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Suicide bomber kills 9 in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber walked up to an Afghan police vehicle in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, and detonated an explosive device that killed three police and...

Afghan women fear gains could be bargained away in talks

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — For four hours, Khadeja begged her in-laws to take her to the hospital. The skin on her face and neck was peeling. The pain was excruciating. Her husband had thrown a pot of ...

Afghan women push for voice in talks, fearing loss of rights

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's women are demanding a seat at the table in negotiations over the country's future, determined to prevent the gains they have made since the 2001 fall of the Tal...

Senior government official says Afghan talks in jeopardy

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior government official says Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks are in jeopardy. The talks scheduled for Friday between Afghan and Taliban officials at the s...

Back home, Afghan veterans of Syria war seen as Iran's pawns

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — An impoverished teenager, Mehdi, joined the wave of Afghans who left their homeland, dreaming of reaching Europe to find work. Where he ended up was entirely different: On th...

Afghans recruited by Iran for Syria war return home pariahs

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — Too poor to even buy pens and notebooks for school, Mehdi left his home in Afghanistan soon after his 17th birthday and headed to Iran, hoping to make his way to Europe and f...

Afghan official: Taliban killed 33 troops, police in Helmand

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a devastating Taliban attack over the weekend on an army outpost in southern Helmand province killed 26 soldiers and seven policemen — casualties the ...

Afghan official: 3 explosions target Shiite shrine in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says three explosions have struck near a Shiite shrine and cemetery in western Kabul as people gathered there to mark the holiday of Nowruz, the Persian Ne...

Blasts in Kabul hit near ceremony attended by top officials

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say several explosions have struck outside a ceremony in Kabul attended by the country's chief executive and the former president, both of whom were unharmed...

Taliban bring top leader into talks with US

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A co-founder of the Taliban who was released from prison in Pakistan in October has been appointed head of the group's political office in Qatar as it holds negotiations with...

Afghan officials say Italian adviser survives rogue attack

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say an Italian military adviser escaped unhurt after a rogue border policeman opened fire on his armored vehicle in western Afghanistan's Herat province, not...

After 17 years, many Afghans blame US for unending war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When U.S. forces and their Afghan allies rode into Kabul in November 2001 they were greeted as liberators. But after 17 years of war, the Taliban have retaken half the countr...

AP Photos: Sanctuary or soft target? Protecting worshippers

From the Vatican's St. Peter's Square to the Great Synagogue of Sydney, armed guards provide earthly protection for worshippers as they seek out the divine. And still an unexpected noise can send a sp...

The Latest: Afghans to bury powerful Kandahar police chief

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Saturday (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Afghans...

Afghans set to vote despite Taliban threats, corruption

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans will return to the polls for parliamentary elections on Saturday, hoping to bring change to a corrupt government that has lost nearly half the country to the Taliban....