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...

Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as US envoy visits region

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban officials say Pakistan has released Abdul Samad Sani, a U.S.-designated terrorist who served as the Afghan Central Bank governor during the militants' rule, along with a lower...

AP EXPLAINS: Pakistani Christians, an embattled minority

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The uproar surrounding Aasia Bibi — a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges and released from death row but remains at a secret location for her protection ...

Christian acquitted of blasphemy freed from Pakistan jail

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted after eight years on death row for blasphemy has been freed from jail and while an offer from the European Parliament has been made to protect her family, ...

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....

Candidate: Elections key to countering Afghan conservatism

MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan (AP) — Hameeda Danesh was locked away at age 13 and beaten daily for six months by uncles who abhorred the thought of her attending school. Now, she's running for a seat in A...

Taliban say 'general' discussion held with US special envoy

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban officials say they held "general discussions" with Washington's special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's protracte...

Pakistan's Ahmadis fearful as leaders bow to extremists

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's embattled Ahmadiyya minority enjoyed a brief moment of hope earlier this month when one of its own, a U.S.-based Princeton economist, was appointed to an economic advisory ...

Taliban say they're ready for second round of talks with US

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban say they are ready for another round of talks with the U.S., which is likely to focus on prisoner exchange, confidence building measures, and ways to move from back-door m...

New US adviser to Afghanistan raises hackles in region

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The choice of Zalmay Khalilzad as a U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan has raised some hackles in the region, with many saying the veteran diplomat's tough stance on Pakistan could hin...

Russian peace talks raise specter of shifting influence

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Vladimir Putin's Russia appears to have emerged as a player in Afghanistan after 17 years of Western involvement that has left the country no closer to peace than before. ...

IS deadly new front in Pakistan's decades-old terror war

DHABEJI, Pakistan (AP) — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in southern Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan t...

Taliban official says group spoke with US official

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A senior Taliban official says the insurgent group has held the first direct talks with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future plans for peace negotiations. ...

Khan, once a cricket star, now pious, anti-poverty reformer

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Former cricket star Imran Khan, whose political party was formally declared the winner Friday in Pakistan's parliamentary election, has promised to fight corruption and help millions ...

Khan moves from cricket star to pious, anti-poverty reformer

ISLAMABAD (AP) — As former cricket star Imran Khan claimed victory Thursday in Pakistan's parliamentary election, he has promised to fight corruption and help millions of impoverished citizens. ...