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Recalling a Tortured Past, Iraqi Kurds to Vote on Independence

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 22:42:32 GMT

Kurds gathered last week for a pro-independence rally in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, ahead of Monday’s referendum on independence from Iraq.Almost every Kurd in northern Iraq has a family history stained by treachery and dispossession. A vote for independence would be a step toward realizing a national dream.

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On Eve of Kurdish Independence Vote, a Warning From Turkey

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:01:12 GMT

As tensions between Turkey and the Kurdish region of Iraq escalated on Saturday, Turkish tanks carried out military exercises near the Turkish-Iraqi border.The president of the autonomous Kurdish enclave in Iraq says it is too late to delay a referendum opposed by much of the international community.

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Pentagon Tests Lasers and Nets to Combat a Vexing Foe: ISIS Drones

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:41:34 GMT

American Special Operations forces inspect a drone used by Islamic State militants to drop explosives on Iraqi forces in Mosul in January.As deadly drone attacks by the Islamic State increase, American officials are experimenting with technologies that can destroy the weapons.

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Iran Tests Ballistic Missile and Rejects ‘Threats’

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:37:06 GMT

The Khorramshahr missile during a military parade in Tehran on Friday.Tehran said that its new missile had a range of 2,000 kilometers, or about 1,200 miles, and that it would continue to develop its “defensive capacity.”

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Mohammed Mahdi Akef, Muslim Brotherhood Leader, Dies at 89

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:30:04 GMT

Mohammed Mahdi Akef in 2009.Mr. Akef had been sentenced to life imprisonment but was awaiting a retrial. He died in custody in Cairo.

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Israel Endorsed Kurdish Independence. Saladin Would Have Been Proud.

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:22:46 GMT

An odd sight: Israeli flags often appear at Kurdish rallies, like this one in Erbil. But Jews and Kurds have a long history of mutual support.Present-day politics may have been less important than a long shared history between the Kurds and the Jews.

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The Saturday Profile: Expecting a Hero’s Welcome, Lebanese Director Was Accused of Treason

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:16:36 GMT

The Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri, at the Le Gray Hotel in Beirut. He was detained on arrival at the city’s airport this month and accused of treason over a movie he shot in Israel five years ago.When Ziad Doueiri was detained at the airport in Beirut over having filmed in Israel, it provoked debates over law, politics and artistic freedom.

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Rouhani Lashes Back at Trump, as Iran Unveils New Missile

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:25:20 GMT

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, center, at a military parade outside Tehran on Friday.At a military parade, the Iranian president vowed to “strengthen our missile capabilities,” a point the American president has cited as a reason to scrap the nuclear deal.

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Iran Foreign Minister: If U.S. Wants New Nuclear Concessions, We Do, Too

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:00:10 GMT

Mohammad Javad Zarif, foreign minister of Iran, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In an interview, he called President Trump’s criticism of the nuclear deal “absurd.”The 2015 agreement cannot be selectively “revisited” to address American complaints, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told The New York Times.

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Saudi Textbook Withdrawn Over Image of Yoda With King

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:11:17 GMT

A Saudi artist says he created this montage as an homage to King Faisal and a beloved “Star Wars” character. The setting is the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945. The artist’s work somehow ended up in a high school social studies textbook.A Saudi artist says he has no idea how his image of the Jedi master and a Saudi monarch ended up in textbooks. The government was investigating.

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Pressure Mounts on Iraqi Kurds to Cancel Independence Vote

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:42:09 GMT

A Kurdish nationalist euphoria has swept Iraqi Kurdistan ahead of a referendum Monday on independence from Iraq. Raucous, flag-waving rallies have become regular events in cities like Erbil, the region’s capital.In a region where few people agree on anything, neighbors and allies are pressing the Kurds to delay a vote they say could unleash violence.

