1. A Brief History of Spying With Balloons Express, February 3

    A Chinese balloon seen floating over the northwestern United States this week was a reminder of how governments have used balloons for reconnaissance for more than a century.

  2. Baghdad Loses Green Space to Real Estate Boom Foreign, January 30

    The problem is driving up temperatures in what is already one of the hottest cities in the world, where air-conditioning is a luxury only the rich can afford.

  3. Deadly Stampede Breaks Out at Iraq Soccer Stadium Video, January 19

    The stampede outside the Basra International Stadium in southern Iraq started when ticket collectors turned back fans who had been sold fake tickets, witnesses said.

  4. Stampede Outside Soccer Stadium in Iraq Leaves at Least One Dead Foreign, January 19

    Thousands of fans thronged an arena in the southern city of Basra for a match involving the national team. Many were angry to discover that they had been sold fake tickets, a witness said.

  5. Your Friday Briefing: Russia Doubles Down N Y T Now, May 5

    Moscow wants victories before its Monday holiday.