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Russia routs Cyprus 5-0 to join Belgium at Euro 2020

Oct. 13, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russia routed Cyprus 5-0 on Sunday to join group winner Belgium in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship. Valencia forward Denis Cheryshev scored twice and set up two more for the Russians - who only needed a draw to be sure of qualification - to take their tally to 21 points...

Separate gun attacks target Afghan government officials

Oct. 13, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says Taliban insurgents have shot and killed a government official in the capital Kabul. Mohibullah Sharifzai, the governor's spokesman, says Sunday gunmen killed Raz Mohammad, Jaghatu district chief of eastern Maidan Wardak province. He said Mohammad was...

Afghan official: Policeman kills 3 fellow officers

Oct. 12, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that a policeman with links to the Taliban has killed three of his fellow police officers at a checkpoint in northern Balkh province. Mohammad Yusouf Olamzada, Dawlat Abad district chief, says Saturday the attacker has joined insurgents in the area after...

The Latest: Pentagon says US troops came under Turkish fire

Oct. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 3 a.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present. Navy...

Officials: Explosions wound 5 in east Afghanistan

Oct. 11, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A series of explosions on Friday in eastern Afghanistan, including one from a bombing outside a mosque, wounded five people, officials said. The explosions began shortly after 7 a.m. first targeting the house of Suhrab Qaderi, the head of the Nangarhar provincial council, said...

Taliban welcome Trump's call to bring US troops home

Oct. 11, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban spokesman is apparently carefully following President Donald Trump's comments even though the U.S. leader declared last month that the talks between an American peace envoy and the insurgents were "dead." Suhail Shaheen, the spokesman of the Taliban political office in...

Today in History

Oct. 11, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2019. There are 81 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 11, 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened two days of talks concerning arms control and human rights in Reykjavik, Iceland. On this...

Nation's highest military honor announced for Army officer

Oct. 10, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will award the nation's highest military honor to an Army master sergeant who served in Afghanistan and braved enemy fire multiple times while rescuing other members of his task force and evacuating numerous casualties. The White House says...

The Latest: US takes 2 militants tied to beheadings in Syria

Oct. 9, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments following President Donald Trump's decision to abandon Syrian Kurdish fighters ahead of Turkish offensive into northeastern Syria (all times local): 2:15 a.m. U.S. officials say two captive British militants believed to be part of an Islamic State group that beheaded...

Diplomat criticized by White House known for her diligence

Oct. 9, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

To President Donald Trump, the diplomat representing the U.S. in Ukraine was "bad news" — a supposedly rogue ambassador with a political bias against him. But to those who know Marie Yovanovitch — the former envoy to Kyiv who is scheduled to testify before the House this week as Democrats intensify...