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US downgrades Pakistan in religious freedom rankings

Dec. 11, 2018 11:47 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday placed Pakistan on its annual list of worst offenders for nations that infringe on religious freedom. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement he added Pakistan to the U.S. list of "countries of particular concern" regarding protection for...

Suicide bomber kills 4 security forces near Afghan capital

Dec. 11, 2018 1:49 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a suicide car bomber has struck a security convoy on the outskirts of Kabul, killing four security forces. Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said six other forces were wounded in Tuesday's attack. No one immediately claimed...

The Latest: Catholic pilgrims bear climate change warning

Dec. 10, 2018 4:04 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 6:35 p.m. A dozen Roman Catholic pilgrims have arrived at an ongoing U.N. climate summit in Poland after walking hundreds of miles across Europe. The pilgrims were greeted Monday by the head of the U.N. climate...

Climate group: 14 activists banned by conference host Poland

Dec. 10, 2018 12:53 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — An environmental group said Monday that at least 14 foreigners have been detained or deported by Poland's Border Guard since last week's start of the United Nations climate conference in the south of the country. Svitlana Romanko of the group 350.org said the individuals were from...

German man who fought for Taliban convicted of terrorism

Dec. 10, 2018 11:48 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A 37-year-old German man who fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan has been convicted of membership in a terrorist organization. The dpa news agency reported Monday that Thomas K. was sentenced in Duesseldorf state court to six years in prison. His last name wasn't given in line with German...

Taliban kill 8 Afghan soldiers in attack on checkpoint

Dec. 9, 2018 6:01 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked an army checkpoint in the western Farah province, killing at least eight Afghan soldiers. Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial council member, says the insurgents abducted another 10 soldiers in the attack late Saturday. Provincial...

Afghanistan suspends soccer officials amid abuse allegations

Dec. 9, 2018 5:53 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities have suspended the head of the soccer federation and five other senior officials amid allegations of sexual and physical abuse of female athletes. Jamshed Rasooli, a spokesman for the attorney general, announced the suspensions Sunday, saying the move was...

Trump picks Army chief of staff as next top military adviser

Dec. 8, 2018 3:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he wants a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation's next top military adviser. If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Army since August 2015, would succeed Marine...

Correction: Trump-Joint Chiefs story

Dec. 8, 2018 12:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about President Donald Trump's selection of his next top military adviser, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gen. Mark Milley is a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group. He is a former commander of the 10th Mountain...

Official: Roadside bomb kills 3 civilians in Afghanistan

Dec. 8, 2018 7:37 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A civilian vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb Saturday, killing three civilians in western Herat province, a provincial official said. Gelani Farhad, the provincial governor's spokesman, said the three — who were from the same family — were killed in the Guzra...