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Afghan Taliban deputy calls for reopening schools for girls

Sep. 27, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A senior member of the Taliban-run government in Afghanistan on Tuesday called on Afghanistan's new rulers to reopen schools for girls beyond the sixth grade, saying there is no valid reason in Islam for the ban. The appeal from Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the...

Taliban: Car bomb near Kabul mosque kills 7, wounds 41

Sep. 23, 2022 11:58 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bomb went off Friday as worshippers were leaving a Kabul mosque, killing at least seven people and wounding 41, including several children, a Taliban official said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a steady...

New model to enlist regular Americans to resettle refugees

Sep. 23, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When nearly 80,000 Afghans arrived in the United States, refugee resettlement agencies quickly became overwhelmed, still scrambling to rehire staff and reopen offices after being gutted as the Trump administration dropped refugee admissions to a record low. So the...

AP PHOTOS: Backbreaking work for kids in Afghan brick kilns

Sep. 23, 2022 01:07 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nabila works 10 hours or more a day, doing the heavy, dirty labor of packing mud into molds and hauling wheelbarrows full of bricks. At 12 years old, she’s been working in brick factories half her life now, and she’s probably the oldest of all her co-workers. ...

Taliban official: explosion kills 3 people in Afghan capital

Sep. 21, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An explosion in Afghanistan's capital has killed at least three people and wounded 13 others, a Taliban official said on Wednesday. According to Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief, the blast occurred in a restaurant in the...

US contractor freed by Taliban in swap for drug trafficker

Sep. 19, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years has been released in exchange for a convicted Taliban drug lord jailed in the United States, the White House said Monday, announcing a rare success in U.S.-Taliban talks since the militant group took...

UN: Exclusion of Afghan girls from high schools 'shameful'

Sep. 18, 2022 03:48 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The United Nations on Sunday called for Afghanistan's Taliban rulers to reopen schools to girls in grades 7-12, calling the anniversary of their exclusion from high school “shameful.” The U.N. said it is increasingly concerned that the policy, together with...

Declassified report shows US predictions of IS group threat

Sep. 15, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials predicted two years ago that the Islamic State group would likely regain much of its former strength and global influence, particularly if American and other Western forces reduced their role in countering the extremist movement, according to a newly...

Death toll from overnight bombing in Pakistan rises to 8

Sep. 14, 2022 02:47 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Eight people have been killed in a roadside bombing that targeted an anti-Taliban village elder's vehicle in northwestern Pakistan, police said. Saeed Khan, a senior police official in Swat, said the slain head of a village peace committee, Idrees Khan,...

Biden honors 9/11 victims, vows commitment to thwart terror

Sep. 11, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden marked the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, taking part in a somber wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon held under a steady rain and paying tribute to “extraordinary Americans” who gave their lives on one of the nation's darkest days. ...