The Hunger Strike, the Protest Tactic of Gandhi, is Vexing Iran’s Penal Overseers

TEHRAN — The hunger strike, a pressure tactic of self-starvation used by political protesters around the world, is forcing Iran’s powerful judiciary to reconsider the conditions of at least...

Postcard From My Past: Crossing Into Syria

Seventeen years ago, the Middle East was a more hopeful place. Newspapers were filled with accounts of peace negotiations. Israel was in the midst of withdrawing its troops from...

Iranians Vote in Election Seen as Verdict on Nuclear Accord

TEHRAN — Iranians lined up at polling places on Friday to cast ballots in a crucial election that pits President Hassan Rouhani, a professed moderate who has pursued better...

Once Shunned as ‘Drivers,’ Saudi Women Who Fought Ban Now Celebrate

They were arrested, suspended from jobs, shunned by relatives and denounced by clerics as loose women out to destroy society. Their offense? They did what many in Saudi Arabia...

Kurds Back Independence by 92% in Referendum; Iraq May Send Troops

ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq’s Parliament asked the country’s prime minister on Wednesday to deploy troops to a disputed area held by Kurdish forces, its latest retaliation against a referendum...

Palestinian Factions, Fatah and Hamas, Move Toward Reconciliation in Gaza

GAZA CITY — Beleaguered Gazans exulted at seeing the two main Palestinian factions take an important step toward reconciliation on Monday, as the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister arrived to...

Persian Gulf Rivals Competed to Host Taliban, Leaked Emails Show

LONDON — In their long-running rivalry, the United Arab Emirates has often accused its neighbor Qatar of abetting Islamist militants, citing as one prime example the 2013 opening of...

A Star Veterinarian and a ‘Hero Pilot’: The Colorful Candidates for Tehran’s City Council

TEHRAN — With his campaign posters displayed all across Tehran, Payam Mohebi, the city’s star veterinarian, figures he is either on his way to victory in Friday’s local elections...

Iran, Puzzled by Trump, Treads Carefully for Now

TEHRAN — Until two weeks ago, Iran’s clerics felt comfortable leading worshipers in a chorus of “Death to America” while simultaneously signing a $16.6 billion deal with Boeing. Now,...

Egyptian Court Blocks Plan to Transfer Two Islands to Saudi Arabia

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Monday upheld a ruling that said the government cannot transfer control of two key Red Sea islands to its main financial backer, Saudi...