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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...

Sri Lanka conservationists fight elephant smuggling in court

Sep. 16, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Environmentalists in Sri Lanka are challenging a court order issued earlier this month that would allow the return of 14 illegally captured wild elephants to people accused of buying them from traffickers. Rights groups and lawyers say the...

The Latest: Taliban order Afghan squatters in Kandahar out

Sep. 15, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Impoverished Afghans living in a long-abandoned military compound in the southern city of Kandahar say they’re devastated by the Taliban order to expel them from their homes. Several hundred staged a rally against the order on Monday, saying...

Sri Lankan prison minister resigns over prisoner threats

Sep. 15, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan minister in charge of prisons submitted his resignation on Wednesday following a public outcry after he allegedly threatened to kill two ethnic minority prisoners. Lohan Ratwatte, state minister of Prison Management and...

Shootout in northwest Pakistan kills 7 soldiers, 5 militants

Sep. 15, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military raided a militant hideout in the country's restive northwestern region bordering Afghanistan, triggering a shootout that killed seven soldiers and five insurgents, the military said Wednesday. The Pakistani Taliban released a...

Post-monsoon fever outbreak kills over 100 in Indian state

Sep. 15, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Infections following monsoon rains have led to a fever outbreak in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing at least 114 people in the past three weeks, health officials said Wednesday. The state’s Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh told The...

China affirms UN peacekeeping role with multinational drills

Sep. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

QUESHAN, China (AP) — China has emphasized its role in United Nations peacekeeping operations with its hosting of multinational exercises that ended Wednesday. The 10 day-long drills in the central province of Henan featured around 1,000 troops from China, Mongolia,...

The Latest: Afghan women soccer players enter Pakistan

Sep. 15, 2021 04:25 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD--- Members of Afghanistan’s women soccer team and their families arrived in Pakistan after fleeing their country in the wake of the Taliban's takeover, local media said Wednesday. It was unclear how many Afghan women players and their family members were...

Latest: Alaska's biggest hospital begins rationing treatment

Sep. 14, 2021 23:16 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s largest hospital has begun rationing care, saying it has been overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Providence Alaska Medical Center said Tuesday it will prioritize resources and treatment to those patients who have the potential to benefit...

New UN test ban chief says goal is to bring pact into force

Sep. 14, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new head of the U.N. nuclear test ban treaty organization said Wednesday his goal is to have the treaty enter into force, which would require ratification by eight countries -- the U.S., China, Iran, Israel, Egypt, India, Pakistan and North Korea. ...