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North Macedonia: 61 migrants held following police raids

Sep. 21, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they have detained 61 migrants and arrested five suspected traffickers following highway checks and raids on Sunday and Monday. Thirty migrants from Afghanistan, Syria, and Somalia were found hidden in a truck near the central city of Veles. The...

Witnesses: Afghan government airstrikes kill 24 civilians

Sep. 20, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Government airstrikes in northern Afghanistan killed 24 civilians, including children, and wounded six others, witnesses told The Associated Press on Sunday. The two witnesses contacted by the AP said most of those killed in Saturday's airstrikes, which struck the village of...

2 Pakistani soldiers killed in shootout with militants

Sep. 20, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military on Sunday said two soldiers were killed in a shootout with militants during a search operation in the country’s northwest, a former militant stronghold. The operation was conducted late Saturday in the Spalga area near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan...

In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 photo, Wajiha Khanian, a female journalist from local tv channel Dawn News, interviews during protest, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Social media attacks against Pakistan's women journalists have been vile and vicious, some threatening rape, others even threatening death and the culprits are most often allied to the ruling party, even prompting the Committee to Protect Journalists to issue a statement on Friday condemning the relentless attacks. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Vile social media attacks target Pakistani women journalists

Sep. 18, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists on Friday condemned relentless social media attacks on women journalists in Pakistan — vicious assaults that have threatened rape and even death. The attacks often follow instances of public criticism of the ruling party, led by Prime...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Afghan politician Fawzia Koofi speaks to media before the

US Embassy in Kabul warns of extremist attacks against women

Sep. 18, 2020 1:52 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan warned that extremists groups are planning attacks against a “variety of targets” but are taking particular aim at women. The warning didn't specify which organizations were plotting the attacks. But it comes as the Taliban and...

Homeless Afghan refugee Ayoub Husseini, who has lost the use of his legs after a construction accident, sits on a blanket with his belongings on the terrace of a commercial building on the island of Lesbos. Greece, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.  Ayoub who hopes to receive medical treatment for his injuries in Europe, is one of thousands of asylum-seekers left homeless after a fire gutted Moria refugee camp on the island. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

In Greece, a migrant's dream of walking is set back by fire

Sep. 17, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

MORIA, Greece (AP) — Ayoub Husseini’s struggle to survive and dream of walking again one day have taken a sudden and cruel turn for the worse. An Afghan asylum-seeker, he is paralyzed from the waist down but made it to the Greek island of Lesbos in February with the help of his younger brother Iesa....

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2010 file photo, Vietnam-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Ellsberg, one of the most famous whistleblowers in living memory, came to the defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his legal fight to avoid extradition to the United States from Britain, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. He told London's Central Criminal Court that the pair had “very comparable political opinions.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Pentagon Papers leaker comes to the defense of Assange

Sep. 16, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Daniel Ellsberg, one of the most famous whistleblowers in living memory, came to the defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday in his legal fight to avoid extradition to the United States from Britain, arguing that the pair had “very comparable political...

Taliban delegation attend the opening session of the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Sayed)

UN welcomes Afghan talks with the Taliban, urges cease-fire

Sep. 15, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday welcoming the start of negotiations between Afghan representatives and the Taliban, encouraging the warring parties to engage in good faith and aim for a permanent cease-fire and political settlement to their 19-year...

In this photo released Pakistan's military information wing 'Inter Services Public Relations', a U.S. delegation headed by peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, third left, hold talks with Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, second right, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan was in Pakistan on Monday to express his gratitude for Islamabad's role in helping launch the much-awaited negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan representatives, the Pakistani military said. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP)

US envoy lauds Pakistan's role in Afghan peace talks process

Sep. 14, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan was in Pakistan on Monday to express his gratitude for Islamabad's role in helping launch the much-awaited negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan representatives, the Pakistani military said. The historic negotiations kicked off over the weekend in...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump, center, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, behind him at right, addresses members of the military during a surprise Thanksgiving Day visit at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. During his election campaign four years ago, Trump vowed to bring all troops home from “endless wars.

Expect US election to have consequences for troops overseas

Sep. 12, 2020 8:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden both say they want to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan. But their approaches differ, and the outcome of the Nov. 3 election will have long-term consequences not only for U.S. troops, but for the wider region. During his...