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The Kingdom and the Kushners: Jared Went to Riyadh. So Did His Brother.

In late October 2017, Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East adviser, dropped into Saudi Arabia for an unannounced visit to the desert retreat of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was in the process of consolidating...

The Evolution of ISIS: From a Rogue State to a Tiny Sliver

When the Islamic State raised its black flag over the Syrian city of Raqqa in early 2014, it began its transformation from fringe regional player to fearsome global threat. By the end of that year, it had seized...

The Evolution of ISIS: From a State to a Sliver

When the Islamic State raised its black flag over the Syrian city of Raqqa in early 2014, it began its transformation from fringe regional player to fearsome global threat. By the end of that year, it had seized...

Netanyahu Presses Pompeo on Israeli Sovereignty of Golan Heights

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed the United States to recognize Israeli governance of most of the Golan Heights during a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, underscoring the growing possibility that the Trump...

Hectored by Netanyahu, Israeli Arabs Could Have the Last Laugh

UMM AL-FAHM, Israel — With three weeks to go, the Israeli election is so close that Arab voters, who make up only a fifth of the population, could help bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s long career to an...

He Says His Work as a Jihadist Spy Caused PTSD. Denmark Awarded Him $27,000.

Before he joined with militant Islamists, Mr. Storm, now 43, was an armed robber and, at 21, a prospective member of a criminal biker gang. In 1997, in his early 20s, he converted to Islam and moved first...

U.S.-Backed Forces in Syria Arrest Suspects in Attack That Killed 4 Americans

ERBIL, Iraq — American-backed forces in northern Syria have captured a group suspected of organizing a bomb attack that killed four Americans and a number of allied Syrian militia fighters in January, a spokesman for the local forces...

Right-Wing Israeli Minister, Seeking Attention, Spritzes ‘Fascism’ Perfume

JERUSALEM — Israeli political ads make even their cheekiest American counterparts look staid by comparison: In the three-week sprint to Election Day, voters’ social media feeds have been buffeted by ads showing an actual targeted killing and a...

ISIS Kidnaps and Kills Truffle Hunters in Iraq’s Western Desert

BAGHDADI, Iraq — As he hunted for a seasonal delicacy, Mohaned Salah Yasseen scanned the ground intently, searching for places where the soil is cracked and slightly raised — the telltale sign a desert truffle lies below.So he...

ISIS Spokesman Ends Silence by Calling for Retaliation Over New Zealand Massacres

The spokesman of the Islamic State emerged from nearly six months of silence on Monday to mock America’s assertion of having defeated the group and to call for retaliation over last week’s mosque attacks in New Zealand.“The scenes...

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The World’s Largest Bee Is Not Extinct

It’s been 38 years since scientists last spotted the insect known as Wallace’s Giant Bee, a rare species found only in a group...

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