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. ...

Ex-cricket star may be on the verge of win in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — He's a thrice-married playboy who hangs out with Mick Jagger. But he's also an Islamist who has kept company with a cleric and spiritual adviser to many in Afghanistan's Taliban movem...

Charges of rigging, intimidation mar Pakistan campaign

ISLAMABAD (AP) — As Pakistan prepares to make history Wednesday by electing a third straight civilian government, rights activists, analysts and candidates say the campaign has been among its dirtiest...

In Pakistan's elections, minorities face daunting challenge

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's minorities are looking for better representation and a voice that will speak up for them in an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in this Muslim-majority nation ahead of pa...

Officials: In policy shift, US open to meeting with Taliban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war, U.S. officia...

US open to direct talks with Taliban, officials say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the U.S. is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the militant group and the Afghan government to end 17 years of war. ...

Radicals, extremists campaign ahead of Pakistan elections

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan is seeing an unprecedented number of extremists and militant sectarian groups — even an international terror figure with a $10 million U.S.-offered bounty on his h...

Pakistan's media faces threats, abductions ahead of vote

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — When Pakistan's military spokesman held a press conference earlier this month on emerging threats, Matiullah Jan, a journalist who has written critically of the judiciary a...

Pashtun rights group accuses Pakistan army of abuses

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani human rights group that has accused the military of widespread abuses as it battles Islamist militants in Pakistan's rugged border region with neighboring Afghani...