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Global media group says journalist imprisonments on rise

Dec. 09, 2021 08:20 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Media freedom continued to be under attack across much of the world in 2021, with nine journalists killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan alone and 102 imprisoned in China, according to a new report released Thursday. The International Federation of Journalists...

AP Week in Pictures: Middle East

Dec. 09, 2021 08:18 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan & Pakistan Region between Dec. 2-8, 2021. This week’s selection shows scenes from across the region, including images of daily...

Analysis: As US focus wanes, Mideast turns inward for talks

Dec. 09, 2021 01:06 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After years of looking abroad for answers, countries in the Middle East now appear to instead be talking to each other to find solutions following two decades defined by war and political upheaval. The American withdrawals from Afghanistan and...

An Afghan village shrivels in worst drought in decades

Dec. 09, 2021 01:03 AM EST

KAMAR KALAGH, Afghanistan (AP) — Hajji Wali Jan brought a half-dozen plastic containers to the well in Kamar Kalagh on a recent Friday — one of the handful of days each week he and those who live on his side of this Afghan village ae allowed to use the water source. When it was...

AP PHOTOS: Afghan Taliban fighters now man urban checkpoints

Dec. 08, 2021 13:41 PM EST

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan more than three and a half months ago amid a chaotic withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops, their fighters have changed roles, from insurgents fighting in the mountains and fields to an armed force running the country. ...

Afghans wait and worry at US bases after frantic evacuation

Dec. 08, 2021 10:16 AM EST

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (AP) — The former interpreter for the U.S. Army counts himself among the lucky as an Afghan who managed to make it through frantic crowds outside the Kabul airport to board a military evacuation flight out of the country with little more than the clothes on...

Airbnb's nonprofit makes resettling refugees a core mission

Dec. 07, 2021 21:49 PM EST

Mousa and Rasha Alkhafaji were already anxious when they emigrated from Iraq to the United States in 2017. Even though Mousa Alkhafaji had finally received a Special Immigrant Visa for his work with the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq, his family’s original flight had been canceled when...

UN refugee chief warns of world's inability to restore peace

Dec. 07, 2021 20:34 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The growing inability of the international community to restore peace in countries like Yemen, Libya and Ethiopia is forcing humanitarian and refugee organizations to work increasingly during conflicts which they can’t solve despite the expectations of many people caught...

Whistleblower: As Afghanistan fell, UK abandoned supporters

Dec. 07, 2021 08:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Foreign Office abandoned many of the nation’s allies in Afghanistan and left them to the mercy of the Taliban during the fall of the capital, Kabul, because of a dysfunctional and arbitrary evacuation effort, a whistleblower alleged Tuesday. In...

Desperation drives thousands of Afghans a day across borders

Dec. 07, 2021 02:33 AM EST

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Over the course of an hour on a recent night, the bus waiting in the Herat station filled with passengers. Mostly young men, they had no luggage, just the clothes on their backs, maybe a bag with some bread and water for the long road ahead of them. That...