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Taliban kill 20 in attack at northwest Pakistani university

January
20
,
2016
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CHARSADDA, Pakistan — Taliban gunmen stormed a university in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 20 people and triggering an hours-long gunbattle with the army and police before the military declared the assault in a town near...

Afghan official: More troops needed against Taliban in south

January
20
,
2016
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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Afghan troops are fighting the Taliban across most of southern Helmand province and are in desperate need of reinforcements, an Afghan official said on Wednesday. Government forces are also facing serious challenges...

Only On AP: Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq razed

January
20
,
2016
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IRBIL, Iraq — Satellite photos obtained by The Associated Press confirm what church leaders and Middle East preservationists had feared: The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of the...

Russia shows military might in Syria ahead of peace talks

January
20
,
2016
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HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria — Russian warplanes were taking off one after another with roaring thunder on Wednesday from their base on Syria's coast, which was bustling with activity as Moscow pressed its air blitz days before scheduled...

Dubai police: Exposed wiring likely sparked NYE tower fire

January
20
,
2016
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai police say a New Year's Eve fire at a luxury hotel in the Mideast commercial hub was likely caused by exposed wiring. Police made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday. Police officials...

Iran's top leader expresses 'pessimism' after nuclear deal

January
19
,
2016
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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's top leader on Tuesday called for vigilance in ensuring that world powers meet their commitments under a newly implemented nuclear deal while expressing "pessimism" about U.S. intentions, state media reported...

Latest round of 4-country talks to end Afghan war begin

January
18
,
2016
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KABUL — Representatives of four countries gathered amid tight security in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday for a second round of talks aimed at bringing an end to Afghanistan's 15-year war with the Taliban by charting a roadmap to peace....

Bomb kills 5 paramilitary soldiers in southwestern Pakistan

January
18
,
2016
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QUETTA, Pakistan — A bomb blast targeted Pakistani paramilitary troops on Monday, killing five soldiers and wounding three in the southwestern city of Quetta, officials said. The bombing occurred on the city's outskirts, said a local...

Iraqi forces deploy in Baghdad neighbourhood after kidnapping

January
18
,
2016
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BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces fanned out across the Baghdad neighbourhood Monday morning where three Americans were reportedly kidnapped over the weekend, closing streets and conducting house-to-house searches. An Iraqi government...

Report: Kurdish militant attack kills 3 Turkish policemen

January
18
,
2016
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ISTANBUL — Turkey's state-run news agency says Kurdish militants have killed three policemen and wounded four others in an attack in the southeastern province of Sirnak. The Anadolu Agency says the three officers succumbed to their...