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A year on, ex-Afghan leader defends role in Taliban takeover

Aug. 14, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — On the eve of the anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan's former president on Sunday defended what he said was a split-second decision to flee, saying he wanted to avoid the humiliation of surrender to the insurgents. Ashraf Ghani also told CNN...

AP PHOTOS: Fermented horse milk season on in Kyrgyzstan

Aug. 14, 2022 02:09 AM EDT

SUUSAMYR, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — High up in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the season for making the fermented drink known as kumis is in full swing. Connoisseurs of kumis, an important part of nomadic tribes’ diets for untold centuries, say the Suusamyr valley is home to the...

Today in History: August 14, McVeigh sentenced to death

Aug. 14, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2022. There are 139 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 14, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that Imperial Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World...

Afghan rights leader heartbroken after year of Taliban rule

Aug. 13, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A year after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, prominent Afghan rights activist Sima Samar is still heartbroken over what happened to her country. Samar, a former minister of women’s affairs and the first chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights...

Suspect in 4 New Mexico killings left trail of violence

Aug. 13, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the six years since he resettled in the United States from Afghanistan, the primary suspect in the slayings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque has been arrested several times for domestic violence and captured on camera slashing the tires of a woman's car, according to...

Afghan girls face uncertain future after 1 year of no school

Aug. 12, 2022 15:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — For most teenage girls in Afghanistan, it’s been a year since they set foot in a classroom. With no sign the ruling Taliban will allow them back to school, some are trying to find ways to keep education from stalling for a generation of young women. At a...

Timeline of events in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover

Aug. 12, 2022 02:25 AM EDT

The Taliban's capture of Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021 brought the hardline movement back into power in Afghanistan nearly 20 years after they were toppled by the U.S. invasion following the 9/11 attacks. The year since has been disastrous for the country. After the world cut off funding,...

Today in History: August 12, deadliest single-aircraft crash

Aug. 12, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2022. There are 141 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 12, 1953, the Soviet Union conducted a secret test of its first hydrogen bomb. On this date: ...

Taliban say bombing kills prominent Afghan cleric in Kabul

Aug. 11, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bombing killed a prominent Taliban cleric on Thursday at his religious center in the Afghan capital of Kabul, authorities said, the latest attack to strike the country in the year since the former insurgents seized power. Officials identified the cleric as...

Spain evacuates 294 more Afghan workers and families

Aug. 11, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A plane provided by the Spanish government has brought 294 more Afghan refugees via Pakistan to Spain, authorities said Thursday, bringing to 3,900 the number evacuated by Madrid since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan last year. Spain said the latest group of...