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Insider attack kills 9 Afghan militia, officials say

Dec. 14, 2019 10:18 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least one member of an Afghan militia opened fire on his fellow militiamen early Saturday, killing nine, in what the country's interior ministry called an insider attack, an Afghan official said. The Taliban, however, claimed the attack was actually a coordinated insurgent...

Afghan presidential candidate to allow ballot recount

Dec. 13, 2019 2:03 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah announced Friday he has agreed to allow a ballot recount in provinces where his supporters had stopped the process for almost a month. Abdullah, who serves as the country's chief executive in a fragile national unity government...

Afghanistan's Karzai tells AP that US cash fed corruption

Dec. 10, 2019 8:07 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hamid Karzai responded to findings...

Body of slain doctor returns home to Japan from Afghanistan

Dec. 8, 2019 4:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The body of a Japanese doctor killed in a roadside shooting in Afghanistan arrived back home Sunday, with government officials on hand to lead a brief ceremony of mourning at Tokyo's Narita International Airport. Tetsu Nakamura was killed last week, along with five Afghans who had been...

US opens first round of resurrected peace talks with Taliban

Dec. 7, 2019 1:20 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad on Saturday held the first official talks with Afghanistan's Taliban since President Donald Trump declared a near-certain peace deal with the insurgents dead in September. The talks will initially focus on getting a Taliban promise to reduce...

Afghanistan bids farewell to slain Japanese physician

Dec. 7, 2019 8:40 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani led a memorial Saturday in the capital Kabul to bid final farewell to a Japanese physician killed earlier this week in a roadside shooting in eastern Afghanistan that also killed five Afghans, who were traveling with him. Dr. Tetsu Nakamura was...

Japanese doctor's family to bring body home from Afghanistan

Dec. 6, 2019 8:50 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The wife of a 73-year-old Japanese physician killed earlier this week in a roadside shooting in eastern Afghanistan wept softly as she stood by her husband's coffin in a Kabul hospital Friday. The wife, identified in Japanese media as Naoko Nakamura, arrived in the capital earlier...

US’s Afghan peace envoy makes surprise stop in Kabul

Dec. 4, 2019 1:08 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday to launch an “accelerated effort” to get Afghans on both sides of the protracted conflict to the negotiation table to plot a roadmap to a post-war Afghanistan. His...

Official: Japanese doctor dies after attack in Afghanistan

Dec. 4, 2019 7:32 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A shooting ambush in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed a Japanese physician and aid worker widely respected and beloved in the war-scarred nation, triggering an outpouring of grief among the people whose lives he helped change for the better. The leaders of Japan and...

Survey: Afghans’ fear for personal safety has increased

Dec. 3, 2019 6:28 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans are increasingly fearful for their personal safety, but slightly more believe their war-weary country is moving in the right direction, compared to previous years, according to a new survey released Tuesday. The Asia Foundation poll found that 74.5% of respondents say they...