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Officials say IS suicide bomber kills 20 in Afghanistan

Jul. 17, 2018 8:48 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, including a Taliban commander, while in southern Helmand province a government commando unit freed 54 people from a Taliban jail, according to officials. The stepped up activity in Afghanistan...

The next senior World Cup is in France, not Qatar

Jul. 17, 2018 12:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The "next" World Cup got plenty of hype in Russia. A massive cube was alight with video images of "Qatar 2022" in Gorky Park, while the ground floor of the high-end shopping mall at Red Square was devoted to displays touting the event. But apart from a social media campaign, there was little...

Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban

Jul. 17, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, U.S. officials said. That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has previously only appeared...

US open to direct talks with Taliban, officials say

Jul. 16, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, U.S. officials said Monday. That marks a tactical shift by the Trump administration, which has previously only appeared...

Germany denies Qatar quotes attributed to defense minister

Jul. 16, 2018 8:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is denying comments about Qatar attributed to the German defense minister in Arab media, saying the articles "are in large parts wrong." In an article published Saturday the Qatar News Agency cited an unidentified "local Arabic newspaper" as saying Ursula von der Leyen had spoken of a...

The Latest: Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The Interfax...

Mob lynches 1, injures 3 on child kidnapping rumors in India

Jul. 15, 2018 6:27 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in southern India have arrested nearly three dozen people for participating in the lynching of a young engineer and wounding three men, including a Qatari national, after rumors that the victims were members of a gang of child kidnappers. Police said Sunday that the victims were...

Corporations market at World Cup despite absence of US

Jul. 13, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Budweiser has a boat on the Moscow River and a disco. Coke set up an interactive sculpture-video installation in Gorky Park and entertained 5,000 guests during the monthlong tournament. Visa built a campaign around former Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Business went on at the World Cup...

The Latest: Croatia, Sweden fined $50,000 for branded socks

Jul. 13, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest from the World Cup in Russia (all times local): ___ 7:20 p.m. FIFA has fined Croatia and Sweden 50,000 Swiss francs ($49,990) each for players wearing non-approved socks in games against England. FIFA says one Croatia player "displayed unauthorized commercial branding on playing...

Young and united, England looks good as a title contender

Jul. 12, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A famous song lyric neatly describes the upbeat feeling around England's rejuvenated national soccer team. It's not "football's coming home." Instead, try the old punk rock line: "If the kids are united, they will never be defeated." The positive emotions of England's young players are...