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May 9, 2015 7:10 AM Gunmen attack Afghan cricket match, killing at least 2 and kidnapping others during assault

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan officials say gunmen killed at least two people and kidnapped others in an assault on a cricket match in a rural area near the Pakistan border. Gen. Zelmai Oryakhail, the police chief of Paktia province, said Saturday that gunmen opened fire on the match Thursday, killing a police officer and a civilian. He says five others 42

May 6, 2015 7:55 AM Afghan court sentences 4 to death for killing woman accused of burning Quran

Afghan woman beaten to death by crowd Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)An Afghan judge sentenced four men to death Wednesday in the mob killing of a woman accused of burning the Quran in March. Eight other suspects received 16-year sentences. Eighteen others were found not guilty. On March 19, a mob of male attackers beat and kicked 27-year-old Farkhunda before 87

May 6, 2015 6:16 AM Afghan judge hands down death sentences to 4 accused in mob killing of woman

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan judge has convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March. Judge Safiullah Mojadedi announced the sentences Wednesday at Afghanistan's Primary Court in Kabul as part of a trial of 49 suspects, including 19 police officers. Mojadedi also sentenced eight 38

May 5, 2015 3:04 PM Obama announces Marine general who led Afghan war effort as next Joint Chiefs chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has announced his choice of Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If confirmed by the Senate, the 59-year-old Dunford would become Obama's chief military adviser. Obama says Dunford is one of the most admired officers in our military. Dunford is a widely respected 17

May 5, 2015 12:50 AM APNewsBreak: Obama selects Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman; led Afghan war effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14, U.S. officials said Monday. The move cuts short Dunford's service as the commandant 19

May 3, 2015 7:23 PM Taliban, Afghan figures talk ceasefire but fail to agree

AL-KHOR, Qatar/PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Taliban representatives met with Afghan political figures for a second day in Qatar on Sunday, and one participant said the two sides discussed a possible ceasefire but ultimately disagreed over the continued presence of U.S. troops in the country. The closed-door talks hosted by Qatar's foreign ministry represent 44

May 3, 2015 8:43 AM Afghanistan: Taliban Offensive Forces Thousands From Homes

Afghan officials say fierce fighting between government forces and Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan has forced thousands of people to flee their homes. Meher Khuda Sabar, an official in the Refugee and Repatriation Ministry, said Sunday around 2,000 families have been displaced since the Taliban launched a surprise attack near the city of Kunduz 36

May 3, 2015 6:54 AM Afghan delegation, Taliban representatives to hold open discussion

Kabul: An Afghan delegation left for Qatar today where they will hold two days of "open discussion" with Taliban representatives aimed at ending Afghanistan's long war, according to an official. "A 20-member Afghan delegation, two from the High Peace Council, left to attend talks in Qatar on Sunday and Monday," Abdul Hakim Mujahid, first deputy of the council 173

May 2, 2015 7:56 PM Afghan Officials Meet With Taliban in Qatar

It is unclear whether meetings will lead to formal peace negotiations KABUL—Taliban representatives launched a series of meetings with Afghan government officials in the Gulf emirate of Qatar on Saturday, even as insurgents press an offensive around the country. Taliban and Afghan officials said an eight-member Taliban delegation and some Afghan officials 16

May 2, 2015 1:02 PM Qatar Says Taliban, Afghan Officials to Hold 2 Days of Talks

Afghan and Taliban officials will hold two days of "reconciliation" talks in Qatar, the Gulf nation's state news agency reported Saturday, although both sides sought to downplay expectations from the meeting. QNA did not identify the officials taking part in the talks, which it said began Saturday, citing Foreign Ministry official Yousif Al Sada. "The dialogue 20