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...

Five Strongmen, and the Fate of the Arab Spring

One is in quiet exile. One was imprisoned and now lives in virtual house arrest. One remains in power, in a country shattered by war. Two met violent deaths. The...

What Was That Glowing Orb Trump Touched in Saudi Arabia?

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A mysterious glowing orb is exerting uncanny power over the world’s social media. President Trump, King Salman of Saudi Arabia and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of...

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...

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...

Palestinian Protesters Face Off With Israeli Soldiers on Gaza Border

NAHAL OZ, Israel — Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli soldiers faced off along the Gaza border on Friday in a cat-and-mouse battle waged mainly with burning tires and water cannons,...

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...

‘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...

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...

Videos of Syrian Militia Abusing Kurdish Fighter’s Corpse Stir Outrage

KOBANI, Syria — One fighter posed for selfies with the woman’s corpse. Another called her a “female pig.” Another man stood on her naked breast as someone said, “She’s...