November 19, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A pair of suicide bombings at Iran's embassy that killed an Iranian diplomat and at least 24 other people underscored how the violence in Syria has traversed borders and fanned sectarian tensions across the Middle East. Lebanon has long been a secondary theater of the Syrian conflict, but Tuesday's twin blasts in Beirut were a blow aimed directly at Iran, one of the major foreign backers of the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Beginning with peaceful protests during the "Arab Spring" that challenged Assad's autocratic rule, Syria's strife has devolved over the last 32 months into a regional proxy war stoked by sectarian malice.
November 12, 2013 |
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of the Department of Homeland Security created after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is the largest law enforcement agency in the nation. With more than 43,000 Border Patrol agents and customs officers, its ranks have nearly doubled in recent years. But along with that rapid increase in personnel have come troubling allegations about excessive use of force. Since the beginning of 2010, at least 19 people have been killed along the southern border of the U.S. by Border Patrol and customs officers; that compares to only three such deaths in 2008 and one in 2009, according to the Arizona Republic.
November 10, 2013 |
REYHANLI, Turkey - In this bustling border town, anonymous apartments serve as safe houses for Syrian rebel commanders, clinics for wounded fighters and opposition media centers equipped with banks of sophisticated laptops and video gear. Turkey has allowed an assemblage of Syrian rebels and their associates, including secular activists, cash-wielding sheiks, arms traffickers and Islamist militants, to use its territory as a transit route, logistics hub and rest stop. The government has been very clear that it wants to see Syrian President Bashar Assad removed from power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
Responding to a statewide Amber Alert on Wednesday, authorities along the U.S.-Mexico border were watching for the sport utility vehicle belonging to a man believed to have abducted a Bay Area infant. Possible sightings of the SUV -- described as a tan 2004 GMC Envoy with the license plate number 6HIL892 -- have been reported in San Diego. Authorities were searching for 2-week-old Henry Guler-Romero, who was allegedly taken Tuesday by his father, 22-year-old Mesut Guler of Sunnyvale.
November 1, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Hardly had the ink dried on President Enrique Peña Nieto's contentious $14-billion tax plan when big business - especially the powerful maquiladora industry on Mexico's border with the U.S. - raised a loud voice of protest, vowing to fight a package that opponents say will cripple industry. Major business groups, after weeks of unsuccessful lobbying, said Friday they would mount legal challenges to block the plan, which won final congressional approval Thursday and would raise taxes on border enterprises including the thriving maquiladoras, as the export-centered assembly plants near the border are known.
October 30, 2013 |
ANTAKYA, Turkey - Two scruffy men with beards lean over assorted piles of military-style trousers, jackets and vests, all in different camouflage patterns. The pair examine a thick winter jacket, stroking the material as a salesman offers a discount for bulk orders. "We might take 40 pieces," one of the men murmurs in Arabic, as the two turn their attention to other wares. Near the Old Station district of this southern Turkish city lies the Aleppo Market, an animated jumble of pomegranate juice stalls, kebab stands and shops offering goods such as furniture and spices.