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Fire at sawmill in Siberian village kills 11

Jan. 21, 2020 3:23 AM EST

Moscow (AP) — A fire at a sawmill in a village in Russia's Siberia killed 11 people and injured two more on Tuesday morning, emergency officials said. One person remains unaccounted-for. Ten victims were identified as Uzbek nationals and one as a Tajik. The fire broke out in a single-story wooden...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Iowa State Education Association Candidate Forum, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Buttigieg says Oval Office needs wartime veteran

Jan. 19, 2020 7:30 AM EST

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Saturday the Oval Office benefits from the perspective of a wartime veteran, a niche he occupies exclusively among top-tier candidates in his party's race for the 2020 nomination. During an interview on Iowa PBS in suburban Des...

Afghan officials say Taliban kill 6 members of same family

Jan. 19, 2020 5:19 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials said Sunday that the Taliban executed six members of the same family, including an infant girl, in a remote village in the country's north. The Taliban denied any involvement, saying the attack Saturday was triggered by a personal dispute. However, local Afghan...

Tarah McLaughlin, the widow of Staff Sgt. Ian Paul McLaughlin, touches her husband's coffin on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, on Fort Bragg, N.C. McLaughlin was killed Jan. 11 in Afghanistan. (Andrew Craft /The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

Remains of fallen US soldier returned to Fort Bragg

Jan. 18, 2020 7:09 PM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — The remains of a paratrooper who was killed a week ago in Afghanistan have been returned to his family in the U.S. The family of Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin greeted his flag-draped casket at Pope Army Airfield at Fort Bragg on Saturday, The Fayetteville Observer reported. The...

Rybakina, Zhang advance to Hobart International final

Jan. 17, 2020 5:54 AM EST

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Elena Rybakina twice received on-court treatment late in the third set Friday and still beat British qualifier Heather Watson 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Hobart International. The 20-year-old Rybakina said she pulled a muscle. "It happened to me for the first time and I...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, second left, arrives with other members of the Taliban delegation for talks in Moscow, Russia. U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since last September when President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Taliban say they handed cease-fire offer to US peace envoy

Jan. 16, 2020 1:49 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. The offer is seen as an opportunity to open a window to an eventual peace deal that would...

Francois-Philippe Champagne, Canada Minister of Foreign Affairs, centre, Ukraine Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko, second right, United Kingdoms Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Dominic Raab, second left, Sweden's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde, left, and Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman, hold a minute of silence behind candles and in front of a plaque with the names of the victims of flight PS752, at the High Commission of Canada in London, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. The Foreign ministers gather in a meeting of the International Coordination and Response Group for the families of the victims of PS752 flight crashed shortly after taking off from the Iranian capital Tehran on Jan. 8, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Nations of Iran crash victims seek compensation for families

Jan. 16, 2020 12:13 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The governments of five countries that lost citizens when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner demanded Thursday that Tehran accept “full responsibility” and pay compensation to the victims’ families — though they had little to offer besides moral pressure to get...

Afghan official: Roadside bomb hits government car, 5 killed

Jan. 16, 2020 8:33 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing struck an Afghan government car in southern Zabul province on Thursday, killing the driver and four passengers inside the vehicle, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack though the provincial police spokesman, Mohammadullah...

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Kashmiris shout slogans against India revoking Muslim-majority Kashmir's semi-autonomous status during a protest on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. India on Thursday asked China to avoid raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations Security Council, insisting it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin, File)

India asks China to avoid raising Kashmir dispute at U.N.

Jan. 16, 2020 7:04 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Thursday asked China to avoid raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations Security Council, insisting it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan. The government issued a statement Thursday, a day after China requested a review by the U.N. Security Council of the...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right speaks as from left, Democratic presidential candidates businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listen Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats differ on US-Mideast wars, with no clear exit plan

Jan. 15, 2020 4:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic presidential field is united in lambasting President Donald Trump’s handling of America’s military presence in the Middle East, but the candidates are sharply divided on how to do it better. Their solutions range from pulling out to cutting back. Aside from...