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Security forces mistakenly kill 6 civilians in Afghanistan

May. 25, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan security forces raid against Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar province mistakenly killed at least six civilians, including a woman and two children, provincial officials said Saturday. Attahullah Khogyani, the provincial governor's spokesman, said 10 insurgents were...

Putintseva beats Zidansek at Nuremberg Cup to win 1st title

May. 25, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Top-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan defeated Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to win the Nuremberg Cup final for her first WTA singles title on Saturday. The 39th-ranked Putintseva converted her second match point to win the clay-court tournament. The Moscow-born...

Heavy flooding in Afghanistan kills 24 people in 2 days

May. 25, 2019 4:17 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Heavy flooding in Afghanistan killed at least 24 people and injured 11 others in the past 48 hours as a new wave of heavy rains swept parts of the country, Afghan officials said Saturday. The flooding affected six of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, including the capital, Kabul,...

Ceremony set for Arizona Guard unit back from Afghanistan

May. 25, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of Arizona National Guard soldiers are returning home after a year-long deployment to serve as a security force in Afghanistan. The Guard scheduled a welcome-home ceremony Sunday at its Papago Park base in Phoenix for the approximately 330 soldiers with the 1st Battalion of the...

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...

Trump considers pardons for soldiers accused of war crimes

May. 24, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has been considering pardons for several American military members accused of war crimes, including headline-grabbing cases of shooting unarmed civilians and killing an enemy captive. Trump, leaving the White House for a trip to Japan, said he...

US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

May. 24, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. The...

Kansas City veteran writes book about combat in Afghanistan

May. 24, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Paul Darling made his wife beef wellington for Mother's Day. Like anyone does in a relationship, he says that she thinks of him a certain way. "My wife has a vision of me as father and husband. I don't think she really liked seeing what I was in...

"American Taliban" John Walker Lindh is released from prison

May. 23, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. President Donald Trump reacted by...

Trade impasse: Trump pledges $16B to farmers; markets slump

May. 23, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rolled out another $16 billion in aid for farmers hurt by his trade policies, and financial markets shook Thursday on the growing realization that the U.S. and China are far from settling a bitter, year-long trade dispute. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue...