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Ethiopia-Eritrea Border Opens for First Time in 20 Years

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Astebeha Tesfaye went to visit friends in Eritrea, and had to stay 20 years. “I was going to take the bus the next day,” he said by phone on Tuesday, “but I heard that the roads Read more…


‘All of Africa Is Here’: Where Europe’s Southern Border Is Just a Fence

CEUTA, Spain — For most migrants from Africa, the last stage of their trip to Europe involves some sort of perilous sea crossing. At the border in Ceuta, there is just a fence. Ceuta (pronounced say-YOU-tah) is one of the Read more…


Renewed Fire Between Israel and Gaza Interrupts Talk of Cease-Fire

“The Qassam Brigades are ready and well prepared to confront the aggression and defend their people,” Issam Daalees, a Hamas leader, said in a statement, referring to Hamas’s armed wing. “The enemy must understand that it cannot unilaterally impose the Read more…


Hamas and Israel Are in a Perilous Cycle. Is War a Miscalculation Away?

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military calls it “the campaign between the wars” — short but increasingly harsh operations against the Hamas rulers of Gaza that are meant to warn off the Islamist militant group and postpone, if not prevent, the Read more…


Israel Launches Broad Air Assault in Gaza Following Border Violence

JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip on Friday after a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier along the border fence. Israeli security experts said the aerial assault was one of the most intense since a cease-fire ended 50 Read more…


A Woman Dedicated to Saving Lives Loses Hers in Gaza Confrontation

Ms. Najjar was a resident of Khuzaa, a farming village near the border with Israel, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Her father, Ashraf al-Najjar, had a shop that sold motorcycle parts, which was destroyed in an Read more…