Latest from William Branigin

Kaing Khek Iev, Khmer Rouge security chief known as ‘Brother Duch,’ dies at 77

In 2009, he became the first Khmer Rouge leader to go on trial before a U.N.-backed special tribunal, which convicted him of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
  • Sep 1, 2020

With missile strike, Trump opts for escalation and a swing at a ‘hornets’ nest’

U.S. administrations carefully avoided actions that might provoke an Iranian war. Until now.
  • Jan 3, 2020

A rotting cow tongue and ‘evil sorcery’: How the U.S. invasion of Panama led to a literal witch hunt

Thirty years ago, American troops deposed Panama's ruthless strongman, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, who believed occult rituals helped keep him in power.
  • Dec 23, 2019

Nuon Chea, Khmer Rouge’s infamous ‘Brother Number Two,’ dies at 93

He was convicted of crimes against humanity for his role in atrocities committed under Pol Pot in Cambodia.
  • Aug 4, 2019

Iran’s supreme leader vows to resist new sanctions, rejects negotiations with U.S.

Tehran’s atomic energy agency said it would step up uranium enrichment Thursday in breach of a nuclear deal with world powers.
  • Jun 26, 2019

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan, military says

The U.S. military did not immediately provide details on the deaths, which occurred a day after a visit to Afghanistan by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. But the Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the two were killed in an ambush.
  • Jun 26, 2019

Tighter gun laws were already on Australians’ minds. Then a gunman killed at least 4 people.

In a rare shooting, a gunman opened fire on people in the Australian city of Darwin.
  • Jun 4, 2019

Le Duc Anh, Vietnamese general who led the campaign to oust Cambodian dictator Pol Pot, dies at 98

Known as a communist hard-liner, Anh served as president in the 1990s, overseeing the establishment of diplomatic relations with the United States.
  • Apr 26, 2019

We were covering the Iranian revolution. A single gunshot still haunts me.

Forty years ago, a key battle in Iran's Islamic revolution claimed the life of my friend, veteran correspondent Joe Alex Morris Jr., and changed the Middle East.
  • Feb 10, 2019

Americans slain in Syria attack: A Green Beret, a former SEAL and two language specialists

The bombing in the northern city of Manbij showed how militants have embraced insurgent tactics after losing most of their territory across Iraq and Syria.
  • Jan 18, 2019