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America's longest war takes worrying new turn

Four days after the Taliban launched its most serious challenge to Afghanistan's government in three years, heavy fighting was taking place in Ghazni.

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US to Continue Supporting Afghanistan Government Peace Efforts

The United States has condemned a recent spate of deadly attacks in Afghanistan. A spokesperson for the State Department said Wednesday that Washington remains a staunch supporter of the Afghanistan government's effort to establish peace. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports military bases and an education center have been the targets of insurgent violence ...

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Muslim Job Applicant Who Refused Handshake Wins Discrimination Case in Sweden

Farah Alhajeh placed her hand on her heart when greeting a prospective colleague, explaining that she avoided physical contact with men because of ...

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After Taliban Siege of Ghazni, Afghans Tell of Fear and Deprivation

The siege was the latest example of ordinary Afghans caught between Taliban violence and a government that leaves them vulnerable.

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Afghanistan Taliban withdraws protection for Red Cross

The militants accuse the humanitarian group of failing to improve conditions for jailed Taliban.

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The Afghan Army’s Last Stand at Chinese Camp

“We all think they have sold us out to the enemy,” an Afghan army captain said of his top commanders before he was killed by the Taliban.

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US Raises Suspicions About Russia's New Space Weapons

The United States voiced deep suspicion on Tuesday over Russia's pursuit of new space weapons, including a mobile laser system to destroy satellites in space, and the launch of a new inspector satellite which was acting in an "abnormal" ...

Afghan forces confront Taliban militants in Ghazni days after brazen attack

Afghan security forces are engaged in intense fighting with Taliban militants in Ghazni, three days after the start of an offensive on the strategic city that has so far killed more than 150 people, according to a local member of parliament.

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Taliban Offensive Exposes Fragile US Hopes for Afghan Peace 

A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That's raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current U.S. troops were in diapers. A Taliban ...

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Afghanistan: Battle-torn Ghazni residents 'can't find food'

People in Ghazni are facing food and medicine shortages as a Taliban assault continues, the UN warns.

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Taliban attack on Afghan city of Ghazni rages for third day

The government says Ghazni is not in danger of falling - but people inside give a different story.

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Over 100 Officers and Soldiers Killed in Crucial Afghan City in 3 Days

Most of the 18 districts in Ghazni Province appear to be under Taliban control, with the exception of three districts with large populations of the Hazara ethnic minority.

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After Ghazni Attack, Taliban Still in Afghanistan City

The streets are full of bodies and Taliban checkpoints are at every intersection — but government officials insist they are in charge.

Taliban attacks strategic Afghan city of Ghazni

The Taliban launched a brazen attack on the strategic Afghan city of Ghazni early Friday, seizing key buildings and trading fire with security forces.

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Were Victims Friend or Foe? U.S. Airstrike Leads to New Dispute With Afghan Allies

As many as 17 Afghans were killed. Americans said aerial photos showed they were Taliban, but an Afghan police commander said he recognized body parts of fellow officers.

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Taliban Launch Assault on Ghazni, a Key Afghan City

Officials denied that the provincial capital had fallen, but they conceded that the insurgents were within 300 yards of the governor’s office and ...

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Where One Hears Free Speech, Another Hears Hate Speech

College students and educators continue to struggle with balancing free speech rights on campus while keeping debate from turning violent as a new ...

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Taliban attack strategic Afghan city of Ghazni

Taliban militants sow terror on the streets of Ghazni, south of Kabul, in a major night-time attack.

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Some NFL Players ‘Raise Awareness’ During Anthem

Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games Thursday night. In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last ...

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Welsh tourist 'stuck in Dubai' over £36k speeding fine

Welshman Farah Hashi broke the speed limit dozens of times in a few hours in a rented Lamborghini.

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US Braces for Possible Cyberattacks After Iran Sanctions

The U.S. is bracing for cyberattacks Iran could launch in retaliation for the re-imposition of sanctions this week by President Donald Trump, ...

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U.S. Airstrike Kills Afghan Forces Amid Battle With Taliban

As the Taliban attacked a district 50 miles outside the capital, Afghan forces called for American help. But the strike mistakenly hit a police ...

In Yemen, UAE tries to manage optics as well as its military offensive

More than ever, the UAE feels it must manage the optics of its more muscular approach to regional politics, including the war in Yemen.

Taliban 2.0: Militants' talk peace with U.S., but past can't be erased

When NBC News pressed a senior Taliban member on women's rights, he replied: "I just read your message here among the members, and they laughed."

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Syrian army raises flag above city considered as birthplace of uprising against Assad

Daraa, where protests against the government first erupted in 2011, was the target of a brutal weeks-long offensive.

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The Afghan air force is growing. So are questions about its actions in combat.

The U.S.-trained force is busier than ever but is facing allegations of civilian casualties.

Confusion reigns over surrender of 200 ISIS fighters

Over 200 ISIS fighters have surrendered to the Afghan army in the country's north, with some reports suggesting they handed themselves over to the military rather than be captured by the Taliban.

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