Trump’s Business Ties to Middle East Precede Him

When President Trump sets off on his first international trip as president on Friday, his itinerary will include two Middle Eastern countries, Israel and Saudi Arabia, where he explored...

U.S. Sends Civilian Team to Syria to Help the Displaced Return Home

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is sending a civilian team into Syria to try to bring stability to areas that American-backed forces have retaken from the Islamic State and...

Foreign Fighters Back Kurdish Militia in Syria in Fight Against Turkey

The men in military fatigues, some covering their faces and clutching assault rifles, stand in an orchard, declaring that they have traveled to a battle zone in northern Syria...

Tensions Build in Jerusalem and Beyond Over Trump Declaration

JERUSALEM — The Israeli police and military bolstered their security on Friday in anticipation of Palestinian protests over President Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. But the...

Critics Fear Trump’s Attacks on Iran Could Backfire

UNITED NATIONS — President Trump’s bombastic attacks on Iran over the nuclear deal may have created an unanticipated outcome: sympathy for the Iranian government. Disarmament advocates and other critics of...

U.N. Leader Softens His Predecessor’s Criticism of Iran Missile Tests

The United Nations secretary general appears to have softened his predecessor’s criticism of Iran last year over its missile tests, a volatile issue in Iran’s relationships with other powers,...

Malala Yousafzai, Girls’ Education Advocate, Finishes High School

It’s not unusual for teenagers to take a summer trip after graduating high school, but Malala Yousafzai is a bit different. The 19-year-old Pakistani woman attended her last day of...

Hezbollah Returns Focus to Israel After Years of Fighting in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah vowed on Monday to return the group’s focus to fighting Israel after years of battling rebels in neighboring...

Iran President Calls Trump’s Visit With Saudis ‘Just a Show’

TEHRAN — President Hassan Rouhani of Iran said on Monday that President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia was meaningless theatrics, and he suggested that Iran remained open to dialogue...

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...