Middle East

Netanyahu Corruption Trial Begins, Taking Israel Into Uncharted Territory

Netanyahu Corruption Trial Begins, Taking Israel Into Uncharted Territory

Netanyahu Corruption Trial Begins, Taking Israel Into Uncharted Territory Netanyahu Corruption Trial Begins, Taking Israel Into Uncharted Territory JERUSALEM — Three electoral challenges by a popular former army chief could not unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A clear majority of Israeli lawmakers could not set aside their differences long enough to oust him. On Sunday afternoon, hours after presiding over …

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Push to Reopen Houses of Worship in Europe and Mideast Brings Perils and Tensions

Push to Reopen Houses of Worship in Europe and Mideast Brings Perils and Tensions

Push to Reopen Houses of Worship in Europe and Mideast Brings Perils and Tensions Push to Reopen Houses of Worship in Europe and Mideast Brings Perils and Tensions BERLIN — As nations weigh the calculus of reopening parts of society after locking down because of the coronavirus, Germany has plunged ahead after bringing its outbreak under control, reopening houses of …

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Virus Lockdown Forces Iran Into Its First Virtual Quds Day

Virus Lockdown Forces Iran Into Its First Virtual Quds Day

Virus Lockdown Forces Iran Into Its First Virtual Quds Day Virus Lockdown Forces Iran Into Its First Virtual Quds Day For the past four decades, on the last Friday of Ramadan, supporters of Iran’s government have marched to denounce Israel. They burn Israel’s flag. They mock effigies of the leaders of Israel and of its patron, the United States. They …

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Khashoggi’s Son Says Family Pardons His Father’s Killers

Khashoggi’s Son Says Family Pardons His Father’s Killers

Khashoggi’s Son Says Family Pardons His Father’s Killers Khashoggi’s Son Says Family Pardons His Father’s Killers BEIRUT, Lebanon — A son of the slain Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi said on Friday that he and his siblings had forgiven the men who killed their father, effectively extinguishing the prospect that the killers will be executed for the crime. Mr. Khashoggi, a …

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Abdullah al-Hamid, Saudi Dissident, Dies in Detention at 69

Abdullah al-Hamid, Saudi Dissident, Dies in Detention at 69

Abdullah al-Hamid, Saudi Dissident, Dies in Detention at 69 Abdullah al-Hamid, Saudi Dissident, Dies in Detention at 69 Abdullah al-Hamid, an intellectual and human-rights activist whose calls for reforming Saudi Arabia’s monarchy made him one of the kingdom’s most prominent and persistent dissidents and led to frequent prison terms, died on April 24 in detention. He was 69. His death …

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In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker

In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker

In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker CAIRO — A string of victories by Turkish-backed forces in western Libya this week dealt a heavy blow to the ambitions of the aspiring strongman Khalifa Hifter and signaled the arrival of Turkey as a potentially decisive force among the foreign powers battling for …

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As Saudi Official Hid Abroad, His Family Became a Target at Home

As Saudi Official Hid Abroad, His Family Became a Target at Home

As Saudi Official Hid Abroad, His Family Became a Target at Home As Saudi Official Hid Abroad, His Family Became a Target at Home BEIRUT, Lebanon — For years, he was one of Saudi Arabia’s top intelligence officers, an expert in artificial intelligence who played key roles in the kingdom’s fight against Al Qaeda and in its security coordination with …

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In Istanbul Under Lockdown, Baklava Makers Are Essential Workers

In Istanbul Under Lockdown, Baklava Makers Are Essential Workers

In Istanbul Under Lockdown, Baklava Makers Are Essential Workers In Istanbul Under Lockdown, Baklava Makers Are Essential Workers ISTANBUL — Every weekend, for over a month now, Istanbul has been under a strict curfew because of the coronavirus. No one is allowed out, not for exercise or groceries, and the police impose fines. Sometimes, like last weekend and next, the …

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Abbas, Cornered by Israeli Annexation, Opts for ‘Judgment Day’ Scenario

Abbas, Cornered by Israeli Annexation, Opts for ‘Judgment Day’ Scenario

Abbas, Cornered by Israeli Annexation, Opts for ‘Judgment Day’ Scenario Abbas, Cornered by Israeli Annexation, Opts for ‘Judgment Day’ Scenario JERUSALEM — Tuesday night, for most Palestinian Muslims, was the Night of Destiny, commemorating the revelation of the first verses of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. For Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, it was a night of …

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Release From Prison in Iran Is Extended

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Release From Prison in Iran Is Extended

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Release From Prison in Iran Is Extended Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Release From Prison in Iran Is Extended A British-Iranian woman who was granted temporary release from prison in Iran in March amid the coronavirus pandemic has had her furlough extended indefinitely, her family said on Wednesday, raising hopes that she could be granted clemency and return to Britain. A …

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