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The photos in this combo, released by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, show the three National Guard members killed when a helicopter crashed in Mendon, NY, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. They are, from left: Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda, age 54, from Rochester, NY; Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian Koch, age 39, from Honeoye Falls, NY; and Chief Warrant Officer Two Daniel Prial, age 30, from Rochester, NY. (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs via AP)

3 dead in military helicopter crash were experienced pilots

Jan. 22, 2021 10:48 AM EST

MENDON, N.Y. (AP) — The three National Guard members killed when a helicopter crashed in an upstate New York field this week were experienced pilots with past deployments to Afghanistan, officials said Friday. Killed in the crash were Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda, 54, of Rochester, Chief Warrant...

Albanian soldier dies in Afghanistan peacekeeping mission

Jan. 20, 2021 5:22 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday reported the death of a soldier in Afghanistan, the second from the tiny Western Balkan country to die during the international peacekeeping mission. The soldier, identified as Xhevahir Jazaj, died Tuesday night at 1810 GMT (1:10 p.m....

In this Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, file photo, Rohingya refugee children push each other to receive a packet of Khichdi, made from rice and lentils, at a food distribution centre in Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. United Nations agencies are warning that more than 350 million people in the Asia-Pacific are going hungry as the coronavirus pandemic destroys jobs and pushes food prices higher. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

UN: Pandemic, surging food prices leave many in Asia hungry

Jan. 19, 2021 11:35 PM EST

United Nations agencies are warning that more than 350 million people in the Asia-Pacific region are going hungry as the coronavirus pandemic destroys jobs and pushes food prices higher. The report issued Wednesday by four agencies says the pandemic is making it difficult for 1.9 billion people to afford healthy...

An internally displaced girl poses for photograph outside her temporary home in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Half of war-ravaged Afghanistan’s population is at risk of not having enough food to eat, including around 10 million children, Save the Children, a humanitarian organization said Tuesday. The group called for $3 billion in donations to pay for assistance in 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Group: Billion in aid needed to help Afghan kids in 2021

Jan. 19, 2021 6:44 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, a humanitarian organization said Tuesday and called for $1.3 billion in new funds for aid. Just over 18 million Afghans, including 9.7 million children, are badly in need of...

Afghan firefighters work at the site of a bombingh attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. A roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan's capital Sunday, killing at least a few people in a vehicle, the latest attack to take place even as government negotiators are in Qatar to resume peace talks with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan officials: Taliban attacks, violence kills dozens

Jan. 19, 2021 6:26 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A wave of Taliban attacks and violence has killed dozens across Afghanistan, even as talks are underway between the government and the insurgents in Qatar, officials said Tuesday. A statement from the defense ministry said four army soldiers were killed late Monday night in...

Group: Angry mob targets radio station in north Afghanistan

Jan. 19, 2021 4:33 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An angry mob ransacked a local radio station in northern Afghanistan last week after a mosque imam incited the attackers, claiming loud music played by the station had interfered with his prayer service, an international journalists group said Tuesday. The International...

Pakistani raid kills Taliban suspected of slaying of troops

Jan. 18, 2021 5:08 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces raided a hideout Monday in a former insurgent stronghold in the country’s northwest and killed two Taliban fighters, including one suspected of involvement in an October attack that killed six soldiers, the military said. A third suspect was...

An Afghan man sweeps blood after Gunmen fired in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. Gunmen fired on a car in northern Kabul on Sunday, killing two women judges who worked for Afghanistan's high court and wounding the driver, a court official said. It was the latest attack in the Afghan capital during peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government officials in Qatar. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Official: Gunmen kill two women judges in Afghan capital

Jan. 17, 2021 3:02 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen fired on a car in northern Kabul on Sunday, killing two women judges who worked for Afghanistan's high court and wounding the driver, a court official said. It was the latest attack in the Afghan capital during peace talks between Taliban and Afghan government officials in...

Afghan security officers inspect the site of a bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. A sticky bomb attached to an armored police Land Cruiser SUV exploded Saturday in the western part of the capital, Kabul, killing few policemen and wounding another, Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Official: 2 insider attackers kill 12 Afghan militiamen

Jan. 16, 2021 4:53 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least two members of an Afghan militia opened fire on their fellow militiamen in the western Herat province, killing 12, in what provincial police on Saturday described as an insider attack. Herat police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said the attackers fled with the slain...

President-elect Joe Biden leaves after speaking at an event at The Queen theater, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Trump's presidency not just a blip in US foreign policy

Jan. 16, 2021 1:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to scrap President Donald Trump’s vision of “America First” in favor of “diplomacy first” will depend on whether he's able to regain the trust of allies and convince them that Trumpism is just a blip in the annals...