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Pakistani army says shootout with militants killed 2 troops

Jun. 27, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A shootout between Pakistani soldiers and militants in the country’s northwest, near the border with Afghanistan, has killed two soldiers and seven militants, the army said. According to a military statement, the exchange took place on Sunday in Ghulam Khan, a...

Destruction everywhere, help scarce after Afghanistan quake

Jun. 26, 2022 21:51 PM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — When the ground heaved from last week’s earthquake in Afghanistan, Nahim Gul’s stone-and-mud house collapsed on top of him. He clawed through the rubble in the predawn darkness, choking on dust as he searched for his father and two sisters. He doesn't...

Deadly quake a new blow to Afghans reeling from poverty

Jun. 25, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s deadly earthquake this week struck one of the poorest corners of a country that has been hollowed out by increasing poverty. Even as more aid arrived Saturday, many residents have no idea how they will rebuild the thousands of homes destroyed in villages...

Aftershock in Afghanistan as quake toll rises to 1,150 dead

Jun. 24, 2022 08:49 AM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — An aftershock took more lives Friday and threatened to pile even more misery on an area of eastern Afghanistan reeling from a powerful earthquake that state media said killed 1,150 people this week. Among the dead from Wednesday's magnitude 6 quake are...

US: Afghan national freed from Guantanamo Bay after 15 years

Jun. 24, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An Afghan prisoner held in U.S. custody for nearly 15 years has been released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center after a federal court ruled that he was unlawfully detained, the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday. Asadullah Haroon Gul's release was first...

Pakistan stock market plunges on new govt tax on industries

Jun. 24, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s stock exchange briefly halted trading Friday after its benchmark index plunged sharply following an announcement by the newly elected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif that he was imposing a new, 10% tax on major industries. Sharif, who appeared on the...

Afghans bury dead, dig for survivors of devastating quake

Jun. 23, 2022 21:59 PM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — Villagers rushed to bury the dead Thursday and dug by hand through the rubble of their homes in search of survivors of a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that state media reported killed 1,000 people. Residents appeared to be largely on their own to deal with...

Afghanistan quake kills 1,000 people, deadliest in decades

Jun. 22, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

GAYAN, Afghanistan (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes and killing at least 1,000 people. The disaster posed a new test for Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and relief agencies already...

Taliban release several British citizens held in Afghanistan

Jun. 20, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have released several British citizens who were detained in Afghanistan after an agreement was reached between the two countries, Taliban and U.K. officials said Monday. The detainees were released Sunday following a series of meetings between Afghan...

Pakistani prime minister appears in court in corruption case

Jun. 20, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif appeared in court on Monday in connection with an old corruption case and was granted exemption from further appearances in person in the hearings, his defense lawyer said. The case dating back four...