FROM Laura King
Will Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Hold? After seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 people, there is peace today in Israel and Gaza. Israel and Hamas agreed to an indefinite ceasefire yesterday. But the truce, brokered by Egypt, is similar to past deals that have collapsed. And key details still need to be worked out. Will it last?
Taliban Attack Hotel outside Kabul In another demonstration of continued strength today, insurgents attacked a luxury hotel on a lake near Kabul where some 300 elite Afghans were holding a party. They used rocket-propelled grenades, suicide vests and machine guns. Laura King is in Kabul for the Los Angeles Times .
Momentum for Taliban Peace Talks Grows The Taliban have said they'll only talk peace with the US, claiming Afghanistan's President Karzai is no more than an American puppet. But Karzai has told the Wall Street Journal that three-way talks have been held in the past month. Laura King is based in Kabul for the Los Angeles Times .
Afghanistan's Peace Talks Dealt a Blow The former President of Afghanistan was assassinated by a suicide bomber today at his home in Kabul. Burhanuddin Rabbani was leading the effort to start negotiations between the Karzai government and the Taliban. Laura King is reporting from Kabul for the Los Angeles Times .
Taliban Launches Attacks on US Embassy, Other Targets in Kabul The heart of Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul was the site of a brazing attack today, including rockets fired at the heavily guarded neighborhood of the US embassy and headquarters of NATO. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to the attacks by vowing to "take all necessary steps not only to ensure the safety of our people but to secure the area and to ensure those who perpetrated this attack are dealt with." Laura King is in Kabul for the Los Angeles Times .
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."