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Libyan Strongman’s Illness Stokes Fears of a Succession Feud

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:29:28 GMT

Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who has not been seen publicly for weeks, in France last year.Each day that Gen. Khalifa Hifter is absent from Libya with no clear report of his condition, concern grows of a violent fight to succeed him.

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Missile Strikes Are Unlikely to Stop Syria’s Chemical Attacks, Pentagon Says

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:06:11 GMT

Planning for the strike of 105 missiles on three targets — chemical weapons storage and research facilities near Damascus and Homs — took nearly a full week. A military intelligence report found that the Syrian government is expected to resume its chemical weapons program, despite President Trump saying “mission accomplished.” Here’s how the strike unfolded.

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Trump Administration Seeks to Expand Sales of Armed Drones

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:05:51 GMT

Drones like the Reaper have been the workhorse and controversial symbol of the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan and the tribal regions of Pakistan.A day after President Trump promised to slash red tape involved in weapons sales, the administration announced new policies, but experts said they would do little to speed exports.

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Riyadh Journal: Cinema Ban Lifts as ‘Black Panther’ Is Screened for Saudi Audience

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:11:22 GMT

Audiences were entertained by mimes and actors on Wednesday at the first public movie screening in Saudi Arabia after a decades-long ban.A V.I.P. screening of the Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther” in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, marked the end of a decades-old ban on movie theaters.

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Gunmen Shot at U.N. Team Near Site of Reported Chemical Attack, Official Says

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:56:55 GMT

A team of international experts is trying to determine whether chemical weapons were used in an attack on the Syrian town of Douma that killed at least 43 people this month.The head of the organization investigating the reported chemical attack in Douma, Syria, said it was unclear when investigators would visit the site.

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Pressed by Hard-Liners, U.S.-Trained Environmentalist Quits Post in Iran

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:54:54 GMT

Kaveh MadaniThe resignation of the environmentalist, Kaveh Madani, was a blow to President Hassan Rouhani, who has encouraged Iranian experts abroad to come home.

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Memo From Jerusalem: Israel Celebrates Its 70th Israeli Style: With Rancor and Bickering

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:40:31 GMT

An Israeli Air Force aerobatic team rehearsing on Monday for Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebration.Some said the ruckus over Israel’s 70th anniversary party was crass and undignified. Others said it was perfectly, quintessentially Israel.

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Saudi Arabia’s Female Designers to Know

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:30:20 GMT

After the first fashion week in the desert kingdom, here are four names to watch.

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In Syria, O.P.C.W. Is Asked to Arbitrate: Chemical Attack or Not?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:50:45 GMT

The headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in The Hague. The body is “dealing with things it wasn’t really intended to deal with,” one expert said.The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is to rule on whether chemical attacks were used in a Damascus suburb. But who will listen?

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A 10-Minute Trial, a Death Sentence: Iraqi Justice for ISIS Suspects

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:11:47 GMT

People fleeing clashes between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State in Mosul last year. Iraq captured thousands of fighters, functionaries and their families in the battle with the Islamic State.Iraq is ramping up prosecutions of thousands of people accused of supporting the Islamic State, handing death sentences to workers, wives and fighters.

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For Survivors of Aleppo Siege, the News From Syria Is Especially Painful

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:48:41 GMT

Many civilians and rebels have been forced to flee from what was one of the few remaining rebel-held pockets in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.The government’s chokehold on the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta brought back traumatic memories for exiles who were the last to evacuate as Aleppo fell.

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Chemical Arms Experts Blocked From Site of Syria Attack

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:48:12 GMT

In Douma, Syria, where it is believed chemical weapons were used on April 7. Inspectors want to take samples and talk to witnesses.Western officials said Russia and Syria had prevented inspectors from reaching Douma, where about 70 people died on April 7. Moscow blamed the United Nations for the delay.

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In Memorial to War Dead, Israel Avoids Addressing Its Conflicts

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:36:39 GMT

The National Memorial Hall for Israel’s Fallen opened to the public without fanfare in Jerusalem a few months ago.The new National Memorial Hall for fallen soldiers seeks consensus in a divided society by paring down commemoration to its bare essentials.

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Saudi Arabia Just Had Its First Fashion Week

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:40:22 GMT

A design by Mashael AlRajhi at Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Female-only audiences, no social media — but as one observer said, “Women here have been waiting for years for a time to shine.”

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News Analysis: After U.S. Strikes, Syria Returns to War as Usual

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:58:46 GMT

A research center near Damascus that was hit by the American strike on Saturday.The strikes were calibrated to keep the West from being dragged further into war. That left President Bashar al-Assad in power and Syria in its painful status quo.

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Trump to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Support for Syria

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:08:10 GMT

The Trump administration plans to impose new sanctions against Russia on Monday, the third round enacted by the administration against Russia in the past four weeks.Nikki Haley, the ambassador to the United Nations, said Russian companies that have supported Syria’s chemical weapons would be targeted on Monday.

