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Relatives carry the dead body of a boy who was killed by a mortar shell attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

IS attack hits Afghan capital as Pompeo joins peace talks

Nov. 21, 2020 10:44 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mortar shells slammed into a residential area of Afghanistan's capital and killed eight people Saturday, hours before outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held what are likely his last meetings with the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators trying to hammer out a peace...

A malnourished girl Rahmah Watheeq receives treatment at a feeding center at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday. Nov. 3, 2020. Two-thirds of Yemen's population of about 28 million people are hungry, and nearly 1.5 million families currently rely entirely on food aid to survive, with another million people are set to fall into crisis levels of hunger before the year end, according to aid agencies working in Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

In multiple countries, alarm over hunger crisis rings louder

Nov. 20, 2020 12:29 PM EST

ABS, Yemen (AP) — The twin baby boys lay on a bed of woven palm leaves in a remote camp for displaced people in Yemen’s north, their collar bones and ribs visible. They cried loudly, twisting as if in pain, not from disease but from the hunger gnawing away at them. Here, U.N. officials’...

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attend a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Ghani on Thursday met with Khan in the capital Kabul to discuss Afghan peace talks, to build trust and strengthen relations between both Afghanistan and Pakistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Pakistan's PM Khan in 'historic' first visit to Afghanistan

Nov. 19, 2020 7:59 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on his first official visit to Kabul on Thursday, focusing on the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban as well as on building trust and strengthening relations between the two often acrimonious neighbors....

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2017, file photo, a patrolling U.S. armored vehicle is reflected in the mirror of a car in Kabul, Afghanistan. An accelerated U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, announced by Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, has rattled both allies and adversaries and raised fears of worsening violence and regional chaos, which some say could embolden the Islamic State affiliate in the country to try to regroup in a lawless Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

US withdrawal rattles Afghan allies and adversaries alike

Nov. 18, 2020 2:52 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An accelerated U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, announced by Washington this week, has rattled both allies and adversaries. There are fears of worsening violence and regional chaos, which some say could embolden the local Islamic State affiliate to regroup and perhaps even try to...

In this Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, image taken from a video provided by Defense.gov Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller speaks at the Pentagon in Washington. Miller said Tuesday that the U.S. will reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills President Donald Trump’s pledge to bring forces home from America's long wars even as Republicans and U.S. allies warn of the dangers of withdrawing before conditions are right. (Defense.gov via AP)

Acting Pentagon chief cites risks during troop reductions

Nov. 18, 2020 2:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coming period of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq is “fraught with risk,” but the military will not hesitate to strike back if extremists attempt to undermine the transition to a smaller U.S. force in those countries, the newly installed acting secretary...

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Official warns of humanitarian disaster if Afghan talks fail

Nov. 18, 2020 4:05 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.N. ‘s top official for refugees said Tuesday that if the Afghan peace process collapses and violence continues, there will be a humanitarian disaster as thousands of displaced people struggle to survive the coronavirus pandemic and the harsh winter. U.N. High...

A damage form a blast is seen in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. A suicide car bomb exploded at the western entry gate of Kabul killing and wounding several Afghan security troops. (AP Photo/Ahmad Seir Nassiri)

Suicide car bomb in Afghan capital kills 3 troops, wounds 4

Nov. 13, 2020 6:36 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomb exploded at the western entry gate of the Afghan capital Friday killing at least three government security troops and wounding four others, an Afghan official said. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said the explosion targeted a government forces...

An Afghan policeman investigates a damaged car following a sticky bomb attack in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. A bomb attached to the vehicle of a radio journalist in southern Afghanistan exploded early Thursday, killing him, a provincial official said. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

Official: Journalist killed in bomb blast in Afghanistan

Nov. 12, 2020 4:06 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb attached to the vehicle of a radio journalist in southern Afghanistan exploded early Thursday, killing him, a provincial official said. Omer Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor in southern Helmand province, said a sticky bomb attached to Elyas Dayee's vehicle killed...

FILE - In this June 9, 2009 file photo, doctors treat eight-year old Razia after she was severely burned when a white phosphorus round hit her home in the Tagab Valley during fighting between French troops and Taliban militants, at the U.S. military hospital in Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. A new report by Human Rights Watch and Harvard's human rights clinic released on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, has documented the use of incendiary weapons and their horrific human cost on civilians over the past decade in conflict zones like Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip and Syria. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Human toll of incendiary weapons documented in new report

Nov. 9, 2020 6:03 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A new report released Monday documents the use of incendiary weapons and their horrific human cost on civilians over the past decade in conflict zones like Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip and Syria, with Human Rights Watch and Harvard’s human rights clinic calling on nations to...

Official: Suicide car bomber kills 4 people in Afghanistan

Nov. 9, 2020 3:09 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber in Afghanistan killed at least four people and wounded 40 in an attack on a police base in the country's southern Kandahar province, a provincial official said Monday. Paramedics still searched the rubble of homes destroyed by the blast hours after the attack...