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Syria says it will allow Qatar Airways to use its airspace

Apr. 22, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's transport minister says Qatar Airways' request to fly through Syrian airspace has been approved. Airlines have avoided Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011, causing long detours. Ali Hammoud said Monday that the measure will save Qatar's state-owned airline time and...

US voices disappointment at delay in Afghan talks

Apr. 22, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Afghanistan's president over the weekend to express Washington's disappointment over the indefinite postponement of Afghan talks with the Taliban, according to a statement released Monday. The talks were scheduled to start this coming...

Qatar opens Gaza artificial limb, rehab center after delays

Apr. 22, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Qatar opened the first prosthetic hospital and a disability rehab center in the Gaza Strip on Monday, overcoming obstacles that delayed the much-needed project in the besieged Palestinian enclave. Rafat Lubad, the local director of the hospital, said the facilities are more...

The Latest: Muslim organization chief condemns attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations has condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The Organization of Islamic...

Ex-president: Peace possible when all Afghans sit together

Apr. 19, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's former President Hamid Karzai said Friday that peace in his homeland, ravaged by more than 17 years of war, will only be possible when Afghans from all sectors of society sit together and negotiate — including the Taliban. Karzai expressed disappointment that...

Sudanese protest organizers step up pressure on military

Apr. 19, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese protest organizers on Friday stepped up calls for a swift transfer of power, saying they will announce an interim ruling council they want to see take over from the military that ousted President Omar al-Bashir after months of street protests against him. The announcement...

Qatari official: Afghan talks postponed indefinitely

Apr. 19, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time were postponed indefinitely Thursday after a falling out over who should attend. Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar's Center for Conflict and...

Kabul announces list of 250 Afghans for talks with Taliban

Apr. 16, 2019 5:01 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Kabul has announced a list of 250 people — including around 50 women — who are headed for Qatar for talks with the Taliban later this week, a gathering known as intra-Afghan dialogue. The list was released by the government on Tuesday although the Taliban have...

Infantino holds Kuwait talks on staging 2022 World Cup games

Apr. 14, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

FIFA President Gianni Infantino held talks in Kuwait on Sunday about the country staging 2022 World Cup matches as he pushes to enlarge the Qatar tournament from 32 to 48 teams. After meeting with the emir of Kuwait and soccer officials, Infantino flew to Doha to see Qatari leaders on Monday about the prospect of...

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

Apr. 12, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban announced Friday the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States and ahead of a significant gathering of Afghans meant to discuss resolutions to the protracted war and an eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country. The...