Reports: Christian acquitted of blasphemy leaves Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani media say Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row, has left Pakistan for Canada to be reunited with her daughters. ...

US watchdog: Afghans may not be ready for 'day after' peace

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan may not be ready for peace unless it formulates a strategy for re-integration of Taliban fighters into society, combating corruption and reining in the country's ...

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...

UN: Pro-government forces kill more Afghans than insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan and international forces had killed more civilians than insurgents in the first three months of the year, the U.N. announced Wednesday, the first time the deaths cause...

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...

Q&A: After marathon Afghan talks, is peace at hand?

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week with both sides citing progress toward ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, but many...

Popular support for militants complicates Pakistan crackdown

BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) — Popular support for militant groups in southern Pakistan is complicating Prime Minister Imran Khan's latest crackdown. Khan has ordered the takeover of as...

AP Explains: Pakistan-based militant group sparks tensions

ISLAMABAD (AP) — When a suicide bomber blew himself up in India's insurgency-wracked Kashmir region on Feb. 14, killing more than 40 soldiers, the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad was quick to take res...

Q&A: What's at stake as India-Pakistan tensions rise?

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan face their worst tension in years over the disputed region of Kashmir, with Islamabad saying they shot down two Indian warplanes Wednesday and ...

UN: Last year saw highest number of Afghan civilian deaths

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year than in any of the previous nine years of the increasingly bloody conflict, according to a U.N. report released Sunday. ...

Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against...

Q&A: US envoy's road to Afghan peace littered with obstacles

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is in a hurry to find a peace deal for Afghanistan that would allow America to bring home its troops after 17 years of war, but the road ahead is littered ...

Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate...