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President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, wave as they walk across the tarmac to board Air Force One during their departure, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is traveling to India. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump express optimism for US peace deal with Taliban

Feb. 23, 2020 1:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday he’s ready to sign a peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan if a temporary truce holds in America's longest war. “Time to come home,” he said. “They want to stop. You know, they've been fighting a long time. They're tough...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia.   The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin on Friday night, when the seven-day “reduction of violence

Afghan truce worry: 1 militant could threaten peace process

Feb. 22, 2020 3:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes for ending America's longest war hinge on maintaining a weeklong fragile truce in Afghanistan that U.S. officials and experts agree will be difficult to assess and fraught with pitfalls. What if one militant with a suicide vest kills dozens in a Kabul market? Or, if a U.S. airstrike...

Pakistan says 5 militants killed in shootout; 2 arrested

Feb. 22, 2020 3:36 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces said Saturday that five suspected militants were killed in an overnight raid in the country's northwest, and that two other militants were arrested in a separate operation. Senior counter-terrorism officer Tahir Khan said the shootout took place at a...

FILE- in this Feb. 11, 2020, photo, national army soldiers stand guard at the site of suicide attack near the military academy in Kabul, Afghanistan, A United Nations report says Afghanistan passed a grim milestone with more than 100,000 civilians killed or hurt in the last 10 years since the international body began documenting casualties in a war that has raged for 18 years. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)

UN: 100,000 civilians casualties in Afghanistan in 10 years

Feb. 21, 2020 11:50 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A United Nations report says Afghanistan passed a grim milestone with more than 100,000 civilians killed or hurt in the last 10 years since the international body began documenting casualties in a war that has raged for 18 years. The report released Saturday by the U.N....

FILE - In this May 28, 2019 file photo, Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia.   The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin on Friday night, when the seven-day “reduction of violence

US, Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal

Feb. 21, 2020 3:10 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban took effect on Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home. If successfully implemented, the weeklong “reduction in...

US-Taliban weeklong truce takes effect, setting stage for peace pact, troop withdrawals

Feb. 21, 2020 2:30 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US-Taliban weeklong truce takes effect, setting stage for peace pact, troop withdrawals.

US official: 7-day 'reduction of violence' promised by Taliban starts tonight; US-Taliban deal to be signed Feb. 29

Feb. 21, 2020 6:44 AM EST
ISLAMABAD (AP) — US official: 7-day 'reduction of violence' promised by Taliban starts tonight; US-Taliban deal to be signed Feb. 29.
U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks to The Associated Press, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Guterres said Tuesday that the coronavirus outbreak that began in China

AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses 'enormous' risks

Feb. 18, 2020 1:51 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.” Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Antonio Guterres said that “the risks...

In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks at the Munich Security Conference, in Munich, Germany. The Afghan Independent Election Commission said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that President Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

Afghan president wins vote, opponent says he's the winner

Feb. 18, 2020 12:36 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ashraf Ghani won a second term as president of Afghanistan, the country's independent election commission announced Tuesday, but his closest opponent refused to recognize the results, declaring himself winner and potentially endangering peace negotiations with the Taliban. The...

A health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child at a school in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Pakistan government launched an anti-polio vaccination campaign in an effort to eradicate the crippling disease affected children. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Bomb kills Pakistani policeman assigned to anti-polio team

Feb. 18, 2020 4:06 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bombing targeted a police vehicle in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing a policeman and wounding three others, officials said. The police were assigned to escort health workers during an anti-polio vaccination campaign in the region. No one immediately claimed...