- Young divers, wounded vets join to restore coral in the Keys Updated: Aug-01-15 1:14 am
BIG PINE KEY, Florida - With military precision, divers Bobby Dove and Billy Costello zip-tied a staghorn coral fragment to a 3-inch nail driven into Heroes Reef a couple of weeks ago in 25 feet of water south of Big Pine Key.
- Analysis: Afghan govt hopes to divide and conquer Taliban Updated: Jul-31-15 9:19 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - The new leader of the Afghan Taliban faces the twin challenges of bringing together an insurgency that he ran for years under another man's name and uniting a fractured movement that has seen fighters desert for more extreme groups such as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Afghan government believes it can seize on the Taliban leadership crisis it has created by announcing that Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years to further weaken the insurgency.
- White House says former Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead Updated: Jul-31-15 8:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House says U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead, and says his demise "represents a chance for yet more progress on the path to a stable, secure Afghanistan."
- Watchdog groups quick to criticize IOC over Beijing in 2022 Updated: Jul-31-15 1:32 pm
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Beijing bid delegation had no sooner finished their congratulatory hugs and handshakes after being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics than criticism from human rights groups over the IOC's decision began to pour in.
- Golovkin vs Lemieux in title fight Oct. 17 in New York Updated: Jul-31-15 12:51 pm
NEW YORK - Rising star Gennady Golovkin will meet Canada's David Lemieux in a middleweight title unification fight Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden, promoters announced Friday.
- Afghan Taliban praise new leader as rift in ranks appears Updated: Jul-31-15 10:16 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of his successor, just hours after the group issued a statement praising their new leader as one of the late chief's most "trusted" associates.
- Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years Updated: Jul-31-15 10:13 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it - and in the span of just 14 years.
- Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid fails Updated: Jul-31-15 8:30 am
ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened.
- Shaw Air Force Base site of command change for 9th Air Force Updated: Jul-31-15 4:10 am
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, South Carolina - Maj. Gen. Mark Kelly takes command of the 9th Air Force in a ceremony scheduled for Shaw Air Force Base.
- Chinese vice premier, Kazakh prime minister head delegations Updated: Jul-31-15 12:00 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov will head the Almaty delegation and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will lead the Beijing team in the final presentations to the IOC ahead of the vote for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
- Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's Taliban Updated: Jul-30-15 6:43 pm
Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban's leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan.
- US judge rejects legal challenge from Guantanamo detainee Updated: Jul-30-15 5:42 pm
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay detainee who said his imprisonment was unlawful now that President Barack Obama has declared an end to hostilities in Afghanistan.
- Unusual terror case going to trial in US court in Virginia Updated: Jul-30-15 5:14 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect.
- Afghan official: Drone strike kills 20 members of IS group Updated: Jul-30-15 6:16 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group.
- Senate confirms Obama's pick for Joint Chiefs chairman Updated: Jul-29-15 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Taliban leader Mullah Omar, reclusive in life and death Updated: Jul-29-15 6:19 pm
- Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago Updated: Jul-29-15 6:13 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital - an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country's fragile peace process.
- Q&A: Who is the Taliban's reclusive leader Mullah Omar? Updated: Jul-29-15 8:08 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - Here are some questions and answers about Mullah Mohammed Omar:
- Japan-based advertising firm wins Olympic TV rights in Asia Updated: Jul-29-15 3:56 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The International Olympic Committee has awarded exclusive Olympic broadcast rights in 22 Asia-Pacific countries to Japan-based advertising agency Dentsu Inc.
- Star athletes pitch for Beijing, Almaty ahead of 2022 vote Updated: Jul-29-15 2:55 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Former NBA star Yao Ming and Sochi Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Denis Ten differ in height by exactly two feet. The towering basketballer is representing Beijing's bid for the 2022 Olympics, and the diminutive figure skater is boosting the bid from Almaty, Kazakhstan.
- Car bombing kills 2 civilians in northern Afghanistan Updated: Jul-29-15 2:28 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - A police official says a car bombing in northern Afghanistan has killed two civilians and wounded 11.
- Pakistan to host second round of Kabul-Taliban talks Updated: Jul-28-15 11:04 am
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is finalizing preparations to host the second round of landmark peace talks between Afghan government officials and the Taliban later this week, two Pakistani officials said Tuesday.
- Beijing bid faces same old questions ahead of 2022 IOC vote Updated: Jul-28-15 10:54 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Two of China's most storied winter Olympic athletes faced tough questions about Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Games - namely about air pollution and a lack of snow.
- A look at Almaty's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics Updated: Jul-28-15 4:53 am
ALMATY, Kazakhstan - The Central Asian city of Almaty is vying with Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The winner will be selected Friday in a vote of the International Olympic Committee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here's a quick look at Almaty's bid:
- Almaty offers traditional winter setting in 2022 Olympic bid Updated: Jul-28-15 4:51 am
ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Instead of grand talk about how the Olympics will break new ground by going to a majority-Muslim country for the first time, or by making their first visit to Central Asia, Almaty's bid for the 2022 Winter Games is about tradition.