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The Latest: Official says at least 22 killed in Kabul attack

Sep. 17, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local): 5:40 p.m. An Afghan official says at least 22 people including six military personnel have been killed in that suicide attack in the capital Kabul. Firdaus Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said Tuesday...

US, Belarus mend diplomatic ties with return of ambassadors

Sep. 17, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A top U.S. diplomat says Washington and Belarus have agreed to return ambassadors to each other's countries, mending an 11-year break. U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David hale made the announcement in a Tuesday visit to the Belarusian capital Minsk. In 2008,...

More than 320 Chinese arrested in Philippines

Sep. 17, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine immigration bureau says its agents, backed by troops, have arrested 324 Chinese accused of involvement in illegal online gambling and other crimes in a raid on eight hotels and other establishments in a western province. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said...

Authorities: Separate attacks in Afghanistan kill 48

Sep. 17, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Separate attacks by suicide bombers — one targeting President Ashraf Ghani's election rally and a second that ripped through the center of the Afghan capital — killed at least 48 people and wounded scores more Tuesday in the deadliest single day since a peace...

Taiwan loses biggest Pacific ally as Solomons embraces China

Sep. 17, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Taiwan has lost its largest ally in the Pacific after the Solomon Islands confirmed Tuesday that it is switching diplomatic allegiance to China, and observers say other Pacific nations may soon follow. The switch has geopolitical significance that will be felt as far away as...

Spain won't extradite Venezuela's ex-spymaster to US

Sep. 16, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges. The court released retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who denies the charges and says that they were politically motivated. He...

The Latest: US 'ready' to deploy resources from reserves

Sep. 15, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the explosion and fire at a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 3:10 a.m. The U.S. Energy Department says the U.S. "stands ready to deploy resources from the Strategic Petroleum Oil Reserves if necessary to offset any disruptions to oil...

Saudi Arabia: Drone attacks knocked out half its oil supply

Sep. 14, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels launched drone attacks on the world's largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field Saturday, sparking huge fires and halting about half of the supplies from the world's largest exporter of oil. The attacks were the latest of...

White House says bin Laden son killed in US operation

Sep. 14, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. A statement issued in President...

Walz says Japan can't pick up US-China trade war slack

Sep. 13, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday that his just-concluded six-day trade trip to Japan and South Korea was productive but also showed that Japan won't be able to pick up much slack from the U.S. trade war with China. Minnesota's agricultural economy has been rattled by President Donald...