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There is no elegant solution to a poorly defined problem.
Architect Harry Gordon
L.A. Times headlines
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:45:00 PDT
No one guessed that kites would be the weapon to flummox the mighty Israeli army.
Yet kites and balloons, those summery playthings, have confounded a military that has succeeded in securing its border from every other challenge it has faced in the clashes that have rippled across its border with...
Mexico sent in the army to fight the drug war. Many question the toll on society and the army itself
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:00:00 PDT
The handwritten letter addressed to the Mexican president and lawmakers came from a military prison outside the capital.
Its authors were 20 soldiers awaiting sentencing for crimes committed during Mexico's drug war, which has seen tens of thousands of troops deployed against well-armed criminal...
An Indian activist fights in court to help child brides and grooms win their lives back
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:00:00 PDT
The abuse began days after she moved in with her husband. He would come home drunk and force her to have sex. The women in his family hurled insults at her and said she brought bad luck.
Pinki Kumari was only 16, but her fate had been decided much earlier, at age 4, when her parents had a wedding...
2nd bombing in Afghanistan raises two-day death toll to 55 and mars temporary cease-fire
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:05:00 PDT
Inside the provincial governor's compound, officials hosted dozens of Taliban fighters and hundreds of guests in a celebration Sunday of a temporary cease-fire that many hoped would be a precursor to peace talks in Afghanistan.
But the deadly violence Afghans have known for decades continued when...
Right-wing former senator wins Colombia's presidential election, beating left-wing former guerrilla
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:45:00 PDT
Right-wing former Sen. Ivan Duque easily defeated left-wing former guerrilla Gustavo Petro in Colombia's presidential runoff election Sunday, winning the right to lead a country struggling with deep divisions over a troubled peace deal.
Duque had a 2.3-million-vote margin of victory, receiving...
World Cup victory over Germany gives weary Mexico 'moment of happiness'
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 14:25:00 PDT
An extraordinary sense of elation swept over Mexico on Sunday with the national soccer team's stunning 1-0 victory in the World Cup tournament against powerhouse Germany, the reigning champion.
The triumph unleashed a profound outpouring of national pride in a nation approaching national elections...
Basra was once a jewel of a city. Now it's a symbol what's wrong in Iraq
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 04:00:00 PDT
The freshwater canals that once honeycombed through the city earned it the name the Venice of the East. Elegant walkways flanked the Shatt al Arab, the river cutting through the city. Legend has it that Sinbad the Sailor embarked on a journey from Basra's shores.
Given its rich history and location,...
South Koreans are left wondering: Are we better off than we were a week ago?
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 16:40:00 PDT
South Koreans of a certain generation remember a hit children's animation from 1978, featuring as its hero a Tarzan-like boy who battles an army of North Korean soldiers, depicted as packs of rabid wolves.
By the end of the anti-communist movie, through the courageous feat of the protagonist Ttoli,...
Right-wing candidate has the edge going into Colombia's presidential election
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 12:30:00 PDT
With moderates absent from Sunday's presidential ballot, Colombian voters will choose between two extremist candidates to confront pressing problems including a fraying peace agreement, rising violence and stubborn social and economic inequality.
In Egypt: Poverty, political turmoil, unemployment and now — finally — World Cup soccer
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:25:00 PDT
Moments after Uruguay scored the 89th-minute goal that dashed Egypt's hopes of winning its first World Cup match in decades, the TV cameras flashed to superstar forward Mohamed Salah on the bench, wearing a grim expression.
But some 2,000 miles away in Cairo, another Mohamed Salah shrugged off...
Taliban leader who ordered attack on Malala is killed in U.S. drone strike, officials say
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:10:00 PDT
A U.S. drone strike killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, the elusive militant who ordered the assassination attempt on then-schoolgirl and future Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Afghan and Pakistani officials said Friday.
Afghan defense ministry spokesman Mohammad...
It's the world's worst humanitarian disaster. But it's rarely ever discussed
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:10:00 PDT
The war in Syria gets clicks and shares, and the fight to defeat Islamic State is never far from the headlines. But Yemen, a top contender in the devastation and suffering index, often goes unmentioned. Here's why it shouldn't be.
