Middle East

Women protest the death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini who was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, Iran.

Iran Executes 2 More Men Detained Amid Nationwide Protests

This brings the total to four men that have been executed since the demonstrations began in September over the death of Mahsa Amini.

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Mourners carry the bodies of Samer Houshiyeh, 21, and Fouad Abed, 25, during their funeral in the West Bank.

Israeli Army Kills 2 Palestinians In West Bank Confrontation

The Israeli military said it entered a Palestinian village to demolish the houses of two gunmen who killed an Israeli soldier in September.

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A Save the Children nutrition counsellor speaks with a mother in Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan

U.N. Official Meets Taliban Deputy Premier Over Women NGO Ban

The decision by the Taliban government to bar women from NGO work has prompted major international aid agencies to suspend operations in the country.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel Swears In Benjamin Netanyahu As PM Of Hard-Line Government

This is Netanyahu's sixth term in office, continuing his more than decade-long dominance over Israeli politics.

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Israel's Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Doctors Reject Netanyahu Allies' Anti-LGBTQ Remarks

Allies of Benjamin Netanyahu are calling for a law to allow discrimination against LGBTQ people in hospitals and businesses.

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An Afghan woman, center, wears an Afghan flag as a head scarf during a gathering.

Taliban Ban Women From Working For Domestic, Foreign NGOs

The ban was the latest restrictive move by Afghanistan's new rulers against women's rights and freedoms.

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Afghan students queue at one of Kabul University's gates in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Taliban Bar Women From University Education In Afghanistan

Private and public universities are being asked to implement the ban as soon as possible and to inform the ministry once the ban is in place.

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The Qatar 2022 World Cup logo.

Report: Second Journalist Dies While Covering The World Cup

Al Kass TV photojournalist Khalid al-Misslam "died suddenly" while covering the World Cup, according to the Doha-based Gulf Times.

 | Scripps News Staff

Demonstrators protesting Iran's government.

Iran Publicly Hangs Man From Crane Amid Protests

The execution of Majidreza Rahnavard came less than a month after he allegedly fatally stabbed two members of a paramilitary force.

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People protest in front of the Iranian embassy in Berlin, Germany.

Iran Executes First Known Prisoner Arrested During Protests

Mohsen Shekari was executed for allegedly blocking a street and attacking security with a machete during protests against Iran's morality police.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken Vows U.S. Support For Israel Despite Unease Over Government

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. will remain a friend of Israel even as it pursues goals that Prime Minister Netanyahu has opposed.

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Staff member pours a beer at a fan zone ahead of the FIFA World Cup, in Doha, Qatar.

World Cup Fans Find Booze At Hotels, Qatar's 1 Liquor Store

The only store currently selling liquor in Qatar operates on an appointment system.

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Workers walk to the Lusail Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums, in Lusail, Qatar

Qatar Says Worker Deaths For World Cup 'Between 400 And 500'

Migrant labor built over $200 billion worth of stadiums, metro lines and new infrastructure needed for the Middle East's first World Cup in Qatar.

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A soccer fan holds a flag from Iran prior to the World Cup

U.S. Soccer Briefly Scrubs Emblem From Iran Flag At World Cup

The U.S. Soccer Federation decision added yet another political firestorm to the Middle East's first World Cup.

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Iranian soccer fan holds a 'Mahsa Amini' shirt.

Iran Government Supporters Confront Protesters At World Cup

Small mobs of men angrily chanted “The Islamic Republic of Iran” at women giving interviews about the "Woman, Life, Freedom" protests.

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Members of Zaka Rescue and Recovery team.

Twin Blasts Rock Jerusalem, Killing Teen And Wounding 18 Others

More than 130 Palestinians have been killed in fighting in the West Bank and east Jerusalem this year, making it the deadliest year since 2006.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

U.S. Moves To Shield Saudi Crown Prince In Journalist Killing

The Biden administration spoke out in support of a claim of legal immunity from Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

People place flowers at a memorial.

Turkey Detains Syrian Suspect In Bombing That Killed 6, Injured Dozens

Istanbul police said at least 46 other people were also detained and questioned about the Sunday attack on a popular square lined with shops.

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Police vehicles and ambulances are parked at the site of an explosion on Istanbul's popular pedestrian Istiklal Avenue.

Bomb Rocks Avenue In Heart Of Istanbul; 6 Dead, Dozens Hurt

A video posted online showed flames erupting and a loud bang, as pedestrians turned and ran away.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli Prime Minister and the head of Likud party

Israeli PM Lapid Concedes Defeat To Netanyahu In Election

A statement said Lapid congratulated Netanyahu and has instructed his office to prepare an organized transition of power.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel's Netanyahu Appears To Edge Toward Victory After Vote

The vote is tight but initial indications showed Netanyahu was headed back to the premiership with a majority in the country's 120-seat parliament.

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Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife cast ballots.

Israelis Vote Again, As Political Crisis Grinds On

Israel's fifth election in three years has mired the country in an unprecedented political crisis that has eroded faith in democratic institutions.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Palestinians walk through the site of an Israeli attack.

Israeli Forces Kill 5 Palestinians In Overnight West Bank Raid

Israeli forces blew up a bomb lab in an apartment in Nablus, killing five Palestinians and injuring 20 others as tensions rise in the region.

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Afghan families wait to board a bus.

Afghan Couple Accuse U.S. Marine Of Abducting Their Baby

In a federal lawsuit, the Afghan family accuses Joshua and Stephanie Mast of false imprisonment, conspiracy, fraud and assault.

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Iranian competitive climber Elnaz Rekabi speaks to journalists in Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, Iran

Iran's Elnaz Rekabi, Who Competed Without Hijab, Back In Tehran

The future the climber faces is unclear after she returned home early from a competition in South Korea.

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Iranian athlete Elnaz Rekabi competes during the IFSC Climbing Asian Championships

Worry Grows For Iranian Athlete Who Competed Without Her Hijab

The decision by Elnaz Rekabi to forgo the headscarf came as protests continue over the death of Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by morality police.

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A satellite image shows Evin prison in Tehran, Iran

Satellite Photos Show Damage At Iran Prison Amid Protests

A fire erupted at Evin Prison as nationwide protests triggered by the death of a young woman in the custody of the country's morality police continue.

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Acharred building is seen after a fire on the property of the Evin prison, in Tehran, Iran.

Iranian Officials Say Tehran Prison Blaze Killed 4 Inmates

The fire broke out after a fight between prisoners, in an apparent attempt to distance the events there from ongoing protests in Iran.

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A view of the entrance of a mine in Amasra, in the Black Sea coastal province of Bartin, Turkey

Death Toll Over 40 In Turkey Coal Mine Explosion

Preliminary assessments indicate the explosion was likely caused by firedamp, which is a reference to flammable gases found in coal mines.

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President Joe Biden.

Biden Vows 'Consequences' For Saudis After OPEC+ Cuts Oil Output

The decision by OPEC+ to cut production by 2 million barrels a day has been seen by some as a way to help Russia keep paying for its war in Ukraine.

 | Haley Bull and AP and Scripps News Staff