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Today in History

Jul. 12, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2019. There are 172 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the...

All-Afghan conference brings country closer to peace

Jul. 9, 2019 4:10 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — All-Afghan talks that brought together Afghanistan's warring sides ended Tuesday with a statement that appeared to push the country a step closer to peace, by laying down the outlines of a roadmap for the country's future and ending nearly 18 years of war. Washington's Peace Envoy...

US envoy hails latest talks with Taliban as the best ever

Jul. 6, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan said Saturday that for the first time he can report "substantive" progress on all four issues key to a peace agreement in the country's 17-year war, calling the latest round of talks with the Taliban the "most productive" so far. Zalmay...

Islamic State claims bombing in Shiite mosque that killed 2

Jul. 6, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State group affiliate has claimed responsibility for a bombing in a Shiite mosque in central Afghanistan's Ghazni province that killed two people and injured 20 others. Provincial governor's spokesman Arif Noori says an explosive devise detonated during evening prayers...

US, Taliban scramble to finalize draft on troop withdrawal

Jul. 4, 2019 10:45 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban and U.S. negotiators are scrambling to finalize a draft agreement that will outline the withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan and a verifiable Taliban guarantee to fight terrorism ahead of an all-Afghan peace conference Sunday. Officials familiar with the talks,...

All-Afghan peace summit set for July, but on Taliban terms

Jul. 2, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A surprise announcement by President Donald Trump seemed to accelerate the expected time frame for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of an all-Afghan peace summit planned for July 7-8 in Qatar. The gathering apparently will be held on Taliban terms as there will be no official...

Taliban bombing in Afghan capital kills 6, wounds scores

Jul. 1, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban set off a powerful bomb in downtown Kabul on Monday, killing at least six people and wounding more than a hundred, and sending a cloud of smoke billowing over the Afghan capital. At least 26 children were among the wounded, many of whom were cut by shards of glass when...

Afghan Taliban say latest talks with US are 'critical'

Jun. 30, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said Sunday that the latest round of peace talks with the United States is "critical" as the two sides "rewrite" a draft agreement in which American forces would withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for guarantees from the insurgents that they would fight terrorism. "We are...

US, Taliban open Doha talks in fresh bid to end war

Jun. 29, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A fresh round of talks between the U.S. and the Taliban began in Qatar on Saturday, just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is hoping for an Afghan peace agreement before Sept. 1. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to The Associated Press that...

Official: Blast during prayers in Afghan mosque wounds 11

Jun. 28, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb blast inside a mosque wounded at least 11 people Friday in northern Samangan province, a provincial official said. Sediq Azizi, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast took place during Friday prayers as dozens gathered in the mosque in Aybak, the provincial...