Aharon Leib Shteinman, Ultra-Orthodox Leader in Israel, Dies at 104

Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, a revered figure in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world whose influence was keenly felt when he reluctantly went along with Israel’s military conscription of adherents who...

Hezbollah Returns Focus to Israel After Years of Fighting in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah vowed on Monday to return the group’s focus to fighting Israel after years of battling rebels in neighboring...

Saudi Arabia to Allow Movie Theaters After 35-Year Ban

LONDON — In the latest in a series of gestures toward modernization that would once have seemed improbable, Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it would allow commercial movie...

How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

WASHINGTON — Late this spring, Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State in Mosul discovered three unfired rocket-propelled grenades with an unusual feature — a heavy liquid sloshing inside their...

After Fall of ISIS, Iraq’s Second-Largest City Picks Up the Pieces

MOSUL, Iraq — In the heat of the late summer sun, weeks after the end of one of the largest urban battles since World War II, a high school...

In a Blow to Hamas, Israel Destroys Tunnel From Gaza

JERUSALEM — Israel said on Sunday it had destroyed a tunnel dug by Hamas from Gaza into Israeli territory, dealing a substantial blow to one of the main strategic...

The Jerusalem Issue, Explained

Why is President Trump’s announcement that the United States now considers Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital such a big deal? Why are some experts warning of violence or an...

Daily Life in Jerusalem? ‘Difficult’ and ‘Intense’ for Arab and Jew

JERUSALEM — This is a tense city on a good day. You feel it behind the wheel: The traffic signals turn red and yellow to alert a coming green. Hesitate...

Responding to Rocket Fire, Israel Launches Airstrikes Into Gaza

Israel launched airstrikes into the Gaza Strip on Saturday in response to rocket fire from the enclave. Hamas said two of its gunmen were killed. Militants fired at least three...

Iraq Prime Minister Declares Victory Over ISIS

BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State on Saturday, announcing the end of more than three years of battles to regain control...