Taliban officials: 3 Taliban in Qatar for prisoner swap

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials have told The Associated Press that three Taliban prisoners released by Kabul have been flown to Qatar for a swap for an American and an Australian hostage held by t...

Sources: US envoy in Kabul negotiating hostage release

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Officials say Washington's peace envoy is in the Afghan capital Kabul trying to negotiate a prisoner exchange that would free America Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks, two prof...

Pakistan faces black list of countries financing terrorism

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan is trying to avoid getting blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force, a global watchdog, when it meets Wednesday in Paris. A report earlier this month ...

Taliban meet US peace envoy for first time since 'dead' deal

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban say they have met U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared the peace deal 'dead' a month...

With vote over, Afghanistan faces possible political chaos

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Presidential elections are over, and Afghanistan now faces a period of uncertainty and possible political chaos. Saturday's vote was marred by violence, Taliban threats and w...

Top 5 Afghan presidential candidates in Saturday's election

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The prospect of a peace deal with Taliban insurgents created an atmosphere of uncertainty in the months leading up to Saturday's presidential election in Afghanistan. Even th...

Afghan voters torn between fear, frustration, sense of duty

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Torn between fear, frustration and a sense of duty, Ahmad is undecided about defying Taliban warnings not to vote in this weekend's presidential election. H...

AP Interview: From warlord to Afghan presidential candidate

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — From American ally to U.S.-declared terrorist, and now a presidential candidate in Saturday's polls, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's past is inextricably linked to Afghanistan's volati...

Jihad, history link Taliban to al-Qaida in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban promised Washington during months of negotiations that the United States would never again be attacked from Afghan soil. Such a pledge would have included al-Qaida, which ...

Taliban in Moscow just days after Trump says talks 'dead'

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Taliban official says the insurgent group's negotiating team has arrived in the Russian capital just days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared a deal that had been nearly a ye...

Taliban want US deal, but some in bigger hurry than others

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan's Taliban leaders agreed they wanted a deal with the United States, but some were in more of a hurry than others. Taliban negotiators were at odds with t...

Taliban vows future Afghanistan won't be terrorists' hotbed

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's longest war has come full circle. The United States began bombing Afghanistan after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to root out al-Qaida fighters harbored ...

US hails talks with Taliban, denies troop withdrawal window

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. official says the latest round of talks with the Taliban __ now in their second week __ has been "very productive," while strenuously denying Washington sought a fixed...

US, Taliban scramble to rewrite draft on troop withdrawal

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban and U.S. negotiators are scrambling to rewrite a draft agreement that will outline the withdrawal of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan as well as detail a verifiable T...

Pakistan police seek to unravel networks trafficking women

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — With waves of arrests, Pakistani investigators are trying to unravel trafficking networks that convince impoverished Pakistanis to marry off their daughters to Chinese men ...