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FILE - In this May 3, 2019 file photo, delegates attend the last day of the Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan officials said a traditional consultative council or Loya Jirga will convene Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to decide whether the last 400 Taliban prisoners will be released as part of a peace agreement, even as its Health Ministry says half of Kabul’s residents are infected with the coronavirus. The Taliban have rejected any changes to the deal they signed in February with the U.S. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghan council to decide whether Kabul releases 400 Taliban

Aug. 6, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan officials say a traditional consultative council will convene Friday to decide whether the last 400 Taliban prisoners will be released as part of a peace agreement, even as its Health Ministry says half of Kabul's residents are infected with the coronavirus. The...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

Afghan security personnel take position on the top of a building where insurgents were hiding, in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing people in fighting overnight, a local official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan forces retake prison after deadly attack by IS group

Aug. 3, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group stormed a prison in eastern Afghanistan in a daylong siege that left at least 39 people dead, including the assailants, and freed nearly 400 of their fighters before security forces restored order, a government official said...

Afghan official says at least 21 people killed, 43 wounded in ongoing Islamic State attack targeting prison

Aug. 3, 2020 2:26 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan official says at least 21 people killed, 43 wounded in ongoing Islamic State attack targeting prison.
A wounded man receives treatment at a hospital after a suicide car bomb and multiple gunmen attack in the city of  Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. A suicide car bomb and multiple gunmen attacked a prison in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, Afghan officials said, killing at least one person and injuring dozens. (AP Photo)

Islamic State gunmen, suicide bomber attack Afghan prison

Aug. 2, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for a complex attack by a suicide car bomber and multiple gunmen against a prison in eastern Afghanistan, which Afghan officials said killed at least three people and injured 24 others. The hourslong gunbattle between Afghan...

Afghan troops kill senior Islamic State militant

Aug. 2, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's intelligence service said the country's special forces killed a high-ranking official with the local Islamic State group affiliate in an operation in eastern Afghanistan. A statement late Saturday by the National Directorate of Security said the slain militant was...

Afghan officials say Pakistani rockets kill 9, wound 50

Jul. 31, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan fired a barrage of rockets across its southwestern border, killing nine people and wounding 50 in an Afghan frontier town, Afghan officials said Friday. Pakistan said Afghan border guards fired first and blamed them for the previous night's exchange. The shooting that led...

FILE - In this March, 1, 2020, file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dashed hopes Friday, July 31, 2020 of an early start to negotiations with Taliban insurgents, announcing the final 400 Taliban prisoners whose release is a prerequisite to start talks, will remain jailed. The announcement frustrates U.S. efforts to find an end to Afghanistan’s years of relentless war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghan president: 400 Taliban prisoners to remain in custody

Jul. 31, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dashed hopes Friday for a start to negotiations with Taliban insurgents, announcing the final 400 Taliban prisoners whose release is a prerequisite to start talks, will remain jailed. The announcement frustrates U.S. efforts to find an end to...

Afghan officials: Suicide bomber kills 9 people, wounds 40

Jul. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province late on Thursday killed at least nine people and wounded at least 40, authorities said. The attack struck in the provincial capital of Pul-e-Alam and targeted a police checkpoint. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian...

Activists: 3 killed as troops open fire at rally in Pakistan

Jul. 30, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani troops opened fire on Thursday during a rally by minority Pashtun laborers demanding the reopening of a border crossing with Afghanistan, killing at least three people and wounding 13, human rights activists said. The police denied that and said the protesters attacked a...