With Iraqi-Kurdish Talks Stalled, Phone Diplomacy Averts New Clashes

FISH KHABBOUR, Iraq — Turn on a television or scroll social media in Iraq over the last three weeks and by almost any measure, more conflict appears imminent between...

Ritz-Carlton Has Become a Gilded Cage for Saudi Royals

From the stately rows of palm trees on its 52-acre grounds to the grand double staircase to the glittering ballroom chandeliers, it is easy to see why the six-year-old...

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...

ISIS Has Been Ousted From Deir al-Zour, Syrian Media Says

Syrian government forces, aided by Russian airstrikes and Iranian-backed militias, have ousted Islamic State fighters from their last foothold in a major city, state-run television reported on Friday. The pro-government...

Saudi-Led Coalition Fighting in Yemen Hints at ‘Act of War’ by Iran

SANA, Yemen — A multinational coalition, led by Saudi Arabia, that has been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday that the firing of a ballistic missile at...

Lebanese Christian Leader Makes Rare Visit to Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Maronite Christian patriarch of Lebanon met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in the Saudi capital on Tuesday during a rare visit by a...

Lebanon’s Leader, Still in Saudi Arabia, Claims He’s Free to Go

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, whose mysterious sojourn in Saudi Arabia has shaken the Middle East, said in a television interview on Sunday night that he...

Crimes of the Caliphate: Iraqi Shepherd Bears Witness to ISIS Massacre

HAWIJA, Iraq — A shepherd heard the gunshots and the screaming. As Islamic State fighters executed at least 60 people at a remote military base in northern Iraq one day...

Investors Worldwide Size Up Palace Intrigue in Oil-Rich Kingdom

Just two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia gathered the global business elite in Riyadh, promising a new age for the oil-rich kingdom as it sought to court overseas money and...

France Invites Lebanon’s Prime Minister for a Visit. Or Is It Exile?

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France on Wednesday invited the Lebanese prime minister to come to France with his family, appearing to offer him a way to leave...