from Afghanistan, the power of the Islamic State emerges as a key question.

NYT Middle East
Aug 02, 2019

Saudi Arabia Chips Away at Oppressive System by Granting Women Travel Rights
Saudi women hailed the new rights as a major step in a long-term social evolution.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

Saudi Arabia Says Women Can Travel Without Male Guardians
The kingdom said that women could get passports, travel and work without the permission of a male guardian.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

Four Killed at Sudan Protest, and Tensions Rise
The shootings come just three days after paramilitary forces fired on demonstrators, killing five teenagers and an adult.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

Letters Show How Osama bin Laden Groomed Son for Al Qaeda
Osama bin Laden's son was being groomed to lead Al Qaeda and was seen as crucial for luring younger recruits, who have flocked to ISIS instead.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

Israelis Brace for a New Election. The Real Contest May Come Later.
With polls showing the major parties deadlocked, Israelis already seem to be looking past the Sept. 17 election to the bruising coalition negotiations expected to follow.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

Syria Says it Agrees to Cease-fire in Rebel Stronghold
The decision came hours after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres authorized an investigation into attacks on health facilities and schools in the rebel-held enclave, following a petition from 10 members of the U.N. Security Council.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

Death of Hamza bin Laden Seen as Blow to Al Qaeda's Future
Osama bin Laden's son was being groomed to lead Al Qaeda and was seen as crucial for luring younger recruits, who have flocked to ISIS instead.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

Israel's Last Election Had No Winner. Will There Be One This Time?
The inconclusive election in April showed that in the upcoming do-over ballot in September, a victory may be less about the vote and more about the subsequent coalition negotiations.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

Saudi Arabia Frees Doctor With U.S. Citizenship After 21 Months
The kingdom never explained why it detained Dr. Walid Fitaihi, a dual Saudi-American citizen, for 21 months, or whether he was charged with a crime.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

Dozens Killed in Yemen in Attacks on Military Parade and Police Station
The Houthi movement said it had struck the parade in Aden, the seat of Saudi-backed forces, with an air assault. Separately, police officers were killed by a suicide bomber.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

U.S. Sanctions on Foreign Minister Unite Iran's Fractious Elite
Iranian officialdom, often seen as deeply split, stood unified behind Mohammad Javad Zarif, while the White House seemed divided.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

Hamza bin Laden Sought to Continue His Father's Terrorism Legacy
Osama bin Laden's son, who has reportedly been killed, had pledged to take up his father's fight and was being groomed to lead Al Qaeda.

NYT Middle East
Aug 01, 2019

At Least 32 Killed in Attacks on Yemen Military Parade and Police Station
The Houthi movement said it had struck the parade in Aden, the seat of the government, with drones and missiles, and an explosives-laden car blew up at a police station.

NYT Middle East
Jul 31, 2019

Trump Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran's Top Diplomat
Officials described the foreign minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who worked closely with the Obama administration, as part of a "propaganda arm."

NYT Middle East
Jul 31, 2019

Lebanese Band's Concert Is Canceled After It's Accused of Blasphemy
Critics denounced Mashrou' Leila, and a festival canceled an upcoming concert by the group, raising concerns about freedom of expression in the relatively moderate, multi-sectarian country.

NYT Middle East
Jul 31, 2019

Israel Is Expected to Approve Surge in Jewish Construction in West Bank
The government gave rare permission for some Palestinian housing, but is expected to endorse about 10 times as many units for settlers.

NYT Middle East
Jul 31, 2019

Former Mayor of Tehran Is Sentenced to Death in Wife's Killing
Mohammad Ali Najafi was arrested in May after turning himself in to the police and purportedly confessing to shooting his wife.

NYT Middle East
Jul 31, 2019

If These Walls Could Talk: A War Correspondent Revisits a Hotel of Ghosts
The Liwan — where journalists such as Anthony Shadid often stayed — once hummed with Syria's hopes and fears.

NYT Middle East
Jul 30, 2019

Princess Haya, Wife of Dubai's Ruler, Seeks Protective Order
The request came at the opening of a closely watched legal battle between Princess Haya, who fled Dubai with her two children, and Sheikh Mohammed.

NYT Middle East
Jul 30, 2019

U.N. Agency for Palestinian Refugees Faces Accusations of Misconduct
An internal ethics report alleges that an "inner circle" in the agency's top management engaged in abuses of authority for personal gain and for suppressing dissent.

NYT Middle East
Jul 29, 2019

Cyprus Rape Case That Roiled Israel Falls Apart, With 12 Suspects Freed
A dozen Israeli teenagers accused of raping a British tourist in a Cyprus resort have been freed, and the accuser was arrested on charges of making a false accusation.

NYT Middle East
Jul 28, 2019

Iran Links British Seizure of Oil Tanker to Ailing Nuclear Deal
Iran is trying to increase the pressure on European nations to make good on the promised financial benefits of the nuclear agreement.

NYT Middle East
Jul 28, 2019

Rape Case That Roiled Israel Falls Apart, With 12 Suspects Freed
A dozen Israeli teenagers accused of raping a British tourist in a Cyprus resort have been freed, and the accuser was arrested on charges of making a false accusation.

