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Stories with place: Central Asia
  • Ohio zoo veterinarian assists snow leopard research in Asia 
    Updated: Nov-29-15 3:36 pm

    TOLEDO, Ohio - A Toledo Zoo veterinarian is still giddy after participating in a landmark conservation research effort with a notoriously elusive big cat.

  • Suicide attack aimed at Afghan official kills guard 
    Updated: Nov-28-15 1:43 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's election commission says one of its officials escaped unharmed after a suicide bomber targeted his vehicle in the capital, Kabul, killing his bodyguard and wounding his driver.

  • NATO seeking to reconcile death totals in Kunduz attack story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-27-15 3:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - Nearly two months after a U.S. warplane mistakenly attacked a hospital in northern Afghanistan, officials said Friday it remains unclear how many civilians were killed.

  • Home from Afghanistan, Bragg soldiers get Thanksgiving meal 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 7:15 am

    FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina - The soldiers of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade were able to eat Thanksgiving dinner at Fort Bragg.

  • Notorious warlord seeks comeback, leverage in Afghanistan story has photos
    Updated: Nov-27-15 3:14 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - After more than 40 years at war, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords, designated a "global terrorist" by the United States and blacklisted by the United Nations along with Osama bin Laden, wants to come out of the shadows.

  • AP Interview: US must address waste, fraud in Afghan aid story has photos
    Updated: Nov-26-15 1:21 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - With Washington set to send billions of dollars in fresh aid to Afghanistan despite the military drawdown, the U.S. official in charge of auditing assistance programs says "it's not too late" to address the fraud and mismanagement that has bedeviled the 14-year effort to rebuild the country.

  • Ibrahimovic scores on CL return to Malmo, Juve beats City 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 6:36 pm

    PARIS - Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrated his return to his first senior club with a goal as Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the knockout phase of the Champions League on Wednesday while Juventus claimed top spot to qualify from Group D with a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

  • Atletico beats Galatasaray 2-0, advances in Champions League story has photos
    Updated: Nov-25-15 6:15 pm

    MADRID - Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half as Atletico Madrid comfortably defeated Galatasaray 2-0 on Wednesday to advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League for the third straight season.

  • Jimenez double rescues draw for Benfica at Astana story has photos
    Updated: Nov-25-15 4:56 pm

    ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Raul Jimenez scored twice to haul Benfica back from two goals down and earn a 2-2 draw with FC Astana in the Champions League on Wednesday.

  • 5.9 magnitude earthquake hits NE Afghanistan 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 4:09 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a magnitude 5.9 earthquake has hit northeastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan and Tajikistan. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

  • Triple G and Canelo could be boxing's next big thing 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 12:46 pm

    LAS VEGAS - Canelo Alvarez hadn't even had time to celebrate his win over Miguel Cotto when the subject of Gennady Golovkin came up.

  • Afghans seeking asylum buy fake Taliban threat letters story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 2:53 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Threatening letters from the Taliban, once tantamount to a death sentence, are now being forged and sold to Afghans who want to start a new life in Europe.

  • Afghan probe finds leadership failure behind fall of Kunduz 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 9:40 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Weak leadership, misuse of resources and lack of coordination between Afghan security services were the main reasons a strategic northern city briefly fell to the Taliban, the head of an investigative team said Saturday.

  • Survivors of Afghan hospital attack tell of terror 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 1:49 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - It was like the end of the world, Anayatullah Nazari said. "It was like they were determined to kill us all and that nobody would survive. It was like doomsday, nothing I could ever imagine."

  • Author Greg Mortenson to retire from charity 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 6:05 pm

    HELENA, Montana - "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, who has spent four years weathering accusations that his best-selling book contained fabrications and that he mismanaged the charity he co-founded, will retire in January, Central Asia Institute officials said Thursday.

  • Migrants fear Paris attacks have multiplied their woes 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 1:12 pm

    PRESEVO, Serbia - At the tender age of 16, Ahmad Fawad has three fears: He fears the Taliban gunmen who killed his family members in Afghanistan. He fears that once-welcoming European countries are shutting the doors after the carnage in Paris. And he fears that the very extremists who attacked his family at home are moving alongside him in the flow of humanity bound for Europe.

  • Paris attacks reaction: Nordic governments condemn attacks 
    Updated: Nov-14-15 5:50 am

    PARIS - World leaders are reacting to the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. Some of their comments:

  • Uzbekistan frees political prisoner Juraev after 21 years 
    Updated: Nov-13-15 7:25 am

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - One of the world's longest-serving political prisoners has been released in Uzbekistan, where he was held for 21 years.

  • Asia's big 3 all win comfortably in World Cup qualifiers 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 11:40 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - Japan, Australia, and South Korea enjoyed comfortable wins in Asia qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Thursday.

  • Afghan official claims splinter Taliban group leader killed 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 8:48 am

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A senior figure of a breakaway Taliban faction has been killed in battle between rival insurgent groups in southeastern Afghanistan, an Afghan police official said Thursday.

  • Pakistan tells US envoys it hopes to revive Afghan talks 
    Updated: Nov-11-15 6:48 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistani officials told visiting U.S. envoys on Wednesday that Islamabad hopes to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban that collapsed earlier this year.

  • World Cup qualifying: Leckie out of Australia matches 
    Updated: Nov-10-15 11:48 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia striker Mathew Leckie has been ruled out of Australia's World Cup qualifiers against Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh with a respiratory infection.

  • Calais camp offers migrants school, library, bars in shacks story has photos
    Updated: Nov-10-15 12:28 pm

    CALAIS, France - Jennifer Wilson wrote "hot" and "cold" on the chalkboard and invited her students - a dozen men from Afghanistan, Iran, Ethiopia and Sudan - to say other English words for temperature. "Freezing," one student declared jovially.

  • Medal of Honor recipient tackled suicide bomber, saved lives story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-10-15 9:30 am

    ARLINGTON, Virginia - He tackled a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan, saving fellow soldiers' lives while suffering a gruesome leg injury. During three years of recovery and more than 30 surgeries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Army Capt. Florent Groberg was left with a lot of time to think.

  • Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to lay new pipeline 
    Updated: Nov-10-15 6:44 am

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have agreed to jointly launch the construction of a multi-billion dollar pipeline that will pump natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, Turkmen state media reported Tuesday.