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UN envoy: Attacks must end for Afghan peace talks to succeed

Mar. 23, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Afghanistan warned Tuesday that peace talks won’t succeed unless escalating violence stops, and urged any peace agreement to reflect that half the population today was born after the 2001 defeat of the Taliban and saw women rise to...

Russia to host another round of talks on Afghanistan

Mar. 09, 2021 12:22 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Tuesday it will host a round of talks on Afghanistan that will bring together representatives of the government and the Taliban, marking an attempt by Moscow to raise its profile in the Afghan peace efforts. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman...

'I was down': Federer had hard time before 2nd knee surgery

Mar. 07, 2021 15:07 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Roger Federer never seriously contemplated retirement while he was away from the tennis tour for more than a year. He did have a hard time dealing with the need for a repeat operation on his bad right knee, though. “I was down. Obviously I couldn't...

Federer out of Miami Open; will train to 'work his way back'

Mar. 01, 2021 18:25 PM EST

Roger Federer is withdrawing from this month's Miami Open so he can spend extra time preparing to “work his way back out on tour,” his agent told The Associated Press on Monday. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has not competed in more than a year after having two...

Egypt releases Al-Jazeera journalist detained since 2016

Feb. 06, 2021 12:46 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Saturday freed an Al-Jazeera journalist after more than four years in detention, his family lawyer said. Mahmoud Hussein walked free from a police station Saturday afternoon, a few days after a court ordered his conditional release...

Experts group urges delayed US troop pullout in Afghanistan

Feb. 03, 2021 14:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States should urgently re-open talks with the Taliban to delay a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline agreed to by the Trump administration, a bipartisan experts group recommended Wednesday after months of studying potential...

Taliban on diplomatic blitz after Afghan peace talks stall

Feb. 03, 2021 06:07 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have been on a diplomatic blitz since peace talks with the Afghan government stalled in Qatar last month and the Biden administration said it plans to review a U.S.-Taliban agreement signed last February. The flurry of activity — including...

Afghan negotiating team warns Taliban it must resume talks

Jan. 31, 2021 08:34 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A member of the Afghan government's peace negotiating team Sunday warned the Taliban that if they don't resume peace talks in Qatar soon, the government could recall the team before a deal is reached. Government negotiator Rasul Talib said in a...

American Ryan Crouser breaks world indoor shot put record

Jan. 24, 2021 16:59 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Olympic champion Ryan Crouser broke the world indoor shot put record at an American Track League meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Sunday. Crouser tossed the shot put 22.82 meters (74 feet, 10½ inches) on his first attempt to break the mark...

3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals

Jan. 19, 2021 06:55 AM EST

Two players are among the three latest COVID-19 cases that have emerged from testing conducted on passengers who arrived on charter flights bringing people to Melbourne for the Australian Open. Tournament director Craig Tiley said the players weren't considered to be...