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News Analysis: Hamas Sees Gaza Protests as Peaceful — and as a ‘Deadly Weapon’

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 21:29:26 GMT

The political leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniya, likened Palestinians’ struggle to those for India’s independence, against racial segregation in the United States and against apartheid in South Africa.Some accuse the militant Islamic group of hijacking the campaign in Gaza to serve its own purpose.

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A Hard Lesson in Syria: Assad Can Still Gas His Own People

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:47:57 GMT

Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, who leads the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said on Saturday that “I would say there’s still a residual element” of Syria’s chemical weapons program.The conflict in Syria has demonstrated a larger truth: While it is easy to blow up its chemical facilities, it is also relatively simple for the Assad government to reconstitute them elsewhere.

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U.N. Security Council Rejects Russian Resolution Condemning Syrian Strikes

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:14:15 GMT

The United Nations Security Council voted 8 to 3 against a Russian resolution condemning Western airstrikes on Syria.Russia called the attack on Syria by the United States, Britain and France a violation of international law. The U.S. said it was justified.

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Iranian Drone Launched From Syria was Armed, Israel Says

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 22:55:32 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February holding what he said was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down over Israel.Israel said a drone that penetrated its airspace in February was on an attack mission, part of an escalating shadow war between Israel and Iran in Syria.

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With Eye on Issues at Home, May and Macron Back Trump on Syria Strikes

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:04:52 GMT

A photo released from the Twitter account of the French president’s office, President Emmanuel Macron, center, monitored the Western strikes on Syrian targets.For President Emmanuel Macron, it was a chance to reinforce France’s position as an enforcer of international treaties, and for Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain, it was a chance to prove itself as an ally to the U.S.

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In Moscow, a Sense of Relief After a Limited Syria Attack

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 06:23:56 GMT

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia meeting with the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, on Saturday. Mr. Putin issued an unusually rapid condemnation of the airstrikes against Syria.After weeks of heated warnings and threats, Russia was quick to point out that none of its vital interests were threatened.

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Pentagon Says Syria Strikes Hit ‘Heart’ of Chemical Weapons Program

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:54:35 GMT

“No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East,” President Trump said in his statement announcing the airstrikes. “It’s a troubled place. We will try to make it better, but it is a troubled place.”Warplanes and ships from the United States, Britain and France launched more than 100 missiles at three chemical weapons storage and research facilities near Damascus and Homs, officials said.

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7 Takeaways From the Airstrikes on Syria

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:36:00 GMT

Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi during a briefing at the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow on Saturday.The U.S. and its allies tried to walk a fine line in Syria, the site of an attack that brought a divided response on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Strikes Chemical Weapons Sites in Syria

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 03:16:43 GMT

The airstrikes on three sites in Syria, launched early Saturday local time, were part of what officials said was an effort to deter future chemical attacks.

President Trump on Syria Strikes: Full Transcript and Video

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 03:50:54 GMT

President Trump addressed the nation on Friday night about his decision to order airstrikes on Syria. Read the complete text of his remarks.

We Asked Syrians About U.S. Airstrikes. This Is What They Said.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:43:55 GMT

From the regime stronghold of Damascus to battle-scarred opposition areas, Syrians sent audio recordings to The Times in which they described what it’s like waiting for an attack by the U.S.-led coalition.

U.S., Britain and France Strike Syria Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 12:40:20 GMT

Victims of a suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria, on Sunday. Residents said they heard objects falling from the sky, followed by a strange smell that witnesses said resembled chlorine.The strikes sought to punish the Syrian government after what Western officials said was a deadly chemical attack in a Damascus suburb that had been held by rebels.

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News Analysis: President Trump Talked Tough. But His Strike on Syria Was Restrained.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 04:47:28 GMT

President Trump at the White House on Friday. For all his tough language this week, the strikes he ordered in Syria made no apparent effort to damage President Bashar al-Assad’s broader war machine.The strike on three Syrian targets was meant as a proportional response evidently calculated to keep Syria’s patrons, Russia and Iran, from retaliating.

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U.S. Says Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons at Least 50 Times During War

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 01:00:49 GMT

Nikki R. Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a Security Council meeting on Syria on Friday.The accusation came during a vitriolic exchange at the United Nations Security Council between the United States and Russia over the 7-year-old war.

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One Dead Amid Violence in 3rd Week of Protests at Gaza-Israel Fence

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:04:34 GMT

Palestinian protesters tried to take down a section of the border fence between Israel and Gaza on Friday.Palestinians demonstrating against the Israeli blockade gathered by the thousands. Nearly 1,000 people were wounded, hundreds by gunshots or tear gas.

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How Syria’s Death Toll Is Lost in the Fog of War

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 02:55:49 GMT

Staffan de Mistura, on the screen at left, delivered remarks via video link to the United Nations Security Council on Monday. Two years ago, Mr. de Mistura estimated that 400,000 people had died in the war.When Syria’s civil war began in 2011, the U.N. and others tallied the numbers killed in the conflict. Seven years on, an increasingly complex war means the count has stopped.

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