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NYT Middle East
Apr 06, 2020

Autocrats' Dilemma: You Can't Arrest a Virus
The world's strongmen are reverting to their standard playbook to project an aura of control. It's a risky strategy for a chaotic crisis.

NYT Middle East
Apr 03, 2020

U.K. Backs Off Medical Rationing Plan as Coronavirus Rages
Britain has long offered public guidance on when to deny lifesaving treatment but has hesitated with the coronavirus. Many worry that decisions may harm the poor, the aged and people with disabilities.

NYT Middle East
Apr 03, 2020

In Britain's Triage System, Fear That ‘Terrible Decisions Could Be Made'
Britain has long offered public guidance on when to deny lifesaving treatment but has hesitated with the coronavirus. Many worry that decisions may harm the poor, the aged and people with disabilities.

NYT Middle East
Apr 01, 2020

Trump Warns Iran of Heightened Retaliation for Any Attacks on U.S. Troops
Democratic leaders cautioned the president privately that he must consult lawmakers before taking military action.

NYT Middle East
Apr 01, 2020

Iran, Devastated by Coronavirus, Says U.S. Sanctions Are Taking Lives
Iran, devastated by the coronavirus, is asking the U.S. to lift sanctions on humanitarian grounds. U.S. officials say sanctions aren't to blame; Iran is.

NYT Middle East
Apr 01, 2020

Iran Says U.S. Sanctions Are Taking Lives. U.S. Officials Disagree.
Iran, devastated by the coronavirus, is asking the U.S. to lift sanctions on humanitarian grounds. U.S. officials say sanctions aren't to blame; Iran is.

NYT Middle East
Apr 01, 2020

How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect Covid-19 Hot Spots Early
Scientists have persuaded Britons and Israelis to fill out questionnaires about their health, to get ahead of the coronavirus by getting resources to the right place. The U.S. is next.

NYT Middle East
Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus in Israel: Cases Soar Among Ultra-Orthodox Jews
Failure to comply with government restrictions is causing the coronavirus to spread in ultra-Orthodox communities up to eight times faster than elsewhere in Israel.

NYT Middle East
Mar 30, 2020

For Shut-In Pilgrims, the World's Holiest Sites Are a Click Away
The pandemic has closed holy sites across the globe, but virtual reality is providing worshipers a digital window into ceremonies during touchstone holidays.

NYT Middle East
Mar 29, 2020

Oil Prices Crash, Virus Hits, Commerce Stops: Iraq Is in Trouble.
Iraq depends on oil revenues, which have plummeted. The country is so desperate it is asking for donations to help it weather the pandemic.

NYT Middle East
Mar 29, 2020

Egypt's Female Lion Tamers Show the Men How to Do It
The broader struggle for women's equality may be lagging in Egypt, but six women dominate the field of lion taming in the country.

NYT Middle East
Mar 27, 2020

U.S. Cuts Health Care Aid to Yemen Despite Worries About Coronavirus
The Trump administration cited interference by Houthi rebels. But humanitarian groups and some Democrats asked for a delay because of the pandemic.

NYT Middle East
Mar 27, 2020

Pentagon Order to Plan for Escalation in Iraq Meets Warning From Top Commander
A secret Pentagon directive orders planning to try to destroy a militia group backed by Iran, but America's top general in Iraq cautions of the risks.

NYT Middle East
Mar 27, 2020

As Turkey Ends Inquiry, Prospects Dim for Justice in Khashoggi Killing
Efforts to hold Saudi officials accountable for the killing of the dissident journalist continue, but any punishment appears unlikely.

NYT Middle East
Mar 26, 2020

Benny Gantz, Breaking Vows, Says He Would Serve Under Netanyahu
Citing the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Gantz, who nearly defeated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three straight elections, said he would explore a "national emergency government."

NYT Middle East
Mar 26, 2020

Benny Gantz Agrees to Become Speaker of Israeli Parliament
The move paved the way for Mr. Gantz to sit in an emergency unity government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and broke up his centrist Blue and White party.

