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William Branigin

Staff writerWashington, D.C.


Work was underway at the compound less than two weeks before the annual hajj Islamic pilgrimage.

  • Sep 11, 2015

Pentagon officials said it was the first time Chinese warships were seen there but that no threat was detected.

  • Sep 3, 2015

The experts urged Iran to uphold its international legal obligations in the case of the detained journalist.

  • Aug 14, 2015

The attack by Houthi militants caused Saudi Arabia to suspend flights and close schools in the Najran area.

  • May 5, 2015

The response followed a distress call; no Americans were thought to be aboard the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel.

  • Apr 28, 2015

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he neithers supports nor opposes the pact and demanded an immediate end to sanctions in a final accord.

  • Apr 9, 2015

Air force planes targeting the Islamist group hit two positions in a border area, a military spokesman said.

  • Apr 6, 2015

The autocratic Mr. Lee transformed Singapore from a British colonial backwater into an orderly state.

  • Mar 22, 2015

Nemtsov, who was among leaders planning an opposition rally for Sunday, was shot on a bridge in the heart of Moscow.

  • Feb 28, 2015

The House speaker pushes back against criticism from the right.

  • Dec 11, 2013
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William Branigin writes and edits breaking news. He previously was a reporter on the Post’s national and local staffs and spent 19 years overseas, reporting in Southeast Asia, Central America, the Middle East and Europe. Before joining the Post in 1979, he was a wire service reporter in Paris and a freelancer in Tehran and Beirut. He later served as the Post’s bureau chief in Bangkok, Mexico City and Manila.
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