| Mar 17, 2014
| 3:52 PM
CAIRO — Did a charismatic Libyan rebel chieftain with big ambitions overreach?
Trying to put a $36-million cargo of crude oil on the black market was an extraordinarily bold move by Ibrahim Jathran, a militia commander whose fighters played a role...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 9:54 AM
Returning from a religious service (let's omit the denomination), I described it to my college roommate, who asked, "Why do those people bother to be there? What's their purpose?" I answered, "I believe that their purpose is to mean well."
I have the...
| Apr 13, 2014
| 6:00 AM
TRIPOLI, Libya — Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Kadafi — days of blazing...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 1:17 PM
Jordan's ambassador to Libya was abducted by armed assailants Tuesday while heading to his Tripoli office, the latest official taken hostage in the unstable North African country.
Masked kidnappers opened fire on the vehicle in which Ambassador Fawaz...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 7:59 PM
A Tunisian diplomat kidnapped in neighboring Libya pleaded tearfully with his country’s president in an online video to negotiate with a militant group for his release.
Mohammed Bel Sheik, who was reportedly kidnapped a month ago in Tripoli, did...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:11 PM
WASHINGTON — The deadly 2012 assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, was caused by the failure of the State Department to adequately protect the facility and poor intelligence-gathering by the CIA and other agencies, according to...
| Sep 29, 2013
I had two New Year's resolutions in 2011: to read Leo Tolstoy's “Anna Karenina” and Marcel Proust's “In Search of Lost Time.” “Anna” was completed by Jan. 25 — just when our lives turned into a 24-hour TV marathon...
| Dec 1, 2013
Sen. Lindsey Graham and others on Capitol Hill are demanding further inquiries into the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, apparently convinced that the Obama administration is withholding crucial information. But I often wonder...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 8:27 PM
With firearms deer season having kicked off on Monday, now is the perfect time to start thinking about attending the 11th annual Whitetail Deer Classic Banquet, to be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at Northampton Community Center on Laubach Avenue in Northampton....
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:47 PM
Syrian President Bashar Assad is implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity in the country's ongoing civil war, the United Nations' human rights chief said Monday.
A U.N. panel of experts, which has been investigating abuses in Syria, has...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:46 PM
BENGHAZI, Libya -- Relatively few Americans remained in this eastern Libyan city as street battles raged and Islamic militants made ever-bolder forays in recent weeks. But Ronnie Smith, a chemistry teacher at an English-language school, stayed on,...