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Shutdown reaches Day 28 as Trump, Pelosi feud heats up again

Jan. 18, 2019 9:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her a plane to visit troops abroad. The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinkmanship, with both flexing political powers from opposite...

Khalilzad discusses Afghan peace process with Pakistani FM

Jan. 18, 2019 7:12 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Officials say U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met with Pakistan's foreign minister on the second day of his visit to Islamabad as part of efforts to find a peaceful solution to neighboring Afghanistan's 17-year war. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that during Friday's...

Former Afghan national security adviser announces candidacy

Jan. 18, 2019 4:50 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A former national security adviser has registered as a candidate for president of Afghanistan and called on the Taliban to engage in peace negotiations to end the country's 17-year war. Mohammad Hanif Atmar, of the Peace and Moderation party, announced his candidacy Friday in an...

AP Explains: Can Trump ground Pelosi's plane?

Jan. 17, 2019 10:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Belgium and Afghanistan just hours before the congressional delegation, known as a CODEL, was set to depart. The AP explains: CAN HE DO THAT? Yes, and not just because he's the commander in chief. The military...

The Latest: Trump, Pelosi flex muscle, shutdown goes on

Jan. 17, 2019 10:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:50 p.m. President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are both flexing their political powers as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled. Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on...

US peace envoy in Pakistan seeking end to 17-year Afghan war

Jan. 17, 2019 2:31 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on Thursday, the last leg of a regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated conclusion to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which would end the U.S.'s longest military engagement. Khalilzad has accelerated efforts to end the war since his...

Taliban threaten to end talks with US on ending Afghan war

Jan. 15, 2019 1:29 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban issued a statement Tuesday threatening to end contact with the U.S. even as Washington's peace envoy makes another round of the region in pursuit of a negotiated end to Afghanistan's protracted conflict before a frustrated President Donald Trump makes good on his 2016...

Taliban suicide bomber kills 4, wounds over 100 in Kabul

Jan. 15, 2019 9:16 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least four people and wounded scores when he detonated an explosive-laden vehicle late in the evening in the Afghan capital, officials said Tuesday. It was the latest in a relentless wave of near daily attacks by the Taliban, who now hold sway...

Germany detains man suspected of spying for Iran

Jan. 15, 2019 6:30 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany say an army employee has been detained on suspicion of spying for the Iranian intelligence service. The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement that the 50-year-old German-Afghan dual citizen, whose name was only given as Abdul Hamid S. in line with German...

Pakistan kills 2 men linked to 2011 abduction of American

Jan. 15, 2019 5:24 AM EST

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces raided a militant hideout in the country's east before dawn Tuesday, killing two members of the Islamic State group linked to the 2011 al-Qaida abduction of American development worker Warren Weinstein, a senior counter-terrorism official said. Weinstein,...