Out of India, Asia’s 4 other prospects at Cricket World Cup

Sports 05/23/19, 20:16

While India is Asia's obvious contender for the World Cup title, there are four other nations from the continent which could pose problems for highly-ranked teams.Among them, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are former World Cup winners. Bangladesh and Afghanistan are relatively new to the scene. Bangladesh has improved with ...

Was There: The roots of the ‘American Taliban’

U.S. 05/23/19, 14:45

journalist Justin Pritchard reported on the American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh's journey to the Taliban front lines. We are reprinting the story now to mark Lindh's release after nearly two decades in prison.__John Walker Lindh's journey to the Taliban front lines began five years ago in the wealthy suburbs ...

Update: Pompeo says Lindh still poses a threat to US

U.S. 05/23/19, 09:15

The Latest on John Walker Lindh's release from prison (all times local):10:00 a.m.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the early release of John Walker Lindh from federal prison is "unexplainable and unconscionable."FILE - American John Walker Lindh is seen in this undated file photo obtained Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, from ...

Afghanistan envoy briefs skeptical lawmakers on peace talks

Politics 05/22/19, 19:24

An envoy to Afghanistan was met with skepticism Wednesday on Capitol Hill as he briefed lawmakers on peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the 17-year war. Lawmakers were tight-lipped as they left the classified meeting with special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, but the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, ...

‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released

U.S. 05/22/19, 11:04

John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. But conditions imposed recently on Lindh's release, slated for Thursday, make clear ...

Army training brigade prepares for new worldwide deployments

Politics 05/08/19, 09:40

Just months after the Army's new training brigade returned from Afghanistan, its teams are preparing for a different type of deployment that will scatter them around the world. Rather than putting all 800 soldiers in one war-torn nation, the Army is expected to begin dispatching the unit's small teams separately to ...

Taliban attack aid group office in Afghan capital, 9 wounded

Asia & Pacific 05/08/19, 04:19

The Taliban attacked the offices of an international NGO in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, setting off a huge explosion and battling Afghan security forces in an assault that wounded at least nine people, officials said.Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Mayar said that at least nine Afghans were wounded in ...

Taliban say gap narrowing in talks with US

Asia & Pacific 05/04/19, 05:09

The Taliban on Saturday said the gap is narrowing in talks with Washington's special peace envoy over a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The two sides are continuing to meet in Qatar, where the insurgent movement maintains a political office.In a voice message to The Associated ...

Afghanistan’s grand council ends with call for peace talks

Asia & Pacific 05/03/19, 06:14

An Afghan grand council convened by President Ashraf Ghani ended on Friday with a resounding call for peace with the Taliban and a promise from the president to free 175 Taliban prisoners ahead of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that starts next week. The council — known as Loya Jirga — ...

Afghan grand council sets recommendations for Taliban talks

Asia & Pacific 05/02/19, 05:02

An Afghan grand council on Thursday agreed on several recommendations for peace talks with the Taliban, after four days of meetings in Kabul meant to hammer out a common strategy for future negotiations.President Ashraf Ghani had convened the council of more than 3,200 participants, known as Loya Jirga, earlier in ...

Taliban: Fresh round of talks with US peace envoy starting

Asia & Pacific 05/01/19, 03:44

The Taliban say a fresh round of talks with U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is to start in Qatar, where the religious movement maintains a political office.Khalilzad is trying to negotiate an end to Afghanistan's 17-year war, America's longest military confrontation. He was in Pakistan on Tuesday.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid ...

US military cuts back on Afghan war data

Asia & Pacific 05/01/19, 03:35

Amid a battlefield stalemate in Afghanistan, the U.S. military has stopped releasing information often cited to measure progress in America's longest war, calling it of little value in fighting the Taliban insurgency. The move fits a trend of less information being released about the war in recent years, often at the ...

US watchdog: Afghans may not be ready for ‘day after’ peace

Asia & Pacific 05/01/19, 00:29

Afghanistan may not be ready for peace unless it formulates a strategy for re-integration of Taliban fighters into society, combating corruption and reining in the country's runaway narcotics problem, a U.S. watchdog said Wednesday.The warning by Washington's Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, which monitors billions of dollars ...

Memory center takes visitors through 4 decades of Afghan war

Asia & Pacific 04/30/19, 01:09

A teary-eyed Hameed Rafi said he'll never forget the day he joined a panel of civilian war victims and family members and spoke about the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed his sister last August.Sharing his story with them in March at the Afghanistan Center for Memory and Dialogue, Rafi ...

Afghan president holds council to set agenda for peace talks

Asia & Pacific 04/29/19, 00:27

The Afghan president is hosting a grand council of some 2,500 prominent figures to agree on a shared approach to peace talks with the Taliban.But the gathering — known as a Loya Jirga — instead looks to further aggravate divisions within the U.S.-backed government, even as America makes progress with ...

Afghan women fear gains could be bargained away in talks

Asia & Pacific 04/28/19, 06:30

Afghan women are demanding a strong voice in peace talks between the government and the Taliban but are so far meeting resistance.Women's rights activists fear that both sides will bargain away their gains.In the 18 years since the fall of the Taliban, women have made important advances but still live ...

NY funeral for Marine and firefighter killed in Afghanistan

New York 04/25/19, 23:31

A U.S. Marine killed in a bombing in Afghanistan will be honored by mourners from across the country at his funeral in New York City where he was also a decorated firefighter .The casket of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman is to leave a Bronx funeral home atop a ...

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