NYT Middle East
Mar 25, 2020

In Israel, a Time to Pray Amid a Health Crisis
When an emergency medical team had a break, they stopped to pray, one member facing Mecca and the other Jerusalem. A photo of it struck a chord.

NYT Middle East
Mar 25, 2020

Israeli Parliament Speaker Quits, But Political Deadlock No Closer to an End
The resignation of Yuli Edelstein, an ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's, will allow opposition lawmakers to take control of the legislative process.

NYT Middle East
Mar 25, 2020

Turkey Indicts 20 Saudis in Jamal Khashoggi's Killing
The dissident Saudi writer was killed in his country's Istanbul consulate in 2018. But the Turkish case is unlikely to come to trial.

NYT Middle East
Mar 25, 2020

Israeli Parliament Speaker Quits, Easing Constitutional Turmoil
The resignation of Yuli Edelstein, an ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will allow opposition lawmakers to take control of the legislative process.

NYT Middle East
Mar 24, 2020

A ‘Golden Kilometer' Rises Along Tel Aviv's Waterfront
Apartments facing the Mediterranean are in high demand among expatriates and well-heeled locals.

NYT Middle East
Mar 23, 2020

U.S. and U.A.E. Troops Hold Major Exercise Amid Virus and Iran Tensions
The biennial exercise, called Native Fury, shows the close ties between American forces and the U.A.E.

NYT Middle East
Mar 23, 2020

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets
Tracking entire populations to combat the pandemic now could open the doors to more invasive forms of government snooping later.

NYT Middle East
Mar 22, 2020

Citing Threat to Israeli Democracy, Netanyahu Opponents Take Battle to Supreme Court
Critics accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a "coup d'état" under the cover of the coronavirus. He says he is saving lives.

NYT Middle East
Mar 22, 2020

In a Pandemic, Religion Can Be a Balm and a Risk
As scientists and politicians struggle for a response to the coronavirus, many people are turning to faith. But some practices raise public health concerns.

NYT Middle East
Mar 22, 2020

For Children Fleeing War, a Tent Becomes a School
In northwestern Syria, children forced from their homes cannot remember a normal life. Volunteer teachers are trying to give them one.

NYT Middle East
Mar 22, 2020

As U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan, Diplomats Are Left to Fill Uncertain Mission
The future role of the American Embassy in Kabul is tied to the fate of the peace process and a military withdrawal, even as violence continues.

NYT Middle East
Mar 21, 2020

As Iran Reels, Trump Aides Clash Over Escalating Military Showdown
Sharp debates among top administration aides reveal divisions in how to confront Iran and its Shiite militia proxies in Iraq.

NYT Middle East
Mar 21, 2020

Iran Releases French Academic in a Prisoner Swap
Roland Marchal has been imprisoned in Iran since June on national security charges. France reportedly freed an Iranian engineer wanted in the United States over alleged sanctions violations.

NYT Middle East
Mar 21, 2020

MBS: The Rise of a Saudi Prince
Mohammed bin Salman was the sixth son of the 25th son of a king — in short, a man seemingly destined for obscurity. It didn't work out that way.

NYT Middle East
Mar 21, 2020

Trump Aides Clash Over Response to Iranian-Backed Attacks in Iraq
Sharp debates among top administration aides reveal divisions in how to confront Iran and its Shiite militia proxies in Iraq.

NYT Middle East
Mar 20, 2020

How the Promise of American Jobs Became Entangled in a Faraway War
Arms sales to Middle Eastern allies that were meant to shore up American jobs are supplying the bombs that have killed thousands of civilians in Yemen. How responsible is the U.S. government?

NYT Middle East
Mar 19, 2020

Hundreds of Israelis Protest Netanyahu's Strict Measures
Demonstrators, defying coronavirus fears, took to a main highway into Jerusalem to condemn what they say are antidemocratic moves by the prime minister since his March 2 election defeat.

