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Afghan Hazaras being killed at school, play, even at birth

Jun. 11, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Just running errands in the mainly Hazara neighborhoods of west Kabul can be dangerous. One day last week, Adila Khiari and her two daughters went out to buy new curtains. Soon after, her son heard that a minibus had been bombed — the fourth to be blown up in...

US begins shifting Afghan combat operations outside country

Jun. 10, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has already begun conducting combat operations and surveillance in Afghanistan from outside the country's borders, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress on Thursday, as the troop withdrawal continues. But Austin declined to...

Hostage advocates concerned by US pullout from Afghanistan

Jun. 09, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for Americans held hostage overseas are raising concerns that the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan will make it harder to bring home captives from the country. An annual report from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, released...

US pullout from Afghanistan half done, but questions remain

Jun. 08, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan is more than half done, and U.S. officials say that while it could be completed by July 4, the final exit of equipment and troops more likely will be later in the summer. As early as this week, the top U.S....

Putin confirms Russian exit from overflight treaty

Jun. 07, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a bill to withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities, following the U.S. exit from the pact. The bill was endorsed by Russian lawmakers after U.S. officials...

China urges closer Afghanistan ties as US withdrawal looms

Jun. 04, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is urging closer security and economic cooperation with Afghanistan in an apparent effort to bolster its influence in the region as the U.S. and its allies prepare to withdraw their forces from the country. The official Xinhua News Agency reported...

Russian upper house votes to exit from overflight treaty

Jun. 02, 2021 04:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian parliament's upper house voted Wednesday to withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit from the treaty. The vote comes after U.S. officials told Moscow last month that...

Germany, UN to host conference on Libya in Berlin on June 23

Jun. 01, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the United Nations plan to host a conference on Libya this month in Berlin, a gathering that aims to bring together powers with interests in the North African country and its transitional government. The agenda for the June 23 conference...

NATO chief says Afghan exit going well as 10 die in attacks

Jun. 01, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the military organization’s pullout from Afghanistan is going well, as at least six people were killed Tuesday in a series of attacks that plunged the country's capital, Kabul, into darkness. NATO has...

Macron suggests France may pull out troops from Mali

May. 31, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday suggested France will pull troops from Mali if the country’s institutional instability persists and inhibits the fight against Islamic extremists. Macron told a news conference that “our priority in Mali is...