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KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: Afghanistan deploys 20k more troops to polls

KABUL, Afghanistan  — The Latest on parliamentary elections in Afghanistan (all times local): 11 a.m. Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says it has increased its deployment of Afghan National Security Forces to 70,000 from a previous 50,000 military personnel across the country to protect the country’s 21,000 polling stations. Elections in the two provinces of Kandahar and … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | The Latest: Afghanistan deploys 20k more troops to polls

BEIRUT | IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

BEIRUT — Syrian opposition activists say the Islamic State group has released two women and four children they had been holding since July in an exchange with the government. The women and children were among 30 people kidnapped by IS in the southern province of Sweida in July when they carried out a raid that … Continue reading BEIRUT | IS frees 6 hostages in exchange with Syrian government

ISTANBUL | The Latest: Amnesty official says Saudi probe questionable

ISTANBUL — The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Amnesty International says the “impartiality” of a Saudi investigation into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi would remain in question after authorities in … Continue reading ISTANBUL | The Latest: Amnesty official says Saudi probe questionable

KABUL, Afghanistan  | The Latest: Afghan official outraged by polls’ chaotic start

KABUL, Afghanistan  — The Latest on parliamentary elections in Afghanistan (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Afghanistan’s deputy chief executive says he’s outraged by the chaotic start to polling in Afghanistan’s Parliamentary elections. Mohammad Mohaqiq, in an interview with a local TV station, assailed election preparation by the country’s Independent Election Commission. He says: “The people … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan  | The Latest: Afghan official outraged by polls’ chaotic start

MESA, Ariz | In full campaign mode, Trump calls Dems ‘too extreme’

MESA, Ariz.  — President Donald Trump, seeking to frame the choices for voters in the midterm elections, said Friday that Democrats are “too extreme and too dangerous” to take control of Congress. On a three-day swing out West to make his closing arguments for Republican candidates, Trump sought to hone in on immigration as one … Continue reading MESA, Ariz | In full campaign mode, Trump calls Dems ‘too extreme’

Dems struggle with Trump’s approach to culture war

More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama’s citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially-charged rhetoric. After years of taunting from Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed her DNA results this week proving her Native American roots. If … Continue reading Dems struggle with Trump’s approach to culture war

NEW DELHI | Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 60 dead

NEW DELHI — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday evening, killing at least 60 people and injuring dozens more, police said. The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said the state governing … Continue reading NEW DELHI | Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 60 dead