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  • new storyLatest on Boston trial: Ex-in-law testifies from Kazakhstan 
    Updated: May-06-15 10:40 am

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  • Afghan judge sentences 4 to death in mob killing of woman story has photos
    Updated: May-06-15 8:16 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March - a slaying that shocked the nation and spurred calls for authorities to ensure women's rights to equality and protection from violence.

  • US due to stop managing Afghan airspace by end of June 
    Updated: May-06-15 2:34 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The United States is to stop managing Afghan airspace by the end of June after its air-traffic control contract with the government in Kabul expires, a development that could see international airlines forced to cancel flights both into the country and over its territory.

  • 5 Things to Know About Gen. Joseph Dunford 
    Updated: May-05-15 5:39 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama nominated Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford on Tuesday to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top U.S. military position, replacing Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.

  • Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-05-15 1:51 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated a respected, combat hardened commander as his next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to lead the military during a key period of transition.

  • Afghan poppy farmers say new seeds will boost opium output story has photos
    Updated: May-05-15 7:11 am

    ZHARI, Afghanistan - It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan - the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.

  • In the face of IS successes, al-Qaida adapts, grows stronger 
    Updated: May-04-15 9:13 am

    CAIRO - When al-Qaida overran the Yemeni port city of Mukalla last month, the group's commanders immediately struck a deal to share power with the area's tribesmen. No jihadi banners were raised. Al-Qaida even issued a statement denying rumors that it had banned music at parties or men wearing shorts.

  • Qatar says Taliban, Afghan officials to hold 2 days of talks story has photos
    Updated: May-02-15 1:28 pm

    DOHA, Qatar - Afghan and Taliban officials will hold two days of "reconciliation" talks in Qatar, the Gulf nation's state news agency reported Saturday, although both sides sought to downplay expectations from the meeting.

  • Kentucky National Guard unit to deploy to Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-01-15 12:01 pm

    SHELBYVILLE, Kentucky - The Army National Guard says a central Kentucky unit is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

  • Former soldiers try to spur manufacturing in Afghanistan 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 12:26 pm

    TACOMA, Washington - Matt Griffin and Andy Sewrey felt triumphant as they drove through Kabul on the back of a pickup truck. The brothers-in-law sat on 2,000 pairs of designer sandals they had just commissioned from an Afghan factory to launch their own business.

  • Afghan official: Hundreds live in the open after landslide 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 10:17 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan official says hundreds of people are forced to live in the open, two days after a massive landslide in the remote northeast destroyed an entire village, killing at least 52.

  • Romania: 4 soldiers injured in Afghanistan 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 6:08 am

    BUCHAREST, Romania - The defense ministry says four Romanian soldiers were injured when a booby-trapped car exploded in Afghanistan.

  • NY soldier killed in Afghanistan gets posthumous Bronze Star 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 3:06 am

    FORT DRUM, New York - A Fort Drum soldier from upstate New York is being awarded a posthumous medal for bravery nearly a year to the day that he died from wounds suffered in an attack in Afghanistan.

  • Watchdog group issues dismal report on global press freedom 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 4:14 pm

    WASHINGTON - Terrorists are targeting journalists, authoritarian governments are jailing them and some countries are tightening media controls, developments that help explain why global press freedom in 2014 fell to the lowest point in more than 10 years, a democracy watchdog group said Wednesday.

  • For Afghanistan's abandoned children, help is scarce 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 1:50 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Starved and beaten by his stepmother, the little boy with big brown eyes was already withdrawn and unhappy by the time his father banished him from the family home and sent him to an orphanage in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

  • Extreme kayaker visits Southern Oregon hometown 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 4:28 pm

    GRANTS PASS, Oregon - Extreme kayaker Chris Korbulic rips off his destinations in the last two years - Russia, New Guinea, Patagonia, Norway, Nepal, Labrador - like running down a grocery list.

  • GOP defense budget challenges Obama on Ukraine, Guantanamo 
    Updated: Apr-27-15 8:38 pm

    WASHINGTON - The GOP chairman of the House Armed Service Committee on Monday recommended a $604 billion defense budget for 2016 that challenges the White House because it includes lethal weapons for Ukraine, makes it harder for the president to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and restores funding for the A-10 fleet.

  • Kazakhstan's longtime leader secures crushing election win story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-15 1:53 am

    ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Preliminary results of weekend nationwide polls in Kazakhstan show the long-ruling president confirming his incumbency with 97.7 percent of the vote amid a record turnout, election officials said Monday.

  • W.Va. war dead in Iraq, Afghanistan to be honored with trees 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 6:58 am

    FAIRMONT, West Virginia - A Fairmont farm will plant 38 trees Saturday representing the West Virginians who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Kazakhstan votes for continuity while keeping eye on Ukraine 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 5:19 am

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan - As oil-rich Kazakhstan votes for a president Sunday, the governing elite is pounding home a mantra of stability as fears percolate about the country's massive Russian minority taking inspiration from the Moscow-backed insurgency in Ukraine.

  • Canadian businessman found dead in hotel in Mongolia 
    Updated: Apr-24-15 1:38 am

    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia - A Canadian businessman has been found dead in his room at an upscale hotel in Mongolia's capital Ulan Bator, police said Friday.

  • Astana cycling team keeps top-tier status after doping cases 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 3:35 pm

    AIGLE, Switzerland - The Astana team of 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali has survived a review of its top-tier racing status ordered after several doping cases.

  • Afghan museum seeks to remember anti-Soviet war 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 2:20 am

    HERAT, Afghanistan - The Jihad Museum in the Afghan city of Herat sits in a hillside garden, surrounded by blooming rose bushes and the detritus of the war against the Soviet Union - a war that claimed thousands of lives in this city alone.

  • Afghan deportees from Iran return to a home they barely know 
    Updated: Apr-22-15 2:17 am

    ISLAM QALA, Afghanistan - Tajigul Haidary had overstayed her residents' visa in Iran and was expecting just a hefty fine when she went to renew it, she said. Instead, she was arrested as an illegal immigrant, imprisoned, held in a transit center with hundreds of other Afghans and, early this week, deported at a dusty border point back to Afghanistan.

  • Funeral held for Massachusetts soldier killed in Afghanistan 
    Updated: Apr-20-15 5:28 pm

    NORTHBRIDGE, Massachusetts - Family, friends and dignitaries have honored a 22-year-old Army medic from Massachusetts who was killed in Afghanistan two weeks ago.