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

Saudi Arabia Signals A More Muscular Foreign Policy Less Reliant On The US

yaleglobal.yale.edu — Saudi Arabia's new leadership under King Salman has ramped up involvement in regional conflicts. With Operation Decisive Storm, the Saudis have launched airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen - a response to decreased US mobilization in the Middle East and a way to counter Iran's expanding influence in the region.

Aftershocks terrify survivors of Nepal quake

twincities.com — By Julie Makinen, Bhrikuti Rai and Alexandra ZavisLos Angeles Times Posted: 04/26/2015 12:01:00 AM CDT Updated: 04/26/2015 09:33:13 PM CDT KATHMANDU, Nepal -- Powerful aftershocks jolted Nepal's Kathmandu region Sunday, sending terrified residents fleeing one day after the impoverished mountain kingdom was hit by its worst earthquake in 80 years.

Saudi Arabia signals a more muscular foreign policy less reliant on U.S.

latimes.com — Just weeks into the reign of Saudi Arabia's new ruler, King Salman, wars were raging across two of the kingdom's borders. To the north, Sunni Muslim extremists were threatening the stability of Iraq, which sought help from another of its neighbors, Saudi nemesis Iran.

Saudi-led air war in Yemen unsettles the U.S.

eeditionmobile.latimes.com — BY BRIAN BENNETT, W.J. HENNIGAN AND ALEXANDRA ZAVIS WASHINGTON - Concerned about reports of hundreds of civilian casualties, Obama administration officials are increasingly uneasy about the U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led air war against rebel militias in Yemen, opening a potential rift between Washington and its ally in Riyadh.

Al-Qaida branch captures key airport as U.N. envoy resigns

post-gazette.com — RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen, capitalizing on the chaos gripping the country, was reported to have taken control of an airport, seaport and oil terminal in and around a key southern city Thursday.

Saudi-led Yemen air war's high civilian toll unsettles U.S. officials

latimes.com — Concerned about reports of hundreds of civilian casualties, Obama administration officials are increasingly uneasy about the U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led air war against rebel militias in Yemen, opening a potential rift between Washington and its ally in Riyadh. Backed by U.S.

Al-Qaida affiliate claims Yemen airport; UN envoy resigns

bostonherald.com — RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen, capitalizing on the chaos gripping the country, was reported to have taken control of an airport, seaport and oil terminal in and around a key southern city on Thursday.That news came as the United Nations’ special envoy to Yemen resigned under pressure, after four years of diplomacy failed to avert a war that has killed hundreds and caused an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Arab world’s poorest nation.

Al Qaeda affiliate claims Yemen airport; U.N. envoy resigns

latimes.com — Al Qaeda's branch in Yemen, capitalizing on the chaos gripping the country, was reported to have taken control of an airport, seaport and oil terminal in and around a key southern city on Thursday.

Saudi-led airstrikes not reversing rebel gains, Yemenis say

seattletimes.com — Residents say the airstrikes have done little to reverse the territorial gains of the insurgents and restore exiled President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi to power in the fragmenting country. JIZAN, Saudi Arabia - From their post on a rocky hilltop, two Saudi border guards man a .50-caliber machine gun and use binoculars to scan the dry scrubland that separates this kingdom from its war-torn neighbor to the south, Yemen.

Saudi-led strikes do little to reverse Houthi gains, Yemenis say

courant.com — From their post on a rocky hilltop, a pair of Saudi border guards man a .50-caliber machine gun and use binoculars to scan the dry scrubland that separates this kingdom from its war-torn neighbor to the south, Yemen. The scene before them appeared peaceful Friday: The craggy peaks that rise beyond a riverbed were spotted with goats, cows and families of baboons.
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Apr 27, 2015

The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake has passed 4,200; teams from a dozen countries are helping with rescue efforts lat.ms/1FsxGw8

Apr 27, 2015

U.N. report holds Israel responsible for deaths at U.N. facilities in Gaza, also criticizes Hamas fw.to/QaTw5yM via @bat7sobelman

Apr 27, 2015

Nepal faces food, water, shelter and medicine shortfalls after massive quake lat.ms/1Gyu3pX

Apr 27, 2015

Earthquake-triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest destroyed the path between two camps, stranding some mountaineers lat.ms/1DB1zG1

Apr 27, 2015

After Nepal earthquake, chaos at Katmandu airport: 'From Paradise to Hell' lat.ms/1A3LbfH via @JulieMakLAT

Apr 26, 2015

Katmandu a 'tent city' as residents fear aftershocks could topple their damaged homes lat.ms/1ECGtN4

Apr 25, 2015

'Running for my life from my tent,' Everest climber Alex Gavan tweeted after avalanche triggered by quake lat.ms/1OptvqK

Apr 25, 2015

Nepal's quake toppled historic buildings, fractured highways and set off avalanches on Mt. Everest. Over 1,400 killed lat.ms/1ECGtN4

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