| Jan 23, 2014
| 4:23 PM
On Sunday night, as he prepared to lock up the Bensenville convenience store where he worked, Hussein Saghir may have been anticipating the family dinner planned that evening to celebrate his wife’s birthday.
But as he and his brother walked out...
| Jan 7, 2014
The war in Syria, and the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia it in part represents, again reared its ugly head in Beirut on Dec. 27 and Jan. 2.
First came the car bomb that killed moderate Lebanese politician Mohamad Chatah and six others. Many...
| Jan 14, 2014
New travel books: Metronome: A History of Paris from the Underground Up" playfully looks at history through city subway stops. "Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes" looks at the new centers of emerging expression.
"Art Cities of the...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 1:50 PM
It killed more people in the 20th Century than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The AK-47's easy maintenance and light weight led to its becoming the armament of choice for at least 50 armies worldwide, as well as guerrilla factions,...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:07 AM
The former chief financial officer of an Orange County technology company was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for stealing about $15 million from the company.
Jean Joseph Ibrahim pleaded guilty in 2012 to a charge related to the...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Child refugees fleeing the war in Syria face lives of isolation, exploitation and insecurity in neighboring countries, according to a report released Friday by the United Nations.
The study by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees looked...
| Sep 15, 2013
On Sept. 6, the State Department issued a warning for southeastern Turkey, recommending that U.S. citizens "defer non-essential travel" to that area. The department allowed non-emergency personnel and families to leave its consulate in Adana. Adana is...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 6:15 PM
The Arab Film Festival, which opens Friday at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles and continues through Oct. 20, is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the United States.
Founded in San Francisco in 1996, the...
| Sep 9, 2013
As Congress considers authorizing punitive strikes against Syria, it can say yes, it can say no, but it better say something or it will forfeit its claim to war powers.
Most of the time since the passage of the 1973 War Powers Act, Congress has...
| Aug 29, 2013
So the U.S. launches a military strike. Then what?
As the Obama administration and the U.S. military plot military action against Syria, they should be spending just as much time — and arguably more — considering what happens next. Once...
| Jan 12, 2014
The first war I covered as a foreign correspondent was the civil war in Lebanon. When the conflict began in 1975, it was just a series of skirmishes, a nasty but limited little war for control of a small nation.
Then other countries got involved: Syria,...