Latest Central Asia News

Afghan official: Roadside bomb kills 2 policemen

May. 19, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a gun battle between illegal armed groups has killed at least nine people in the northeastern Takhar province. Jawad Hajri, a spokesman for the provincial governor, says seven others from the armed groups were also wounded in Saturday afternoon's gun battle...

Official: Bomb blast in western Afghanistan kills 2

May. 18, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that a bomb blast in the western province of Herat has killed at least two people, including a child. Gelani Farhad, a spokesman for the province's governor, says that 14 people were wounded in Saturday morning's attack in the Obe area, including the...

Officials: US strikes kill 17 policemen in south Afghanistan

May. 17, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. airstrikes killed 17 policemen by mistake during a battle with insurgents in the country's southern Helmand province, Afghan and U.S. military officials said on Friday. Attaullah Afghan, head of the provincial council, said the airstrikes took place around 9 p.m. local time...

The Latest: FM says Iran is committed to nuclear deal

May. 15, 2019 11:32 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 7 a.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country is committed to an international nuclear deal and criticized escalating...

Ex-US Sen. Lugar lauded for advocacy of global peace

May. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Sen. Richard Lugar's soft-spoken presence belied an influence on the global stage that was celebrated Wednesday for helping secure peace in many parts of the world. Vice President Mike Pence and Chief Justice John Roberts joined numerous other national leaders among several...

Iran foreign minister visits India amid falling oil revenue

May. 14, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi, days after India decided to follow U.S. restrictions on buying Iranian oil. India's foreign ministry said Zarif held discussions with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on issues of mutual...

Blasts rock Afghanistan's Jalalabad, killing 3, wounding 20

May. 13, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Three explosions ripped through an Afghan provincial capital, Jalalabad, killing three people and wounding another 20 on Monday. All of the casualties were believed to be civilians, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for eastern Nangarhar's governor. No one claimed...

Afghan official: gunmen kill provincial intelligence officer

May. 12, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says unidentified gunmen killed a deputy intelligence director for northern Baghlan province. The provincial official says Abdul Ghafour Mahmoud was shot Sunday while traveling to the capital, Kabul, and another intelligence agent was wounded. The official spoke...

Afghan official says female journalist shot dead in capital

May. 11, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Unidentified gunmen shot and killed an adviser to the country's parliament in the capital Kabul on Saturday, an Afghan official said. In eastern Ghazni province, at least seven children were killed when a roadside bomb exploded, according to a provincial official. Nasrat Rahimi, a...

Trump's foreign policy challenges mounting around the world

May. 10, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — New North Korea missile tests . A trade standoff with China. Fresh nuclear tensions with Iran. President Donald Trump's foreign policy challenges are mounting around the world, showing the limits of his self-touted ability to make a deal and perhaps the difficulty of focusing primarily on...