An Iraqi Town Where Muslims, Jews and Christians Coexist, in Theory

AMADIYA, Iraq — This once-pretty picture postcard town, on its own 4,000-foot high mesa nestling between a pair of much higher mountain ranges, is in a bad neighborhood when...

‘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...

Iran and Saudis’ Latest Power Struggle: Expanding Rights for Women

BEIRUT, Lebanon — They call each other meddlers, warmongers, religious hypocrites, zealots and sponsors of terrorism. Now Iran and Saudi Arabia, the archrivals of the Middle East, are competing...

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

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...

Long Divided, Iran Unites Against Trump and Saudis in a Nationalist Fervor

TEHRAN — The busiest square in Tehran is dominated by an enormous billboard with a drawing of a young man in the uniform of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, extending...

White House Accepts ‘Political Reality’ of Assad’s Grip on Power in Syria

WASHINGTON — President Trump has abandoned the goal of pressing President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to leave power, marking a sharp departure from the Middle East policy that guided...

Iranians Are Outraged Over Shoddy Construction in Earthquake Zone

ESLAMABAD, Iran — The opening of the new wing of the Imam Khomeini hospital last year was a big deal in this provincial Iranian town. The health minister cut...

Sabbath Railway Work in Israel May Unravel Netanyahu’s Coalition

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, already embroiled in corruption scandals, scrambled on Sunday to stabilize his governing coalition after an ultra-Orthodox minister in his cabinet, citing...

Help Assad or Leave Cities in Ruins? The Politics of Rebuilding Syria

HOMS, Syria — This city’s last rebel stronghold, once a well-to-do neighborhood in Homs of wide streets and high-rise apartments, is today a ghost of its former self. After a...

As Prince Accelerates Changes for Women, Saudis Adapt at Varied Pace

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia has long been known as one of the world’s most restrictive environments for women, where they could not travel alone, hold a wide range...