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The AP Interview: Don't isolate the Taliban, Pakistan urges

Sep. 23, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Be realistic. Show patience. Engage. And above all, don't isolate. Those are the pillars of an approach emerging in Pakistan to deal with the fledgling government that is suddenly running the country next door once again — Afghanistan's resurgent, often-volatile...

US special envoy to Haiti resigns over migrant expulsions

Sep. 23, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

The Biden administration’s special envoy to Haiti resigned in protest of "inhumane" large-scale expulsions of Haitian migrants to their homeland as it is wracked by civil strife and natural disaster, U.S. officials said Thursday. Daniel Foote was appointed to the...

Migrant camp along Texas border shrinks as removals ramp up

Sep. 23, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico (AP) — A camp where more than 14,000 migrants had waited along the Texas border just days ago was dramatically smaller Thursday, while across the river in Mexico, Haitian migrants in a growing camp awoke surrounded by security forces as a helicopter thundered overhead....

Top Dems: We have framework to pay for $3.5T bill; no detail

Sep. 23, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional Democrats have agreed to a “framework" to pay for their huge, emerging social and environment bill, top Democrats said Thursday, but they offered no details and the significance was unclear. Senate Majority Leader...

CDC advisers try to work out the details on booster shots

Sep. 23, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

With booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine now authorized in the U.S., government advisers reconvened on Thursday to tackle the most contentious question yet: Exactly who should roll up their sleeves right away? Late Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration...

Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return

Sep. 23, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public. ...

The jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself is crumbling

Sep. 23, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Inside the notorious federal jail in Lower Manhattan, small chunks of concrete fall from the ceiling. Freezing temperatures force inmates to stuff old coronavirus face masks into vents to try to stop the cold air. One cell is off-limits because the door...

Boy Scouts' bankruptcy creates rift with religious partners

Sep. 23, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid the Boy Scouts of America’s complex bankruptcy case, there is worsening friction between the BSA and the major religious groups that help it run thousands of scout units. At issue: the churches’ fears that an eventual settlement — while protecting the BSA from...

Tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement

Sep. 23, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming more assertive in their approach toward a rising...

Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now

Sep. 23, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — There was a time not long ago when uprisings and wars in the Arab world topped the agenda at the U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York. With most of those conflicts in a stalemate, the world’s focus has shifted to more daunting global challenges...

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Arizona nurse shortage sidelines non-COVID patient transfers

Sep. 23, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An ongoing nursing shortage in Arizona will likely keep non-COVID-19 patients from quickly getting transferred to more equipped hospitals. state health officials this week rejected a request to expand the state “surge line,” a call-in system to find...

Northern Idaho community college president terminated

Sep. 23, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The board of trustees of a northern Idaho community college has fired the school’s president in what one board member who opposed the move called 100% retaliation. The board with a 3-2 vote Wednesday fired Rick MacLennan, ending his...

Migrant camp along Texas border shrinks as removals ramp up

Sep. 23, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico (AP) — A camp where more than 14,000 migrants had waited along the Texas border just days ago was dramatically smaller Thursday, while across the river in Mexico, Haitian migrants in a growing camp awoke surrounded by security forces as a helicopter thundered overhead....

Bull that escaped Long Island farm captured after 2 months

Sep. 23, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

MORICHES, N.Y. (AP) — A bull that escaped from a farm on Long Island and eluded searchers for two months has been captured, authorities said Thursday. The 1,500-pound (680-kilogram) bull, nicknamed Barney or Barnie, was corralled late Wednesday by staff from Skylands...

High Orleans County cases blamed on lower vaccination rate

Sep. 23, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state officials are attributing the high number of COVID-19 cases in Orleans County in the Northeast Kingdom in part to the lower vaccination rate in the area. The county is reporting scattered COVID-19 outbreaks and a high degree of...

Remains of North Carolina World War II soldier identified

Sep. 23, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An agency which accounts for missing U.S. soldiers said Thursday it has accounted for a North Carolina man who served in World War II and disappeared during a battle. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a news release Thursday that it...

Muti extends to 2022-23 as Chicago Symphony music director

Sep. 23, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Conductor Riccardo Muti has extended his contract as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by one year through the 2022-23 season. The 80-year-old Italian became music director of the CSO in 2010, succeeding Daniel Barenboim. ...

For many Haitian migrants, journey to Texas started online

Sep. 23, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — For the final leg of his journey from Chile to the United States, Haitian migrant Fabricio Jean followed detailed instructions sent to him via WhatsApp from his brother in New Jersey who had recently taken the route to the Texas border. His brother...

Kaul slams GOP election investigation, calls for gun laws

Sep. 23, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul on Thursday accused Republicans of chasing conspiracy theories with a $680,000 taxpayer-funded investigation into the 2020 election instead of passing gun control measures polls have shown have broad public support. ...

Its relevance at stake, UN reaches toward a new generation

Sep. 23, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

At the United Nations this week, the pandemic-era rules of engagement for General Assembly week are strict. Entourage sizes are tightly regulated, and there are no exceptions for kings, presidents or other “excellencies.” Yet somehow, in the middle of it all, the U.N. made room to fully...