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  • Afghan soldier who fled US training site granted asylum 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 8:50 am

    BUFFALO, New York - Federal officials have granted asylum to an Afghan military officer who along with two comrades slipped away from a U.S. training exercise in Massachusetts to avoid being sent back home.

  • Afghan official: 3 children killed by mortar while playing 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 7:31 am

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - An Afghan official says three children were killed and four wounded after they found an unexploded mortar in a field while playing.

  • The Latest: Attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan kills 2 story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 11:07 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The latest news on a suicide attack in the Afghan capital targeting a NATO convoy on the Kabul airport road, near the U.S. Embassy.

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 6:10 am

    Crunch time in Greece as bailout due to expire, IMF loan due with no deal in sight

  • Panel urges ex-Green Beret hero out of Army with VA benefits 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 4:49 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - An Army officer who was accused of tracking down and killing an unarmed bomb-making suspect in Afghanistan is being recommended for an honorable discharge even though a military panel that looked into the case determined his conduct was unbecoming an officer.

  • Photographer Heidi Levine honored by women's media group 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 3:26 pm

    BERLIN - Freelance photographer Heidi Levine, who has made a career of covering conflicts, was honored Thursday with the inaugural award for courage named for Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan.

  • Pakistan rejects Afghan allegations about parliament attack 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 2:10 pm

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan "strongly rejects" accusations by Afghanistan's spy agency that a Pakistani intelligence officer helped orchestrate an attack on the Afghan parliament earlier this week.

  • NATO plans follow-up Afghan presence after Resolute Support 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 11:56 am

    BRUSSELS - NATO defense ministers are reassuring Afghanistan's government that it can count on the alliance's continued help after its military training and support mission, called Resolute Support, ends.

  • Greeks worry about impact of refugee crisis on tourism 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 10:24 am

    MOLYVOS, Greece - On the waterfront beneath this village of stone houses cascading down a castle-topped hill, two worlds collide. Tourists saunter along the pier, gazing at the fishing boats bobbing in the harbor. A group of Afghan children who risked their lives to get here on an overloaded dinghy play in the shallow water.

  • Official: US to manage Afghan airspace till mid-September 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 8:20 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The United States will continue to manage Afghan airspace and air-traffic control for another two-and-a-half months after its current contract expires at the end of June, according to an Afghan official.

  • Greeks worry about impact of refugee crisis on tourism 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 7:17 am

    MOLYVOS, Greece - On the waterfront beneath this village of stone houses cascading down a castle-topped hill, two worlds collide. Tourists saunter along the pier, gazing at the fishing boats bobbing in the harbor. A group of Afghan children who risked their lives to get here on an overloaded dinghy play in the shallow water.

  • Beijing says snow is no problem for 2022 Winter Olympic bid 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 8:59 am

    BEIJING - Beijing is driving home assurances that providing plenty of good quality snow for the skiing events won't be a problem if it wins the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

  • Afghan UN envoy says extremists have united in new offensive 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 11:03 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - A new offensive against the Afghan government and people is being compounded by "an unprecedented convergence" of Taliban insurgents, more than 7,000 foreign fighters, and violent groups including the Islamic State, Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador said Monday.

  • 3 Spanish mountain climbers die in rock slide in Kyrgyzstan 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 4:59 am

    MADRID - A Spanish mountaineering club says three of its members have died in a rockslide while climbing in Kyrgyzstan.

  • Army Corps to name new boat after late command sergeant 
    Updated: Jun-21-15 7:50 am

    BUFFALO, New York - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Buffalo is naming a new boat after a former command sergeant who died in Afghanistan while working as a contractor.

  • National Guardsman surprises his 6 children at Nevada rodeo 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 6:46 pm

    RENO, Nevada - A Nevada National Guardsman has marked the end of a one-year deployment in Afghanistan with a surprise Father's Day weekend homecoming with his wife and six children at the Reno Rodeo.

  • National Guardsman surprises his 6 children at Reno Rodeo 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 5:52 pm

    RENO, Nevada - A Nevada National Guardsman has marked the end of a one-year deployment in Afghanistan with a surprise Father's Day weekend homecoming with his wife and six children at the Reno Rodeo.

  • US report finds Iran threat undiminished as nuke deal nears story has photos
    Updated: Jun-19-15 4:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - Iran's support for international terrorist groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded in some respects, the Obama administration said Friday, less than two weeks before the deadline for completing a nuclear deal that could provide Tehran with billions of dollars in relief from economic sanctions.

  • After daughter's mob killing, Afghan family lives in fear story has photos
    Updated: Jun-19-15 4:55 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The family of an Afghan woman killed by a frenzied mob in an attack that shocked the world with its brutality is living in isolation and fear as they wait for justice they believe will never come.

  • 1815 revisited: Ceremonies mark fateful Battle of Waterloo story has photos
    Updated: Jun-18-15 12:22 pm

    BRUSSELS - Royalty, dignitaries and soldiers commemorated the 1815 Battle of Waterloo on Thursday, a watershed moment in European history that marked the end of the continent's domination by France and its emperor Napoleon and the beginning of the British century.

  • UN: Global refugee numbers reach alarming levels story has photos
    Updated: Jun-18-15 6:56 am

    BERLIN - Syria overtook Afghanistan to become the world's biggest source of refugees last year, while the number of people forced from their homes by conflicts worldwide rose to a record 59.5 million, the United Nations' refugee agency said Thursday.

  • Afghan war over? Then set us free, Guantanamo detainees say story has photos
    Updated: Jun-17-15 1:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - Two Guantanamo Bay detainees are using President Barack Obama's own words to argue that the U.S. war in Afghanistan is over - and therefore they should be set free.

  • UN billboards counter Hungary govt's anti-migrant campaign 
    Updated: Jun-17-15 8:54 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - One features a tour guide from Afghanistan, another a Bangladeshi woman who runs a restaurant with her husband. The United Nations' refugee agency is setting up billboards presenting successful refugees in Hungary, countering the government's intense anti-migrant campaign that it calls a catalyst for xenophobia.

  • Asian powers unconvincing in World Cup qualifying 
    Updated: Jun-17-15 1:24 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - The four power teams of Asian football avoided defeat in their opening World Cup qualifiers, yet none put in performances that will dispel the doubts about the strength of the region's teams following their combined winless record at the 2014 World Cup.

  • Japan held to 0-0 by Singapore in Asian World Cup qualifier 
    Updated: Jun-16-15 5:21 pm

    Japan was held to a surprising goalless draw by visiting Singapore while Guam pulled off only its second World Cup qualifying win when it beat India 2-1 on Tuesday.