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No deal announced as US, Taliban wrap up latest talks

Aug. 12, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The latest round of talks between the Taliban and the United States ended early Monday without any sign a peace deal had been reached for Afghanistan, as both sides said they would consult with their leaderships on the next steps. A Taliban spokesman had said last week that this...

UAE-backed separatists pull back after seizing Yemen's Aden

Aug. 11, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing Sunday from positions they seized from the internationally-recognized government in the southern port city of Aden. Both the southern separatists and the government forces are ostensibly allies in the Saudi-led...

Afghanistan election in doubt as US, Taliban near deal

Aug. 9, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan faces a presidential election next month but few believe the vote will take place as the United States and the Taliban inch closer to a deal that could end the nearly 18-year war but bring uncertainty about almost everything else. Few candidates — 18 are running...

6 Western countries urge Russia to withdraw from Georgia

Aug. 8, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and five European countries on Thursday marked the 11th anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia with an appeal to Moscow to implement agreements reached in 2008 to withdraw its military forces to positions held before hostilities began. After closed...

1 serviceman dead in raid to seize ex-Kyrgyz president

Aug. 7, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Kyrgyz forces were reported pulling out of a village after an unsuccessful raid to try to arrest the country's ex-president at his residence in an operation that left one serviceman dead and more than 40 people injured. The raid at former president Almazbek Atambayev's residence south of...

Afghan ambassador: Taliban attacks undermine peace talks

Aug. 7, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unrelenting Taliban attacks like the deadly car bomb that rocked Kabul on Wednesday are undermining the credibility of negotiations to end the nearly 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, the country's ambassador to the U.S. said. The near-daily attacks across the country will cause greater...

Taliban say differences resolved on US troop withdrawal

Aug. 6, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States and the Taliban have resolved differences in peace talks over the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and guarantees from the insurgents that they will cut ties with other extremist groups, a Taliban official said Tuesday. The U.S. side did not...

Canadian police scale down manhunt for fugitive teenagers

Jul. 31, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Canadian police said Wednesday they are scaling down but not abandoning the hunt in a remote and rugged part of northern Manitoba for two teenagers suspected of killing a college professor, a North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend. Over the last nine days, police and...

Taliban vows future Afghanistan won't be terrorists' hotbed

Jul. 27, 2019 8:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's longest war has come full circle. The United States began bombing Afghanistan after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to root out al-Qaida fighters harbored by the Taliban. Now, more than 18 years later, preventing Afghanistan from being a launching pad for more attacks on America...

AP Explains: How Emirates troop drawdown impacts Yemen's war

Jul. 25, 2019 2:15 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates, one of the most powerful parties in Yemen's war, has begun to draw down its forces, pulling out several thousand troops in a move that leaves the Saudi-led coalition there with a weakened ground presence and fewer tactical options. The UAE isn't...