BAGHDAD — Iraqi political leaders spent the last 10 months struggling unsuccessfully to form a government, their country sinking deeper and deeper into political paralysis in the face of growing drought, crippling corruption and crumbling infrastructure. Then in June, those talks imploded. And now, there is a scramble for powerContinue Reading

In a critically acclaimed documentary on the rescue of women and girls sexually enslaved by ISIS, tension-filled scenes play out in a Syrian detention camp and later in a safe house where victims are faced with agonizing choices. The film, “Sabaya,” from Sweden, won the prestigious Sundance Film Festival awardContinue Reading

In a critically acclaimed documentary on the rescue of women and girls sexually enslaved by ISIS, tension-filled scenes play out in a Syrian detention camp and later in a safe house where victims are faced with agonizing choices. The film, “Sabaya,” from Sweden, won the prestigious Sundance Film Festival awardContinue Reading

BASRA, Iraq — Iraqi protesters loyal to the nationalist Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr thronged Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone for the second time in a week on Saturday to prevent the formation of a new government. They scaled concrete barriers and pushed past security forces to get into the Iraqi Parliament,Continue Reading

A British tourist who was imprisoned for stealing ancient artifacts from an archaeological site has had his conviction overturned by an Iraqi court. The tourist, James Fitton, a 66-year-old retired geologist, was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison and had been detained for more than four months. Looting antiquitiesContinue Reading

“It was chaos ­— tourists’ hands and legs were detached from their bodies,” said Ahmad Tahseen Ali, 30, from Babil Province, who said he was standing about 20 meters from one of the strikes, which wounded his brother and sister, Ban al-Humnrani, 42, who is a U.S. citizen and wasContinue Reading

BAGHDAD — In a pivotal scene of the 2021 documentary “Sabaya,” two men rescue a young woman named Leila from a Syrian detention camp for the families of ISIS fighters, bundling her into a car and driving her to safety as shots are fired behind them. In interviews with BBCContinue Reading

PARIS — France brought home 16 wives of jihadists from sprawling detention camps in northeastern Syria on Tuesday, breaking with a policy that for years had ruled out repatriating and trying adult women who had left to join the Islamic State. The women were accompanied by 35 children — someContinue Reading

The George W. Bush Presidential Center, in Dallas, is a 226,000-square-foot building that houses the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. It isn’t the sort of place you go for unvarnished truth about George W. Bush. Like many institutions of its ilk, itContinue Reading

A British tourist who took pottery shards from an archaeological site was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in an Iraqi prison after a Baghdad court convicted him of trying to smuggle the artifacts out of the country. The court found James Fitton, a 66-year-old retired geologist, guilty under aContinue Reading