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Pakistan army completes 90% of fence along Afghan border

Aug. 03, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

TORKHAM, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s military said Tuesday it has completed 90% of a fence being constructed along the border with Afghanistan, vowing to complete the project this summer. Pakistan says it is constructing the fence to prevent cross-border militant...

Taliban take much of provincial capital in south Afghanistan

Aug. 03, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban pressed ahead with their advances in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, capturing nine out of 10 districts of the Helmand provincial capital, residents and officials said. Afghan government forces launched airstrikes, backed by the U.S., in a desperate...

Pakistani police say polio team attacked, policeman killed

Aug. 02, 2021 03:39 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on Monday shot and killed a police officer assigned to protect a polio vaccination team in northwestern Pakistan, an official said. It was the third attack in two days on Pakistani policemen assigned to protect polio workers. The deadly...

Refugees pushed to back of the line amid vaccine shortages

Aug. 02, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Salimullah, a Rohingya refugee, has been living in the Indian capital of New Delhi since 2013 when he fled violence in Myanmar. Stateless, and now homeless after a fire razed his camp, the 35-year-old lives in a tent with as many as 10 other people at a time. ...

For US teen Buddhist lama, it’s faith, school, football

Aug. 01, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — In most ways, Jalue Dorje is a typical American teen — he grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, loving football, Pokémon and rap music. Yet a few years from now, he’s expecting to say goodbye to his family and homeland and join a...

Police guarding polio vaccine teams attacked in Pakistan

Aug. 01, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer returning home after security duty with polio vaccination workers in northwest Pakistan, police said. The killing came during one of two attacks Sunday on police providing security for...

A 'sense of achievement' for young Pakistani who summited K2

Aug. 01, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A young mountaineer who last week scaled the second-highest mountain on earth, said Sunday he felt a “sense of achievement” as he stood atop the K2 summit and hoisted the Pakistani flag. Shehroz Kashif, 19, who hails from the eastern city of...

The Latest: Navajo nation reports rise in virus cases

Jul. 31, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported 25 additional COVID-19 cases as officials said some tribal members are foregoing needed precautions to ward off spread of the coronavirus. “A lot of the new cases we are seeing on the Navajo Nation are due to...

China, India miss UN deadline to update emissions targets

Jul. 31, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — China and India have missed a U.N. deadline to submit fresh plans for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions in time for the global body to include their pledges in a report for governments at this year's global climate summit, officials said Saturday. The...

UAE sends 6 Gitmo detainees to Yemen amid concerns

Jul. 31, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has sent six Yemeni detainees who were first held at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and then in the Gulf Arab federation, to their home nation of Yemen, the families of the men and a government official said Thursday. The...