Latest Afghanistan News

Afghanistan stuns Australia to keep Twenty20 World Cup dream alive. India beat Bangladesh

Jun. 23, 2024 01:16 AM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Afghanistan kept its Twenty20 World Cup semifinal hopes alive by stunning previously unbeaten Australia by 21 runs in a thrilling encounter on Saturday. Despite a second successive hat-trick by Australian bowler Pat Cummins, Afghanistan posted 148-6...

UN envoy defends failure to include Afghan women in upcoming meeting with the Taliban in Qatar

Jun. 22, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' top official in Afghanistan defended the failure to include Afghan women in the upcoming first meeting between the Taliban and envoys from 22 countries, insisting that demands for women’s rights are certain to be raised. U.N. special...

Roadside bomb attack targeting security convoy kills 5 soldiers and wounds 2 in northwest Pakistan

Jun. 21, 2024 13:22 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded near a security convoy in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing five soldiers and wounding two others, officials said, a sign of increasing attacks on security forces in the volatile region. The latest attack in the region...

Thousands of refugees in Indonesia have spent years awaiting resettlement. Their future is unclear

Jun. 20, 2024 03:21 AM EDT

TANJUNGPINANG, Indonesia (AP) — Morwan Mohammad walks down an old hotel corridor on Batam Island in northwestern Indonesia before entering a 6-square-meter (64-square-foot) room that has been home to him and his growing family for the past eight years. Mohammad, who fled war in...

Reclusive Taliban leader warns Afghans against earning money or gaining 'worldly honor'

Jun. 17, 2024 10:02 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban’s reclusive supreme leader on Monday warned Afghans against earning money or gaining worldly honor at a time when the country is in the grip of humanitarian crises and isolated on the global stage. Hibatullah Akhundzada gave his warning in a sermon...

1,000 days have passed since the Taliban barred girls from secondary education, the UN says

Jun. 13, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A thousand days have passed since girls in Afghanistan were banned from attending secondary schools, according to the U.N. children’s agency, which said Thursday that “no country can move forward when half its population is left behind.” UNICEF Executive...

Pakistani army kills 11 militants in raid in the northwest following bombing that killed 7 soldiers

Jun. 11, 2024 08:20 AM EDT

DERA ISLAMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces raided a militant hideout, killing 11 in an overnight operation in a former stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban in the restive northwest, authorities said on Tuesday. The intelligence-based raid was in retaliation to...

World Bank approves a $1 billion loan for Pakistan's key hydropower project

Jun. 11, 2024 05:09 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The World Bank said Tuesday it has approved $1 billion for the construction of Pakistan's biggest Dasu hydropower project, which is being built in the country's northwest with China's help. The loan would be used to expand the hydropower electricity supply and...

Roadside bombing targeting security convoy kills 7 soldiers in northwest Pakistan

Jun. 09, 2024 11:06 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded near a security convoy in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing seven soldiers, including an army captain, the military said, a sign of a surge in militant attacks on security forces. The latest attack happened in Lakki Marwat,...

Members of Congress commemorate D-Day with their own parachute jump over Normandy

Jun. 07, 2024 14:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A contingent of U.S. lawmakers from the House of Representatives made a commemorative parachute jump Friday at Normandy marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day and the historic assault that launched the end of World War II. Organized by Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., and...