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Today in History: August 16, Elvis Presley dies at 42

Aug. 16, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2022. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this...

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount

Aug. 15, 2022 22:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital in a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation's Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country. Bearded Taliban...

Heavy rains set off flash floods, killing 31 in Afghanistan

Aug. 15, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavy rains set off flash floods that killed at least 31 people and left dozens missing in northern Afghanistan, the Taliban’s state-run news agency reported Monday. The Bakhtar News Agency said the flooding took place on Sunday in northern Parwan province. The...

Today in History: August 15, Woodstock opens

Aug. 15, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2022. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened in upstate New York. On this date: ...

A year on, ex-Afghan leader defends role in Taliban takeover

Aug. 14, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — On the eve of the anniversary of the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan's former president on Sunday defended what he said was a split-second decision to flee, saying he wanted to avoid the humiliation of surrender to the insurgents. Ashraf Ghani also told CNN...

AP PHOTOS: Fermented horse milk season on in Kyrgyzstan

Aug. 14, 2022 02:09 AM EDT

SUUSAMYR, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — High up in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the season for making the fermented drink known as kumis is in full swing. Connoisseurs of kumis, an important part of nomadic tribes’ diets for untold centuries, say the Suusamyr valley is home to the...

Today in History: August 14, McVeigh sentenced to death

Aug. 14, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2022. There are 139 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 14, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that Imperial Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World...

Afghan rights leader heartbroken after year of Taliban rule

Aug. 13, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A year after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, prominent Afghan rights activist Sima Samar is still heartbroken over what happened to her country. Samar, a former minister of women’s affairs and the first chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights...

Suspect in 4 New Mexico killings left trail of violence

Aug. 13, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In the six years since he resettled in the United States from Afghanistan, the primary suspect in the slayings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque has been arrested several times for domestic violence and captured on camera slashing the tires of a woman's car, according to...

Afghan girls face uncertain future after 1 year of no school

Aug. 12, 2022 15:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — For most teenage girls in Afghanistan, it’s been a year since they set foot in a classroom. With no sign the ruling Taliban will allow them back to school, some are trying to find ways to keep education from stalling for a generation of young women. At a...