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WASHINGTON | Afghan leader tells US audience that Taliban not winning war

WASHINGTON — The president of Afghanistan told a U.S. audience Monday that his country is not losing the war to the Taliban and is not at risk of collapse amid escalating attacks by the militant group and an expansion of the territory it controls. President Ashraf Ghani said his administration is intent on seeking a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Afghan leader tells US audience that Taliban not winning war

JERUSALEM | Israeli leader defends money transfer to Gaza

JERUSALEM— Israel’s prime minister is rebuffing criticism of the transfer of $15 million from Qatar to Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers, saying it is “the right step” at the moment. Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters he was committed to restoring quiet along the Israel-Gaza frontier and preventing a humanitarian crisis in the coastal Palestinian territory. Shortly before … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israeli leader defends money transfer to Gaza

SYDNEY | The Latest: IS claims responsibility for Australia attack

SYDNEY— The Latest on a knife attack in Melbourne (all times local): 10:45 p.m. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in Australia that police say was linked to terrorism. Police say the driver of a pickup truck got out of his vehicle, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with … Continue reading SYDNEY | The Latest: IS claims responsibility for Australia attack

WASHINGTON  | Attack in Afghanistan is a reminder of formidable task

WASHINGTON  — A brazen attack that the Taliban says targeted the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is a stark reminder of the formidable task the Trump administration faces as it tries to extricate America from its longest war. The commander, Army Gen. Scott Miller, escaped unharmed from Thursday’s attack. Elections for the lower house of … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Attack in Afghanistan is a reminder of formidable task

KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

KABUL, Afghanistan — A high-level meeting to lay out security plans for Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections had just concluded when an elite Afghan guard turned his gun Thursday on the departing delegation in an attack that killed the powerful Kandahar police chief but missed the top U.S. commander in the country, Gen. Scott Miller. The … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban attack kills top Afghan officials, US general unhurt

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | The Latest: Hamas hoping, again, to ease Gaza blockade

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Latest on the Israel-Palestinians conflict (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Officials from the Islamic Hamas group are travelling to Egypt in another attempt to negotiate the easing of the blockade on the territory. Hussam Badran, a politburo member of the militant group, said the delegation is arriving in Cairo … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | The Latest: Hamas hoping, again, to ease Gaza blockade

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | 7 Gazans, including 2 boys, killed by Israeli fire on border

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip— Israeli troops killed seven Palestinians, two of them children, and wounded dozens more, Palestinian health officials said, in the deadliest day in recent weeks as Gaza’s Hamas rulers stepped up protests along the border fence. Thousands of Palestinians gathered Friday at five locations along Gaza Strip’s frontier with Israel in response … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | 7 Gazans, including 2 boys, killed by Israeli fire on border

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