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Suicide bomber targets Shiite students in Kabul, killing 48

Aug. 15, 2018 7:06 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy. The bombing, blamed on...

The Latest: White House says Turkey treated pastor 'badly'

Aug. 15, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The White House says "we won't forget" how Turkey has treated a detained American pastor, after a court rejected his appeal for release. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that Andrew...

Poland marks Army Day with parade, call for US military base

Aug. 15, 2018 1:34 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president voiced hope for a permanent U.S. military presence in his country, speaking as the nation put on a large military parade on its Armed Forces Day holiday Wednesday replete with tanks and people marching in historic uniforms. Poland is fearful of Russia's renewed...

Turkish leader talks big, but can be pragmatic in crises

Aug. 14, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The man at the center of Turkey's currency crisis and feud with the United States — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — is unleashing the same combative rhetoric that powered him through other grave challenges in his 16 years as the increasingly authoritarian leader of a key NATO...

The Latest: Turkey says it will help firms hit by turmoil

Aug. 14, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Turkey's finance minister says his government is working on steps to help banks and support companies affected by the currency crisis. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said: "We will make all kinds of...

Turkey's Erdogan vows US boycott, but diplomats resume talks

Aug. 14, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president appeared to escalate a dispute with the United States that has helped foment a Turkish currency crisis, claiming Tuesday that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods. Behind the scenes, however, diplomats resumed contact to ease tensions. Addressing a...

Key Afghan city turned into 'ghost town' by deadly battles

Aug. 13, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of people have fled four days of fierce fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban over the key provincial capital of Ghazni that has killed about 120 security forces and civilians, the defense minister and witnesses said Monday. Nearly 200 insurgents, many of them...

Turkey tries to contain crisis but currency keeps falling

Aug. 13, 2018 12:26 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's central bank took action Monday to free up cash for banks as the country grapples with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's economic policies and a trade and diplomatic dispute with the United States. The Turkish lira has nosedived over...

The Latest: Germany urges solution on Turkish prisoners

Aug. 13, 2018 9:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Germany's foreign minister says it would be in Turkey's own interest to come to an agreement with the United States and others on the release of foreign prisoners. Angered by the continued detention of an American...

Romanians stage anti-government protest for 3rd evening

Aug. 12, 2018 3:35 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Thousands of Romanians have gathered for the third consecutive evening to demand the resignation of the government. Protesters waving Romanian, NATO and European Union flags assembled Sunday evening in a square outside the government offices, where clashes with riot police left...