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Iran's president slams US in first speech to UN as leader

Sep. 21, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's new president slammed U.S. sanctions imposed on his nation as a mechanism of war, using his first U.N address since his swearing-in to forcefully call out Washington's policies in the region and the growing political schism within America. ...

Qatar's ruler urges world leaders not to boycott Taliban

Sep. 21, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ruling emir of Qatar, whose nation has played a pivotal role in Afghanistan in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal, urged world leaders gathered at the United Nations on Tuesday against turning their backs on the country's Taliban rulers. ...

Wray: Afghanistan unrest could inspire extremism inside US

Sep. 21, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The possibility of a 9/11-type attack has diminished over the last 20 years, but the Taliban victory in Afghanistan could embolden U.S.-based extremists at the same time that the FBI is confronting increasing threats from individuals motivated by racial and political...

Afghanistan girls soccer team given asylum in Portugal

Sep. 21, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

The girls on Afghanistan’s national soccer team were anxious. For weeks, they had been moving around the country, waiting for word that they could leave. One wants to be a doctor, another a movie producer, others engineers. All dream of growing up to be professional...

After Afghans fell from plane, families live with horror

Sep. 21, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — It’s a scene that has come to symbolize the chaotic end to America’s 20 years of war in Afghanistan: A lumbering U.S. Air Force cargo plane takes off from Kabul airport, chased by hundreds of desperate Afghan men scrambling to get on the aircraft. ...

Taliban name deputy ministers, double down on all-male team

Sep. 21, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban expanded their interim Cabinet by naming more ministers and deputies on Tuesday, but failed to appoint any women, doubling down on a hard-line course despite the international outcry that followed their initial presentation of an all-male government...

'We were them:' Vietnamese Americans help Afghan refugees

Sep. 20, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — In the faces of Afghans desperate to leave their country after U.S. forces withdrew, Thuy Do sees her own family, decades earlier and thousands of miles away. A 39-year-old doctor in Seattle, Washington, Do remembers hearing how her parents...

Defense chief orders new review of mistaken US drone strike

Sep. 20, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a senior-level review of the investigation that found that 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, were killed in an Aug. 29 U.S. drone strike in Kabul that the Pentagon initially said had killed an Islamic State fighter....

The Latest: Taliban fire director of Afghan cricket board

Sep. 20, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban have sacked the executive director of Afghanistan’s cricket board. Hamid Shinwari posted on his official Facebook page Monday he had been fired by Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of the Taliban’s new Interior Minister Sirajuddin...

IS bomb attacks on Taliban raise specter of wider conflict

Sep. 20, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly roadside bombs targeting Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, raising the specter of wider conflict between the country’s new Taliban rulers and their long-time...