Middle East

US Targets Iranian Counterfeit Scheme in Yemen

WASHINGTON —  U.S. officials are spotlighting Iran’s efforts to spread its influence across the Middle East with what they describe as a “large-scale” counterfeiting operation, sophisticated enough to fool some European regulators. Treasury officials in Washington exposed the counterfeiting ring Monday, sanctioning a network of individuals and companies, including two …

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Police Question Israeli Leader Over Corruption Accusations

JERUSALEM —  Police have arrived at the official residence of Israel’s prime minister in what is believed to be part of an investigation into corruption allegations. Police have previously questioned Benjamin Netanyahu over allegations that he received gifts from Hollywood and business figures. A separate probe is looking into secret …

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Egypt Orders Detention of Prominent Activist Mahinour el-Masry Over Protest

CAIRO —  An Egyptian court has ordered a prominent activist to remain in custody pending trial on charges of participating in an illegal protest against the government’s transfer of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, a rights lawyer said on Saturday. Mahinour el-Masry, a rights lawyer herself and …

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Hariri Says He’ll Return to Lebanon in Coming Days, Announce His Position

PARIS —  Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said Saturday at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris that he would return to Beirut in the coming days and announce his position on the crisis in his country after holding talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun. “With regard to the political situation …

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