Middle East

From the Seabed, Figures of an Ancient Cult

Posted on Tue, 01 Sep 2020 06:30:06 +0000 - middle-east

A trove of Phoenician artifacts was long ascribed to a single shipwreck. More likely they were tossed overboard, and over centuries, a new study suggests.

Saudi King Fires 2 Royals in Defense Corruption Inquiry

Posted on Tue, 01 Sep 2020 01:48:14 +0000 - middle-east

The king’s decision was based on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s call for an investigation into “suspicious financial transactions at the defense ministry,” according to state news media.

Hamas and Israel Agree to Ease Hostilities Amid Coronavirus

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2020 22:22:12 +0000 - middle-east

With the coronavirus spreading fast in Gaza, the sides agreed to stop bombarding each other, and Israel said it would resume fuel supplies. A cash infusion from Qatar helped seal the deal.

Israeli Airliner Completes First Direct Flight to Arab Emirates

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2020 15:05:47 +0000 - middle-east

The flight carried the hope of closer ties between Israel and the Arab world, and a diplomatic delegation that included President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Lebanon Taps a New Prime Minister Amid Swirling Crises

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:37:03 +0000 - middle-east

The country’s president has designated a diplomat, Mustafa Adib, to form a government that must address an economic meltdown and the aftermath of the Beirut explosion.

After 7 Years on the Run, a Muslim Brotherhood Leader Is Caught

Posted on Fri, 28 Aug 2020 21:36:15 +0000 - middle-east

Egypt said that a raid in Cairo had netted the outlawed movement’s acting leader, Mahmoud Ezzat, who was thought to have fled abroad.

Israeli Officer Need Not Have Shot Autistic Palestinian, Commander Says

Posted on Thu, 27 Aug 2020 20:49:57 +0000 - middle-east

The commander testified that the man his partner killed, Iyad al-Hallaq, was not resisting and posed no danger, in a case that ignited protests against police brutality.

R.N.C. Skims Over Trump’s ‘Unfinished Business’ in Foreign Policy

Posted on Thu, 27 Aug 2020 22:47:33 +0000 - middle-east

From Iran to North Korea, President Trump has failed to achieve many of his stated foreign policy goals. He is asking for a second term to get them done.

Gaza Under Lockdown After First Local Cases of Virus

Posted on Fri, 28 Aug 2020 09:59:49 +0000 - middle-east

The territory’s first cases of community transmission of the virus have raised fears it will spread quickly and worsen an already devastated economy.

Turkey Braces for Yet Another Currency Crisis

Posted on Thu, 27 Aug 2020 09:00:34 +0000 - middle-east

A sharp drop in the value of the lira is testing businesses and residents while they are coping with the pandemic.

Desperate to Leave Beirut, Young Lebanese Are Also the Ones Fixing It

Posted on Thu, 27 Aug 2020 09:00:25 +0000 - middle-east

The young people leading the huge volunteer effort after the recent blast are bringing hope, but have lost it themselves. “I want to at least have Beirut on its feet before I go,” one said.

Iran to Allow U.N. Inspections of Previously Blocked Nuclear Sites

Posted on Wed, 26 Aug 2020 21:39:35 +0000 - middle-east

The reversal comes amid a United Nations Security Council split over whether to restore international sanctions against Iran’s economy — and demolish a 2015 accord that limits its nuclear program.