Worshipers and protesters gather near Gaza Strip-Israel border to mark Eid al-Fitr holiday
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:05:00 PDT
Hundreds of Palestinians on Friday gathered at the Israel-Gaza Strip border for the 12th consecutive week of protests while also marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
About 2,000 faithful gathered in the border area to pray on Eid al-Fitr, which comes at the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan,...
Mexico's World Cup star is accused of helping a drug lord
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 03:00:00 PDT
At a recent World Cup warm-up match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Mexico's national soccer team was missing one of its biggest stars: Rafael Marquez, the team's captain and a legendary defender.
Marquez, a four-time World Cup veteran, was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department last year for...
With independence a far-fetched dream, Basque Country activists downsize their ambitions
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 03:00:00 PDT
It seemed like the launch of another secessionist drive in Spain: Tens of thousands of people linked hands across Basque Country this month — forming a human chain that stretched 124 miles from the coastal town of San Sebastian to its capital, Vitoria — to demand a referendum on the region's political...
In a city littered with World War II-era explosives, Berlin's bomb squad is always on alert
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:45:00 PDT
Dietmar Puepke decided, on his 39th birthday, to stop counting the number of rusting World War II bombs he defused with his bare hands. That same day, the head of the Berlin police department's bomb squad had disabled, in quick succession, six unexploded 100-pounders dredged up from the bottom...
No Coke, no Pepsi: Bottlers leave southern Mexican city besieged by crime
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:20:00 PDT
Mexicans are among the biggest soda drinkers in the world, so residents of the city of Altamirano in southern Mexico were hit hard when first Coca-Cola then Pepsi closed their distribution centers there amid drug gang extortion demands.
To paraphrase an old "Saturday Night Live" routine, it's "No...
Remember the 'axis of evil'? There's one member left, and its chances for a Trump summit look dim
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:15:00 PDT
Iraq helped fight Islamic State and became a strategic U.S. partner in the Middle East. North Korea, of course, has just refreshed relations with the U.S., or at least with President Trump, after a high-profile handshake and vague talk of denuclearization.
That leaves Iran, the other member of...
As Trump declares summit a success, Pompeo begins the hard part — negotiating the details of a nuclear deal
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:40:00 PDT
As President Trump declared his summit with Kim Jong Un a smashing success, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly began the hard part: negotiating the complex details for a deal to eliminate North Korea's nuclear threat.
Pompeo went straight to Seoul after the summit in Singapore to confer on...
Italy's refusal of rescue ship leaves 629 migrants at sea and exposes growing EU fault lines
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:25:00 PDT
If Brexit and surging populism were not enough of a challenge for the creaking European Union, the plight of 629 migrants drifting at sea in search of a welcome port is exposing the widening divide in Europe over immigration.
The debate over how welcoming Europe should be to those fleeing their...
Saudi-led coalition attacks vital Yemen port held by rebels, raising concerns about humanitarian aid
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:45:00 PDT
Saudi-led troops launched an offensive Wednesday on the Yemeni port of Hudaydah despite warnings by aid groups that an attack would put civilian lives at risk and further snarl humanitarian efforts in the war-ravaged country.
Hudaydah, which has been in the hands of Houthi rebels since 2014 and...
Iran arrests two prominent supporters of anti-head scarf protests
Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:35:00 PDT
Iranian authorities on Wednesday jailed a prominent human rights lawyer who has defended women who removed their mandatory Islamic head scarves in public.
Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home by unidentified agents and taken to Evin Prison in Tehran, according to the Center for Human Rights...
I grew up in striking distance of North Korea's artillery. Covering Kim's summit with Trump was sobering and personal
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:05:00 PDT
We stood arm's length from each other in the tense St. Regis hotel lobby, two reporters who speak the same language waiting for the same thing.
The gulf between us was as vast as the demilitarized zone — laced with landmines and overgrown from 70 years of abandon — that separates North and South...
Singapore summit agreement recycles old deals and defers the hard work
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:10:00 PDT
The diplomatic history of U.S.-North Korean relations is littered with broken promises to denuclearize and deals gone sour.
At their meeting in Singapore on Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a document with scant details and more vague wording than those that have...
North Korea offers a starkly different view of Singapore summit
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 17:45:00 PDT
North Korea made clear Wednesday it viewed the commitments that President Trump and ruler Kim Jong Un made about denuclearization and sanctions during their summit in strikingly different terms than the White House, suggesting trouble going forward.
After the two leaders signed a joint statement...
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