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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Hunt for ISIS Pivots to Remaining Pockets in Syria

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — Secretive drones and surveillance jets are boring down on an estimated 3,000 remaining Islamic State fighters, who are hiding in Syria along a...

4 Arab States Break Ties With Qatar, Complicating U.S. Coalition-Building

SYDNEY, Australia — Hours after four Arab countries broke diplomatic relations with Qatar, a key U.S. ally, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson offered Monday to broker the impasse...

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...

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...

Marked for ‘De-escalation,’ Syrian Towns Endure Surge of Attacks

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A resurgence of deadly attacks by pro-government forces in so-called de-escalation zones in Syria, including a triple airstrike on a busy marketplace that killed more than...