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Coming Out in Lebanon

Advertisement Throughout the Middle East, gay, lesbian and transgender people face formidable obstacles to living a life of openness and acceptance in conservative societies. Although Jordan decriminalized same-sex behavior in 1951, the gay community remains marginalized. Qatar, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen all outlaw same-sex relations. In Saudi ...

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She Broke Japan’s Silence on Rape

Advertisement TOKYO — It was a spring Friday night when one of Japan’s best-known television journalists invited Shiori Ito out for a drink. Her internship at a news service in Tokyo was ending, and she had inquired about another internship with his network. They met at a bar in central ...

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George Weah Wins Liberia’s Presidency, Unofficial Results Show

Advertisement MONROVIA, Liberia — For decades, Liberia has waited through war and strongmen for a peaceful democratic transfer of power. On Thursday, as the last ballots in a presidential election were being tallied, that appeared to be on the verge of happening. Unofficial elections returns showed that George Weah, a ...

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In Tangled Afghan War, a Thin Line of Defense Against ISIS

Advertisement KHOGYANI, Afghanistan — When the American military dropped the largest bomb in its arsenal on an Islamic State cave complex here in eastern Afghanistan in April, the generals justified it as part of a robust campaign to destroy the group’s local affiliate by year’s end. Its force had been ...

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Why Saad Hariri Had That Strange Sojourn in Saudi Arabia

Advertisement BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, was summoned at 8:30 a.m. to the Saudi royal offices — unseemly early, by the Kingdom’s standards — on the second day of a visit that was already far from what he had expected. Mr. Hariri, long an ally of the ...

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In Blow to Spanish Unity, Catalan Separatists Keep Majority in Regional Vote

Advertisement BARCELONA, Spain — Spain’s effort to snuff out an independence drive in Catalonia was dealt a significant blow on Thursday as secessionists narrowly won an election called by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in hopes of calming the country’s constitutional crisis. After Catalonia’s separatist lawmakers declared independence in late October, ...

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