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4 Taliban militants die in attack in Afghan capital
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood of Afghanistan's capital ended in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the deaths of four heavily armed Taliban attackers, though no civilians or security personnel were injured or killed, an Afghan official said....

AP Interview: Afghanistan's first lady breaks taboos
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's first lady has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors - speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law and the power of religion. But perhaps Rula Ghani's biggest taboo breaker is simply being the country's first presidential spouse in decades to be seen and heard in public....

Israel defense minister: Islamic Jihad behind Gaza flare-up
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's defense minister is blaming Islamic Jihad - a smaller Palestinian militant group in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip - for the latest rocket fired at Israel that drew retaliatory airstrikes overnight....

Group: Hamas tortured, killed Palestinians in 2014 Gaza war
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes....

Iraq begins operation to oust Islamic State from Anbar
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province - now mostly held by the Islamic State - by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi....

Yemen fighters backing exiled government take southern city
SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Fighters backing Yemen's exiled government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, officials said Tuesday, the pro-government forces' first significant victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels in airstrikes....

Nigeria paying $800 million to oil suppliers to end crisis
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's outgoing government has agreed to pay a debt of $800 million to resolve a months-long fuel crisis crippling the economy days before the inauguration of a new president in the country, oil suppliers said Wednesday....

Pakistan vintage car collectors preserve a part of history
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) -- For an elite but passionate group of vintage car collectors in Pakistan, restoring antique rides is like travelling back in time - and money seems to be no obstacle when the prize is a Lincoln convertible that belonged to an Afghan king or a Rolls-Royce once used by India's last viceroy....

Cheap motorbikes bring opportunity and chaos to Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Joseph-Marc Carel knows the danger of ferrying passengers on his small motorbike, sometimes two at a time, as tides of the buzzing vehicles cut through the chaotic Haitian capital. He has a prosthetic leg to prove it....

Figures of French Resistance inducted into Paris Pantheon
PARIS (AP) -- In a rare ceremony, France is honoring four people who resisted the Nazis during World War II by inducting them into Paris' Pantheon mausoleum....

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