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Hezbollah and Syrian Army Attack Islamists on Lebanon Border

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:59:15 GMT

A joint operation by the Lebanese militant group and Syrian forces seeks to dislodge Islamists hiding among refugees near the border between Lebanon and Syria.



Iraq’s Hardball Tactics to Root Out ISIS

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:32:33 GMT

Some of the methods Iraqi authorities are using to weed out ISIS supporters among Sunni civilians in newly liberated Mosul have heightened concerns over human rights abuses.



Turkey’s Erdogan Refuses to Back Down in Feud With Germany

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:23:27 GMT

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, attending a meeting of his governing Justice and Development Party this month in Ankara, Turkey."You do not have the power to scare us,” the president said in response to German criticisms.


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Deadly Clashes Erupt in Standoff Over Mosque in Jerusalem

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:23:16 GMT

Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at Palestinians to disperse them after Friday Prayer on a street outside Jerusalem’s Old City.An apparent terrorist attack in a West Bank settlement, and deadly clashes in Jerusalem over metal detectors at entrances to the Aqsa Mosque compound.


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Saudi Official Who Was Thought to Be Under House Arrest Receives a Promotion

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:42:17 GMT

Abdulaziz al-Huwairini, a veteran security officer, has been chosen to lead a new organization that will aim to combat domestic terrorism “with a high degree of flexibility and readiness.”



Israeli Aid Gives an Unexpected ‘Glimmer of Hope’ for Syrians

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:21:13 GMT

Food supplies waited for Syrian refugees at an army base in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on Wednesday.Israel has been sending in truckloads of supplies and treating thousands of sick and wounded Syrians, denting its reputation in Syria as “the devil who wants to kill us.”


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Trump Ends Covert Aid to Syrian Rebels Trying to Topple Assad

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:40:48 GMT

Syrians combed the rubble of their houses, which were destroyed on Wednesday during clashes on the outskirts of Raqqa.The decision amounted to a recognition that the effort was failing and that the administration has given up hope of forcing the Syrian leader from power.


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U.N. Expresses Alarm Over ‘Extreme Dangers’ for Yemeni Civilians

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:43:58 GMT

Yemenis presented documents to receive food rations provided by a local charity in Sana, the capital, this year.Another mass-casualty bombing of civilians and restrictions on news media access to the Yemen conflict elicited anger from the United Nations.


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Israeli Student’s Use of Auschwitz Artifacts in an Art Exhibit Prompts a Furor

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:08:46 GMT

Jewish youths holding Israeli flags at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland earlier this year. An Israeli art student is facing criticism for using artifacts she initially claimed were taken from the memorial site, though she later denied that they came from within the site.The student, Rotem Bides, acknowledged collecting items during visits to the former concentration camp, but then denied that they came from within the site.


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Qatar Criticizes ‘Face-Saving’ Move by Arab Antagonists in Gulf Crisis

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:11:18 GMT

Alya Ahmed al-Thani, Qatar’s ambassador to the United Nations, addressing the Security Council in 2015.Qatar’s United Nations envoy said the seemingly eased demands by the four countries that cut relations were a “response to the heat they have already received.”


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Saudi Arabia Releases Woman Arrested for Wearing Skirt in Public

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:58:17 GMT

A woman, identified only by her given name, Khulood, appears in an undated video wearing a crop top and skirt in public, contrary to Saudi Arabia’s conservative social norms.The Saudi police have released a woman who was arrested after a viral video emerged showing her in public in clothing that the conservative country considers immodest.


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Countries That Broke Ties With Qatar Indicate Some Flexibility on Demands

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:27:43 GMT

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson with officials from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait after a meeting in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday.Instead of 13 specific conditions, Arab diplomats proposed six broad principles for the Qataris to meet.


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Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:39:23 GMT

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, who replaced Mohammed bin Nayef as the next in line to be king.The heir to the throne, Mohammed bin Nayef, was held in a palace in Mecca and forced to yield to Mohammed bin Salman, 31, who became the new crown prince.


