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Female soccer players evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar

Oct. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

Female soccer players were evacuated from Afghanistan on Thursday on a flight to Doha, the Qatari government said. “Around 100 footballers & their families including female players are on board,” tweeted Lolwah Al Khater, Qatar's assistant foreign minister. ...

Afghan Taliban delegation in Turkey for high-level talks

Oct. 14, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday met with a high-level delegation of Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers, officials said, the first such talks since the Taliban takeover of the country in August as U.S. forces pulled out after two decades of war. ...

Germany pays tribute to troops who served in Afghanistan

Oct. 13, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's leaders paid tribute Wednesday to its troops that served over nearly 20 years in Afghanistan, and the country's president said the German answer to the mission's disappointing end must not be “resignation and retreat” from global affairs. ...

Spain evacuates 160 more Afghans via Pakistan

Oct. 13, 2021 04:52 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s defense ministry has completed the evacuation of another 160 Afghans who had initially been left behind following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The new group joins the 83 people Spain flew into an air base near Madrid on Monday. ...

Qatar diplomat emphasizes engagement with Taliban at forum

Oct. 12, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's diplomatic point man on Afghanistan said Tuesday countries should engage the country's new Taliban rulers, warning that isolation could lead to instability and a wide-reaching security threat, as happened when al-Qaida used the country as a base to...

Afghan soldier who killed 3 Australians released by Qatar

Oct. 11, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Afghan army deserter who murdered three Australian soldiers had been released from custody in Qatar and his whereabouts were not known, officials said on Monday. The soldier known as Hekmatullah fled after shooting dead the Australian...

Spain to evacuate more Afghan workers, families left behind

Oct. 10, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain has started a new evacuation operation to extract more Afghans and their families left behind following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Spain’s Defense Ministry said Sunday that it is working with the foreign ministry on a new evacuation...

Guard unit to support resettlement operations for Afghans

Oct. 09, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Army National Guard unit is deploying within the United States to support resettlement operations for Afghan refugees. A departure ceremony was held Friday for the Belen-based 919th Military Police Company, the guard said in a statement...

US, Pakistani officials in strained talks over Afghanistan

Oct. 08, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. and Pakistani officials held difficult talks on Friday in Pakistan's capital amid a worsening relationship between Washington and Islamabad as each searches for a way forward in a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. The meeting between Washington’s deputy...

ICC judges seek UN clarification on Afghanistan rulers

Oct. 08, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges decided Friday to ask the United Nations Secretary-General for information on who represents Afghanistan at international bodies following the Taliban's sweep to power in August. The request is intended...