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By the numbers: Stats that tell story of Biden's first year

Jan. 16, 2022 12:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — By some counts, President Joe Biden can lay claim to a banner first year in office. But numbers also reveal plenty of setbacks. Most in the United States got their COVID-19 vaccines, but other countries fared better. Economic growth surged; so did inflation....

After Biden's first year, the virus and disunity rage on

Jan. 16, 2022 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored...

Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead

Jan. 16, 2022 00:19 AM EST

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man held hostages for more than 10 hours Saturday at a Texas synagogue where he could be heard ranting in a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan. One of...

A closer look at the case of Aafia Siddiqui, jailed in Texas

Jan. 15, 2022 23:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who authorities say held hostages inside a Texas synagogue on Saturday demanded the release of a Pakistani woman who is imprisoned nearby on charges of trying to kill American service members in Afghanistan. The hostage incident ended Saturday night with...

The AP Interview: Taliban pledge all girls in schools soon

Jan. 15, 2022 15:35 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers say they hope to be able to open all schools for girls across the country after late March, their spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday, offering the first timeline for addressing a key demand of the international community. ...

Afghan refugee family tries to find a home in Savannah

Jan. 15, 2022 00:08 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Please note that the names of the refugees have been changed to protect their identities as well as their families who remain in Afghanistan. The article has been updated to reflect updated numbers from Inspiritus. It was around 2 a.m. on Aug. 15 when Mahdi...

Pakistan says militant attack on army post kills soldier

Jan. 14, 2022 12:43 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Militants attacked an army post Friday in Pakistan's restive northwest, bordering Afghanistan, triggering an intense shootout that killed a soldier, the military said. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. According to a military statement,...

Afghan tradition allows girls to access the freedom of boys

Jan. 14, 2022 08:29 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — In a Kabul neighborhood, a gaggle of boys kick a yellow ball around a dusty playground, their boisterous cries echoing off the surrounding apartment buildings. Dressed in sweaters and jeans or the traditional Afghan male clothing of baggy pants and long...

UN chief warns millions of Afghans are on 'verge of death'

Jan. 13, 2022 14:24 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief warned Thursday that millions of Afghans are on the “verge of death," urging the international community to fund the U.N.’s $5 billion humanitarian appeal, release Afghanistan’s frozen assets and jump-start its banking system to avert economic...

Pakistan Taliban confirm ex-spokesman's death in Afghanistan

Jan. 13, 2022 14:03 PM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday confirmed the killing over the weekend in neighboring Afghanistan of the group's former spokesman and vowed to avenge the slaying. The outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is also known as TTP, announced on Twitter...