Sunday, February 28, 2021

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Israel Secretly Agrees to Fund Vaccines for Syria as Part of Prisoner Swap

JERUSALEM — When a young Israeli woman was released from detention in Syria this week, after having been arrested for crossing illegally into Syria,...

Muted Reaction in Israel and Gulf to U.S. Push for Iran Talks

JERUSALEM — When the United States last tried to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran, the reaction from the Israeli government was blunt and...

They Thought, ‘Why Not Iran,’ and the Decision Upended Their Lives

At least three other American citizens of Iranian descent have been held in Iran for years.“In the past decade, Iran has frequently pursued its...

In Videos, Dubai Princess Says She Is a ‘Hostage’

CAIRO — Since 2018, when Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, one of the daughters of the ruler of Dubai, disappeared after trying to escape...

Ruth Dayan, Who Built an Israeli Fashion Brand, Dies at 103

Ms. Dayan was Israel’s first “activist designer,” said Neri Oxman, the provocative architect, inventor and M.I.T. professor. Ms. Oxman, who is in her 40s,...

A Decade After the Arab Spring, Autocrats Still Rule the Mideast

A decade ago, crowds massed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand the ouster of Egypt’s American-backed strongman, President Hosni Mubarak. In Washington, President Barack...

U.S. Prepares to Lift Terrorist Designation Against Yemeni Rebels, Despite New Attacks

WASHINGTON — Houthi rebels in Yemen will be stripped of a U.S. terrorist designation next week, the State Department said on Friday, despite a...

Ibrahim Idris, a Guantánamo Bay Detainee on Day 1, Dies at 60

Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris, a Sudanese man who was taken to the prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba on the day it opened as...

Women’s Rights Advocate Released From Jail by Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT, Lebanon — One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent activists, Loujain al-Hathloul, was released on Wednesday after the kingdom had jailed her for nearly...

Mars Mission From the U.A.E. Prepares to Orbit Red Planet

The first in a parade of three new visitors to Mars arrives Tuesday when a robotic probe named Hope, the first interplanetary mission undertaken...

Years After a Massacre, Yazidis Finally Bury Their Loved Ones

KOJO, Iraq — They had waited years to bury the remains of their husbands, sons and brothers. Cradling fresh earth draped in Iraqi flags,...

In Beleaguered Babylon, Doing Battle Against Time, Water and Modern Civilization

BABYLON, Iraq — Ammar al-Taee, an Iraqi archaeologist, picked up a clay panel fallen from one of the ancient walls of Babylon. Paw prints...

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Golden Globes 2021: What to Watch For

LOS ANGELES — “Mank,” David Fincher’s black-and-white tale of Old Hollywood, is nominated for six trophies at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, the most of...