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Kazakhstan's ex-leader rejects reports that he fled abroad

Jan. 18, 2022 08:53 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan's influential former leader released a short video on Tuesday in which he talked about the violent unrest that engulfed the ex-Soviet nation earlier this month and rejected reports alleging that he fled the country amid tensions with the current president. ...

UN: Afghan quake death toll reaches 26, including children

Jan. 18, 2022 08:19 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations on Tuesday raised the death toll from twin earthquakes in western Afghanistan the day before to 26, saying three villages of around 800 houses were flattened by the temblors. At least four people were injured and the dead included women...

Pakistani Taliban claim multiple overnight attacks on police

Jan. 18, 2022 08:08 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban targeted police in multiple attacks overnight in the capital, Islamabad, and the country's restive northwest. Three policemen and three assailants were killed in the shootouts, police and a militant spokesman said Tuesday. The first attack...

Before pullout, watchdog warned of Afghan air force collapse

Jan. 18, 2022 00:14 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Months before President Joe Biden announced the U.S.’s complete withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, Washington’s watchdog warned that the Afghan air force would collapse without critical American aid, training and maintenance. The report was declassified Tuesday....

Pakistani policeman, 2 gunmen killed in shootout in capital

Jan. 17, 2022 14:36 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two gunmen opened fire at police officers manning a roadside checkpoint in the capital, Islamabad, on Monday night, triggering a shootout that killed an officer and both assailants, police said. Two policemen were also wounded in the attack near a market, the...

Twin earthquakes in western Afghanistan kill at least 22

Jan. 17, 2022 13:54 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two earthquakes rattled Afghanistan's western Badghis province along the border with Turkmenistan on Monday afternoon, killing at least 22 people, a local official said. There were fears the death toll could rise further as the first rescuers reached some...

By the numbers: Stats that tell story of Biden's first year

Jan. 16, 2022 12:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — By some counts, President Joe Biden can lay claim to a banner first year in office. But numbers also reveal plenty of setbacks. Most in the United States got their COVID-19 vaccines, but other countries fared better. Economic growth surged; so did inflation....

After Biden's first year, the virus and disunity rage on

Jan. 16, 2022 12:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the inaugural platform, President Joe Biden saw American sickness on two fronts — a disease of the national spirit and the one from the rampaging coronavirus — and he saw hope, because leaders always must see that. “End this uncivil war,” he implored...

Hostages safe after Texas synagogue standoff; captor dead

Jan. 16, 2022 00:19 AM EST

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man held hostages for more than 10 hours Saturday at a Texas synagogue where he could be heard ranting in a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army officers in Afghanistan. One of...

A closer look at the case of Aafia Siddiqui, jailed in Texas

Jan. 15, 2022 23:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who authorities say held hostages inside a Texas synagogue on Saturday demanded the release of a Pakistani woman who is imprisoned nearby on charges of trying to kill American service members in Afghanistan. The hostage incident ended Saturday night with...