Middle East

Photographer Ariel Schalit

Salam, 5, an African lion, stands on the branches of a tree at the Ramt Gan safari near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Tree-climbing lions are relatively uncommon and are best known for their populations in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park and Tanzania's Lake Manyara national Park. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Salam, 5, an African lion, stands on the branches of a tree at the Ramt Gan safari near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Tree-climbing lions are relatively uncommon and are best known for their populations in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park and Tanzania's Lake Manyara national Park. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

There’s not much to learn online about photographer Ariel Schalit, apart from his work for the Associated Press since 2003 based in Tel Aviv. Perhaps he’s one of the...




  • A Lebanese activist is assisted after Lebanese security forces dragged a number of activists out of the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Lebanese security forces dragged a number of activists out of the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut, where they were staging an hour-long sit-in on Tuesday demanding the minister's resignation over a trash crisis that has ignited mass protests. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Questions in Lebanon Over Protesters’ End Game

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  • Masked Egyptian security forces deploy in the Cairo suburb of Matareya on the day that Islamists called for nationwide demonstrations Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fattah)

    Egypt Starts Dig on Gaza Border to Stop Smuggling Tunnels

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  • A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a Syrian policeman patrolling the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

    Syrian Official: Amount of Damage at Palmyra Temple Unclear

    BEIRUT—A Syrian official in charge of antiquities said Monday his government has not been able to determine how much damage an explosion near the ancient... Read more

  • In this Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, photo, An Afghan boy reads a local newspaper at a news stand carrying a headline about the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, in Kabul, Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan Taliban Offer Leader’s Biography Amid Power Struggle

    KABUL, Afghanistan—The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader Monday as hundreds of insurgents met to resolve a dispute over his appointment following... Read more

  • Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel movement, some of them chewing Qat, a mild drug used daily by many Yemenis, raise their weapons during a rally to protest against a military offensive by a Saudi-led coalition, on August 24, 2015 in the capital Sanaa.(Mohammed Huwais /AFP/Getty Images)

    Yemen Factions Gear Up for Key Battle Over Central Province

    SANAA, Yemen—Yemen’s warring factions on Sunday braced for a key battle in a central province, where victory could allow pro-government forces to move rapidly north... Read more

  • Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel movement, some of them chewing Qat, a mild drug used daily by many Yemenis, raise their weapons during a rally to protest against a military offensive by a Saudi-led coalition, on August 24, 2015 in the capital Sanaa.(Mohammed Huwais /AFP/Getty Images)

    Iraq’s Top Cleric Says Government Must Genuinely Seek Change

    BAGHDAD—Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says the government must show it is seeking genuine change to combat corruption and not just introduce temporary measures to placate... Read more

  • Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi rebel movement raise their weapons during a rally to protest against a military offensive by a Saudi-led coalition, on August 24, 2015 in the capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

    Yemen Says No Talks With Rebels Until They Lay Down Arms

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  • raqi security forces stand at the site where a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Arbil on November 19, 2014, killing four people. (AFP/Getty Images)

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    BAGHDAD—An ISIS suicide bomber killed two army generals on Thursday as they led forces against ISIS positions in the turbulent Anbar province west of Baghdad,... Read more

  • Lebanese men hold a national flag as they stand on a concrete blast wall, spread with graffiti depicting various political groups and bearing messages against police brutality, before its dismantlement on August 25, 2015, in front of the seat of the government in central Beirut. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Young Lebanese Activists Challenge Old Political Class

    BEIRUT—First they egged the prime minister’s building. Then they dumped some of the garbage piling up on Beirut’s streets outside the home of the environment... Read more

  • In this photograph taken on August 14, 2015, a US army soldier and military dog keep watch as Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers walk through coalition force Forward Operating Base (FOB) Connelly in the Khogyani district in the eastern province of Nangarhar. (Wakil  Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

    Gunman in Afghan Uniform Kills 2 US Troops at Base

    KABUL, Afghanistan—A man wearing an Afghan security force uniform opened fire Wednesday inside a base in southern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. soldiers in what appeared... Read more

  • Afghanistan National Army soldiers stand guard at a gate of Camp Qargha, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday on foreign troops at a military base, causing casualties, an Afghan military spokesman said. In a statement NATO said it was investigating an "incident" involving both Afghan and international troops at Camp Qargha which trains officers for the country's army. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    NATO: Men in Afghan Uniforms Kill 2 Foreign Troops at Base

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Two men wearing Afghan security force uniforms opened fire Wednesday inside a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing two NATO service members before being... Read more

  • People listen during a news conference about the disappearance, in Israeli, of Aaron Sofer, 23, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    In Jerusalem’s Culture War, Secular Residents Make Gains

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  • Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, fly over Europe on March 20, 2015.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christine Griffiths)

    Turkey, US Conclude Talks on Anti-ISIS Operation Plan

    ANKARA, Turkey—Turkish and U.S. officials have concluded “technical talks” over their cooperation on operations against the ISIS group, Turkey’s foreign minister said Tuesday. Minister Mevlut... Read more

  • Lebanese protesters clash with riot police following a demonstration, organized by "You Stink" campaign, to protest against the ongoing country's trash crisis on August 23, 2015 in the capital Beirut. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Dozens Injured in Second Day of Beirut Trash Crisis Protests

    BEIRUT—Lebanese riot police battled in the streets of downtown Beirut for a second night Sunday after demonstrators rallied over government corruption and an ongoing trash... Read more

  • Rada Hallabi, 4, who is sick with diabetes, lies on a blanket in a refugee camp on the border with Turkey, near Azaz village, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)

    Raw Images of War in Syria by Pulitzer-Winning Photographer Manu Brabo

    Spaniard Manu Brabo studied photography in The School of Arts and Crafts in Oviedo and then journalism in Carlos III University in Madrid. His first... Read more

  • British soldiers leave the site of a suicide attack in the heart of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. The suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy traveling through a crowded neighborhood in Afghanistan's capital Saturday, killing at least 10 people, including three NATO contractors, authorities said. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

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