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Today in History: September 28, penicillin is discovered

Sep. 28, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2022. There are 94 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 28, 1928, Scottish medical researcher Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the first effective...

Attacked at home, Afghan Sikhs find community on Long Island

Aug. 29, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

Kulwinder Singh Soni’s voice quavered as he recounted the day in March 2020 when an Islamic State gunman burst into a Sikh gurdwara's prayer hall in Kabul, hurling grenades and firing assault rifles. Among the 25 people killed were Soni’s father, sister-in-law and 4-year-old niece. ...

Today in History: August 18, 19th Amendment is ratified

Aug. 18, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2022. There are 135 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what...

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount

Aug. 17, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital in a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation's Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country. Bearded Taliban...

Today in History: August 15, Woodstock opens

Aug. 15, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2022. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York. On this date: ...

A year on, ex-Afghan leader defends role in Taliban takeover

Aug. 14, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — On the eve of the anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan's former president on Sunday defended what he said was a split-second decision to flee, saying he wanted to avoid the humiliation of surrender to the insurgents. Ashraf Ghani also told CNN...

Afghan rights leader heartbroken after year of Taliban rule

Aug. 13, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A year after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, prominent Afghan rights activist Sima Samar is still heartbroken over what happened to her country. Samar, a former minister of women’s affairs and the first chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights...

Timeline of events in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover

Aug. 12, 2022 05:26 AM EDT

The Taliban's capture of Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021 brought the hardline movement back into power in Afghanistan nearly 20 years after they were toppled by the U.S. invasion following the 9/11 attacks. The year since has been disastrous for the country. After the world cut off funding,...

Biden marks CIA's 75 years as 'bedrock' of national security

Jul. 08, 2022 17:35 PM EDT

LANGLEY, Virginia (AP) — President Joe Biden lauded the CIA as the “bedrock of our national security” during a Friday visit to the agency, which also is part of the wide-ranging intelligence effort to support Ukraine's resistance against Russia. Biden marked the 75th...

Hope and despair: Kathy Gannon on 35 years in Afghanistan

Jul. 03, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan policeman opened fire on us with his AK-47, emptying 26 bullets into the back of the car. Seven slammed into me, and at least as many into my colleague, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus. She died at my side. I could barely...