Middle East

Rowing the Nile: A Soothing Respite in a Chaotic Metropolis

Posted on Sat, 02 Jan 2021 22:05:18 +0000 - middle-east

Ancient pharaohs rowed the Nile. Now Egyptians have rediscovered the practice, finding a new perspective on the river that shaped their country.

He Calmed Gaza, Aided Israel’s Arab Ties and Preserved Hopes for Peace

Posted on Sat, 02 Jan 2021 10:54:38 +0000 - middle-east

After six years of quiet diplomacy as the U.N.’s Middle East envoy, Nickolay Mladenov leaves his post to a chorus of praise from an unlikely choir.

In Abrupt Reversal of Iran Strategy, Pentagon Orders Aircraft Carrier Home

Posted on Sat, 02 Jan 2021 01:07:04 +0000 - middle-east

After weeks of escalation and threatening language, the Defense Department is sending mixed messages as the anniversary of the death of an Iranian general nears.

How Israel Became a World Leader in Vaccinating Against Covid-19

Posted on Fri, 01 Jan 2021 21:14:16 +0000 - middle-east

Badly hit by the coronavirus, Israel has distributed the first of two vaccine doses to more than 10 percent of its population. Prime Minister Netanyahu is leading the charge, bolstering his own battered image along the way.

Iran Approves Payments for Shooting Down Ukraine Airliner

Posted on Wed, 30 Dec 2020 22:16:07 +0000 - middle-east

Tehran said it will pay $150,000 to the family of each victim, but Ukraine said it expects more, including a thorough investigation.

Pentagon Sends More B-52s to Middle East to Deter Iranian Attacks on U.S. Troops

Posted on Wed, 30 Dec 2020 20:54:27 +0000 - middle-east

The flights came a week after President Trump warned Tehran following rocket strikes on the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.

Yemen Airport Is Attacked as New Government Arrives

Posted on Thu, 31 Dec 2020 06:30:15 +0000 - middle-east

The attack occurred just as a plane carrying several cabinet officials landed. The cabinet’s formation was supposed to be a step toward resolving Yemen’s civil war.

Trump Warns Iran of Retaliation After Attacks on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Posted on Wed, 30 Dec 2020 21:59:41 +0000 - middle-east

The administration and military officials blame Tehran for recent rocket attacks in Iraq, adding to the growing tensions between the United States and Iran.

Jonathan Pollard, American Who Spied for Israel, Welcomed by Netanyahu

Posted on Wed, 30 Dec 2020 14:03:21 +0000 - middle-east

Mr. Pollard, who gave a range of classified documents to Israel starting in 1984, recently completed his parole. His case was a longstanding irritant to American-Israeli ties.

Egypt Court Sentences Ex-Student to 3 Years in #MeToo Case

Posted on Wed, 30 Dec 2020 02:43:30 +0000 - middle-east

The court convicted Ahmed Bassam Zaki, a former student at American University in Cairo, of blackmailing and sexually harassing two women, in a case that has fueled the country’s #MeToo movement.

Bassam Saba, Renowned Proponent of Arabic Music, Dies at 62

Posted on Tue, 29 Dec 2020 18:27:26 +0000 - middle-east

A skilled multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Saba co-founded the New York Arabic Orchestra and directed Lebanon’s national conservatory of music. He died of complications of Covid-19.

In 2020, We Were There: The Year’s 13 Most Popular Dispatches

Posted on Tue, 29 Dec 2020 13:32:31 +0000 - middle-east

Even challenged by extraordinary travel restrictions, our correspondents explored the world’s most compelling places, in 49 countries, although their journeys often became more local, and personal.