NYT Middle East
Mar 19, 2020

‘Wash Our Hands? Some People Can't Wash Their Kids for a Week.'
In devastated northwestern Syria, the coronavirus may already be spreading in packed displacement camps, and the international response is weeks behind.

NYT Middle East
Mar 19, 2020

Americans Held Overseas in Iran and Lebanon Are Freed
Amer Fakhoury had been held in Beirut on decades-old charges. Separately, Michael R. White, a U.S. Navy veteran and cancer patient, was released from an Iranian prison.

NYT Middle East
Mar 19, 2020

Hundreds of Israelis Mount Protest Convoy as Netanyahu Clings On
Demonstrators, defying coronavirus fears, took to a main highway into Jerusalem to condemn what they say are antidemocratic moves by the prime minister since his March 2 election defeat.

NYT Middle East
Mar 18, 2020

‘We Are Frightened': U.K. Doctors Brace for a Coronavirus Explosion
Hospitals will soon be overwhelmed with patients they can't treat properly, doctors say, because of the British government's mishandling of the pandemic.

NYT Middle East
Mar 18, 2020

Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by 2 Trailblazers of Probability and Dynamics
Hillel Furstenberg, 84, and Gregory Margulis, 74, both retired professors, share the mathematics equivalent of a Nobel Prize.

NYT Middle East
Mar 18, 2020

Netanyahu's Bold Moves: Fighting a Virus or Risking Democracy?
Israel's prime minister has shut down the courts and ordered the government to track people by their cellphone data in the name of fighting an epidemic.

NYT Middle East
Mar 17, 2020

Power Struggle Hampers Iran's Coronavirus Response
President Hassan Rouhani has been severely criticized for not acting forcefully against the epidemic. Now he and the military, newly empowered to intervene, are fighting over control.

NYT Middle East
Mar 16, 2020

Airlines Cut International Flights in Response to the Pandemic
The service cuts are major, but you can still get from here to there if you need to.

NYT Middle East
Mar 16, 2020

With Cease-Fire in Place, Syrians Return for Belongings, but Not to Stay
A few of the hundreds of thousands displaced by the fighting are trickling back. But few, if any, say they believe the quiet will last.

NYT Middle East
Mar 16, 2020

To Track Coronavirus, Israel Moves to Tap Secret Trove of Cellphone Data
The information, intended for use in counterterrorism, would help identify people who have crossed paths with known patients.

NYT Middle East
Mar 15, 2020

Benny Gantz, With Thin Majority, Wins Chance to Form Israeli Government
In a first, all 15 members of the combined slate of predominantly Arab parties joined lawmakers from Jewish parties in recommending Mr. Gantz over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

NYT Middle East
Mar 15, 2020

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions and Bans Globally: Updating List
Nations across the world have imposed travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Here, the current list of countries limiting entry.

NYT Middle East
Mar 15, 2020

Benny Gantz, With Thin Majority, Wins Chance to Form an Israeli Government
In a first, all 15 members of the combined slate of predominantly Arab parties joined lawmakers from Jewish parties in recommending Mr. Gantz over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

NYT Middle East
Mar 15, 2020

Netanyahu's Corruption Trial Delayed Until May Over Coronavirus
Opponents accuse the embattled Israeli prime minister of exploiting the health emergency to save himself politically.

NYT Middle East
Mar 14, 2020

Coronavirus Travel Restrictions, Across the Globe
Nations across the world have imposed travel restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Here, the current list of countries limiting entry.

NYT Middle East
Mar 14, 2020

Saudi Law Granted Women New Freedoms. Their Families Don't Always Agree.
Women in the conservative kingdom are finding they have to negotiate with their relatives newly granted permissions to work, drive and travel.

NYT Middle East
Mar 13, 2020

At the Iranian Border, Iraqis Try to Keep a Virus From Entering
Iran has one of the world's largest concentrations of the coronavirus. Iraq has had few cases, and wants to keep it that way. Things can get testy.

