| Apr 16, 2014
| 7:00 AM
MAALOULA, Syria — From the debris-strewn front garden of the Safir Hotel, Syrian military commanders barked orders to troops taking cover in the smoke-shrouded maze of streets below.
"If you hear any movement, throw hand grenades immediately!" a...
| 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,...
| 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 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Marcus Lemonis was adopted as a baby by a Greek family living in Florida. His parents were friends with former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca, who advised Lemonis to get into the camping and RV business. After making guest appearances...
| 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...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 5:13 AM
JERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the iron-willed army general who fought in nearly all of his nation's major wars and spearheaded Jewish settlement of Palestinian territories, then years later presided over Israel's withdrawal...
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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 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...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 9:40 PM
JERUSALEM -- Israel’s air force attacked Syrian military positions early Wednesday in response to a bomb attack against troops near the border, the Israeli army said in a statement.
The strike was aimed at a number of targets belonging to the...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 2:55 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration marked the third anniversary of the start of Syria's civil war Tuesday by ordering Damascus to close its embassy in Washington and expelling its diplomats, though it did not break diplomatic relations with...