Writer and editor on the Los Angeles Times foreign desk. Formerly based in Africa and the Middle East.

Saudi-led warplanes carry out a second day of airstrikes in Yemen

latimes.com — Saudi-led warplanes pounded military installations in Yemen on Friday in a campaign aimed at halting the advance of Shiite Muslim rebels and ensuring the return of President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, who has fled the country. Brig. Gen.

Body count from world’s bloodiest wars spikes in 2014

stripes.com — The war in Ukraine and extremist violence contributed to a spike in the death toll from the world's most brutal conflicts last year, analysts say. More than 163,000 people were killed in the 20 deadliest conflicts of 2014, a 28 percent increase over 2013, according to a study conducted by the Project for the Study of the 21st Century, a think tank based in London and Washington.

Body count from world’s bloodiest wars spikes in 2014

stripes.com — The war in Ukraine and extremist violence contributed to a spike in the death toll from the world's most brutal conflicts last year, analysts say. More than 163,000 people were killed in the 20 deadliest conflicts of 2014, a 28 percent increase over 2013, according to a study conducted by the Project for the Study of the 21st Century, a think tank based in London and Washington.

Gunmen attack Tunisia museum, killing 20

twincities.com — By Radhouane Addala and Alexandra ZavisLos Angeles Times Posted: 03/18/2015 12:01:00 AM CDT Updated: 03/18/2015 09:20:05 PM CDT TUNIS, Tunisia -- Gunmen armed with assault rifles stormed a major museum in Tunisia's capital Wednesday, killing at least 20 people, most of them European tourists, in a country widely viewed as one of North Africa's rare democratic success stories.

Body count from world's bloodiest wars spikes in 2014

latimes.com — The war in Ukraine and extremist violence contributed to a spike in the death toll from the world's most brutal conflicts last year, analysts say. More than 163,000 people were killed in the 20 deadliest conflicts of 2014, a 28% increase over 2013, according to a study conducted by the Project for the Study of the 21 st Century, a think tank based in London and Washington.

Tunisian museum attacked; at least eight people killed

latimes.com — Gunmen opened fire at a leading museum in Tunisia's capital Wednesday, killing at least eight people, authorities said. It wasn't immediately clear if the attackers took hostages. The attack on the National Bardo Museum prompted the evacuation of Tunisia's parliament building, which is adjacent to the museum.

Turkey detains Syrian suspected of helping British girls join Islamic State

courant.com — Authorities in Turkey say they have detained an alleged spy suspected of helping three British schoolgirls join the extremist group Islamic State in neighboring Syria. The suspect is a Syrian national who works for the intelligence service of a country that is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara on Friday.

Turkey detains Syrian suspected of helping British girls join Islamic State

latimes.com — Authorities in Turkey say they have detained an alleged spy suspected of helping three British schoolgirls join the extremist group Islamic State in neighboring Syria. The suspect is a Syrian national who works for the intelligence service of a country that is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara on Friday.

After four years of conflict, Syria is 'entering the dark ages'

latimes.com — More than 80% of the lights in Syria have been extinguished in the last four years, according to humanitarian agencies who warn that the country's devastating civil war is pushing its people into the dark ages - literally and figuratively.

Iraqis predict days of fighting as troops battle militants in Tikrit

latimes.com — Rockets and mortars echoed across Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Thursday as Iraqi security forces clashed with Islamic State militants a day after sweeping into the Sunni Muslim city north of Baghdad. Recapturing Tikrit is seen as a key step toward rolling back the extremist group, which seized much of northern and western Iraq last summer and controls about a third of Iraq and Syria.
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Mar 30, 2015

Nigeria's election rests on a knife's edge with about 2.3 million votes apiece for the president and his rival lat.ms/1HXBJCn

Mar 26, 2015

Yemen's president has arrived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, state media report lat.ms/1Bs90xe

Mar 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia has launched airstrikes against Houthi militias in Yemen, broadening the conflict into a regional war lat.ms/1CZNDdC

Mar 25, 2015

RT @ByBrianBennett: EXCLUSIVE: Yemeni rebels seize secret files about U.S. intelligence operations fw.to/ipsV80N

Mar 25, 2015

In Yemen, Houti rebels are advancing on Aden, where the president took refuge last month. His whereabouts unknown. lat.ms/1LWydLt

Mar 23, 2015

Beatrice Yardolo was thought to be Liberia's last Ebola patient. lat.ms/1MaZlmn Another person tested positive Friday, @msfg says.

Mar 23, 2015

A year ago, the WHO published notification of an Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Since then, the virus is thought to have killed more than 10,000.

Mar 23, 2015

Foreign donors pledged $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza Strip; almost none has made its way to those who need it lat.ms/1xSIjRD

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