Amid Tensions With U.S., Erdogan Praises Ties with Russia

MOSCOW — Relations between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Biden administration may be frayed, but on Wednesday the Turkish leader made abundantly clear his access to an alternative partner for trade and military deals: President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. At a three-hour meeting in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russia — …

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‘I Can’t Imagine a Good Future’: Young Iranians Increasingly Want Out

TEHRAN — Amir, an engineering master’s student standing outside Tehran University, had thought about going into digital marketing, but worried that Iran’s government would restrict Instagram, as it had other apps. He had considered founding a start-up, but foresaw American sanctions and raging inflation blocking his way. Every time he tried to plan, it seemed …

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As Tunisia’s President Cements One-Man Rule, Opposition Grows

CAIRO — For the past two months, President Kais Saied of Tunisia has ridden widespread popular support to ever-higher peaks of power, culminating in a recent announcement that he would essentially rule the country by decree. But he has now begun to face growing opposition, heightening uncertainty over Tunisia’s most serious political crisis in a …

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Five Killed in West Bank Shootouts

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces killed five Palestinians in armed confrontations in the occupied West Bank early on Sunday, according to Israeli officials. They said the gun battles occurred during a series of raids intended to thwart a terrorist attack on Israeli civilians. Two Israeli soldiers were also severely wounded in one of the shootouts. The …

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In Reversal, Israel’s New Government Engages With Palestinian Authority

JERUSALEM — One night last month, a top Israeli minister traveled the winding roads of the occupied West Bank to meet Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. The meeting between Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Mr. Abbas at the octogenarian Palestinian leader’s private residence — less than a 10-minute drive from the Israeli …

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Ex-Principal of Australian School to Stand Trial on Sexual Abuse Charges

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian court ruled on Thursday that a former principal of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish girls’ school must stand trial on charges that she had sexually assaulted students under her care. The decision came months after she was extradited from Israel, following a long deportation battle that strained ties between the two countries. …

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