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A timeline of more than 40 years of war in Afghanistan

The former Soviet Union marched into Afghanistan on Christmas Eve, 1979, claiming it was invited by the new Afghan communist leader, Babrak Karmal, and setting the country on a path of 40 years of seemingly endless wars and conflict. After the Soviets left in humiliation, America was the next ...

Thai virus surge prompts concern over ICUs, vaccine supply

BANGKOK (AP) — Health authorities in Thailand reported over 6,200 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, setting a record for a third straight day, as concerns mounted over shortages of treatment facilities and vaccine supplies. Officials also reported 41 deaths, bringing the total to ...

Indonesia caught between surge and slow vaccine rollout

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Sri Dewi stood in the graveyard with her family, waiting their turn to bury her brother. He suffered a stroke and needed oxygen, but there wasn't any in a hospital overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. "We took him to this hospital, but there was no room for him," ...

Hurricane Elsa races toward Haiti amid fears of landslides

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Elsa raced toward Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Saturday, where it threatened to unleash flooding and landslides before taking aim at Cuba and Florida. The Category 1 storm was located about 395 miles (635 kilometers) east-southeast of Isla Beata, ...

At 100, China’s Communist Party looks to cement its future

BEIJING (AP) — For China's Communist Party, celebrating its 100th birthday on Thursday is not just about glorifying its past. It's also about cementing its future and that of its leader, Chinese President Xi Jinping. In the build-up to the July 1 anniversary, Xi and the party have exhorted ...

Pope Francis: Thank you, Benedict, for praying for church

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday offered an affectionate, public thank-you to Benedict XVI, whose retirement from the papacy in 2013 shocked the Roman Catholic Church and the world. Addressing tourists and Romans in St. Peter's Square, Francis triggered applause when he recalled ...

Eswatini imposes curfew to quell pro-democracy protests

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Eswatini, the southern African kingdom previously known as Swaziland, have vowed to intensify demonstrations against the monarchy until it makes democratic reforms and lifts its ban on all opposition parties. The small mountain kingdom has been ...

New Israeli foreign minister in the UAE on 1st state visit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israel's foreign minister kicked off the highest-level visit by an Israeli official to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, nine months after the two countries established relations in a deal brokered by the United States. Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met ...

Paris conference aims to fast-track road to gender equality

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An international conference opening in Paris on Wednesday aims to fast-track the road to gender equality and mobilize millions of dollars to achieve the long-sought goal quickly, the head of the U.N.'s premiere global body fighting to empower women says. UN Women's ...

Sweltering heat wave linked to sudden deaths in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A sweltering heat wave that has settled over western Canada for several days is believed to be a contributing factor in dozens of sudden-death calls received by police in the Vancouver area, authorities said Tuesday. Cpl. Mike Kalanj of Burnaby Royal ...

Variant surge at border forces Bangladesh into new lockdown

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — In a state-run hospital near Bangladesh's border with India, Shahinul Islam prays his father does not become one of the facility's more than 300 patients who've died this month from the coronavirus. Hundreds like his father are struggling to breathe in the COVID-19 ...

Thousands of EU citizens may lose legal status to live in UK

LONDON (AP) — Marlies Haselton has called Britain home for more than 30 years. The Dutch national married a Briton, had her children there, and considers herself "part and parcel" of the U.K. Until Britain's divorce from the European Union, she had never given a thought to her immigration ...

2 Australian states urge against under 40s taking AZ vaccine

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Queensland and Western Australia state governments on Wednesday advised people under age 40 not to take the AstraZeneca vaccine because of the risk of a rare blood clotting disorder, despite the Australian government making those shots available to all ...

UK confident about July reopening despite soaring cases

LONDON (AP) — Britain's new health secretary said Monday he is confident that England is on track to remove the country's remaining coronavirus restrictions on July 19, stressing that the rapid vaccination rollout is "breaking the link" between soaring infection numbers and serious illnesses ...

Brazil to redeploy troops to Amazon to fight deforestation

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's president is sending troops back to the Amazon to bolster policing against logging and other illegal land clearance, acting amid international criticism of a surge in deforestation and just two months after withdrawing a similar military mission. President ...

China’s leader Xi hands out medals amid party celebrations

BEIJING (AP) — Amid celebrations over the centenary of the ruling Communist Party, Chinese President Xi Jinping has awarded loyal party members with medals and called for adherence to Marxism. Xi's speech at a ceremony Tuesday follows a lavish celebration at Beijing's Olympic stadium on ...

Slow tourism start on Greek island but businesses optimistic

KOKKARI, Greece (AP) — The picturesque seaside village of Kokkari on the Greek island of Samos is unusually quiet for this time of year. Sunbeds on its long pebble beach lie mostly empty; customers in the shops are few and far between. About a month after Greece officially opened to ...

It’s imminent: After nearly 20 years US to leave Bagram

BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) — For nearly 20 years, Bagram Airfield was the heart of American military power in Afghanistan, a sprawling mini-city behind fences and blast walls just an hour's drive north of Kabul. Initially, it was a symbol of the U.S. drive to avenge the 9/11 attacks, then of ...

British travel industry urges swifter reopening of sector

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s travel industry held a day of action Wednesday, pressing the British government to allow more quarantine-free travel and provide cash-strapped businesses with much-needed financial support. Hundreds of industry workers, including travel agents, pilots and cabin crew ...

Greece: Bishops attacked with caustic liquid, 10 hurt

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Seven senior members of Greece's Orthodox Church and three others were hospitalized with burns Wednesday after being attacked with a caustic liquid, allegedly by a priest facing a disciplinary hearing, authorities said. The incident occurred at a meeting in Athens of ...