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Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

Oct. 19, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A high-level meeting on security plans for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun on the departing delegation Thursday, killing the powerful Kandahar police chief but missing the top U.S. commander in the country, Gen....

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley pokes fun at herself at NY charity

Oct. 18, 2018 11:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nikki Haley was introduced as the next president of the United States by comedian Jim Gaffigan at a white-tie gala in New York Thursday evening where the outgoing U.N. Ambassador poked fun at her own Indian heritage, her boss and the current political climate. "Everyone in Washington called...

The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Afghan attacks

Oct. 18, 2018 10:54 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Saturday (all times local): 7 a.m. The U.N. Security Council has condemned several recent attacks in Afghanistan ahead of Saturday's parliamentary elections. On Thursday, an elite guard...

The Latest: Mexican officials say activist resisted arrest

Oct. 18, 2018 10:41 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The latest on the caravan of Central American migrants trying to advance toward the United States. (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Mexican immigration officials say activist Irineo Mujica, who has dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship, is accused of property damage and resisting arrest. A...

Progressives say Seoul caved in denying asylum to Yemenis

Oct. 18, 2018 9:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean progressives accused the government of caving to xenophobic sentiment by rejecting a plea for refugee status by hundreds of asylum seekers from war-ravaged Yemen whose arrival on a resort island earlier this year triggered outrage. Justice Party spokesman Choi Seok...

The Latest: UN expert: Government abductions are new worry

Oct. 18, 2018 9:21 PM EDT

The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times Eastern Daylight Time): 9:15 p.m. A U.N. expert says the world is witnessing "a new and very worrisome practice" of governments...

Key groups urge Turkey to seek UN probe of missing Khashoggi

Oct. 18, 2018 9:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leading human rights and journalists' organizations urged Turkey on Thursday to ask the United Nations to launch an investigation into the disappearance and "possible extrajudicial execution" of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Committee to Protect Journalists, Amnesty...

Israeli rights group criticizes 'oppression' of Palestinians

Oct. 18, 2018 8:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of Israel's leading human rights group strongly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government during a contentious U.N. Security Council meeting on Thursday for what he called its "supremacy and oppression" of the Palestinians. Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon...

Egyptian mediators step up truce efforts with Israel, Hamas

Oct. 18, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A team of Egyptian mediators on Thursday shuttled between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers in a stepped-up effort to forge a cease-fire between the two enemies. The series of meetings came a day after Gaza militants fired a rocket that struck a home in southern Israel,...

UN official: Syria has withdrawn controversial property law

Oct. 18, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian aid official said Thursday that Syria's government has withdrawn a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the country's civil war, calling it a good sign that "diplomacy can win — even in Syria." Jan Egeland...