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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani holds up the resolution on the last day of an Afghan Loya Jirga or traditional council, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. The council concluded Sunday with hundreds of delegates agreeing to free 400 Taliban members, paving the way for an early start to negotiations between Afghanistan's warring sides. (AP Photo)

Afghan council frees Taliban prisoners to set up peace talks

Aug. 9, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional Afghan council concluded Sunday with hundreds of delegates agreeing to free 400 Taliban members, paving the way for an early start to negotiations between Afghanistan's warring sides. The declaration calls for an immediate start to negotiations and a cease-fire. The...

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, attends an Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The traditional council opened Friday in the Afghan capital to decide the release of a final 400 Taliban - the last hurdle to the start of negotiations between Kabul’s political leadership and the Taliban in keeping with a peace deal the United States signed with the insurgent movement in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Traditional Afghan council meets on release of 400 Taliban

Aug. 7, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional council met Friday in Kabul to decide whether to release a final 400 Taliban prisoners, the last hurdle to negotiations between Afghanistan’s political leadership and the Taliban under a peace deal the insurgents signed with the United States earlier this...

A Kashmiri cycles past a barricade set up as road blockade as a paramilitary soldier stands guard on the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy, in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Last year on Aug. 5, India’s Hindu-nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped Jammu-Kashmir of its statehood and divided it into two federally governed territories. Late Tuesday, authorities lifted a curfew in Srinagar but said restrictions on public movement, transport and commercial activities would continue because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

UN discusses Kashmir for 3rd time since India ends statehood

Aug. 6, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council discussed disputed Kashmir at Pakistan's request Wednesday for the third time since India’s Hindu nationalist government decided to end the Muslim-majority region’s semi-autonomy a year ago. The U.N.’s most powerful body did not take any...

Afghan security personnel take position on the top of a building where insurgents were hiding, in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing people in fighting overnight, a local official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan forces retake prison after deadly attack by IS group

Aug. 3, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group stormed a prison in eastern Afghanistan in a daylong siege that left at least 39 people dead, including the assailants, and freed nearly 400 of their fighters before security forces restored order, a government official said...

FILE - In this March, 1, 2020, file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dashed hopes Friday, July 31, 2020 of an early start to negotiations with Taliban insurgents, announcing the final 400 Taliban prisoners whose release is a prerequisite to start talks, will remain jailed. The announcement frustrates U.S. efforts to find an end to Afghanistan’s years of relentless war. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Afghan president: 400 Taliban prisoners to remain in custody

Jul. 31, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani dashed hopes Friday for a start to negotiations with Taliban insurgents, announcing the final 400 Taliban prisoners whose release is a prerequisite to start talks, will remain jailed. The announcement frustrates U.S. efforts to find an end to...

Afghan officials: Suicide bomber kills 9 people, wounds 40

Jul. 30, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province late on Thursday killed at least nine people and wounded at least 40, authorities said. The attack struck in the provincial capital of Pul-e-Alam and targeted a police checkpoint. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian...

FILE - In this March 9, 2020 file photo, Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad attends the inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Khalilzad is heading back to the region in efforts to jump-start negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The trip comes as the Taliban offered a conciliatory message ahead of major Muslim holiday. The Taliban leader says they do not seek to monopolize power in a future political makeup of Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Taliban to halt military operations over 3-day Eid holiday

Jul. 29, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban announced they won't carry out military operations in Afghanistan for three days during the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha that starts this weekend. In a statement Tuesday promising a brief respite to the fighting, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed said commanders have been...

A demonstrator shouts slogans using a bullhorn next to a group of military veterans during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

US attorney: Feds will stay in Portland until attacks end

Jul. 27, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. militarized officers will remain in Portland until attacks on a federal courthouse cease, a top official said Monday after another night of violence. And more officers may soon be on the way. “It is not a solution to tell federal officers to leave when there continues to...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, Dec. 9 2019, a Ukrainian soldier takes position on the front line at the town of Novoluhanske in the Donetsk region, Ukraine.   Ukrainian and rebel forces in war-torn eastern Ukraine have started preparing for a “full and comprehensive” ceasefire scheduled to begin at midnight on Monday July 27, 2020. Rebel officials said Sunday they have instructed their troops about the ceasefire and issued a decree banning weapon use, while Ukraine's president said that if upheld, it would “pave the way for implementing other clauses” of the Minsk peace deal. (AP Photo/Vitali Komar, FILE)

Cease-fire in war-torn eastern Ukraine to begin at midnight

Jul. 26, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and rebel forces in war-torn eastern Ukraine have started preparing for a “full and comprehensive” cease-fire scheduled to begin at midnight, a move that officials hope can lead to more steps to resolve the 6-year-old conflict. Rebel officials said Sunday they...

Abdul Aziz, who was injured when shrapnel from an Indian mortar wounded his arm, talks to journalists in Chiri Kot sector near the Line of Control, that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Villagers living along a highly militarized frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir have accused India of “intentionally targeting” civilians, but they are vowing that they would never leave their areas. Villagers say the fear of death is no longer present in their hearts after spending so many years in a state of shock and uncertainty. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Villagers say India targets civilians in Pakistan Kashmir

Jul. 22, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

CHIRIKOT, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani villagers living along a highly militarized frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir accused India on Wednesday of intentionally targeting civilians, but they vowed never to leave. Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over the disputed region since...