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Traditional wrestling continues as a Friday fixture in Kabul

Dec. 04, 2021 04:55 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Through clouds of billowing dust, two men circle each other warily before one plunges forward, grabbing his rival’s clothing and, after a brief struggle, deftly tackling him to the ground. The crowd, arrayed in a circle around them, some...

AP EXCLUSIVE: Afghan judges in Brazil still fear the Taliban

Dec. 04, 2021 00:12 AM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A female judge, Muska, was hiding with her family from newly empowered Taliban militants in Afghanistan when an apparent reading mistake 7,000 miles away helped to drastically change her life. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro opened his...

In 'Flee,' an Afghan refugee's tale in vivid animation

Dec. 03, 2021 15:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas Poher Rasmussen was 15 when a boy his same age arrived alone in his small Danish town. “He arrived all by himself and stayed with a family just around the corner from where I lived,” says Rasmussen. “We met at the bus stop every morning...

Taliban chief bans forced marriage of women in Afghanistan

Dec. 03, 2021 08:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban decreed on Friday they were banning forced marriage of women in Afghanistan, a move apparently meant to address criteria the international community consider a precondition to recognizing their government and restoring aid to the war-torn country. ...

Today in History

Dec. 03, 2021 00:06 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2021. There are 28 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 3, 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from...

Aid official: Afghanistan's crises get 'progressively worse'

Dec. 02, 2021 12:10 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is being hit by multiple crises that are “progressively getting worse,” with drought, economic collapse and displacement all pushing the population into catastrophic hunger, a senior international aid official said Thursday. The...

UN projects soaring humanitarian needs in world in 2022

Dec. 02, 2021 00:10 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations is predicting that a record 274 million people – who together would amount to the world’s fourth most-populous country – will require emergency humanitarian aid next year in countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Syria and Yemen which face a...

Action delayed on Myanmar and Afghan requests for UN seats

Dec. 01, 2021 16:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee decided Wednesday to delay action on requests by Myanmar’s military junta and Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations. The announcement by the chair of the General Assembly’s...

Review: Animated doc 'Flee' tells young refugee’s journey

Dec. 01, 2021 12:55 PM EST

Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen was 15 when he encountered a new face on a local train in his sleepy Danish town. It was the kind of place where immigrants couldn’t help but stand out, but Rasmussen noticed this kid’s style first. He had some and most people there didn’t. ...

NATO chief says mission creep, corruption hurt Afghan effort

Dec. 01, 2021 12:24 PM EST

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO became a victim of mission creep in Afghanistan as the international community upped its aims from fighting extremists to rebuilding the conflict-torn country over two decades, the military organization’s civilian leader said Wednesday. ...