Shashank Bengali

Shashank Bengali is a foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and helped open its Singapore bureau in November 2018. He spent five years in Mumbai as South Asia bureau chief and before that covered national security in Washington. He came to The Times from McClatchy Newspapers, where he served as Africa bureau chief, Middle East correspondent and national security editor. He has reported from more than 60 countries — from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the London Olympics — and won or shared in several honors, including The Times’ 2016 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. A native of the L.A. suburbs, he attended USC and Harvard, where he earned a master’s in public policy, and began his career at the Kansas City Star.
  • On the Ground
The spirit houses of Bangkok keep watch over a frenetic modern Thai city

Belief in the supernatural runs deep in Thailand, where miniature shrines, resembling elaborate dollhouses, are built to shelter and feed friendly spirits.

Indonesia vote’s initial results show President Joko Widodo cruising to reelection

Indonesia's moderate incumbent President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, appeared to expand his 2014 margin of victory after a campaign marked by appeals to Islamists. His running mate, a 76-year-old cleric, has made intolerant remarks about gays and religious minorities.