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October 5, 2017 11:18 PM Pakistan's top diplomat pushes back on U.S. claims of militant support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pakistan’s foreign minister on Thursday described as “hollow allegations” comments by senior U.S. officials and lawmakers during his visit to Washington this week that questioned Islamabad’s resolve in fighting militancy. President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking to implement its regional strategy. While U.S. officials 55

October 1, 2017 2:26 PM Official: 10 Afghan forces mistakenly killed in airstrike

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan officials say at least 10 security forces have been killed after the Afghan Air Force mistakenly dropped bombs on their checkpoint in southern Helmand province. Gul Agha Muslim, a member of the Gareshk district's local council, says another 11 were wounded in the incident Sunday. The victims were from both the Afghan police 40

September 30, 2017 7:54 AM Afghan official: 2 people killed by roadside bombs

KABUL, Afghanistan – An Afghan official says at least two people including a police officer have been killed by roadside bombs in western Herat province. Gelani Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor, said Saturday another officer was wounded when a police vehicle triggered the explosive in the Adraskan district. In a separate incident, Farhad 40

September 25, 2017 5:39 PM Pakistani cricket star Khan urges Trump to talk to Taliban

ISLAMABAD – A cricket legend who may be Pakistan's future prime minister says the United States should stop trying to destroy the Taliban and instead talk to them with help from Pakistan. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Imran Khan, considered a likely contender for premier after next year's parliamentary elections, rejected 42

September 22, 2017 10:33 AM U.S. Bungled $70 Billion Mission to Train Afghan Forces: Report

Sigar report says U.S. was ill-prepared to train local forces when war began in 2001, and problems still exist WASHINGTON—The U.S. has invested 16 years and more than $70 billion to train Afghan security forces, but the effort has been undermined by poor planning, training and oversight, a government watchdog said in a report Thursday. The 259-page report 53

September 18, 2017 5:30 PM Pakistan: Attack at Afghan border kills 1, wounds 11

CHAMAN, Pakistan – A Pakistan government official says a suicide attack has killed one civilian and wounded 12 others attempting to target a paramilitary vehicle near the Chaman border crossing with Afghanistan. Local administrator Qaiser Khan Nasir said Monday that a suicide bomber targeted the paramilitary patrol but their vehicle sped away and it was passers-by 40

September 17, 2017 9:34 AM Afghan officials say bombings kill 6 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan officials say two separate bombings have killed six civilians. Habib Shah Ansari, the provincial health director in the eastern Khost province, says a bomb went off Sunday in a computer and mobile phone market, killing at least four civilians and wounding 15 others. Another two civilians were killed in a separate bombing in the eastern 73

September 17, 2017 7:47 AM Roadside bomb kills 5 tribal officials in Pakistan

KHAR, Pakistan – A Pakistani official says a roadside bomb has killed a senior tribal government administrator and four tribal police near the Afghan border. Fawad Ali, the assistant administrator, was traveling with the police to attend a meeting in the Bajur tribal region when their vehicle was struck by the device Sunday. Anwarul Haq, another tribal 64

September 10, 2017 1:43 PM 305 Syrian migrants reach Cyprus; 313 are stopped in Turkey

Cyprus police arrested a 36-year-old man Sunday for allegedly driving one of two boats that brought 305 Syrian refugees to the Mediterranean island's northwestern coast. Police spokesman Michalis Ioannou said the 202 men, 30 women and 73 children arrived about midnight in what is thought to be the largest number of migrants to reach Cyprus in a single 75

September 7, 2017 11:06 AM The Daily 202: Trump’s triangulation shows what might have been

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are seen through a window of the Oval Office during a meeting with President Trump on Wednesday. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) THE BIG IDEA: In early 2016, as the field of Republican candidates winnowed, Bob Dole said that Donald Trump was preferable to Ted Cruz because 113