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Taliban enforcing face-cover order for female TV anchors

May. 22, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Sunday began enforcing an order requiring all female TV news anchors in the country to cover their faces while on-air. The move is part of a hard-line shift drawing condemnation from rights activists. After the order was announced...

The AP Interview: New Pakistani FM seeks better ties with US

May. 20, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pakistan’s new foreign minister says the United States and his country must move beyond past tensions over Afghanistan and are entering a new engagement after years of strained relations under former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 20, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Experts: Mars ‘doorway’ just...

Afghan Taliban order women TV anchors to cover their faces

May. 19, 2022 09:37 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban rulers ordered all female presenters on TV channels to cover their faces on air, the country's biggest media outlet said Thursday. The order came in a statement from the Taliban's Virtue and Vice Ministry, tasked with enforcing the...

Militant attacks hurt Pakistan relations with Afghan Taliban

May. 19, 2022 04:49 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Faced with rising violence, Pakistan is taking a tougher line to pressure Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to crack down on militants hiding on their soil, but so far the Taliban remain reluctant to take action — trying instead to broker a peace. Last month came a...

Lawmakers reach deal to help veterans exposed to burn pits

May. 18, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional bargainers announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on legislation to boost health care services and disability benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. The agreement paves the way for passage of a bill that...

Pakistan Taliban extend truce for more talks with government

May. 18, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday said they are extending a cease-fire with the government until May 30, after the two sides held an initial round of talks hosted by the Afghan Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan. The spokesman for the militant group, Mohammad...

Watchdog: US troop pullout was key factor in Afghan collapse

May. 17, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says decisions by Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan were the key factors in the collapse of that nation's military. The new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction,...

Review finds US troops didn't violate law in Syria airstrike

May. 17, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military investigation found that American troops did not violate the law of war or deliberately cause civilian casualties in a 2019 airstrike in Syria that killed dozens of people, including women and children. It did find that the military committed procedural mistakes...

Wesley Morgan wins Colby award for 'The Hardest Place'

May. 17, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Author and journalist Wesley Morgan is this year's winner of the William E. Colby Award for military and intelligence writing. He was cited for his book “The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley." The Colby award, a $5,000...