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Editorial Roundup: U.S.

May. 12, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 10 The Washington Post on a school bombing and Afghanistan's future: The horrific bombing of a school for girls in Kabul on Saturday was a grim presage of the...

Afghan officials: Taliban gain control of a district HQ

May. 11, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban gained control on Tuesday of a strategic district headquarters in a province in central Afghanistan, just southwest of the capital of Kabul, a provincial council official said. According to the official, Sharifullah Hotak, the...

Afghan Taliban announce 3-day cease-fire for Muslim holiday

May. 10, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday announced a three-day cease-fire for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan this week. But hours later, a roadside bombing killed 11 passengers on a bus in eastern Afghanistan — the latest in...

EU talks up Afghan support as US leaves, security declines

May. 10, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday debated ways to maintain support for Afghanistan’s beleaguered government after a brutal weekend attack on a girls' school underscored deep concern that violence will spread as U.S.-led troops leave the country. ...

Pakistan army: Gunmen kill 3 troops, wound 5 in twin attacks

May. 10, 2021 01:42 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen in two separate attacks ambushed vehicles carrying paramilitary troops in southwest Pakistan, killing at least three soldiers and wounding five others before fleeing, the military said Sunday night. The first attack took place in Quetta,...

Death toll soars to 50 in school bombing in Afghan capital

May. 09, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Grieving families buried their dead Sunday following a horrific bombing at a girls’ school in the Afghan capital that killed 50 people, many of them pupils between 11 and 15 years old. The number of wounded in Saturday's attack climbed to...

Bomb kills at least 30 near girls' school in Afghan capital

May. 08, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded near a girls' school in a majority Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 30 people, many of them young pupils between 11 and 15 years old. The Taliban condemned the attack and denied any responsibility. ...

US sends more warplanes to protect pullout from Afghanistan

May. 06, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has deployed a dozen additional warplanes to bolster protection of American and coalition troops making a final withdrawal from Afghanistan as Taliban insurgents step up pressure on Afghan government forces, top Pentagon officials said Thursday. ...

Rights report: State of Afghan women's health care grim

May. 06, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After nearly 20 years since the ouster of the Taliban and billions of dollars spent on infrastructure and aid, many Afghan women still have desperately poor access to health facilities and adequate health care, a leading rights group said Thursday. ...

Gunmen kill former TV presenter then escape in Afghanistan

May. 06, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen killed a former Afghan TV presenter on Thursday as he was travelling in the southern city of Kandahar, a provincial official said, adding to fears for press freedom in the war-wrecked country. Nimat Rawan was shot at noon, provincial...