Category: Middle East

A Close-Up on Mysteries Made of Stone in Saudi Arabia’s Desert

Advertisement For nearly a decade, David Kennedy marveled from behind his computer screen at thousands of mysterious stone structures scattered across Saudi Arabia’s desert. With Google Earth’s satellite imagery at…

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In U.N. Showdown, Russian Veto Kills Syria Chemical Arms Panel

Advertisement UNITED NATIONS — Infuriating the United States and its allies, Russia on Thursday blocked an American-sponsored resolution at the Security Council to extend the life of a panel investigating…

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Trump Declares ‘America First’ Policy a Success After Asia Trip

Advertisement WASHINGTON — President Trump boasted on Wednesday that nearly 10 months of his “America First” foreign policy had restored strength and respect to the United States on the world…

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The Upstart Saudi Prince Who’s Throwing Caution to the Winds

But analysts around the region debate whether the headlong rush might be driven more by a desire to consolidate power before a possible royal succession, desperation for cash to pay…

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‘I Am Alive’: Survivors of Iran Earthquake Mourn as Government Scrambles to Help

KUIK-E HASAN, Iran — In Kuik-e Hasan, a village of 800 people in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains, Moadel Yari, 35, stood biting his lip as he recited the…

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Airstrikes Kill Dozens of People in Syrian Market

Photo People searched for survivors after a reported airstrike on the rebel-held town of Atareb in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo on Monday. Credit Zein Al Rifai/Agence France-Presse — Getty…

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With Iraqi-Kurdish Talks Stalled, Phone Diplomacy Averts New Clashes

Three officials involved in the informal talks say they are discussing temporary arrangements to the most pressing issue for both sides: Control of Iraq’s Fish Khabbour border crossings with Turkey…

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Trump Team Begins Drafting Middle East Peace Plan

Mr. Trump, who considers himself a dealmaker, decided to adopt the challenge when he took office in January, intrigued at the idea of succeeding where other presidents failed, and he…

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Holding Hands, Drinking Wine and Other Ways to Go to Jail in Dubai

Advertisement DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Scottish electrician named Jamie Harron, visiting Dubai as a tourist, was sentenced to three months in jail for touching a man in a…

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Case of Missing Lebanese Prime Minister Stirs Tensions in the Middle East

First, a week ago, Mr. Hariri unexpectedly flew to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, without any of his close advisers. A day later, he announced his resignation on Saudi television, something…

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