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 Finally Let Her See Her Husband. He Was Dead.

TEHRAN — When the call finally came, Maryam Seyed Emami’s heart leapt. Except for one brief phone call, she had heard nothing from her husband, Kavous Seyed Emami, a...

Sea of Trash Washes Up on Lebanon’s Beaches

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A winter storm in Lebanon has resurfaced a longstanding national problem, in the form of a swirling sea of garbage. Piles of trash began washing up Monday...

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...

Europeans open the door to Libyan chaos and migration

Since 2011, the political, social and economic crisis continues in Libya and there is no elementary sanitation. Instability is growing. Out of six million Libyan citizens, three million are...

Haftar’s return boosts hope for peace in Libya

t is a measure of the status of Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar that his homecoming last Thursday after medical treatment in Paris saw a greeting line of...

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...

On the Road in Syria, Where Covering the War Is a Paper Chase

AINISSA, Syria — On a recent reporting trip the photographer Mauricio Lima and I, along with our driver and a Syrian fixer, came to this town in the middle...

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...