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Category: Middle East

Painting of the Suez Canal by Albert Reiger (Credit: Getty Images)

9 Fascinating Facts About the Suez Canal

On the 145th anniversary of its opening, check out nine surprising facts about the canal that links the Eastern and Western worlds.

iran hostage crisis

35 Years Later, Looking Back at the Iran Hostage Crisis

In November 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, beginning a 444-day ordeal that marked America’s first clash with militant Islam.

T.E. Lawrence

10 Things You May Not Know About “Lawrence of Arabia”

On the 125th anniversary of the birth of T.E. Lawrence, learn 10 surprising facts about the man known as “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Maalula, Syria

Languages Under Siege

After being spoken for 3,000 years, Aramaic, the language of Jesus, could soon be extinct.

Historic Handshakes

8 Historic Handshakes

As people around the globe celebrate World Handshake Day, explore eight of history’s most famous handshakes.