Taliban, Ghani declare three-day cease fire for Eid holiday

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban and Afghanistan's president announced late Saturday a three-day cease-fire ahead of a major Islamic holiday that begins Sunday to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month...

Official says suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan kills 5

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province on Thursday that looked to target a military compound but exploded before its destination killed five civilians and...

Taliban say they don't have missing US contractor

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban leaders searched their ranks, including the much-feared Haqqani network, and on Sunday told The Associated Press they are not holding Mark R. Frerichs, a Navy veteran turned c...

Report gives Pakistan failing grade on human rights

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An annual human rights report released this week gives Pakistan a failing grade, charging that too little is being done to protect the country's most vulnerable, including women and c...

US calls on Afghans to set aside disputes, focus on virus

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan on Sunday called on the country's feuding leaders to set their differences aside to combat the coronavirus pandemic and advance a stalled peace agr...

Taliban say US bombing insurgents at home contrary to deal

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Washington peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad met with Pakistan’s military chief Tuesday, a day after discussing the lagging U.S.-Taliban peace deal in Afghanistan with the chief negotiator...

Child sex abuse in Pakistan's religious schools is endemic

PAKPATTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He’s just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of be...

Taliban meet with US general amid tensions over peace deal

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have met with the head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to call for an end to what they say is an increase in American attacks since a peace deal signed in February, allegati...

29 years on death row, Pakistan woman suffers mental illness

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Kanizan Bibi was 16 when she was charged with murdering her employer’s wife and five children. The police said she was having an affair with her employer, who was also arrested and la...

Pakistan seeks extradition of IS leader from Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has asked neighbor Afghanistan to extradite a leader in the local Islamic State group affiliate who was arrested in an Afghan intelligence operation in southern Afghanistan e...

Taliban warn peace deal with US near breaking point

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — The Taliban in a statement Sunday said their peace deal with the United States was nearing a breaking point, accusing Washington of violations that included drone attacks on...

Mosques stay open in Pakistan even as virus death toll rises

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Mosques were allowed to remain open in Pakistan on Friday, the Muslim sabbath when adherents gather for weekly prayers, even as the coronavirus pandemic spread and much of the country...

Taliban ready to begin cease-fires in virus-hit Afghan areas

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said Wednesday the group was ready to declare a cease-fire in areas of Afghanistan under its control if they are hit by a coronavirus outbreak. The anno...

China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak

ISLAMABAD (AP) — China has sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies to aid Pakistan in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's most populous nations, the P...

Pompeo rushes to Kabul to jumpstart flagging peace process

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Monday in Kabul on an urgent visit to try to move forward a U.S. peace deal signed last month with the Taliban, a trip that comes ...