Middle East

U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudis

U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudis

U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudis U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudis WASHINGTON — The Biden administration plans to suspend the sale of many offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia approved under the Trump administration, but it will allow the sale of other matériel that can be construed to …

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Iran’s Top Leader Signals Nuclear Talks to Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage

Iran’s Top Leader Signals Nuclear Talks to Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage

Iran’s Top Leader Signals Nuclear Talks to Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage Iran’s Top Leader Signals Nuclear Talks to Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage Iran’s top leader said Wednesday that his country would keep negotiating with world powers over how to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal, quashing speculation that Iran’s delegation would boycott or quit participating in protest of the apparent Israeli …

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The Israel Prize Is Meant to Unify. More Often, It’s Mired in Controversy.

The Israel Prize Is Meant to Unify. More Often, It’s Mired in Controversy.

The Israel Prize Is Meant to Unify. More Often, It’s Mired in Controversy. The Israel Prize Is Meant to Unify. More Often, It’s Mired in Controversy. Michael Sfard, an Israeli human rights lawyer who represents Professor Goldreich, said that even if his client did support B.D.S., such support should not disqualify him from receiving the Israel Prize. “Now, to prove …

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A Ramadan Closer to Normal for 2021

A Ramadan Closer to Normal for 2021

A Ramadan Closer to Normal for 2021 A Ramadan Closer to Normal for 2021 CAIRO — Compared with Ramadan 2020, when mosques around the world were closed for prayer during the holiest month of the year for Muslims, and curfews prevented friends and family from gathering to break the fast, the religious holiday this year offered the promise of something …

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With Afghan Decision, Biden Seeks to Focus U.S. on New Challenges

With Afghan Decision, Biden Seeks to Focus U.S. on New Challenges

With Afghan Decision, Biden Seeks to Focus U.S. on New Challenges With Afghan Decision, Biden Seeks to Focus U.S. on New Challenges WASHINGTON — President Biden’s decision to pull all American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 was rooted in his belief that there is no room for continuing 20 years of failed efforts to remake that country, especially at …

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Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again?

Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again?

Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again? Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again? “The terrorism threat from the Afghan region is not zero, but, at the moment, it’s less than it is in other parts of the world,” Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in …

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Iran Vows to Increase Uranium Enrichment After Attack on Nuclear Site

Iran Vows to Increase Uranium Enrichment After Attack on Nuclear Site

Iran Vows to Increase Uranium Enrichment After Attack on Nuclear Site Iran Vows to Increase Uranium Enrichment After Attack on Nuclear Site Iran said Tuesday that it would begin enriching uranium to a level of 60 percent purity, three times the current level and much closer to that needed to make a bomb, though American officials doubt the country has …

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Drought and Abundance in the Mesopotamian Marshes

Drought and Abundance in the Mesopotamian Marshes

Drought and Abundance in the Mesopotamian Marshes Drought and Abundance in the Mesopotamian Marshes On my most recent visit to the Mesopotamian marshes, in March, I arrived at Sayeed Hitham’s for breakfast. The pandemic had kept me away for more than a year. The sun was just rising, the sky pink and golden. Hana, Hitham’s wife, stood smiling near the …

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Blackout Strikes Natanz Nuclear Facility and Iran Calls It Sabotage

Blackout Strikes Natanz Nuclear Facility and Iran Calls It Sabotage

Blackout Strikes Natanz Nuclear Facility and Iran Calls It Sabotage Blackout Strikes Natanz Nuclear Facility and Iran Calls It Sabotage The Natanz nuclear facility in Iran mysteriously lost power on Sunday in what Iranian officials called an act of sabotage, a development that comes amid new negotiations aimed at salvaging the nuclear deal repudiated by the Trump administration three years …

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Archaeologists in Egypt Find Ancient City More Than 3,000 Years Old

Archaeologists Unearth ‘Ancient Egyptian Pompeii’

Archaeologists in Egypt Find Ancient City More Than 3,000 Years Old Archaeologists in Egypt Find Ancient City More Than 3,000 Years Old CAIRO — Archaeologists said on Thursday that they had uncovered a large ancient pharaonic city that had lain unseen for centuries near some of Egypt’s best-known monuments. The city was built more than 3,400 years ago during the …

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