Last Build Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:08:51 -0700Copyright: ©2016 Los Angeles Times
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT
Stoic and composed, Itimad Bassam sat before the judges and confidently made her pitch.
“I will rescue old clothes that have been thrown away in my neighborhood and turn them into wearable secondhand clothes,” the 22-year-old told the panel. “There’s a factory in my neighborhood. I will convince...(image)
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT
The three-acre hilltop park overlooking Iran’s smog-blanketed capital might seem like a nice spot for romance. But the couple has not been in the mood.
Delbar, a 4-year-old female Asiatic cheetah, was brought to the fenced enclosure at Tehran’s Pardisan park by conservation officials who hoped...(image)
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT
They gather shortly after daybreak outside a mini-market, the tropical heat thickening, the dawn haze in lethargic retreat. They hug and catch up, purchase water and snacks for the upcoming ordeal. New volunteers are welcomed.
“You’re not alone,” Lucia Diaz, a leader of the group, assures a young...(image)
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:55:00 PDT
The Indian military said Thursday that it had carried out strikes against bases inside Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
The operation came in response to the Sept. 18 raid on an army base in the disputed Kashmir territory that killed 18 Indian...(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:15:00 PDT
Families huddle terrified in basements, stalked by staggeringly powerful explosions shaking the streets above. Wounded children writhe untreated on dirty clinic floors. Hospitals and rescue centers — a ravaged city’s last ragged line of defense — crumble daily into rubble, often appearing to have...(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:15:00 PDT
When the smuggler’s boat sank a dozen miles off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, 17-year-old Attia Abdu Qamary fell into the choppy water with hundreds of other frightened migrants.
More than half looked like him -- teenage boys. Many had left their north coast fishing villages where the Nile River...(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 PDT
Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday threatened to suspend U.S. cooperation with Russia concerning the conflict in Syria, following heavy Russian and Syrian airstrikes on civilian neighborhoods in the divided city of Aleppo.
The warning signaled growing frustration and anger in the Obama...(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:25:00 PDT
The Pentagon plans to send about 600 additional troops to Iraq to help launch a long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul in coming weeks, the most ambitious operation yet in the two-year military campaign against Islamic State.
The escalation, which has been approved by the White House, suggests...(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:05:00 PDT
Two years after assuming power, Afghanistan’s flailing, U.S.-brokered unity government is facing a growing challenge from the biggest grass-roots protest movement since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
Calling themselves the Enlightening, members of the Hazara ethnic minority have mobilized several...(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:30:00 PDT
The pangolin is described as the most heavily trafficked mammal in the world. The nocturnal, ant-eating animal got a much-needed boost Wednesday at a U.N. wildlife conference that approved a ban on trade in all eight species of Asian and African pangolins.
The small creature is heavily poached...(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:45:00 PDT
As the world mourns for former Israeli President Shimon Peres, the eulogies will be clouded by concern that the Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation he had envisioned remains as remote as ever.
“At a time when he is leaving us, the idea of the two states is going through its worst days ever,’’ said...(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:30:00 PDT
An Iranian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a 16-year prison sentence for a prominent Iranian human rights advocate.
Narges Mohammadi had been sentenced in May on charges of violating national security and acting against the Islamic regime through her support of an anti-death penalty campaign....(image)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT
Watermelons once sprung from this soil, the giant striped fruit dotting the arid landscape like mushrooms after a rain.
“It was such a garden,” farmer Hossain Mirakhouri, 45, recalled of his childhood on this sun-scorched plateau east of Tehran.
Now nothing remains of his family’s patch of watermelon,...(image)
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:40:00 PDT
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, an omnipresent figure of the Israeli state, chief architect of its nuclear weapons program and a driving force behind its interim peace accords with the Palestinians, died Wednesday. He was 93.
The Nobel peace laureate had been hospitalized in the city of...(image)
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:55:00 PDT
For several days this month, a cease-fire brought some measure of peace to the embattled city of Aleppo, where warring sides in Syria’s civil war have long been locked in a stalemate.
But the lull in fighting quickly ended. The violence escalated dramatically Tuesday as pro-government forces launched...(image)
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:35:00 PDT
The speaker was calling for California’s independence from the United States.
Alexei Gavrilko nodded approvingly. A burly, bearded, camouflage-wearing separatist from eastern Ukraine, he said he had come to the posh Moscow hotel just outside the Kremlin to “communicate with colleagues” representing...(image)
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:45:00 PDTThe first U.S. presidential debate broke viewership records at home - and the rest of the world watched with great interest too. Here's what people in other countries thought of the first head-to-head matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In Mexico, they were hoping Clinton would do...(image)
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:35:00 PDT
Following a raid that killed 18 Indian soldiers at an army base in Kashmir, some commentators bayed for a thundering retaliatory strike against neighbor and rival Pakistan.
A “jaw for a tooth,” said one member of the governing Bharatiya Janata Party. “Wipe off Pakistan from the world’s map” with...(image)
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:50:00 PDT
Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday held his first meeting with the firebrand president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, whose country is mired in a humanitarian and political crisis.
The two men met on the margins of the signing here of a landmark peace pact ending Colombia's decades-old civil...(image)
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:35:00 PDT
Two years after 43 Mexican college students vanished in the southwestern city of Iguala, the case remains a grisly mystery and a dark stain on the administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
The public anger was on display Monday — the anniversary of the presumed mass killing — in Mexico...(image)
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:30:00 PDT
As thousands of Colombians offered both hope and skepticism, the government of Colombia and leftist rebels who fought a bitter civil war for more than half a century signed a historic peace accord Monday, closing the Western Hemisphere's longest armed conflict.
Heads of state from across the Americas...(image)
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:40:00 PDT
Vietnam has become the biggest hub in the world for trafficking in horns and other body parts of the rhinoceros, a critically endangered species which is being killed by poachers in South Africa at the rate of one every eight hours.
An estimated 1,300 rhinos are slaughtered for their horns across...(image)
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:00:00 PDT
Chen Guangbiao’s business card says it all.
“Most Influential Person of China,” says the Chinese chief executive’s card, photos of which went viral in 2014. That’s followed by 10 other honorifics, including “China Moral Leader” and “Most Well-known and Beloved Chinese Role Model.”
Now, he might...(image)
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:30:00 PDT
With political pressure mounting on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ahead of elections next year, Tehran has been abuzz with rumors that combative former leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was considering a comeback.
Not so fast, Iran’s supreme leader said Monday.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the most powerful...(image)
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:20:00 PDT
As night fell, the line of mourners was still hundreds of people long, snaking from the memorial altar, down a corridor and out the funeral hall doors. The somber sounds of funeral hymns filled the air.
The mourners, shuffling forward, many with their heads bowed, had come to pay their respects...(image)