Middle East

Middle East Saudi Arabia Says Detainees Handed Over More Than $100 Billion

The kingdom released several prominent citizens from detention and appeared to wrap up what it framed as an anticorruption campaign. Others called it a shakedown. More

Middle East Saudi Arabia Says Detainees Handed Over More Than $100 Billion

The kingdom released several prominent citizens from detention and appeared to wrap up what it framed as an anticorruption campaign. Others called it a shakedown. More

Middle East Iraq’s Tangled Politics Trips Up Front-Runner in Coming Election

Prime Minister Abadi is a national hero, but in Iraq’s tricky sectarian system, that doesn’t mean he will win the election. More

Middle East Iraq’s Tangled Politics Trips Up Front-Runner in Coming Election

Prime Minister Abadi is a national hero, but in Iraq’s tricky sectarian system, that doesn’t mean he will win the election. More

Middle East Yemen on the brink: Civil war, famine and a growing separatist movement

With Yemen's capital Sana'a already under the control of Houthi militias, now there's fighting in the second city Aden. Southern separatists - backed by the UAE - are locking horns with... More

Middle East White House Urged to Restore Aid to U.N. Palestinian Refugee Agency

Advertisement The leaders of 21 global aid organizations asked the Trump administration on Wednesday to restore withheld funds to the United Nations agency that helps Palestinians,... More

Middle East And Then There Was One: Last Challenger to Egypt’s Sisi Drops Out

Advertisement The last main challenger dropped out of Egypt’s presidential election on Wednesday, effectively clearing the field for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to run virtually... More

Middle East Botox for Camels? At Saudi Arabia Beauty Pageant, That’s a Big No-No

Advertisement Their necks were long, cheeks broad, humps shapely and lips droopy. Too droopy. At least 12 contestants have been disqualified from Saudi Arabia’s annual camel beauty... More

Middle East Mixed Messages From U.S. as Turkey Attacks Syrian Kurds

Advertisement WASHINGTON — The White House sent out a message aimed at mollifying Turkey’s president on Tuesday, suggesting that the United States was easing off its support for the... More

Middle East Pence Visit Was a Balm to Israelis. Now Back to Reality.

Advertisement JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel positively basked in the glow of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit here, though it may yet turn out to be the... More

Middle East Car Bombings Kill More Than Two Dozen People in Libya

Advertisement BENGHAZI, Libya — Two car bombs exploded as people left a mosque in a residential area of Benghazi on Tuesday night, killing 27 and wounding more than 30 in attacks... More

Middle East Egypt’s Military Detains an Ex-General Seeking to Run for President

Advertisement Egypt’s military detained a retired general for questioning on Tuesday, announcing an investigation into his bid to challenge President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in an... More

Middle East U.S. Accuses Syria of New Chemical Weapons Use

Advertisement UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Tuesday accused Syria’s government of a chlorine gas attack on civilians in the same rebel enclave hit more than four years ago by... More

Middle East A Sea of Trash on Lebanon’s Beaches

Advertisement BEIRUT, Lebanon — A winter storm in Lebanon has resurfaced a longstanding national problem, in the form of a swirling sea of garbage. Piles of trash began washing up... More

Middle East The Google Lunar X Prize’s Race to the Moon Is Over. Nobody Won.

None of the remaining competitors for the $20 million award will be able to get off the ground by March 31, a deadline that had already been extended multiple times. More

Middle East Feature: How Arafat Eluded Israel’s Assassination Machine

The nation’s security forces tried for decades to kill the P.L.O. leader. Now, former officials tell the story of how they failed — and how far they almost went to succeed. More

Middle East Yemeni premier accuses UAE-backed separatists of attempting coup

Yemen's Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher on Sunday accused southern separatists of attempting a coup after fighting erupted in the country’s interim capital of Aden, leaving at least 15 dead,... More

Middle East Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal freed after months of detention

Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released on Saturday after having been held since November as part of an anti-corruption sweep launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. More

Middle East Several dead as coalition air strike hits Iraqi forces 'by mistake'

A coalition air strike mistakenly hit friendly Iraqi forces and civilians in western Anbar Saturday, according to senior Iraqi officers, but the U.S.-led coalition said the matter is still under... More

Middle East Syria opposition to boycott peace talks in Russia

Syria's main opposition group on Friday said it would boycott Russian peace talks next week in a major blow to Moscow's diplomatic efforts towards resolving the brutal seven-year conflict. More