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KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban rockets hit near Kabul presidency; no injuries

KABUL, Afghanistan— The Taliban fired a pair of rockets Tuesday toward the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police said, prompting a ferocious aerial response with helicopter gunships bombing the house from where the rockets were reportedly launched. The first rocket … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban rockets hit near Kabul presidency; no injuries

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesian officials defend parade of veiled kids with guns

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian officials have defended a street parade that involved veiled kindergarteners carrying replica weapons and police said they’ll arrest the person who uploaded a viral video of the event to Facebook. The video of children dressed head-to-toe in black marching with wooden guns has caused a sensation in Indonesia, which in May … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesian officials defend parade of veiled kids with guns

ATHENS, Greece | Greece officially enters post-bailout era, challenges remain

ATHENS, Greece— Greece remains shackled to the austerity demands of its former creditors even though it has officially entered its post-bailout era. Though Greece has little fear of new calls for cutbacks from abroad, the country’s fiscal freedom comes at a high price. During the eight-year bailout era that ended Monday, the Greek economy contracted … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Greece officially enters post-bailout era, challenges remain

MADISON, Wis. | Koch group spends $1.8 million in ads for Wisconsin’s Walker

MADISON, Wis. — A conservative advocacy group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is launching a $1.8 million ad buy for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin announced the TV, cable and digital ad buy on Tuesday. It’s the latest in a series of seven-figure ad buys in the race that pits the Republican … Continue reading MADISON, Wis. | Koch group spends $1.8 million in ads for Wisconsin’s Walker

NEW YORK | MTV VMAs was a shocking event, for the wrong reasons

NEW YORK — With most of music industry’s top acts absent — from Beyonce to Bruno Mars — the MTV Video Music Awards lacked star power and felt flat, and some of the winners turned heads — for the wrong reasons. Exhibit A: Camila Cabello beat out Drake, Mars, Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Post … Continue reading NEW YORK | MTV VMAs was a shocking event, for the wrong reasons

MADISON, Wis. | WR trio will have to pick up slack at No. 4 Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis.  — The suspension of Quintez Cephus leaves Wisconsin without one of its top receivers for the foreseeable future. Cephus was charged with felony sexual assault Monday, accused of misconduct involving two women at his apartment last April. Cephus, a 20-year-old junior from Macon, Georgia, was suspended by the team shortly after he was … Continue reading MADISON, Wis. | WR trio will have to pick up slack at No. 4 Wisconsin

LOS ANGELES | Jansen gives up 2 HRs in return, Cards top Dodgers 5-3

LOS ANGELES — Since the calendar turned to August, the St. Louis Cardinals have been on a tear. They kept it up against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who allowed ninth-inning homers to Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter in his return from the disabled list in a 5-3 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night. St. … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Jansen gives up 2 HRs in return, Cards top Dodgers 5-3

SEATTLE | Cano homers late, lifts Mariners to 7-4 win over Astros

SEATTLE — Robinson Cano is searching for any way to help the Seattle Mariners stay in the playoff race and try to make up for the 80 games he was gone while being suspended. On Monday night, it was hitting a game-winning home run — his first long ball in more than three months. “It … Continue reading SEATTLE | Cano homers late, lifts Mariners to 7-4 win over Astros