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Stories with place: Central Asia
  • new storyPakistan: 'all indicators' confirm US killed Taliban leader 
    Updated: May-26-16 6:44 am

    ISLAMABAD - The foreign affairs adviser to Pakistan's prime minister said Thursday that "all indicators" confirmed that the former Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the country's southwestern Baluchistan province, where he was travelling under a false name with fake Pakistani identity documents.

  • NASA's yearlong spaceman still has sore feet, fatigue story has photos
    Updated: May-25-16 5:09 pm

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - NASA's yearlong spaceman still is nursing sore feet, stiff legs and fatigue, even after nearly three months back on Earth.

  • Shandong into Asian Champions League last 8 after 2-2 draw story has photos
    Updated: May-25-16 5:03 pm

    SYDNEY - A long-range strike in the 90th minute from substitute Hao Junmin gave Shandong Luneng a 2-2 draw with Sydney FC, putting the Chinese side into the Asian Champions League quarterfinals on away goals.

  • GOP senators attack top Democrat for defense bill delay story has photos
    Updated: May-25-16 4:19 pm

    WASHINGTON - A Republican senator angrily denounced the Senate's top Democrat Wednesday for delaying debate on defense policy legislation, calling Minority Leader Harry Reid's leadership "cancerous" and accusing him of holding up the $602 billion bill to preserve his "sad, sorry legacy."

  • Little-known extremist cleric chosen to lead Afghan Taliban story has photos
    Updated: May-25-16 2:28 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - A little-known extremist cleric was chosen Wednesday to be the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, just days after a U.S. drone strike killed his predecessor.

  • Taliban bomber hits court minibus in Kabul, killing 11 story has photos
    Updated: May-25-16 4:31 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber targeted a minibus carrying court employees in Kabul during morning rush hour Wednesday, killing 11 people, Afghan and UN official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: China 'happy' US-Vietnam ties warming 
    Updated: May-23-16 11:58 pm

    A look at some recent key developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves:

  • New report says health facilities attacked in 19 countries 
    Updated: May-23-16 8:53 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Deliberate or indiscriminate attacks have decimated health facilities, killed medical workers and patients, and deprived countless civilians of care in 19 countries during 2015 and the first three months of 2016, a coalition of more than 30 health and humanitarian organizations said in a new report released Monday.

  • Cults of personalities proliferate in Central Asia 
    Updated: May-23-16 11:33 am

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - Central Asia's autocratic leaders don't want to be liked. They want to be adored.

  • Obama: Taliban leader's death a 'milestone' for Afghan peace story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 5:35 am

    HANOI, Vietnam - President Barack Obama said Monday that the violent death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour by a U.S. airstrike should send a "clear signal" to anti-American extremists that "we're going to protect our people."

  • Hospitals a deadly target in Middle East conflicts story has photos
    Updated: May-23-16 4:03 am

    BEIRUT - As one of the few pediatricians remaining in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Dr. Mohammed Wassim Maaz offered hope to tens of thousands of children and their parents trapped in the horror and misery of the five-year civil war. But last month, an airstrike widely believed to have been carried out by the Syrian government destroyed the al Quds hospital where he worked, killing Maaz and dozens of colleagues, patients and other civilians.

  • The Latest: Pakistan informed of drone hit on Taliban leader story has photos
    Updated: May-22-16 1:16 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The Latest on the killing of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour in a drone strike (all times local):

  • Tajikistan vote on allowing president to rule for life story has photos
    Updated: May-22-16 11:30 am

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - Tajikistan held a referendum Sunday on changing the Constitution to allow its authoritarian president to run for office indefinitely, effectively allowing him to rule for life.

  • Mansour's brief reign as chief marked by turmoil story has photos
    Updated: May-22-16 11:16 am

    ISLAMABAD - Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour's brief rule, which ended with his death in a drone strike, was marked by mistrust and strife.

  • Pentagon: US airstrike targets Taliban leader Mullah Mansour story has photos
    Updated: May-21-16 9:30 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansour in an airstrike Saturday near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the Defense Department said, and a U.S. official said Mansour was believed to have been killed.

  • Norway doubles humanitarian aid to Afghanistan 
    Updated: May-21-16 10:57 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Norway's foreign minister says his government has doubled humanitarian aid to Afghanistan to help the war-stricken nation meet urgent needs.

  • Kazakhstan arrests organizers of attempted protests 
    Updated: May-21-16 7:48 am

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - A top Kazakhstan police official says attempts to hold demonstrations against a land-reform measure have been blocked and the prosecutor's office says activists were arrested for trying to organize them.

  • Afghan cyclists present UN chief with peace message 
    Updated: May-20-16 1:46 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Two Afghan cyclists on a round-the-world trip to promote peace presented United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with a traditional silk embroidered chapan coat on Friday, along with a message saying their countrymen are tired of war and violence.

  • NATO foreign ministers agree to extend Afghan mission 
    Updated: May-20-16 9:31 am

    BRUSSELS - NATO foreign ministers and alliance partners have agreed to extend the Resolute Support mission that trains, advises and assists Afghanistan's security forces and institutions beyond 2016.

  • 2 charged with stealing identities to get student loans 
    Updated: May-19-16 8:41 pm

    ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - Federal prosecutors say two Louisiana residents have been indicted for stealing identities of four people, including a soldier recovering in a military hospital from injuries suffered in Afghanistan, to fraudulently obtain $67,000 in federal student loans.

  • NATO formally invites Montenegro as 29th member story has photos
    Updated: May-19-16 2:11 pm

    BRUSSELS - NATO invited the Balkan nation of Montenegro to become its 29th member, agreeing Thursday to expand for only the seventh time in its history despite Russia's angry objections.

  • Russia says it cracked group preparing Paris-style attacks 
    Updated: May-19-16 9:20 am

    MOSCOW - Russia's security chief says his agency has tracked down a group working to prepare "Paris-style" attacks in big Russian cities.

  • Azerbaijan plane crashes in Afghanistan, 7 dead 
    Updated: May-19-16 3:28 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - A U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan says seven people were killed when a plane belonging to Silk Way Airlines of Azerbaijan crashed in the country's south.

  • Kyrgyz authorities arrest opposition activist 
    Updated: May-18-16 1:15 pm

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan's security agency has arrested an opposition activist as part of a probe into the alleged plot to overthrow the government.

  • Migrants camp on Serbia-Hungary border waiting to cross 
    Updated: May-18-16 12:15 pm

    HORGOS, Serbia - A small tent city has formed on Serbia's border with Hungary where migrants are waiting to cross into the European Union despite border closures and a deal with Turkey aimed at stopping more people coming.