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After Afghanistan pullout, US seeks NATO basing, intel pacts

Sep. 18, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Against the backdrop of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, the top U.S. military officer is meeting in Greece with NATO counterparts this weekend, hoping to forge more basing, intelligence sharing and other agreements to prevent terrorist groups from regrouping and...

The Latest: Dutch foreign minister resigns over Afghanistan

Sep. 16, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Sigrid Kaag has resigned after the lower house of parliament passed a motion of censure against the government over its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover of the country. In a...

Stung by Afghan debacle, EU forges ahead with security plans

Sep. 15, 2021 05:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Stung by the swift collapse of the Afghan army and the chaotic U.S.-led evacuation through Kabul airport, the European Union on Wednesday unveiled new plans to develop its own defense capacities to try to ensure that it has more freedom to act in future crises. ...

Egypt’s leader meets with Libyan officials to push for vote

Sep. 14, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president met Tuesday with Libya’s parliament speaker and a powerful military commander as Cairo pushes for the withdrawal of foreign forces and the holding of elections as scheduled in December. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi received Speaker...

The Latest: US envoy praises Qatar for Afghanistan flights

Sep. 10, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — More than 250 foreign nationals have left Afghanistan in the past three days, says Zalmay Khalilzad, Washington’s special envoy and the architect of an often criticized deal with the Taliban. The deal signed last year provided for the safe...

UK spy chief warns Taliban takeover could fuel terror plots

Sep. 10, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan has “heartened and emboldened” extremists and could lead to the return of major “al-Qaida-style” attack plots against the West, the head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency said on Friday. MI5 Director...

From 9/11's ashes, a new world took shape. It did not last.

Sep. 10, 2021 00:40 AM EDT

In the ghastly rubble of ground zero's fallen towers 20 years ago, Hour Zero arrived, a chance to start anew. World affairs reordered abruptly on that morning of blue skies, black ash, fire and death. In Iran, chants of “death to America”...

From 9/11's ashes, a new world took shape. It did not last.

Sep. 10, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

In the ghastly rubble of ground zero's fallen towers 20 years ago, Hour Zero arrived, a chance to start anew. World affairs reordered abruptly on that morning of blue skies, black ash, fire and death. In Iran, chants of “death to America”...

Flight takes about 200, including Americans, out of Kabul

Sep. 09, 2021 23:03 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An estimated 200 foreigners, including Americans, left Afghanistan on a commercial flight out of Kabul on Thursday with the cooperation of the Taliban — the first such large-scale departure since U.S. forces completed their frantic withdrawal over a week ago. ...

Russian, Belarusian leaders advance countries' integration

Sep. 09, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Belarus said Thursday they have made significant progress on integrating their countries’ economies, including forming common energy and financial markets. The moves would bolster Belarus as it faces Western sanctions imposed...