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Stories with place: Central Asia
  • Afghanistan meeting ends with call for talks with Taliban story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 11:22 am

    ISLAMABAD - Four-nation talks aimed at ending Afghanistan's 15-year war concluded Saturday with a call for direct negotiations between the government and the Taliban by the end of February, but recent battlefield advances by the insurgents could make it hard to coax them to the table.

  • Lindsey Vonn wins women's World Cup downhill story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 9:12 am

    GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Lindsey Vonn is feeling very much at home in this southern German resort, on and off the hill.

  • Turkmen president fires key aide amid corruption allegations 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 7:52 am

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - The president of Turkmenistan has fired a deputy prime minister amid corruption allegations.

  • Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes story has photos
    Updated: Feb-06-16 4:06 am

    PRESEVO, Serbia - Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans.

  • Pentagon releases photos of alleged detainee abuse 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 9:39 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Friday released nearly 200 photographs of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, taken mostly between 2004 and 2006, involving 56 cases of alleged abuse by U.S. forces.

  • Afghan Taliban close ranks around new leader story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 11:53 am

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's Taliban are closing ranks around their new leader after months of infighting that followed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar, which could allow the insurgents to speak with one voice in hoped-for peace talks but will also strengthen them on the battlefield.

  • General says troop cuts constrain Afghan training mission story has photos
    Updated: Feb-04-16 6:11 pm

    WASHINGTON - The ability to train and advise the still green Afghan security forces will be constrained if the U.S. troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, the senior American commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday.

  • Afghan insurgents kill 10-year-old boy who joined militia 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 8:32 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - A 10-year-old Afghan boy who was declared a hero after fighting the Taliban has been shot dead by insurgents while on his way to school, officials said Wednesday.

  • Obama to present Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 7:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - A Navy SEAL who helped rescue an American hostage in Afghanistan will be the nation's next Medal of Honor recipient, the White House announced on Tuesday.

  • 5-year-old Afghan boy could get to meet Lionel Messi story has photos
    Updated: Feb-02-16 5:26 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - A 5-year-old Afghan boy who made a splash on the Internet by wearing a homemade Lionel Messi jersey might get the chance to meet the Barcelona great.

  • Afghan Taliban open new front in war with attacks on media 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 1:18 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban suicide bombing against a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan's biggest media company last month has shocked local journalists, who fear they are now in the cross hairs of an increasingly lethal insurgency.

  • Violence in Afghanistan forces Obama to rethink troop levels 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 8:09 am

    WASHINGTON - Fifteen years into the war that few Americans talk about any more, conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, preventing the clean ending that President Barack Obama hoped to impose before leaving office. Violence is on the rise, the Taliban are staging new offensives, the Islamic State group is angling for a foothold and peace prospects are dim.

  • The Latest: France, Iran sign trade deals story has photos
    Updated: Jan-28-16 1:46 pm

    PARIS - The Latest on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to Europe (all times local):

  • South Dakota base holds service for airman killed overseas 
    Updated: Jan-28-16 8:14 am

    RAPID CITY, South Dakota - Soldiers, family and friends gathered at Ellsworth Air Force Base this week to remember an airman killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

  • Worlds apart come together 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 9:56 am

    GILLETTE, Wyoming - Minutes after entering a business management class at Gillette College, it was easy to see what the 12 Mongolian guests were. Their professions translate in any language.

  • Report: Denmark is least corrupt; Somalia, N.Korea the most 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 11:18 pm

    BERLIN - Public-sector corruption is still a major problem around the world but more countries are improving than worsening and the United States and United Kingdom have reached their best rankings ever, an anti-corruption watchdog said Wednesday.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Gutted? Disaster? GOP hyperbole on military story has photos
    Updated: Jan-25-16 12:04 pm

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio maintains that President Barack Obama is more interested in providing money to Planned Parenthood than for the nation's armed forces. The front-runner in the GOP race, Donald Trump, says the U.S. military is a "disaster." Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says the Obama administration has "gutted" every weapons system in the U.S. military's inventory.

  • Afghan official: Suicide attack kills 3 border policemen 
    Updated: Jan-25-16 7:18 am

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - An Afghan official says three border policemen have been killed and three others were wounded in a suicide attack near an important border crossing in southern Afghanistan.

  • 6 soldiers from the SD Guard return home to Rapid City 
    Updated: Jan-24-16 2:16 am

    RAPID CITY, South Dakota - Six soldiers from the South Dakota Army National Guard returned home to Rapid City on Saturday from an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Afghan women demand role in peace process 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 2:00 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - As efforts gather pace to renew peace talks with the Taliban, Afghan women still haunted by the insurgents' brutal rule say they are being left out of the process, and fear that an accommodation with the militants could lead to the loss of hard-won rights.

  • Russian ruble keeps on falling, hits new record low story has photos
    Updated: Jan-21-16 10:45 am

    MOSCOW - The Russian ruble hit another historic low against the dollar Thursday as currencies slid across the former Soviet Union against the backdrop of low oil prices.

  • US urges Afghanistan-Pakistan on Afghan peace process 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 9:22 am

    DAVOS, Switzerland - The United States on Thursday urged the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan to support a credible peace process with the Afghan Taliban.

  • Road to be named after Illinois man killed in Afghanistan 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 4:56 am

    NEW WINDSOR, Illinois - A stretch of Illinois Route 17 in western Illinois will be named after a man who was killed in Afghanistan while serving in the Army in 2012.

  • IS radio beams propaganda, threats across rural Afghanistan story has photos
    Updated: Jan-21-16 1:15 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan reporters recognized the voice threatening them with death on the Islamic State group's local radio station. It was a former colleague, who knows their names and where they work.

  • Pakistan school hit by militants was named for Gandhi ally 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 1:47 pm

    ISLAMABAD - The co-ed Bacha Khan University in Pakistan, attacked by Islamic militants on Wednesday, was named for a prominent secular activist and ally of Mahatma Gandhi, and embodied much of what the extremists revile.