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 .
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?