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Afghan talks focus on aid, women's rights as hunger grows

Jan. 25, 2022 18:05 PM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Three days of talks between the Taliban, Western diplomats and other delegates on humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and human rights were wrapping up Tuesday in Norway, with acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi praising the discussions, which he said “went very well." ...

Massachusetts to host 2,000 Afghans; double expected amount

Jan. 24, 2022 18:38 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is expecting to receive twice as many Afghan refugees as it had anticipated following the Taliban takeover of the country last summer, one of the state’s major refugee resettlement agencies said Monday. Jeffrey Thielman, president and CEO of the...

Afghan resettlement work wrapping up at Indiana Guard base

Jan. 24, 2022 14:54 PM EST

EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — Officials on Monday marked the winding down of work at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training base that has helped resettle about 7,200 Afghan refugees in the U.S. since September. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb called the resettlement operation...

EXPLAINER: Why effort to help Afghanistan is falling short

Jan. 24, 2022 11:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As winter deepens, a grim situation in Afghanistan is getting worse. Freezing temperatures are compounding misery from the downward spiral that has come with the fall of the U.S.-backed government and the Taliban takeover. Aid groups and international agencies...

Taliban hold first talks in Europe since Afghan takeover

Jan. 24, 2022 10:10 AM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Taliban and western diplomats have begun their first official talks in Europe since they took over control of Afghanistan in August. The closed-door meetings were taking place at a hotel in the snow-capped mountains above the Norwegian capital. ...

Taliban talks in Norway raise new debate about recognition

Jan. 23, 2022 17:10 PM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A Taliban delegation led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Sunday started three days of talks in Oslo with Western officials and Afghan civil society representatives amid a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. The closed-door...

Today in History

Jan. 23, 2022 00:08 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2022. There are 342 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 2020, Chinese state media said the city of Wuhan would be shutting down outbound flights and trains,...

Taliban say bombers target minivan in Afghanistan, 7 dead

Jan. 22, 2022 15:51 PM EST

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb attached to a packed minivan exploded in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday, killing at least seven civilians and wounding nine others, Taliban officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but the...

Taliban to hold meeting in Norway next week

Jan. 21, 2022 09:21 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Taliban delegation plans to travel to Norway next week for talks with the Norwegian government and several allied countries, as well as meetings with civil society activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry...

UN chief: World worse now due to COVID, climate, conflict

Jan. 21, 2022 00:50 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As he starts his second term as U.N. secretary-general, Antonio Guterres said Thursday the world is worse in many ways than it was five years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and geopolitical tensions that have sparked conflicts everywhere — but...