- Former Tajik commander claims to have joined IS group Updated: May-29-15 11:22 am
MOSCOW - Tajikistan authorities have opened an investigation into a high-ranking police official who allegedly has joined the Islamic State group in Syria and is calling for former comrades to rise up against the Central Asian country's authoritarian leadership.
- Turkmenistan considers extending presidential rule Updated: May-29-15 5:52 am
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - Legislators in the authoritarian Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan are considering scrapping a rule that prevents people older than 70 from being elected president, a change that would allow the incumbent to serve for life.
- Civilians biggest losers on Afghan war's new northern front Updated: May-29-15 2:58 am
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan - When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, nobody was prepared.
- Kazakhstan 'gay propaganda' measure deemed unconstitutional Updated: May-27-15 9:51 am
MOSCOW - A proposed law in Kazakhstan that would criminalize dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships has been struck down as unconstitutional.
- AP Interview: Afghanistan's first lady breaks taboos Updated: May-27-15 2:26 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's first lady has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors - speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law and the power of religion. But perhaps Rula Ghani's biggest taboo breaker is simply being the country's first presidential spouse in decades to be seen and heard in public.
- 4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital Updated: May-26-15 11:28 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said.
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- Fort Bragg-based soldier from Florida dies in Afghanistan Updated: May-26-15 7:37 am
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina - A Fort Bragg-based Special Forces soldier from Florida has died in Afghanistan.
- Across nation, veterans' sacrifices honored in many ways Updated: May-26-15 3:14 am
ARLINGTON, Virginia - President Barack Obama saluted Americans who died in battle and made special mention on Memorial Day of the families of lost loved ones "who represent the best of who we are."
- Afghan forces struggle as Taliban seeks northern stronghold Updated: May-26-15 2:25 am
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan - Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns over their ability to defend the country without U.S. and foreign combat troops.
- Mom of fallen soldier builds retreat for grieving families Updated: May-25-15 11:44 am
PORT ANGELES, Washington - A heavy door creaks and Betsy Schultz steps into a century-old cottage littered with workbenches and plywood.
- Turkmenistan unveils massive gold-leaf statue of president Updated: May-25-15 5:46 am
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - Turkmenistan has unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of the president carrying a dove and riding atop a horse - a move aimed at burnishing the leader's burgeoning personality cult.
- Aussies select full-strength squad for Cup qualifying opener Updated: May-24-15 9:44 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia - Asian Cup champion Australia has selected a full-strength squad including Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak for its opening World Cup qualifier in Kyrgyzstan.
- Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan Updated: May-23-15 12:23 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - The commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Saturday that the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there.
- Man released from Guantanamo in December dies in Kazakhstan Updated: May-22-15 8:37 pm
MIAMI - A man who was released from the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in December and resettled in Kazakhstan has died in that Central Asian country, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.
- Endangered antelope dying off in vast numbers in Kazakhstan Updated: May-22-15 8:25 am
KIEV, Ukraine - Authorities in Kazakhstan says around one-third of the endangered saiga antelope population in this Central Asian nation has mysteriously died off in the last few days.
- Coal, medicine, trains top Tokyo's Asia infrastructure plan Updated: May-22-15 4:15 am
TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offer of $110 billion in fresh infrastructure financing for Asia is as much about Japan's agenda for selling its clean coal know-how and other technologies as it is about keeping up with China.
- Corvallis-based Bravo company returns home from Afghanistan Updated: May-21-15 2:00 pm
CORVALLIS, Oregon - After more than a year of serving his country in Afghanistan, Cpl. Kevin Brower couldn't wait a second longer to propose to his girlfriend, Aubrie Irons.
- Kyrgyzstan ratifies joining Russia-led trade bloc Updated: May-21-15 7:04 am
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - The Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan has ratified a measure to join the Eurasian Economic Union, a Russia-led trade bloc.
- Report: Afghanistan's Taliban sends delegation to Iran Updated: May-19-15 9:17 am
TEHRAN, Iran - A delegation from Afghanistan's Taliban has arrived in Iran to discuss the situation of Afghan migrants and issues in the Islamic world, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported Tuesday.
- 11 Afghan police get year in jail over mob killing of woman Updated: May-19-15 6:11 am
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan judge on Tuesday sentenced 11 policemen to one year in prison for dereliction of duty during the mob killing of a woman in Kabul who was falsely accused of burning a Quran.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan sign accord to share intelligence Updated: May-19-15 5:10 am
ISLAMABAD - The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and carry out "coordinated intelligence operations" against militants operating along their porous border, in the latest sign of improved relations following years of mistrust that undermined the fight against the Taliban.
- Severely injured vets find healing, hope through sports Updated: May-18-15 4:46 pm
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Florida - As an Air Force crew chief in Afghanistan and Iraq, part of Sgt. Tim McDonough's dangerous mission was recovering the remains of soldiers killed in combat.
- Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin stops Monroe in 6th Updated: May-17-15 12:08 am
INGLEWOOD, California - Gennady Golovkin's latest big drama show had a few extra twists and turns. The middleweight champion still finished it with his usual show-stopping flourish.
- Army weighs if ex-Green Beret hero should be dismissed Updated: May-16-15 10:52 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - An Army officer stripped of a medal for heroism under fire and his right to call himself a Green Beret is fighting for his military career after accusations he tracked down and killed a suspected bomb-maker in Afghanistan.