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Stories with place: Central Asia
  • new storyMcCain: US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 9:13 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country's capital.

  • Pizzas to be served to troops in Afghanistan for 4th of July 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 8:07 am

    BUFFALO, New York - Nearly 10,000 American troops overseas are getting a slice of American pie for Independence Day.

  • Astana confirms Boom will start Tour de France 
    Updated: Jul-04-15 7:06 am

    UTRECHT, Netherlands - Astana team manager Alexandre Vinokourov confirmed Saturday that Lars Boom will start the Tour de France despite questions raised over his testing results.

  • Astana rider Lars Boom facing Tour de France exit story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 7:26 pm

    UTRECHT, Netherlands - Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali's under-pressure Astana team requested teammate Lars Boom be removed from cycling's showpiece race for anomalous blood-testing results announced Friday.

  • Nibali hopes to stick closer to Froome at the Tour de France story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 1:01 pm

    UTRECHT, Netherlands - Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali did not see much of rival Chris Froome the last time they raced each other.

  • Pakistan, Afghanistan summon envoys in dispute 
    Updated: Jul-03-15 9:02 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Afghanistan are in the midst of a diplomatic dispute. The two neighbors have summoned each other's ambassadors to lodge protests over the detention of a Pakistani official in the Afghan city of Kandahar and a deadly cross-border shootout between Pakistani and Afghan border police, officials said Friday.

  • Obama's counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 11:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - At the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again.

  • Judge awards $134M in suit over death, injury of soldiers 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 4:46 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge in Utah has awarded $134.2 million to an American solider injured in Afghanistan and the widow of another soldier killed there in a lawsuit filed against a Canadian man who pleaded guilty in a grenade attack involving the two soldiers when he was 15.

  • Army sergeant pleads guilty to conspiring to take bribes 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 4:11 pm

    PADUCAH, Kentucky - A Fort Campbell Army sergeant has pleaded guilty to conspiring to take bribes from vendors seeking contracts in Afghanistan.

  • Athletes avoid South Korea over virus fears 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:53 am

    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - As South Korea battles to contain an outbreak of the deadly MERS virus, some foreign athletes are turning their back on the country.

  • Afghan court cancels death sentences in mob killing of woman story has photos
    Updated: Jul-02-15 7:26 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan court has overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine, a judge said Thursday.

  • Afghan soldier who fled US training site granted asylum 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 8:50 am

    BUFFALO, New York - Federal officials have granted asylum to an Afghan military officer who along with two comrades slipped away from a U.S. training exercise in Massachusetts to avoid being sent back home.

  • The Latest: Attack on NATO convoy in Afghanistan kills 2 story has photos
    Updated: Jun-30-15 11:07 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The latest news on a suicide attack in the Afghan capital targeting a NATO convoy on the Kabul airport road, near the U.S. Embassy.

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 6:10 am

    Crunch time in Greece as bailout due to expire, IMF loan due with no deal in sight

  • Panel urges ex-Green Beret hero out of Army with VA benefits 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 4:49 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - An Army officer who was accused of tracking down and killing an unarmed bomb-making suspect in Afghanistan is being recommended for an honorable discharge even though a military panel that looked into the case determined his conduct was unbecoming an officer.

  • Photographer Heidi Levine honored by women's media group 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 3:26 pm

    BERLIN - Freelance photographer Heidi Levine, who has made a career of covering conflicts, was honored Thursday with the inaugural award for courage named for Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan.

  • Pakistan rejects Afghan allegations about parliament attack 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 2:10 pm

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan "strongly rejects" accusations by Afghanistan's spy agency that a Pakistani intelligence officer helped orchestrate an attack on the Afghan parliament earlier this week.

  • NATO plans follow-up Afghan presence after Resolute Support 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 11:56 am

    BRUSSELS - NATO defense ministers are reassuring Afghanistan's government that it can count on the alliance's continued help after its military training and support mission, called Resolute Support, ends.

  • Greeks worry about impact of refugee crisis on tourism 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 10:24 am

    MOLYVOS, Greece - On the waterfront beneath this village of stone houses cascading down a castle-topped hill, two worlds collide. Tourists saunter along the pier, gazing at the fishing boats bobbing in the harbor. A group of Afghan children who risked their lives to get here on an overloaded dinghy play in the shallow water.

  • Official: US to manage Afghan airspace till mid-September 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 8:20 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The United States will continue to manage Afghan airspace and air-traffic control for another two-and-a-half months after its current contract expires at the end of June, according to an Afghan official.

  • Greeks worry about impact of refugee crisis on tourism 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 7:17 am

    MOLYVOS, Greece - On the waterfront beneath this village of stone houses cascading down a castle-topped hill, two worlds collide. Tourists saunter along the pier, gazing at the fishing boats bobbing in the harbor. A group of Afghan children who risked their lives to get here on an overloaded dinghy play in the shallow water.

  • Beijing says snow is no problem for 2022 Winter Olympic bid 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 8:59 am

    BEIJING - Beijing is driving home assurances that providing plenty of good quality snow for the skiing events won't be a problem if it wins the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

  • Afghan UN envoy says extremists have united in new offensive 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 11:03 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - A new offensive against the Afghan government and people is being compounded by "an unprecedented convergence" of Taliban insurgents, more than 7,000 foreign fighters, and violent groups including the Islamic State, Afghanistan's U.N. ambassador said Monday.

  • 3 Spanish mountain climbers die in rock slide in Kyrgyzstan 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 4:59 am

    MADRID - A Spanish mountaineering club says three of its members have died in a rockslide while climbing in Kyrgyzstan.

  • Army Corps to name new boat after late command sergeant 
    Updated: Jun-21-15 7:50 am

    BUFFALO, New York - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Buffalo is naming a new boat after a former command sergeant who died in Afghanistan while working as a contractor.