NYT Middle East
Mar 13, 2020

U.S. Airstrikes Kill Iraqi Soldiers and Police, Iraqi Officials Say
Iraqi officers said that the retaliatory strikes against pro-Iranian militias instead hit regular forces, police officers and a civilian.

NYT Middle East
Mar 13, 2020

Turkey Steps Back From Confrontation at Greek Border
The country is winding down an aggressive two-week operation to move tens of thousands of migrants to its frontiers. But relations with Greece and Europe have suffered.

NYT Middle East
Mar 13, 2020

Israel's Coronavirus Crisis Lets Netanyahu Seize the Initiative
Amid a yearlong political and legal imbroglio, a deadly contagion may give Israel's embattled prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, a new lease on political life.

NYT Middle East
Mar 13, 2020

U.S. Airstrikes Kill Iraqi Soldiers and Police, Officials Say
Iraqi officers said that the retaliatory strikes against pro-Iranian militias instead hit regular forces, police officers and a civilian.

NYT Middle East
Mar 13, 2020

3 Men Sentenced to 125 Years Each in Drowning of Syrian Refugee Boy
A Turkish court sentenced each man to 125 years in jail for the death of five refugees, including Alan Kurdi, 2, whose body washed up on a beach.

NYT Middle East
Mar 12, 2020

U.S. Carries Out Retaliatory Strikes on Iranian-Backed Militia in Iraq
American warplanes hit weapons storage facilities in southern Iraq in a strike intended to destroy rockets like the ones fired at U.S. and British troops on Wednesday.

NYT Middle East
Mar 12, 2020

U.S. Carries Out Retaliatory Strikes on Iranian-Backed Militias in Iraq
American warplanes hit militia weapons storage facilities in southern Iraq in a strike designed to destroy rockets like those fired at U.S. and British troops.

NYT Middle East
Mar 12, 2020

In Iraq Attack, a Rudimentary Insurgent Tactic Allows Little Defense
The attack in Taji on Wednesday involved about 30 rockets, more than a dozen of which hit the base, killing three service members.

NYT Middle East
Mar 12, 2020

Esper Says ‘All Options Are on the Table' After U.S. Deaths in Iraq
"Let me be clear: The United States will not tolerate attacks against our people, our interests or our allies," Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said.

NYT Middle East
Mar 12, 2020

Israel Faces a Defining Question: How Much Democracy Should Arabs Get?
Netanyahu could be ousted if Jewish lawmakers accept Arab support. But to many Israelis, that is unthinkable.

NYT Middle East
Mar 11, 2020

Rocket Attack Kills Three U.S. Coalition Members in Iraq
Rockets struck Camp Taji where Iraqi, American and other coalition troops are based. Hours later coalition airstrikes targeted Iranian- backed groups.

NYT Middle East
Mar 10, 2020

Behind the Russia-Saudi Breakup, Calculations and Miscalculations
It was a marriage of convenience based on oil. When it came apart, it sent the markets reeling.

NYT Middle East
Mar 09, 2020

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Had Been Lying Low. That's Over.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seemed to be keeping a low profile. Then he detained senior members of the royal family and started an oil price war.

NYT Middle East
Mar 09, 2020

In Egypt, Tourists Torn Between Ancient Temples and Coronavirus Tests
Egyptian officials insist that it's safe to visit. But on Monday, tourists in the ancient city of Luxor were confined to their hotels as doctors tested for the virus.

NYT Middle East
Mar 09, 2020

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Had Been Laying Low. That's Over.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seemed to be keeping a low profile. Then he detained senior members of the royal family and started an oil price war.

NYT Middle East
Mar 09, 2020

U.S. Military Reviewing Iraq Operations After 2 Troops Die Fighting ISIS
They were clearing a large, well-defended cave complex alongside Iraqi counterterrorism forces in a mountainous northern area of the country, officials said.

NYT Middle East
Mar 09, 2020

Two U.S. Special Operations Troops Are Killed Fighting ISIS in Iraq
They were clearing a large, well-defended cave complex alongside Iraqi counterterrorism forces in mountains near Makhmur, officials said.

