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Afghan officials: 2 federal prosecutors shot dead near Kabul

Nov. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen shot dead two federal prosecutors on Saturday as they were driving to Bagram Airfield north of the capital, Kabul, said Jamshid Rasouli, spokesman for the national Attorney General’s office. Two other prosecutors were wounded, he said, adding that the prosecutors...

Taliban say prisoner swap promised by Kabul fails to happen

Nov. 15, 2019 10:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three Taliban prisoners who were to be freed in exchange for an American and an Australian national, both kidnapped in 2016, are still in custody in Bagram prison, north of the capital Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Friday. The three Taliban prisoners did not show up at...

Afghan official says presidential poll results delayed again

Nov. 14, 2019 3:39 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the results of the country’s presidential election held nearly two months ago are being delayed once again. Spokesman for the Independent Election Commission Zabi Sadat didn’t explain the new postponement. The results were supposed to be...

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 11:03 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event...

Afghan presidential candidate boycotts recounting process

Nov. 10, 2019 3:39 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has unilaterally withdrawn his team's election observers from an official recount of ballots ahead of long-delayed election results. Abdullah says Sunday the results will have no legitimacy if his team's observers are not present...

Afghan president, Chinese FM discuss dialogue with Taliban

Nov. 5, 2019 1:53 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi have discussed a planned meeting in Beijing that would include Afghan figures and Taliban representatives. That meeting — known as "intra-Afghan dialogue" —was to take place last month but has been...

US wraps up Pakistani visit; Afghans set demands for talks

Oct. 30, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. envoy trying to resuscitate peace talks on ending Afghanistan's 18-year war has wrapped up his visit to Pakistan as Kabul hardened its stance on negotiations with the Taliban. This comes as the Afghan government set new conditions for talks with the insurgents and appeared to shed...

US Afghan peace envoy takes push for peace to Pakistan

Oct. 29, 2019 4:37 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. peace envoy remained in Pakistan on Tuesday as part of efforts to find a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 18 -year war, even though President Donald Trump has not expressed any interest in resuming talks with the Taliban. The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, met with Pakistan's Prime...

Afghanistan delays election results til November

Oct. 27, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials have set a new date for announcing the result of last month's presidential election, after several delays. Hawa Alam Nuristani, head of the Independent Election Commission, says Sunday preliminary results will be announced on Nov. 14. The initial deadline for...

Afghan officials: US envoy visit over restarting peace talk

Oct. 27, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan politician confirms that U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is in Afghanistan's capital for his first visit since talks between the U.S. and Taliban collapsed last month. Sayed Hamid Gailani, leader of the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan, posted on his Twitter...