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IS says leader Abu al-Hassan al-Qurayshi killed in battle

Nov. 30, 2022 16:01 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State group, Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, was killed in battle recently, the group’s spokesman said in audio released Wednesday. He gave no further details. Al-Qurayshi is the second IS leader to be killed this year at a time when...

4 dead as bomber hits Pakistan police protecting polio teams

Nov. 30, 2022 13:29 PM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up near a truck carrying police officers on their way to protect polio workers near Quetta, Pakistan on Wednesday, killing a police officer and three family members traveling in a car nearby. The bombing wounded 23 others, mostly police,...

Taliban: 10 killed in bombing of Afghan religious school

Nov. 30, 2022 11:49 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb blast hit a religious school in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 10 students, a Taliban official said. The explosion went off at around the time of afternoon prayers at the Al Jihad Madrassa in Aybak, capital of Samangan province, a...

Taliban official says at least 10 students killed in a bombing at a religious school in northern Afghanistan

Nov. 30, 2022 06:17 AM EST
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban official says at least 10 students killed in a bombing at a religious school in northern Afghanistan.

Vet's lawsuit blaming antimalarial drug for psychosis tossed

Nov. 29, 2022 19:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against the maker of an anti-malarial drug blamed for causing psychotic behavior and neurological damage to U.S. servicemembers, ruling that the case had no right to be filed in California. The proposed class-action case...

Uneasy calm grips Ukraine as West prepares winter aid

Nov. 29, 2022 17:21 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An uneasy calm hung over Kyiv on Tuesday as residents of the Ukrainian capital prepared for Russian missile attacks aiming to take out more energy infrastructure as winter approaches. To ease the hardships and ensure Ukraine’s 43 million people can maintain...

Pakistan's new army chief takes charge of military

Nov. 29, 2022 14:02 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s new military chief took command of the country's armed forces on Tuesday as a political rift between the government and the popular opposition leader deepened. He took over a day after a renewed threat from a key militant group behind scores of deadly attacks over 15...

Pakistan Taliban ends cease-fire with govt, vows new attacks

Nov. 28, 2022 13:26 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Monday ended a monthslong cease-fire with the government in Islamabad, ordering its fighters to resume attacks across the country, where scores of deadly attacks have been blamed on the insurgent group. In a statement, the outlawed...

Kazakh leader meets Putin in first post-election trip abroad

Nov. 28, 2022 07:22 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan's leader met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, a week after winning a new seven-year term by a landslide in a snap election. Kazakhstan is a significant Russian ally, sharing a 7,600-kilometer (4,750-mile) border. But President Kassym-Jomart...

UN experts denounce Taliban treatment of women as crime

Nov. 25, 2022 10:19 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan may amount to a crime against humanity and should be investigated and prosecuted under international law, a U.N. team of experts said Friday. The Taliban promptly rejected the allegation. The...