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Critics Fear Trump’s Attacks on Iran Could Backfire

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:30:17 GMT

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran addressing the U.N. General Assembly. Of the nuclear accord, he said, “it will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by ‘rogue’ newcomers.”Critics of Mr. Trump’s threats to vacate the nuclear agreement with Iran say they may have created empathy for the country — not an outcome he sought.

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Trump Pushes to Revisit Iran Nuclear Deal, and Asks Allies to Help

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:24:26 GMT

President Trump met with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday.With a deadline looming, the president seeks support from allies to toughen provisions of the pact rather than scrap it, with mixed reaction from Europeans.

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The Contradiction Buried in Trump’s Iran and North Korea Policies

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:31:13 GMT

President Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and called Iran a “rogue nation” during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.The president calls the Iran nuclear deal an “embarrassment,” but ending it would destroy his credibility in any talks over North Korea’s arsenal.

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Live Briefing: At U.N. General Assembly, Signing a Nuclear Pact and Debating Another

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:23:09 GMT

Demonstrators protested against President Hassan Rouhani of Iran near the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday. Mr. Rouhani addressed the General Assembly on Wednesday.The United Nations General Assembly is convening for its second day, in the wake of President Trump’s combative remarks on North Korea and Iran. Here are the highlights.

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Hamas Offer Reflects Pressure From Egypt and Fatah

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:23:56 GMT

Yehya Sinwar, left, Gaza’s new prime minister, with Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas political director, at the Rafah border crossing on Tuesday.The militant group that controls Gaza agreed to Palestinian Authority demands, but said nothing about disarming. In the past, hopes for unity have been dashed.

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Live Briefing: At U.N., Trump Singles Out ‘Rogue’ Nations North Korea and Iran

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:38:00 GMT

Mr. Trump, addressing the General Assembly, called the Iran nuclear deal “an embarrassment.”The 193-member United Nations is gathering for the 72nd session of the General Assembly. Here are the highlights.

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A Family’s Return to Mosul

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:00:01 GMT

Thousands have been returning to western Mosul after Iraqi forces pushed ISIS out of the city. The Salman family moves back amid risks and widespread damage to their neighborhood. They now hope to rebuild.

News Analysis: Trump at U.N. Talks Up, but Does Not Press, Mideast Peace

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:47:29 GMT

President Trump, right, meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at the Palace Hotel in New York, on Monday.President Trump will try to resolve the feud in the Persian Gulf, but not the one between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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Iran Is Smuggling Increasingly Potent Weapons Into Yemen, U.S. Admiral Says

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:54:25 GMT

Houthis protested a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a hospital in Sana, Yemen, in August 2016.The outgoing top Navy admiral in the Middle East said that Iran is helping worsen the conflict in Yemen by giving rebels more precise missiles to fire deeper into Saudi Arabia.

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After 4 Years in Jail, Release Looms for Irishman in Egypt

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:37:48 GMT

An Irish diplomat, Shane Gleeson, gestured to a fellow Irishman, Ibrahim Halawa, behind the screen, moments after Mr. Halawa’s acquittal by a judge at a prison near Cairo on Monday.An Egyptian court acquitted a high-profile Irish prisoner on Monday, but handed a five-year sentence to an American arrested at the same time.

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‘He’s Doing Poorly,’ Says Wife of Princeton Student Jailed in Iran

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:06:10 GMT

Hua Qu, wife of Xiyue Wang, the Princeton graduate student imprisoned in Iran, at a Princeton event calling for his release.Xiyue Wang, a Ph.D. candidate, has been imprisoned in Iran for more than a year. His wife, Hua Qu, spoke about the trauma that his detainment has caused.

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Iran’s Holding of 2 Americans Is Illegal, U.N. Experts Find

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:23 GMT

Jared Genser, left, a lawyer, with Babak Namazi in Vienna in April. Mr. Namazi’s father, photographed at far left, and brother, photographed at far right, are serving 10-year terms in Iran.The opinion on Baquer and Siamak Namazi by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention may embarrass Iran’s president as he attends the General Assembly.

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