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Pakistani army: Afghan soldiers flee attack, cross border

Jul. 26, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of Afghan soldiers slipped across the border into northwestern Pakistan, the Pakistani army said Monday. The Afghan troops were fleeing after their border post was overrun, apparently by the Taliban. The statement said a total of 46 members of...

UN: Women, children casualties on the rise in Afghanistan

Jul. 26, 2021 01:34 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More women and children were killed and wounded in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 than in the first six months of any year since the United Nations began systematically keeping count in 2009, a U.N. report said Monday. The war-torn...

To reach a peace deal, Taliban say Afghan president must go

Jul. 23, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they don’t want to monopolize power, but they insist there won’t be peace in Afghanistan until there is a new negotiated government in Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani is removed. In an interview with The Associated Press, Taliban...

Afghan president slams Taliban, rockets target Kabul palace

Jul. 20, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least three rockets hit near the presidential palace on Tuesday shortly before Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was to give an address to mark the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. There were no injuries and the rockets landed outside the...

Turkey aims for dialogue with Taliban on Kabul Airport plan

Jul. 20, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president said Tuesday his country will talk with the Taliban regarding Turkey’s bid to operate and secure the airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Speaking after Eid al-Adha prayers in northern Cyprus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

Serbia-Kosovo talks, brokered by EU, produce no result

Jul. 19, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A meeting Monday between Serbia and Kosovo that is part of the European Union-brokered negotiations aimed at resolving a long-lasting dispute that remains a source of tensions in the volatile Balkans produced no progress. The negotiations were headed by...

Russia reports successful test launch of hypersonic missile

Jul. 19, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military reported another successful test launch of a new hypersonic cruise missile on Monday. Russia's Defense Ministry said the Zircon missile was launched from the Admiral Groshkov frigate in the White Sea. The ministry...

'He was our eye': Reuters photographer killed in Afghanistan

Jul. 16, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Reuters news service was killed Friday as he chronicled fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban near a strategic border crossing amid the continuing withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops. Danish Siddiqui,...

Reuters photographer killed as Afghan forces fight Taliban

Jul. 16, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan government forces battled Friday to retake a border crossing with Pakistan from Taliban insurgents, and the Reuters news agency said one of its photographers was killed in the area. The Taliban had overrun the Spin Boldak crossing earlier in the...

Russia: Afghan instability heightens with hasty US retreat

Jul. 16, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — America’s hasty retreat from Afghanistan has destabilized the region and worsened the terrorist threat, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a conference of world powers and Afghanistan's neighbors Friday as they sought a common path toward resolving the...