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EXPLAINER: Why effort to help Afghanistan is falling short

Jan. 24, 2022 11:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As winter deepens, a grim situation in Afghanistan is getting worse. Freezing temperatures are compounding misery from the downward spiral that has come with the fall of the U.S.-backed government and the Taliban takeover. Aid groups and international agencies...

Taliban hold first talks in Europe since Afghan takeover

Jan. 24, 2022 10:10 AM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Taliban and western diplomats have begun their first official talks in Europe since they took over control of Afghanistan in August. The closed-door meetings were taking place at a hotel in the snow-capped mountains above the Norwegian capital. ...

Taliban talks in Norway raise new debate about recognition

Jan. 23, 2022 17:10 PM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A Taliban delegation led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Sunday started three days of talks in Oslo with Western officials and Afghan civil society representatives amid a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. The closed-door...

Montana ski town hosts military members who served in Kabul

Jan. 23, 2022 12:57 PM EST

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) — Carlin Houston, a 23-year-old paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment, traversed the slopes of Big Mountain with relative ease, looking every bit the part of a seasoned snowboarder — Flylow jacket, baggy Goretex pants, mirrored goggles —...

Migrants at Hungary border become part of election campaign

Jan. 23, 2022 02:43 AM EST

MAJDAN, Serbia (AP) — A group of migrants huddles beside a small, smoky fire inside an abandoned building in northern Serbia, the last moments of warmth before they set out into the driving snow toward the razor wire, cameras and sensors of Hungary's electrified border fence. A few...

Taliban say bombers target minivan in Afghanistan, 7 dead

Jan. 22, 2022 15:51 PM EST

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb attached to a packed minivan exploded in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday, killing at least seven civilians and wounding nine others, Taliban officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but the...

Taliban to hold meeting in Norway next week

Jan. 21, 2022 09:21 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Taliban delegation plans to travel to Norway next week for talks with the Norwegian government and several allied countries, as well as meetings with civil society activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry...

UN chief: World worse now due to COVID, climate, conflict

Jan. 21, 2022 00:50 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As he starts his second term as U.N. secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that have sparked conflicts everywhere — but...

Phone call shows brother pleading with Texas hostage-taker

Jan. 20, 2022 15:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British man who held four people hostage in a Texas synagogue ranted against Jews and American wars in countries like Afghanistan as his brother pleaded with him to give up and free the captives, a recording of the conversation shows. In the expletive-filled...

Taliban storm Kabul apartment, arrest activist, her sisters

Jan. 20, 2022 11:06 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban stormed an apartment in Kabul, smashing the door in and arresting a woman rights activist and her three sisters, an eyewitness said Thursday. A Taliban statement appeared to blame the incident on a recent women's protest, saying insulting Afghan values will...