NYT Middle East
Mar 09, 2020

Two U.S. Special Operations Troops Killed Fighting ISIS in Iraq
They were clearing a large, well-defended cave complex alongside Iraqi counterterrorism forces in mountains near Makhmur, officials said.

NYT Middle East
Mar 08, 2020

Oil Prices Dive as Saudi Arabia Takes Aim at Russian Production
Russia on Friday rejected an agreement with OPEC on cuts in oil supplies to bolster prices.

NYT Middle East
Mar 08, 2020

Saudi Arabia, in Move Aimed at Russia, Cuts Oil Prices and May Raise Production
The action comes after Russia on Friday rejected an agreement with OPEC on cuts in oil supplies to bolster prices.

NYT Middle East
Mar 08, 2020

As Tensions Rise With Iran, So Does Interest in Art It Inspired
This year, several museums in the United States will feature works by Iranian artists in exile.

NYT Middle East
Mar 08, 2020

Saudi Arabia Expected to Raise Oil Production, Further Pressuring Prices
The move comes after an OPEC meeting on Friday with Russia failed to agree on cuts in oil production.

NYT Middle East
Mar 07, 2020

Roundup of Saudi Royals Expands With Detention of a 4th Prince
The arrests have raised questions about whether the crown prince was on the verge of taking full power from his father, King Salman.

NYT Middle East
Mar 07, 2020

A 4th Saudi Prince Detained by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
The latest wave of arrests has raised questions about whether the crown prince was on the verge of taking full power from his father, King Salman.

NYT Middle East
Mar 07, 2020

Lebanon Will Default on Foreign Debt Payment Amid Deepening Economic Crisis
The decision will appease protesters who have clamored for the government to prioritize domestic concerns. But it does little to solve the nation's financial woes.

NYT Middle East
Mar 06, 2020

On Nile Cruiser, 12 Crew Test Positive for Virus, and Egypt Fears Broader Outbreak
The sudden surge of cases stoked growing fears among a nervous Egyptian public of a much larger number of infections than their government has either detected or declared.

NYT Middle East
Mar 06, 2020

Saudi Arabia: Three Members of Royal Family Are Arrested
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has detained a brother of the king, a former crown prince and a cousin, a sign of how fully he has consolidated power.

NYT Middle East
Mar 06, 2020

‘The Only Choice Is to Wait for Death'
Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Syria's war ended up in Idlib city. But with the front line just five miles away, the city may not be a refuge much longer.

NYT Middle East
Mar 06, 2020

Governments Point Fingers Over Coronavirus as Death Toll Mounts
The head of the World Health Organization said it was "not a time for excuses," but some countries have been busily exchanging blame.

NYT Middle East
Mar 06, 2020

Dubai Ruler Imprisoned His Daughters and Threatened One of His Wives, U.K. Court Rules
Accusations against Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai were validated in a child custody case.

NYT Middle East
Mar 05, 2020

Aggrieved Women in Dubai Ruler's Life Find Vindication in a British Court
Accusations that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai imprisoned two grown daughters and threatened one of his many wives were validated in a child custody case.

NYT Middle East
Mar 05, 2020

Putin and Erdogan Reach Accord to Halt Fighting in Syria
As President Vladimir V. Putin welcomed Turkey's leader to Moscow, his primary goal is to protect his long-term project of dividing NATO.

NYT Middle East
Mar 05, 2020

Russia and Turkey, at Odds Over Syria, Search for a Way Forward
As President Vladimir V. Putin welcomes Turkey's leader to Moscow, his primary goal is to protect his long-term project of dividing NATO.

NYT Middle East
Mar 04, 2020

Israel's Right Had a Good Election. So Did Israeli Arabs. That May Be No Coincidence.
Arab lawmakers won a record number of seats in Israel's election, even as the Israeli right also made gains.

