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Pakistan's new army chief takes charge of military

Nov. 29, 2022 14:02 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s new military chief took command of the country's armed forces on Tuesday as a political rift between the government and the popular opposition leader deepened. He took over a day after a renewed threat from a key militant group behind scores of deadly attacks over 15...

Pakistan Taliban ends cease-fire with govt, vows new attacks

Nov. 28, 2022 13:26 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Monday ended a monthslong cease-fire with the government in Islamabad, ordering its fighters to resume attacks across the country, where scores of deadly attacks have been blamed on the insurgent group. In a statement, the outlawed...

Kazakh leader meets Putin in first post-election trip abroad

Nov. 28, 2022 07:22 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan's leader met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, a week after winning a new seven-year term by a landslide in a snap election. Kazakhstan is a significant Russian ally, sharing a 7,600-kilometer (4,750-mile) border. But President Kassym-Jomart...

UN experts denounce Taliban treatment of women as crime

Nov. 25, 2022 10:19 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan may amount to a crime against humanity and should be investigated and prosecuted under international law, a U.N. team of experts said Friday. The Taliban promptly rejected the allegation. The...

Today in History: November 25, Fidel Castro dies at 90

Nov. 25, 2022 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2022. There are 36 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 25, 2016, Fidel Castro, who led his rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism...

Mine company's blasting of rock shelters likened to Taliban

Nov. 24, 2022 03:01 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian minister likened a mining company blasting ancient rock shelters to the Taliban’s destruction of giant Buddha carvings and vowed Thursday to improve protections of Indigenous cultural heritage. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek said Rio...

Court rules Dutch state liable for 2007 Afghan bombing

Nov. 23, 2022 12:37 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A local court in the Netherlands ruled on Wednesday that Dutch forces unlawfully bombed a residential complex in Afghanistan in 2007, and ordered the state to pay financial compensation to the victims. The District Court of The Hague found the...

Taliban lash 12 people before stadium crowd in Afghanistan

Nov. 23, 2022 10:33 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban lashed three women and nine men in front of hundreds of spectators in a provincial sports stadium Wednesday, signaling the religious extremist group’s resumption of a brutal form of punishment that was a hallmark of their rule in the 1990s. The office...

Top US diplomat in Qatar for soccer, talks amid Iran tension

Nov. 21, 2022 15:54 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — America's top diplomat landed in Qatar on Monday to take in a World Cup match and hold talks as regional tensions remain high amid Iran's rapid advancement of its nuclear program and nationwide protests shaking the Islamic Republic. U.S. Secretary of State...

Kazakh president wins new term against weak opposition

Nov. 21, 2022 05:14 AM EST

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev easily won a new seven-year term in a snap election in which the second biggest choice by voters was to reject all six candidates, the country's central elections commission said Monday. Tokayev received more than 81%...