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Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home

Sep. 19, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan's capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers....

Fearful US residents in Afghanistan hiding out from Taliban

Sep. 18, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

Every night in yet another house in Afghanistan’s capital, a U.S. green card-holding couple from California take turns sleeping, with one always awake to watch over their three young children so they can flee if they hear the footsteps of the Taliban. They’ve moved...

Same goal, different paths: US, EU seek max vaccine rates

Sep. 19, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian town of Aarschot has a vaccination rate of 94% of all adults, but Mayor Gwendolyn Rutten worries her town is too close for comfort to the capital of Brussels, where the rate stands at 63%. But there’s not much she can do about it. Her hope...

Voters choose new Hong Kong electors under pro-Beijing laws

Sep. 19, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that will choose the city's leader in the first polls Sunday following reforms meant to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty. The Election Committee will select 40 of 90 lawmakers...

Emmys vow a 'good time' after bleak year; 'Crown' may rule

Sep. 19, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy Awards host Cedric the Entertainer and the show's producers promise it will be a celebration for all. But it could be much more rewarding, even historic, for some. That includes Netflix's drama “The Crown” and Apple TV+ comedy “Ted...

Australia says France knew of 'grave' submarine concerns

Sep. 19, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — France would have known Australia had “deep and grave concerns” that a submarine fleet the French were building would not meet Australian needs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday after the contract's cancellation set off a diplomatic crisis. ...

Israeli army arrests last 2 of 6 Palestinian prison escapees

Sep. 19, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces on Sunday arrested the last two of six Palestinian prisoners who escaped a maximum-security Israeli prison two weeks ago, closing an intense, embarrassing episode that exposed deep security flaws in Israel and turned the fugitives into Palestinian heroes. ...

Indonesia retrieves most-wanted militant's body from jungle

Sep. 19, 2021 01:53 AM EDT

PALU, Indonesia (AP) — The bodies of Indonesia’s most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State group and a follower, who were killed in a jungle shootout with security forces, were evacuated early Sunday to a police hospital for further investigation, police said. ...

Gunmen release 10 Nigerian students after collecting ransom

Sep. 19, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen in northern Nigeria have released 10 more students after a ransom was paid, but 21 others remain in captivity despite a pledge to release them all, officials said Sunday. The Rev. John Hayab, the chairman of the local Christian association,...

Kenneth Branagh's 'Belfast' wins TIFF People's Choice Award

Sep. 18, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical “Belfast,” a black-and-white family drama about the Northern Ireland city during the tumult of the late 1960s, on Saturday won the Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice Award, a telling indicator of Academy Awards chances. ...

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Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home

Sep. 19, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan's capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers....

Spanish island braces for possible earthquakes, eruption

Sep. 19, 2021 06:21 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The residents of Spain’s La Palma island remained on alert Sunday for a possible volcanic eruption as government authorities warned of earthquakes that could cause damage to buildings. While government experts said that an eruption is not yet imminent,...

Voters choose new Hong Kong electors under pro-Beijing laws

Sep. 19, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Select Hong Kong residents voted for members of the Election Committee that will choose the city's leader in the first polls Sunday following reforms meant to ensure candidates with Beijing loyalty. The Election Committee will select 40 of 90 lawmakers...

Gunmen release 10 Nigerian students after collecting ransom

Sep. 19, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen in northern Nigeria have released 10 more students after a ransom was paid, but 21 others remain in captivity despite a pledge to release them all, officials said Sunday. The Rev. John Hayab, the chairman of the local Christian association,...

Tropical Storm Peter forms over the Atlantic Ocean

Sep. 19, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters said Tropical Storm Peter formed over the Atlantic Ocean early Sunday, and a new tropical depression was spinning over the far eastern Atlantic. Peter was centered about 630 miles (1,015 kilometers) east of the northern Leeward Islands, the U.S....

Tropical Storm Peter has formed over the Atlantic Ocean, forecasters say

Sep. 19, 2021 04:45 AM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Peter has formed over the Atlantic Ocean, forecasters say.

The Latest: Taliban to female Kabul city workers: Stay home

Sep. 19, 2021 04:20 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The interim mayor of Afghanistan’s capital says many female city employees have been ordered to stay home by the country’s new Taliban rulers. Hamdullah Namony told reporters Sunday that only women who could not be replaced by men have been...

Australia says France knew of 'grave' submarine concerns

Sep. 19, 2021 04:05 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — France would have known Australia had “deep and grave concerns” that a submarine fleet the French were building would not meet Australian needs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday after the contract's cancellation set off a diplomatic crisis. ...

Gunmen kill constable protecting polio team in Pakistan

Sep. 19, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle Sunday shot dead a police constable guarding polio vaccination workers in rural northwest Pakistan, police said. Senior officer Khalid Suhail said the attack happened in the village of Dhal Behzadi about 75 kilometers (47...

COVID kills 6 members of Florida family in 3 weeks

Sep. 19, 2021 03:15 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For months, Lisa Wilson went door to door in Belle Glade, trying to convince people to get the coronavirus vaccine. Wilson, a longtime aide to Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, persuaded pastors to preach about the need to get...