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Stories with place: Central Asia
  • Afghan Taliban ambush chopper after emergency landing; 3 die 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 12:52 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban insurgents on Tuesday ambushed a military-contracted helicopter that made an emergency landing in northwestern Afghanistan, killing three people in a shootout and capturing 16 others who were on board, Afghan officials said.

  • 5.9 magnitude earthquake hits NE Afghanistan 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 4:09 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that a magnitude 5.9 earthquake has hit northeastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan and Tajikistan. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

  • Triple G and Canelo could be boxing's next big thing 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 12:46 pm

    LAS VEGAS - Canelo Alvarez hadn't even had time to celebrate his win over Miguel Cotto when the subject of Gennady Golovkin came up.

  • Afghans seeking asylum buy fake Taliban threat letters story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 2:53 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Threatening letters from the Taliban, once tantamount to a death sentence, are now being forged and sold to Afghans who want to start a new life in Europe.

  • Afghan probe finds leadership failure behind fall of Kunduz 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 9:40 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Weak leadership, misuse of resources and lack of coordination between Afghan security services were the main reasons a strategic northern city briefly fell to the Taliban, the head of an investigative team said Saturday.

  • Survivors of Afghan hospital attack tell of terror 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 1:49 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - It was like the end of the world, Anayatullah Nazari said. "It was like they were determined to kill us all and that nobody would survive. It was like doomsday, nothing I could ever imagine."

  • Author Greg Mortenson to retire from charity 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 6:05 pm

    HELENA, Montana - "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, who has spent four years weathering accusations that his best-selling book contained fabrications and that he mismanaged the charity he co-founded, will retire in January, Central Asia Institute officials said Thursday.

  • Migrants fear Paris attacks have multiplied their woes 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 1:12 pm

    PRESEVO, Serbia - At the tender age of 16, Ahmad Fawad has three fears: He fears the Taliban gunmen who killed his family members in Afghanistan. He fears that once-welcoming European countries are shutting the doors after the carnage in Paris. And he fears that the very extremists who attacked his family at home are moving alongside him in the flow of humanity bound for Europe.

  • Paris attacks reaction: Nordic governments condemn attacks 
    Updated: Nov-14-15 5:50 am

    PARIS - World leaders are reacting to the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. Some of their comments:

  • Uzbekistan frees political prisoner Juraev after 21 years 
    Updated: Nov-13-15 7:25 am

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - One of the world's longest-serving political prisoners has been released in Uzbekistan, where he was held for 21 years.

  • Asia's big 3 all win comfortably in World Cup qualifiers 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 11:40 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - Japan, Australia, and South Korea enjoyed comfortable wins in Asia qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Thursday.

  • Afghan official claims splinter Taliban group leader killed 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 8:48 am

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - A senior figure of a breakaway Taliban faction has been killed in battle between rival insurgent groups in southeastern Afghanistan, an Afghan police official said Thursday.

  • Pakistan tells US envoys it hopes to revive Afghan talks 
    Updated: Nov-11-15 6:48 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistani officials told visiting U.S. envoys on Wednesday that Islamabad hopes to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban that collapsed earlier this year.

  • World Cup qualifying: Leckie out of Australia matches 
    Updated: Nov-10-15 11:48 pm

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia striker Mathew Leckie has been ruled out of Australia's World Cup qualifiers against Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh with a respiratory infection.

  • Calais camp offers migrants school, library, bars in shacks story has photos
    Updated: Nov-10-15 12:28 pm

    CALAIS, France - Jennifer Wilson wrote "hot" and "cold" on the chalkboard and invited her students - a dozen men from Afghanistan, Iran, Ethiopia and Sudan - to say other English words for temperature. "Freezing," one student declared jovially.

  • Medal of Honor recipient tackled suicide bomber, saved lives story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-10-15 9:30 am

    ARLINGTON, Virginia - He tackled a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan, saving fellow soldiers' lives while suffering a gruesome leg injury. During three years of recovery and more than 30 surgeries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Army Capt. Florent Groberg was left with a lot of time to think.

  • Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to lay new pipeline 
    Updated: Nov-10-15 6:44 am

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - Turkmenistan and Afghanistan have agreed to jointly launch the construction of a multi-billion dollar pipeline that will pump natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, Turkmen state media reported Tuesday.

  • Doping-tainted Astana cycling team keeps top-tier status 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 10:13 am

    AIGLE, Switzerland - The doping-tainted Astana cycling team will keep its top-tier racing status next season.

  • Review: 'Black Dragon River' seeks China, Russia 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 9:38 am

    "Black Dragon River" (Penguin Press), by Dominic Ziegler

  • 8-second run was Medal of Honor recipient's last sprint 
    Updated: Nov-08-15 1:41 pm

    FORT CARSON, Colorado - Capt. Florent "Flo" Groberg's last sprint may have been his fastest, ever.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Americans souring on Obama's Islamic State plan story has photos
    Updated: Nov-05-15 10:56 am

    WASHINGTON - Americans are souring on President Barack Obama's approach to fighting the Islamic State, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that also found deep pessimism about U.S. prospects for success in Afghanistan and uncertainty about Obama's plan to leave thousands of troops there when he leaves office.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Things to know about opinions on foreign policy 
    Updated: Nov-05-15 3:19 am

    WASHINGTON - Most Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's handling of foreign affairs, along with his handling of the war in Afghanistan and the threat posed by the Islamic State group, according to a recent Associated Press-GfK poll.

  • Afghan official: Drone crashes in mountains near capital 
    Updated: Nov-04-15 9:36 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan official says that an American drone has crashed the in mountains south of the capital, Kabul.

  • Ogle County soldiers memorial to be dedicated in Oregon 
    Updated: Nov-04-15 4:56 am

    OREGON, Illinois - A retired Army brigadier general who commanded forces in Afghanistan and Iraq will be the keynote speaker at next week's dedication of the Ogle County Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

  • Afghans swell migrant tide as they flee war, unemployment 
    Updated: Nov-04-15 1:11 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - As a recent high school graduate from a middle-class Kabul family, Mohammed Fahim Aazar has the means to go to college and pursue a profession in Afghanistan, but instead he's acquired a $5,600 visa and a plane ticket to Turkey, where he will embark on the migrant trail to Europe.