- A veteran's race against time to return WWI Purple Hearts Updated: May-29-16 5:25 pm
ST. ALBANS, Vermont - A group that seeks to reunite lost Purple Hearts with service members or their descendants is embarking on an ambitious project: to return 100 such medals or certificates earned in World War I before the 100th anniversary next April of the United States' entry into the conflict.
- Driver's family press charges over US drone hit on Pakistan Updated: May-29-16 3:44 pm
QUETTA, Pakistan - The family of a driver who was killed alongside Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has filed a case against U.S. officials, seeking to press murder charges, police said Sunday.
- Breakaway Taliban faction expresses support for peace talks Updated: May-29-16 5:57 am
SHINDAND, Afghanistan - A breakaway Taliban faction is willing to hold peace talks with the Afghan government but will demand the imposition of Islamic law and the departure of all foreign forces, a senior leader of the group said Sunday.
- German rhetoric on Afghan migrants doesn't meet reality Updated: May-29-16 5:13 am
BERLIN - The 75 people stuffed onto the small dinghy watched with horror as the water flowed in, eventually covering bags filled with clothes and mementos from the devastated homes they were fleeing. Jawad, a 25-year-old Afghan, prayed as he huddled with his wife, daughter and infant son.
- AP Analysis: Hopes for peace dim with new Taliban leader Updated: May-28-16 1:02 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's government has offered the new Taliban leader a choice: make peace or face the same fate as his predecessor, killed in a U.S. drone strike last week. But Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is a hard-liner who has used his religious credentials to justify the Taliban insurgency that has killed or wounded tens of thousands of Afghan civilians as a "holy war" and his succession has inspired little hope for an end to the bloodshed.
- GOP senators attack top Democrat for defense bill delay 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 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.
- 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.
- Obama: Taliban leader's death a 'milestone' for Afghan peace 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 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 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):
- Mansour's brief reign as chief marked by turmoil 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 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Pakistan, 4 nations mull how to bring Taliban to talks Updated: May-18-16 11:20 am
ISLAMABAD - Four nations - Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States - ended talks Wednesday much as they began, seeking peace in Afghanistan but with no real progress on how to get there or how to bring the most powerful of the country's insurgent groups, the Taliban, to the negotiating table.
- Thousands of underage migrants live in shadows across Europe Updated: May-18-16 3:06 am
Outside the train station in Rome, teen migrants sell drugs from school backpacks and trade sex for cash or clothes. In the capital of Sweden, they steal food from supermarkets and sleep on the streets. From makeshift camps along the northern French coast, they try to hop at night onto the backs of moving trucks headed to Britain.
- Medical charity MSF urges US to pay Afghan hospital victims Updated: May-17-16 3:07 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan - A leading medical charity that suffered massive losses when U.S. helicopter gunships mistakenly struck its clinic in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz is criticizing the United States for failing to pay compensation to the wounded and families of the Afghans killed in the assault last October.
- Bergdahl to be court-martialed under new commander-in-chief Updated: May-17-16 2:27 pm
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina - A new commander-in-chief will be in charge when Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is court-martialed in February.