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Kazakhstan president fires govt over low living standards

Feb. 21, 2019 10:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan's president fired the government Thursday over what he called its failure to raise living standards and diversify away from oil and gas in the Central Asian nation. President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled since the country became independent after the 1991 collapse of the...

Today in History

Feb. 21, 2019 12:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2019. There are 313 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 21, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China as he and his wife, Pat, arrived in Beijing. On this date: In 1613, Mikhail Romanov, 16, was...

US soldier wounded in suicide attack sues bomber's employer

Feb. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A U.S. soldier grievously wounded in a suicide bombing two years ago in Afghanistan filed suit Wednesday against an American defense contractor that employed the bomber, saying it failed to supervise the man as he built an explosive vest on the job using the company's tools and parts....

Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace

Feb. 20, 2019 2:39 PM EST

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against squandering the best opportunity at peace in more than 17 years of war. In an interview with The...

Afghans to hold Loya Jirga meeting to discuss peace talks

Feb. 20, 2019 7:43 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan political and tribal leaders will hold a large gathering known as a Loya Jirga next month to discuss negotiations with the Taliban, the president's peace envoy said Wednesday. Mohammad Omar Daudzai said in a televised speech that the gathering will aim to come up with a...

101st Airborne soldiers returning from Afghanistan

Feb. 20, 2019 4:58 AM EST

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division are beginning to return home from Afghanistan after nine-month deployments. Fort Campbell will welcome home about 500 soldiers with Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, and Task Force Lifeliners, 101st Sustainment...

Roadside bomb kills 6 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

Feb. 19, 2019 9:52 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least six civilians were killed by a roadside bomb as their vehicle was traveling through the eastern province of Laghman. Asadullah Dawlatzai, the provincial governor's spokesman, says the victims were travelling in Qarghayi district when the bomb went...

The Latest: Germany recorded more asylum requests last month

Feb. 19, 2019 9:41 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local): 3:40 p.m. German authorities say they recorded an uptick in asylum requests in the first month of 2019. The interior ministry said Tuesday that authorities received 17,051 asylum requests in January, an increase...

Exposed Chinese database shows depth of surveillance state

Feb. 19, 2019 5:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese database Victor Gevers found online was not just a collection of old personal details. It was a compilation of real-time data on more than 2.5 million people in western China, updated constantly with GPS coordinates of their precise whereabouts. Alongside their names, birthdates...

Taliban say unable to attend Pakistan talks; blame blacklist

Feb. 17, 2019 1:42 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban has postponed an unscheduled round of peace talks with the United States set for Monday in Pakistan saying "most" members of their negotiating team are unable to travel because they're on the U.S. and United Nations' blacklists. The statement Sunday offered no other...