After Jet Crashes, Israel’s Military Strikes Syria and Seizes Iranian Drone

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said that one of its F-16 fighter jets crashed early Saturday in northern Israel after coming under heavy Syrian antiaircraft fire and that it...

Far From Winding Down, Syria’s War Escalates on Multiple Fronts

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Half a dozen newborns, blinking and arching their backs, were carried from a burning hospital hit by airstrikes. A bombed apartment house collapsed, burying families. Medics...

Netanyahu Lashes Out as Israeli Police Wrap Up Graft Inquiries

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has lashed out at the country’s police chief, whom he accused of airing “delusional and mendacious” insinuations against him, just days...

Iran Plays Down Report That U.S. Secretly Asked for Talks on Prisoners

TEHRAN — An Iranian official dismissed as “old news” on Thursday a report in the Western news media that Washington had reached out to Tehran in December to establish...

U.S.-Backed Coalition in Syria Strikes Pro-Assad Forces

The American-backed coalition in Syria has repelled an attack by forces supporting the Assad government, carrying out deadly strikes Wednesday night, in a rare confrontation between competing factions that...

On Northern Syria Front Line, U.S. and Turkey Head Into Tense Face-off

A correspondent and a photographer of The New York Times, traveling with American generals in northern Syria, visited a city where armed conflict is now possible between the United...

Walking Tour of a City’s History, Assassinations Included

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The sightseers arrived in sensible shoes, carrying water, cameras and snacks as they might to a historical walking tour of Rome, Paris or London. But before...

‘Extreme’ Suffering in Syria as Government Steps Up Bombing

BEIRUT, Lebanon — At least 80 people were killed on Tuesday in Syrian government air and artillery strikes on besieged suburbs of the capital, Damascus, one of the last...

Iran Returns Ailing U.S. Citizen to Prison in New Sign of Tension

In a new sign of tensions with the United States, Iran on Tuesday reimprisoned the oldest American known to be held in that country, despite advice from its own...

From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia — Life in Saudi Arabia has long been defined by the oil that flows from the kingdom. Over decades, the vast wealth it pumped out paid...