NYT Middle East
Mar 04, 2020

Deadlocked After 3 Elections, Israel Seeks Ways to Avert a 4th
The prospect of yet another failure to form a government raises questions about the functioning of Israeli democracy and has lit a fire under politicians, who are desperate to avoid further stalemate.

NYT Middle East
Mar 04, 2020

Translator Accused of Revealing U.S. Secrets Amid Tensions With Iran
Prosecutors said a contractor shared the names of informants — among the government's most closely held secrets — to a Lebanese man with ties to an Iran-backed group.

NYT Middle East
Mar 04, 2020

With Oil Prices Down 20%, OPEC Pushes for Stability
A meeting of oil ministers is trying to agree to cuts in output as the coronavirus outbreak slows economic activity.

NYT Middle East
Mar 04, 2020

Why Netanyahu Seems Unsinkable
The Israeli prime minister's fervent base can make President Trump's look pallid. And they don't care that he has been charged with corruption.

NYT Middle East
Mar 04, 2020

Deadlocked in 3 Elections, Israel Seeks Ways to Avert a 4th
Benjamin Netanyahu is looking for defectors to build a majority, but his opponents are holding fast, determined to see him off into retirement.

NYT Middle East
Mar 04, 2020

U.S. Will Drop Limits on Virus Testing, Pence Says
President Trump was weighing more restrictions on travelers arriving from abroad. The U.S. death toll rose to nine, including two who died last week and were later confirmed to have been infected.

NYT Middle East
Mar 03, 2020

Iran Crosses a Key Threshold: It Again Has Sufficient Fuel for a Bomb
So far, the evidence suggests that Iran's recent actions are calculated to pressure the Trump administration and Europe rather than rushing for a bomb.

NYT Middle East
Mar 03, 2020

Ace of Base: Why Netanyahu Seems Unsinkable
The Israeli prime minister's fervent base can make President Trump's look pallid. And they don't care that he has been charged with corruption.

NYT Middle East
Mar 03, 2020

Live Coronavirus Updates and Coverage
President Trump was weighing more restrictions on travelers arriving from other countries. In Italy and Iran, cases and deaths rose sharply.

NYT Middle East
Mar 03, 2020

Coronavirus Updates: 9 Dead in Seattle Area. In N.Y., Hospital Staff May Have Been Exposed.
President Trump is weighing more restrictions on travelers arriving from other countries. Abroad, cases and deaths in Italy and Iran rose sharply.

NYT Middle East
Mar 03, 2020

Coronavirus Updates: Washington State Coronavirus Toll Rises
The earliest known U.S. fatality raised the death toll, as the cases and deaths also jumped in Iran and Italy. Iran said it would release 54,000 prison inmates to curb the spread of the virus.

NYT Middle East
Mar 03, 2020

Coronavirus Updates: Doubts Cast on U.S. Testing Capacity
With the virus spreading and epidemics in Iran, Italy and South Korea showing no signs of slowing, governments worked to devise plans to combat the pathogen without causing widespread social disruption and economic upheaval.

NYT Middle East
Mar 03, 2020

Iran's Coronavirus Response: Pride, Paranoia, Secrecy, Chaos
Iranian leaders once predicted the coronavirus epidemic ravaging China would not affect their country. Now Iran has among the most coronavirus deaths outside China, and Iranian medical workers have been told to keep quiet.

NYT Middle East
Mar 03, 2020

Israel's Election: 7 Takeaways
Benjamin Netanyahu has a narrow lead in Israel's third general election in year, but he still might not be able to form a government.

NYT Middle East
Mar 03, 2020

Coronavirus Updates: After Gaps in U.S. Testing Draw Criticism, Officials Move to Ramp Up Screening
Washington State reported a sixth death from the virus, and a new case in New York suggested that the illness was spreading locally.

NYT Middle East
Mar 03, 2020

Coronavirus Updates: Governments Shift Focus to Containment, as Virus Spreads Globally
The U.S. is ramping up testing as officials in Washington State reported a sixth death from the virus.

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