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As Relations Worsen, Iran Says U.S. Sanctions May Violate Nuclear Deal

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:06:39 GMT

The Trump administration announced new restrictions, mainly aimed at the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, and has revived notions of abandoning the agreement.



Iran Says U.S. Is Not Complying With the Nuclear Deal

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:04:13 GMT

The United States recertified that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the 2015 international nuclear agreement. But the White House made a statement that could signal the first time that the U.S. itself is not complying with the terms of the deal.



A ‘Sanctuary’ of Prayer Rugs That Respond to the Refugee Crisis

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:02:25 GMT

Tammam Azzam’s prayer rug design, which will appear at the “Sanctuary” exhibition in San Francisco.A former chapel in San Francisco will house prayer mats designed by 36 artists, including Ai Weiwei.


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Trump Adds Sanctions on Iran After Certifying Its Compliance with Nuclear Deal

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:23:46 GMT

President Trump walks along the South Lawn driveway with Vice President Mike Pence on Monday in Washington.The new sanctions apply to 18 people and entities, aimed at countering what the White House called “Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East.”


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Saudi Police Arrest Woman Who Wore Miniskirt in Online Video

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:48:02 GMT

The Saudi news site Okaz published an image of the woman in which her body was blurred.The video clip, and the debate that followed about the strict dress code for women, exposed a rift below the country’s tightly controlled surface.


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Colleagues of Princeton University Scholar Convicted of Spying in Iran Express Shock

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:50:49 GMT

Xiyue Wang at his apartment in Hong Kong in 2009. Mr. Wang was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Sunday.The conviction and 10-year sentence imposed on Xiyue Wang, who had been researching 19th-century history, could chill scholarly exchanges with Iran.


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Jordanian Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing 3 U.S. Soldiers

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:33:21 GMT

First Sgt. Ma’arik al-Tawayha was led out of court in Amman on Monday after his trial for the killing of three American military trainers last year.First Sgt. Ma’arik al-Tawayha had said that he thought he was under attack when he opened fire on an American convoy at an air base in Jordan last year.


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For Syrian Actors, a Maddening Road to America

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:48:21 GMT

Mohamad Alrefai in “While I Was Waiting.” The play, based on a true story, will be performed at Lincoln Center this week.The cast and crew of a Syrian play to be performed at Lincoln Center are scattered across the world, so just getting to the United States was a dramatic ordeal.


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Qatar Opens Its Doors to All, to the Dismay of Some

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:10:22 GMT

Migrants in a park at Doha Point in Doha, Qatar.The tiny country has become the freewheeling hub of the Middle East. But assertions that it is furthering dissent and terrorism have led to a blockade.


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Iran Sentences U.S. Graduate Student to 10 Years on Spying Charges

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:24:25 GMT

Xiyue Wang in an undated photograph from Princeton University, where he is a graduate student.The sentence for the American, a graduate student in history at Princeton, seemed bound to further antagonize relations between Iran and the United States.


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Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:20:54 GMT

Maryam Mirzakhani was awarded a Fields Medal in 2014.Dr. Mirzakhani, a mathematician at Stanford University, was the only woman and only Iranian ever to win what is often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.


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Decimated Muslim Brotherhood Still Inspires Fear. Its Members Wonder Why.

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 17:52:02 GMT

Defendants in the 2015 killing of an Egyptian prosecutor flash the Rabaa sign, symbolizing support for the Muslim Brotherhood, while being held in a courtroom in Cairo last month.Members of the Islamist movement, many in exile in Turkey, are puzzled to see their once-powerful but beleaguered group at the center of the Qatar crisis.


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Tehran's Turn | Part 1: Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over’

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:46:29 GMT

Members of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a mostly Shiite militia group, at their post at the Iraqi border with Syria.The United States spent more than $1 trillion and lost about 4,500 troops in the effort to make Iraq the cornerstone of a Western-facing Middle East. But today, Iran’s influence is paramount.


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