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Lightning, rains kill 49 in Pakistan as authorities declare a state of emergency in the southwest

Apr. 15, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Lightning and heavy rains have killed at least 49 people across Pakistan in the past three days, officials said Monday, as authorities in the country's southwest declared a state of emergency. Some deaths occurred when lightning struck farmers harvesting wheat....

Review says Abbey Gate bombing wasn't preventable, refutes claims troops sighted the would-be bomber

Apr. 15, 2024 13:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The suicide bombing at the Kabul airport that killed U.S. troops and Afghans in August 2021 was not preventable, and the “bald man in black” spotted by U.S. service members the morning of the attack was not the bomber, according to a new review by U.S. Central Command. ...

Heavy rains set off flash floods, killing 33 people in Afghanistan

Apr. 14, 2024 20:29 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavy flooding from seasonal rains in Afghanistan has killed at least 33 people and injured 27 others in three days, a Taliban spokesman said Sunday. Abdullah Janan Saiq, the Taliban’s spokesman for the State Ministry for Natural Disaster Management, said Sunday...

Today in History: April 13, Apollo 13 damaged by explosion

Apr. 13, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 13, the 104th day of 2024. There are 262 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first Black performer to win an Academy Award for best actor or best...

Wife of Julian Assange says Biden's comments mean case could be moving in the right direction

Apr. 11, 2024 20:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The wife of Julian Assange said Thursday her husband’s legal case “could be moving in the right direction” after President Joe Biden confirmed the U.S. may drop charges against the imprisoned WikiLeaks founder. It came as supporters in several cities rallied to...

Afghanistan's Taliban leaders issued different messages for Eid. Experts say that shows tensions

Apr. 11, 2024 14:28 PM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Messages by two influential Taliban leaders in Afghanistan this week showed tensions between hardliners and more moderate elements who want to scrap harsher policies and attract more outside support, experts said Thursday. The messages for Eid al-Fitr...

Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr in the shadow of Gaza's misery

Apr. 10, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday Wednesday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. But events were overshadowed by the worsening crisis in Gaza and Israel’s expected military offensive in Rafah city after six months of war. “We...

A search is underway in Pakistan for attackers who ambushed a police car, killing 2 and injuring 2

Apr. 06, 2024 11:23 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A search was underway in Pakistan’s northwest after gunmen ambushed and opened fire on a police vehicle, killing two people and injuring another two, an official said Saturday. The assault took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders...

Reclusive Taliban leader releases Eid message urging officials to set aside their differences

Apr. 06, 2024 07:53 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban's reclusive supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada urged his officials to set aside their differences and serve Afghanistan properly, according to a written statement released Saturday ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan. Public...

Family and friends recall dedication of World Central Kitchen aid workers killed in Gaza

Apr. 04, 2024 03:01 AM EDT

Israeli airstrikes that killed seven aid workers in Gaza reverberated around the world, as friends and relatives mourned the losses of those who were delivering food to besieged Palestinians with the charity World Central Kitchen. Killed were three British nationals, an Australian, a...