Middle East

Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff

Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff

Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will restore diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority, more than two years after President Donald J. Trump effectively ended them. The action signals a return to a more traditional and evenhanded approach to the Israeli-Palestinian …

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Turkey Offers Uncertain Refuge for Iranians Fleeing Persecution

Turkey Offers Uncertain Refuge for Iranians Fleeing Persecution

Turkey Offers Uncertain Refuge for Iranians Fleeing Persecution Turkey Offers Uncertain Refuge for Iranians Fleeing Persecution ISTANBUL — He is American, she is Iranian and they live together in a small seaside town in Turkey. Yet what they hoped would be an idyll has become a living nightmare. Fatemeh Khoshro said her phone buzzed constantly with threatening messages, and that …

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Elias Rahbani, Lebanese Composer Who Sought New Sounds, Dies at 82

Elias Rahbani, Lebanese Composer Who Sought New Sounds, Dies at 82

Elias Rahbani, Lebanese Composer Who Sought New Sounds, Dies at 82 Elias Rahbani, Lebanese Composer Who Sought New Sounds, Dies at 82 On Friday evenings before the coronavirus came to Beirut, a pulsing crowd of partygoers would stomp on the roof of a warehouse overlooking the port dancing to music at once retro and fresh. Its beat was unstoppable, its …

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Israel Extradites Teacher Accused of Abuse in Australia, Reports Say

Israel Extradites Teacher Accused of Abuse in Australia, Reports Say

Israel Extradites Teacher Accused of Abuse in Australia, Reports Say Israel Extradites Teacher Accused of Abuse in Australia, Reports Say JERUSALEM — An Israeli woman accused of sexually abusing students at an Australian school where she was the principal has been extradited from Israel, according to reports in the Israeli news media, concluding a seven-year deportation process that had tested …

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Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door

Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door

Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door Barred From U.S. Under Trump, Muslims Exult in Biden’s Open Door Of 45,000 Iranians who applied for visa waivers between January 2017 and July 2020, only 7,000 were granted visas, according to the State Department. “The impact was across the board — financially, emotionally, educationally, professionally, romantically,” said Reza …

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A Decade On, Silence Fills Egypt’s Field of Broken Dreams

A Decade On, Silence Fills Egypt’s Field of Broken Dreams

A Decade On, Silence Fills Egypt’s Field of Broken Dreams A Decade On, Silence Fills Egypt’s Field of Broken Dreams CAIRO — The last guest had checked out, leaving Ahmed Taha sitting on an unmade bed in a deserted room amid rumpled sheets and half-drunk coffee cups, contemplating his future. The pandemic was the final blow to his hostel in …

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Suicide Bombing in Crowded Baghdad Market Kills at Least 32

Suicide Bombing in Crowded Baghdad Market Kills at Least 32

Suicide Bombing in Crowded Baghdad Market Kills at Least 32 Suicide Bombing in Crowded Baghdad Market Kills at Least 32 BAGHDAD — Two suicide bombers detonated explosive vests in a crowded market in central Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 32 people in the biggest such attack in several years, according to the government. The health and interior ministries, …

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Iraqis Flout Coronavirus Precautions Amid Belief in Immunity

Iraqis Flout Virus Precautions Amid Widespread Belief in Immunity

Iraqis Flout Coronavirus Precautions Amid Belief in Immunity Iraqis Flout Coronavirus Precautions Amid Belief in Immunity BAGHDAD — In the upscale shisha lounge of one of Baghdad’s new restaurants, customers puffing on fragrant fruit-scented tobacco sit at gold-rimmed tables flanked by a giant video screen and views of the Tigris River. It’s a weekday night but the Dawa restaurant’s Sky …

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Iraqis Flout Virus Precautions Amid Widespread Belief in Immunity

Iraqis Flout Virus Precautions Amid Widespread Belief in Immunity

Iraqis Flout Virus Precautions Amid Widespread Belief in Immunity Iraqis Flout Virus Precautions Amid Widespread Belief in Immunity BAGHDAD — In the upscale shisha lounge of one of Baghdad’s new restaurants, customers puffing on fragrant fruit-scented tobacco sit at gold-rimmed tables flanked by a giant video screen and views of the Tigris River. It’s a weekday night but the Dawa …

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The Times’s 24-Hour Global Relay: New York to Hong Kong and Seoul to London

The Times's 24-Hour Global Relay: New York to Hong Kong and Seoul to London

The Times’s 24-Hour Global Relay: New York to Hong Kong and Seoul to London The Times’s 24-Hour Global Relay: New York to Hong Kong and Seoul to London Editors in both the Asia hub and in London also handle various live briefings on a variety of topics, with Russell Goldman, Jennifer Jett, Mike Ives and Dan Powell in Hong Kong, …

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