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Israel struggles to restore vaccine swap deal after Palestinians reject doses for being too old
Some 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine delivered to the West Bank on Friday are headed for the trash because of their imminent expiration.
Shira Rubin
Iran’s new president Ebrahim Raisi consolidates hard-line grip as reformers pushed aside
Raisi has expressed a willingness to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, but his presidency marked a sharp departure from the Rouhani era.
Kareem Fahim
What to know about Iran’s president-elect, Ebrahim Raisi
The 60-year-old hard-line cleric is a close confidant of Iran's supreme leader.
Miriam Berger
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After cease-fire, Israel and Hamas revert to calibrated routine of provocation and reprisal
Neither side seems eager to return to war or able to break the years-long cycle of hostilities.
Steve Hendrix
Palestinians cancel vaccine deal with Israel, saying doses are too close to expiration date
The new Israeli government had planned to transfer about-to-expire vaccine doses now in exchange for the same number of doses later in the year.
Steve Hendrix
With deck stacked for hard-line candidate, Iranians debate whether to vote at all
Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi is widely favored to prevail in presidential election on Friday.
Kareem Fahim
With election fraud claims, Peru’s Keiko Fujimori takes a page from the Trump playbook. She’s not alone.
Fujimori’s approach, following Trump’s effort to discredit the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election over false fraud claims, could signal the emergence of a trend.
Anthony Faiola, Claire Parker and Terrence McCoy
Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza in retaliation for incendiary balloons, in first flare-up since May truce
The exchange highlights the fragility of a cease fire in the region and poses a first test to Israel’s new government.
Paulina Villegas and Michael E. Miller
From Israel to Ireland, longtime opponents have formed odd coalitions to seize power
Israel isn’t the only country where odd alliances have formed in recent years. In many parts of the world, “marriages of convenience” are a standard feature of electoral politics.
Antonia Noori Farzan and Claire Parker
What to know about Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new prime minister
The far-right religious lawmaker is a staunch supporter of Israeli settlements and opponent of a Palestinian state.
Miriam Berger
Netanyahu is out, but his legal woes aren’t going anywhere
The former prime minister's alleged crimes carry serious punishment, including the possibility of years in prison.
Adam Taylor
After more than a decade, Israelis wake up to a government without Netanyahu
As head of the opposition, the former prime minister has vowed to topple Israel’s new government as soon as possible.
Shira Rubin and Steve Hendrix
Lebanon is running out of gas — literally
The government doesn’t have the dollars to import gasoline and the Lebanese are now trapped in endless lines waiting.
Sarah Dadouch
Israel approves new governing coalition, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure
Amid heckling and ejections, parliament votes to install a power-sharing government spanning right and left; Naftali Bennett becomes prime minister.
Steve Hendrix and Shira Rubin
As Israel’s longest-serving leader, Netanyahu transformed his country — and left it more divided than ever
He reoriented the decades-old approach to peace and security, reshaped the economy and upended legal norms.
Steve Hendrix
Algeria holds first Parliament election since protest wave in 2019. But many stayed away.
The vote reflected dismay over the slow pace of reforms since longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika was ousted in 2019.
Siobhán O'Grady
Death of prisoner from covid-19 sparks protests as Bahrain battles outbreak
Husain Barakat, 48, had received the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine but still died after being hospitalized, according to human rights groups.
Miriam Berger
The toll of Israeli strikes on Gaza: Mapping the destruction left behind
U.N. data shows that along some 140 square miles, 459 buildings were destroyed or damaged some of which were near hospitals, clinics and schools.
Dylan Moriarty and Ruby Mellen
Long overlooked, Israel’s Arab citizens are increasingly asserting their Palestinian identity
Recent conflict and political developments have turned a spotlight on a community often caught between two worlds.
Griff Witte and Sufian Taha
Arrests targeting Palestinians in East Jerusalem and across Israel continue in wake of conflict and protests
A campaign of detentions, on the heels of the worst communal violence in years, has swept up Palestinians in Jerusalem and Arab citizens all over Israel.
Miriam Berger
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