CANBERRA, Australia — Australia will join a fledging American-led effort to protect ships from Iranian threats in the critical Strait of Hormuz, the country’s prime minister said on Wednesday, dismissing concerns that the United States was pulling Australia once...
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian government troops are pushing into a strategic town in the country’s last rebel-held region, local witnesses and monitors said Tuesday, another milestone in a military campaign that has trapped about three million civilians in the...
The Islamic State has gained ground in some areas, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged on Tuesday, despite President Trump’s proclamation that the extremist group had been vanquished.Mr. Pompeo also conceded, in a television interview, having some frustration in...
DOUMA, Syria — Picking our way around the ruins of the Damascus suburb of Douma, it took a little while to realize what was missing.There were women carrying groceries, old men droning by on motorbikes and skinny children heaving...
JERUSALEM — A Palestinian gay and transgender rights group vowed on Monday to continue its activities after the Palestinian Authority police barred the group from holding events in the West Bank and threatened to arrest participants.The Palestinian Authority police,...
CAIRO — Sudan’s deposed leader, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, told investigators that he had received $90 million from Saudi Arabia, a Khartoum court heard on Monday during the opening of Mr. al-Bashir’s keenly anticipated trial on corruption charges.A senior police...
CAIRO — On the Libyan comedy show, the punch line was in the baby carriage.An elevator door slams shut, separating the mother — an actress in blackface — from her babies. A hidden camera shows unsuspecting passengers trapped inside...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Saturday that it had launched 10 drones in the “biggest attack” on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, but a Saudi...
WASHINGTON — Roya Rahmani is neither royalty nor from a powerful family, so she was initially surprised when she was appointed as the first woman to be Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States. Now she understands why: to signal...
BEIT UR AL-FAUQA, West Bank — In a small stone house on the edge of a sleepy Palestinian village near Ramallah, an elderly woman ran a string of wooden worry beads through her gnarled fingers on Friday, silently reciting...
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