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Moon sightings, politics play a part in Muslim holiday

Jun. 4, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Muslims across the Middle East and beyond began Tuesday marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, one of the most celebrated holidays for the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, amid confusion about the start of the three-day holiday fed partly by political differences. The holiday marks the end...

Afghan president says he'll visit Pakistan to improve ties

Jun. 4, 2019 4:25 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said he will visit Pakistan on June 27 to open a new chapter in his country's uneasy relationship with its neighbor and mend ties that are often characterized by mistrust and tit-for-tat accusations. Ghani said he agreed to visit Pakistan's...

Police: Suicide car bomb hits Afghan capital, kills 4

May. 31, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bomb targeting a U.S. convoy exploded early Friday in an eastern Kabul neighborhood, leaving four Afghan civilians dead and three wounded and lightly wounding four American forces, authorities said. It was the second suicide attack in as many days to rattle the Afghan...

Afghan police official says blast at Kabul mosque kills 2

May. 24, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb exploded during weekly prayers Friday at a mosque in an eastern part of Kabul, killing two people, including the prayer leader, and wounding 16, officials said. According to Kabul police chief's spokesman, Basir Mujahid, the bomb was concealed in the microphone used to...

Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

May. 23, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from Washington. Tensions have soared in the Mideast recently as the White House earlier this month sent an...

Taliban attack on US-based aid group raises concern in Kabul

May. 9, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A brazen Taliban attack on U.S.-based aid group in the Afghan capital raised concerns Thursday among other relief organizations they could be targeted even as the insurgents held peace talks with a U.S. envoy. Authorities said Wednesday's assault on the Kabul office of Counterpart...

Afghanistan's grand council ends with call for peace talks

May. 3, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended Friday with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that starts next week. The council — known as...

Afghan grand council sets recommendations for Taliban talks

May. 2, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan grand council on Thursday agreed on several recommendations for peace talks with the Taliban, after four days of meetings in Kabul meant to hammer out a common strategy for future negotiations. President Ashraf Ghani had convened the council of more than 3,200...

Afghan women demand seat at peace talks but face resistance

Apr. 28, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — For four hours, Khadeja begged her in-laws to take her to the hospital. The skin on her face and neck was peeling. The pain was excruciating. Her husband had thrown a pot of scalding water on her face and upper body. Her head was bowed and sobs convulsed her body as she remembered...

After delays, Afghan president inaugurates new parliament

Apr. 26, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan president inaugurated the country's new parliament on Friday, almost six months since elections were held and following long delays, unresolved disputes and political bickering. The ceremony came as the Defense Ministry said the military had stormed a Taliban-run jail...