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Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Jun. 17, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The suspect in a taxi crash near Red Square that injured two Mexican soccer fans and six other pedestrians as Russia hosts the World Cup told interrogators he fell asleep at the wheel, Moscow city police said Sunday. The police released a video of an interrogation session with a man the...

The Latest: Afghan Taliban reject cease-fire extension

Jun. 17, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Afghanistan's Taliban has rejected an extension to a three-day cease-fire coinciding with the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a nine-day extension of the cease-fire after a suicide...

Afghan bomber kills 19, Taliban rejects cease-fire extension

Jun. 17, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, killing at least 19 people in the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters, security forces and civilians celebrating a holiday cease-fire. The Taliban later rejected an extension of the...

Afghan bomber kills 21, mostly Taliban celebrating truce

Jun. 16, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 21 people and wounding another 41, most of them believed to be Taliban fighters who had gathered to celebrate a three-day cease fire marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a police official said....

Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief 'significant'

Jun. 16, 2018 3:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk described the killing of Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan as a "significant development in the fight against terrorism." Mulk made the comment in a telephone conversation Friday night...

Pakistan: Killing of Pakistan Taliban chief 'significant'

Jun. 16, 2018 12:48 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk has described the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan as a "significant development in the fight against terrorism." Mulk made the comment in a telephone conversation with Afghan...

Court rejects new hearing for ex-Russian military officer

Jun. 15, 2018 4:52 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a request for a new hearing for a former Russian military officer convicted of leading a 2009 Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In April, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of Irek...

Afghan official: US drone kills Pakistan Taliban chief

Jun. 15, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, an Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday.  In a telephone...

Gaza residents pray near Israel as Muslims mark major feast

Jun. 15, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Several thousand Gaza worshippers knelt on prayer rugs spread on sandy soil, near the perimeter fence with Israel, joining hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world Friday in marking the holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan. The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday is...

The Latest: Activists say 2 killed by Syria shelling

Jun. 15, 2018 7:59 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on Eid al-Fitr (all times local): 3 p.m. Syrian activists say two people were killed when the government shelled a cemetery where they were visiting the graves of their relatives on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Mahmoud al-Hamawi says three others were...