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

First lady slammed for not wearing veil

winnipegfreepress.com — U.S. President Barack Obama's hastily arranged trip to Saudi Arabia was intended to shore up relations with a key U.S. ally.

Did the first lady's uncovered head really rankle Saudis?

orlandosentinel.com — President Obama ’s hastily arranged trip to Saudi Arabia was intended to shore up relations with a key U.S. ally. But it was the attire of the first lady that was the focus of much of the discussion on social media -- at least in the U.S.

Did the first lady's uncovered head really rankle Saudis?

latimes.com — President Obama ’s hastily arranged trip to Saudi Arabia was intended to shore up relations with a key U.S. ally. But it was the attire of the first lady that was the focus of much of the discussion on social media -- at least in the U.S.

Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice

latimes.com — The former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have survived a previous poisoning attempt before a lethal dose of polonium was slipped into his tea at a London hotel, a long-awaited judicial inquiry into his death was told Tuesday.

Leftist leader Alexis Tsipras takes office as Greece's prime minister

courant.com — Alexis Tsipras, leader of the far-left Syriza party, was sworn in Monday as Greek prime minister, setting the stage for a showdown with creditors over painful budget cuts and tax increases that could have potential ripple effects across the European Union.

In Saudi Arabia, partnership with Wahhabi clerics key to conservatism

latimes.com — The anointment of the House of Saud more than three centuries ago came with a pledge to rule in tandem with the austere clerics of Wahhabi Islam whose puritanical theology has provided some of the underpinnings for extremist groups throughout the Middle East.

New Saudi king moves quickly to avoid future power struggle

latimes.com — Saudi Arabia's newly ascended King Salman buried his predecessor, King Abdullah, on Friday, then moved quickly at a time of regional turmoil to allay fear of a looming power struggle among hundreds of princes in the next generation of the House of Saud.

In Yemen, Houthi rebels’ gains could have wide repercussions

stripes.com — The violent upheaval in Yemen's capital this week has raised fears of a power vacuum at the heart of a country regarded as critical to U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East.

Q&A: What’s going on in Yemen and why does it affect U.S.?

seattletimes.com — Originally published Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:31 AM The violent upheaval in Yemen's capital this week has raised fears of a power vacuum at the heart of a country regarded as critical to U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East.

In Yemen, Houthi rebels' gains could have wide repercussions

latimes.com — The violent upheaval in Yemen's capital this week has raised fear of a power vacuum at the heart of a country regarded as crucial to U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East.
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Jan 30, 2015

Eugene de Kock, one of South Africa's most notorious apartheid era killers, has been granted parole lat.ms/1vfq7Gm

Jan 29, 2015

Jordanian authorities seek proof of life for captured pilot as Islamic State's deadline for exchange passes lat.ms/1zFmXgw

Jan 27, 2015

State Department official confirms the death of one American in the attack on a hotel in Libya lat.ms/1CJHwHY

Jan 27, 2015

The State Department is looking into reports of an American casualty in the attack on a hotel in Tripoli, Libya lat.ms/1CJHwHY

Jan 27, 2015

At least four foreigners and five guards were killed when gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya lat.ms/1CJHwHY

Jan 27, 2015

RT @LATlands: The spy who was poisoned twice? That's the claim now about Alexander Litvinenko. fw.to/QMmnZib via @alexzavis

Jan 27, 2015

A U.S. drone kills several suspected Al Qaeda fighters in western Yemen lat.ms/1ym7UkP

Jan 27, 2015

ICYMI: Female terrorists finding their place in Islamist militants' ranks lat.ms/1z4rdTf via @mollyhf

Jan 27, 2015

Leftist leader Alexis Tsipras is sworn in as prime minister, setting the stage for a showdown with Greece's creditors lat.ms/15EhfxG

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