Afghanistan claims killing an al-Qaida leader wanted by FBI

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan claimed Sunday it killed a top al-Qaida propagandist on an FBI most-wanted list during an operation in the country's east, showing the militant group's continued ...

Woman dies after falling from Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station

A woman died after falling from the Taipei Zoo Station of the Maokong Gondola line Saturday morning. According to the Taipei City Fire Department, it received an emergency call at around 11:48 a.m....

Abu Muhsin al-Masri: Afghan forces kill al-Qaeda's 'second-in-command'

Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Saturday its special unit in the province of Ghazni killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, the "second-in-command" in al-Qaeda. Al-Masri, ...

Several killed in suicide bombing at Kabul education center

A suicide bombing killed at least 13 people and injured more than 30 outside an education center in the Afghan capital Kabul Saturday. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said the explosion occur...

US suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. suicide rate fell slightly last year, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new government data. It’s a small decrease and the data is...

Japan youngster starts volunteer online message counseling

TOKYO (AP) — Suicides are on the rise among Japanese teens and that worries 21-year-old Koki Ozora, who grew up depressed and lonely. His nonprofit “Anata no Ibasho,” or “A Place fo...

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Today in History Today is Friday, Oct. 23, the 297th day of 2020. There are 69 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 23,...

Taliban rockets kill 4 civilians in northern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least four civilians were killed in their homes by militant rocket fire in northern Afghanistan on Thursday, the country's Ministry of Defense said. The ...

Trump grants clemency to five backed by ally Alice Johnson

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted clemency to five people convicted of committing drug and financial crimes, all of them cases that were pushed by prison reform advocate an...

US envoy warns new violence threatens Afghan peace process

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan warned Monday that “distressingly high” levels of violence threaten to derail ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and the ...

How Japan's mask culture may have saved lives during coronavirus

While citizens of other countries around the world struggling with the coronavirus pandemic have railed against face masks as unnecessary, ineffective or an infringement of their civil liberties, Japa...

Car bombing in Afghanistan kills 12, wounds more than 100

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bombing on Sunday killed at least 12 people and wounded more than 100 others in Afghanistan's western Ghor province, officials said. The head ...

Coronavirus exacerbates India's hunger problem

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a food shortage in India, disrupting local, regional and national food supply chains. "The food stress existed long before the start of the pandemic. It has now ...

New Zealand to vote on legalizing marijuana and euthanasia

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are poised to decide on two landmark social issues during an election Saturday: whether to legalize recreational marijuana and whether to legalize euthanasi...

California heat wave prompts power shutdowns, fire danger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 50,000 California utility customers were without power and others around the state were urged to conserve electricity Thursday amid a fall heat wave that brought another...