NYT Middle East
Jul 27, 2019

Bahrain Executes 3 Men, Including 2 Shiite Activists on ‘Terrorism Crimes'
The two activists were convicted in a mass terrorism trial in connection with the killing a police officer. Amnesty International says they were tortured into confessing.

NYT Middle East
Jul 27, 2019

‘Her Eyes Were Full of Fear.' Turkey Repatriates Children of ISIS Followers.
The country is allowing some of the wives and children of the terror group's loyalists to return home from Iraq.

NYT Middle East
Jul 27, 2019

Is B.D.S. Anti-Semitic? A Closer Look at the Boycott Israel Campaign
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement aims to press Israel to change its policies toward the Palestinians. It has generated heated debate and much misinformation.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2019

An American Aimed to See Every Country in the World. Then He Hit Syria.
Sam Goodwin, 30, had visited 183 countries before he was detained in Syria. After being held for two months, he was reunited with his family.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2019

Syria Releases American Citizen Held for 2 Months
Sam Goodwin, 30, was on a quest to visit every country in the world. He made it to 180 countries before he was detained in Syria.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2019

She's 14, Disabled From a Bomb Blast and One of Iraq's Top Table Tennis Players
Najla Imad Lafta survived a bomb placed under her father's car but was missing three limbs and saw little point in life. Then she discovered a sport in which she excels.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2019

Syria Releases American Citizen
A Lebanese official negotiated the release of Sam Goodwin, a U.S. citizen who had been held in Syria for two months.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2019

British Airways Resumes Cairo Flights After Security Review
The airline suspended travel to the Egyptian capital six days ago, after the British government warned of a heightened risk of terrorist attacks.

NYT Middle East
Jul 26, 2019

Iran Releases 9 Indian Sailors From Seized Tanker
At a time of conflict with the United States and its allies, Iran freed most of the crew to keep friendly relations with India.

NYT Middle East
Jul 25, 2019

In Escalation, Iran Tests Medium-Range Missile, U.S. Official Says
A military official said on Thursday that Iran had fired a Shahab-3 medium-range missile on Wednesday, but added that the test did not pose a threat to Western interests in the region.

NYT Middle East
Jul 25, 2019

About 150 Migrants Drown in Shipwreck Off Libya
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said those who drowned were probably trying to reach Italy, whose anti-immigrant government has sought to seal its coastline.

NYT Middle East
Jul 25, 2019

About 150 Migrants Drown off Libya in Largest Loss of Life in Mediterranean This Year
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said those who drowned were probably trying to reach Italy, whose anti-immigrant government has sought to seal its coastline.

NYT Middle East
Jul 25, 2019

Jordan Creates Artificial Reef From Decommissioned Military Vehicles
The Red Sea port city of Aqaba is promoting the environmental and tourism benefits of the new underwater museum.

NYT Middle East
Jul 24, 2019

Suggesting a Tanker Swap, Iran Hints at a Compromise
President Hassan Rouhani's offer may be a gesture toward reducing the escalating tensions between Iran and the West.

NYT Middle East
Jul 23, 2019

Iran Tells Boris Johnson It Doesn't Want Confrontation, but Will Protect Itself
The comments came shortly after Boris Johnson won the contest to become Britain's prime minister and days after Iran seized a British tanker.

NYT Middle East
Jul 22, 2019

Airstrikes Hit Market in Rebel-Held Syrian Town, Killing 27, Activists Say
The escalation of violence comes as the Syrian military struggles to advance into the last major strongholds of rebel forces.

NYT Middle East
Jul 22, 2019

Even as Tensions With Iran Rise Over Seized Ship, U.K. Stays ‘Committed' to Nuclear Deal
Despite Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker, Britain is not moving into closer collaboration with the Trump administration's showdown with Iran.

NYT Middle East
Jul 22, 2019

Iran Claims to Have Arrested and Sentenced to Death U.S. Spies
Tehran often makes similar unverified statements, but the latest announcement comes at a time of acute tension. President Trump said the claims had "zero truth."

NYT Middle East
Jul 22, 2019

With Guns, Cash and Terrorism, Gulf States Vie for Power in Somalia
In a battle for influence, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have both sent money and weapons to Somalia. A secret recording suggests that militants may be working with the Qataris.

NYT Middle East
Jul 22, 2019

Iran Claims to Have Arrested and Executed U.S. Spies
Tehran often makes similar unverified claims, but the latest announcement comes at a time of rare peril in relations with Washington.

NYT Middle East
Jul 22, 2019

Israel Begins Tearing Down Palestinian Housing on Edge of East Jerusalem
Bulldozers began demolishing the first of 10 mostly unfinished apartment buildings in a Palestinian area.

NYT Middle East
Jul 22, 2019

Iran Claims to Arrest 17 U.S. Spies but Offers Few Details
Iran often makes similar, unverified claims, but the latest announcement comes at a time of rare peril in relations with Washington.

NYT Middle East
Jul 22, 2019

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