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Alexandra Zavis

Alexandra Zavis is a writer and editor on the Los Angeles Times' Foreign Desk who has reported from more than 40 countries. She spent a decade with the Associated Press, covering Liberia, Sierra Leone, Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan, among other war-torn places. Since joining The Times in 2006, she has served as a Baghdad correspondent and as a California reporter covering poverty and veterans issues. She is a recipient of the American Academy of Diplomacy’s Arthur Ross Award for distinguished reporting on foreign affairs and was part of teams of reporters awarded the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for foreign correspondence and APME's International Perspective Award. She is a graduate of Oxford University and City University in London.
Mukalla is an oasis of stability in war-torn Yemen. So why do some residents miss Al Qaeda?

Two years ago, Mukalla was a prime Al Qaeda redoubt, a place where gunshots rang out at night and the corpses of suspected spies were strung up from an overpass.  Now Emirati troops and their local allies have driven the militants out, and the city is an oasis of stability amid Yemen's brutal war.

Trying to shake off its ultraconservative image, Saudi Arabia launches a new industry: Fun

With live music, street festivals and a Comic-Con convention, Saudi Arabia is becoming more fun. But even some of those who embrace the social and economic overhaul championed by the kingdom's young crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, privately question whether he is moving too quickly.

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