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FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, attends Ashraf Ghani's inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a statement released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Khalilzad told Pakistani officials that Afghanistan’s Taliban and Kabul’s political leaders were close to starting negotiations to decide the face of a post-war Afghanistan, a crucial next step in a U.S. deal signed with the Taliban in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

US envoy forges ahead with troubled Taliban peace deal

Jul. 4, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington's envoy to Afghanistan on Saturday emphasized the economic benefits of the peace deal with the Taliban, forging ahead with an agreement that has run into new political obstacles in the U.S. and the region. Zalmay Khalilzad was wrapping up a week-long trip that included stops in...

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, attends Ashraf Ghani's inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. According to a statement released Thursday, July 2, 2020, by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Khalilzad told Pakistani officials that Afghanistan’s Taliban and Kabul’s political leaders were close to starting negotiations to decide the face of a post-war Afghanistan, a crucial next step in a U.S. deal signed with the Taliban in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

US peace envoy looks to start of talks to end Afghan war

Jul. 2, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington’s peace envoy told Pakistani officials that Afghanistan’s Taliban and Kabul’s political leaders were close to starting negotiations to decide the face of a post-war Afghanistan, a crucial next step in a U.S. deal signed with the Taliban in February,...

Pakistan: Exchange of fire with India kills boy in Kashmir

Jul. 1, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani and Indian troops have traded fire in Kashmir in an exchange that killed a boy in the Pakistan-controlled section of the disputed Himalayan region, officials said Wednesday. In a statement, Pakistan’s military said India targeted civilian residents with artillery, mortars...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2019, file photo, a man waves an Afghan national flag during Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan. Washington’s watchdog warns, Thursday, June 25, 2020,  that “systemic” corruption within the Afghan government is weakening its bargaining position in future peace negotiations with the Taliban, even as the insurgent group's political spokesman says the group was ready with its agenda for talks. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Pompeo calls Taliban leader amid Russian bounty scandal

Jun. 30, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called and spoken with the Taliban’s chief negotiator, a spokesman for the insurgents said Tuesday, amid a raging controversy in Washington over when President Donald Trump was told about U.S. intelligence that Russia was paying the Taliban to...

Honolulu to reopen campgrounds for first time in 3 months

Jun. 27, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- The city of Honolulu has announced that campgrounds will reopen for the first time in three months with limited permits to ensure social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hawaii News Now reported that the city will issue permits for just over 100 campsites across Oahu. Honolulu Department of...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020 file photo, supporters of Pakistani religious group rally to celebrate the signing agreement between United States and Taliban, in Quetta, Pakistan. Washington's annual terrorism report says Pakistan is doing too little to counter terrorist groups particularly those taking aim at enemy India as well as the dreaded Haqqani network operating in Afghanistan. Islamabad bristled at the criticism saying it has been relentless in its assistance to Washington as it be negotiated for more than a year with the Taliban for a peace deal signed on Feb. 29. (AP Photo/Arshad Butt,file)

US report: Pakistan doing too little to counter terrorism

Jun. 26, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington’s annual terrorism report said Pakistan was doing too little to counter terrorist groups, particularly those taking aim at rival India and the dreaded Haqqani network operating in Afghanistan. Islamabad bristled at the criticism in the U.S. State Department report,...

In this photo released by the Press Information Department, Pakistani Prime Minister addresses the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, June 25, 2020. Khan accused the United States on Thursday of having

Pakistan's prime minister says US 'martyred' bin Laden

Jun. 26, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

Islamabad (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister said Thursday the United States “martyred” the al-Qaida leader and mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden, a term that reflected a subtle jab at Washington as it's mainly used for honorable figures slain in battle. Imran Khan delivered the...

Pakistan's foreign minister warns India against attacks

Jun. 24, 2020 5:09 AM EDT

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister warned neighboring India on Wednesday to refrain from launching any attacks on his country, saying that Islamabad would respond with full force if New Delhi embarks on “any misadventure." Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed that India was plotting an...

In this Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, an Indian municipal worker sweeps the road outside the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, India. India has ordered Pakistan to halve its embassy staff in New Delhi and said it would do the same in Islamabad after two Indian officials were abducted at gunpoint in Pakistan, the Indian foreign ministry said Tuesday, June 23, 2020. India’s Ministry of External Affairs said the abducted officials returned to India on June 22, describing “graphic details of the barbaric treatment that they experienced at the hands of Pakistani agencies.” (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

India orders Pakistan to reduce embassy staff by half

Jun. 23, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has ordered Pakistan to reduce its embassy staff in New Delhi by half and said it will do the same in Islamabad after two Indian officials were seized at gunpoint in Pakistan, the Indian foreign ministry said Tuesday. India’s Ministry of External Affairs said the officials...