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Afghans restore art shattered by Taliban as peace deal nears

Aug. 20, 2019 2:54 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban fighters arrived with hammers and hatred. What they left behind is laid out on tables at the National Museum of Afghanistan, 18 years later: shattered pieces of ancient Buddha figurines, smashed because they were judged to be against Islam. Museum workers in Kabul have...

Pakistani PM keeps powerful army chief in place 3 more years

Aug. 19, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister is keeping his powerful army chief in place for another three years, amid heightened tensions with India over Kashmir as well as the end of U.S.-Talban peace talks for neighboring Afghanistan. Imran Khan postponed on Monday the retirement of Gen. Qamar Javed...

A look at the Islamic State affiliate's rise in Afghanistan

Aug. 19, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern...

Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the...

The Latest: At least 66 hurt in eastern Afghanistan blasts

Aug. 19, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on attacks in Afghanistan (all times local): 2:55 p.m. An Afghan official says at least 66 people have been wounded in a series of explosions in the eastern province of Nangarhar as the country marks Independence Day. Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the...

The Latest: Families bury their dead after wedding attack

Aug. 18, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the late-night suicide bombing that struck a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The United States envoy who is negotiating with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan says the peace process needs to be accelerated in the wake of...

Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

Aug. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul's strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanistan...

A look at deadliest attacks in Afghanistan in recent years

Aug. 18, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The deadly bombing at a wedding in Afghanistan's capital late Saturday was a stark reminder that the war-weary country faces daily threats not only from the long-established Taliban but also from a brutal local affiliate of the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for...

Bomb blast kills Pakistani tribal elder near Afghan border

Aug. 18, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a pro-government tribal elder has been killed by a bomb planted in his vehicle in the country's northwest, near the Afghan border. Senior officer Mian Naseeb Jan said Sunday's explosion killed four others and wounded six as they were traveling in the Upper Dir...

Major players shaping troubled Afghanistan's future

Aug. 18, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Saturday night's devastating attack on a wedding in Afghanistan's capital comes amid huge uncertainty about the country's future. The United States and the Taliban say they are nearing a deal to end America's longest conflict, one that has lasted a generation and left tens of...