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10 Things to Know for Today

Nov. 13, 2019 6:19 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS GO LIVE ON TV Two seasoned diplomats, William Taylor and George Kent, will be the first witnesses to publicly testify in the House impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump's dealings with...

Afghan capital's air pollution may be even deadlier than war

Nov. 13, 2019 4:54 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Yousuf fled with his family from his home in eastern Afghanistan eight years ago to escape the war, but he couldn't escape tragedy. In the capital, Kabul, five of his children died, not from violence or bombings, but from air pollution, worsened by bitter cold and poverty. At the...

Afghan official says Kabul car bomb blast kills 7 people

Nov. 13, 2019 2:43 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bomb detonated in the Afghan capital of Kabul during Wednesday's morning commute, killing seven people and wounding at least 10 others, officials said. The apparent target of the attack was a convoy belonging to a private security company, said Interior Minister Masoud...

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Nov. 12, 2019 11:03 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free two university professors — an American and an Australian — they abducted three years ago. At a press event...

Bomb attack kills 3 soldiers on patrol in northwest Pakistan

Nov. 12, 2019 1:38 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says a roadside bomb killed three soldiers and wounded another in a northwestern district bordering Afghanistan. The military statement Tuesday said the soldiers were on patrol in the North Waziristan region when the explosion hit their vehicle. No one immediately claimed...

Afghan official: 16 die as minivan plunges into ravine

Nov. 12, 2019 5:48 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says that 16 people died when a minivan skidded off an icy road and plunged into a ravine in snowy weather in northern Baghlan province. Safder Mohsini, the provincial council chief, says the victims were all headed to a wedding ceremony to Khost wa Freng when the...

Afghan president says 3 Taliban figures released by government in effort to have insurgents free US, Australian prisoner

Nov. 12, 2019 1:16 AM EST
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan president says 3 Taliban figures released by government in effort to have insurgents free US, Australian prisoner.

Pakistan chief of spy agency visits Afghan official in Kabul

Nov. 11, 2019 10:03 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a Pakistani delegation is in Kabul to meet Afghan authorities amid increased tensions. Monday's meeting is the first since the Pakistani Embassy closed its consular section in Kabul earlier this month, citing unspecified security concerns. Afghanistan and...

Memorial unveiled for Army soldier killed in 2006

Nov. 10, 2019 4:12 PM EST

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — An Army soldier killed during the war in Afghanistan in 2006 has been honored in Massachusetts. A bronze plaque honoring Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was unveiled Sunday at Shea Memorial Grove in Weymouth. Mayor Robert Hedlund and other local officials offered tributes during the...

Afghan presidential candidate boycotts recounting process

Nov. 10, 2019 3:39 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has unilaterally withdrawn his team's election observers from an official recount of ballots ahead of long-delayed election results. Abdullah says Sunday the results will have no legitimacy if his team's observers are not present...