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A look at deadliest attacks in Afghanistan in recent years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:27am

The deadly bombing at a wedding in Afghanistan's capital late Saturday was a stark reminder that the war-weary country faces daily threats not only from the long-established Taliban but also from a brutal local affiliate of the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack.

Italy's Salvini tells ship with 107 migrants to go to Spain

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:27am

Seeking to end a humanitarian crisis, Spain says a Spanish rescue boat with 107 migrants in the southern Mediterranean can sail to Spain and disembark its passengers in Algeciras.

Syrian troops close to western outskirts of rebel-held town

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:27am

Syrian state media and an opposition war monitor say government forces have gained more ground in the country's northwest, almost reaching the western outskirts of a major rebel-held town.

Major players shaping troubled Afghanistan's future

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:27am

Saturday night's devastating attack on a wedding in Afghanistan's capital comes amid huge uncertainty about the country's future. The United States and the Taliban say they are nearing a deal to end America's longest conflict, one that has lasted a generation and left tens of thousands dead. The U.S.-Taliban talks have sidelined the government in Kabul, which is increasingly frustrated.

Wildfire forces 2,000 to evacuate in Spain's Canary Islands

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:26am

Authorities on Spain's Canary Islands say around 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that has ravaged more than 500 hectares (1,235 acres) since it broke out less than 24 hours ago.

UN blasts Libyan force's strikes on airport west of Tripoli

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:26am

The U.N. mission in Libya has condemned airstrikes by the self-styled Libyan National Army on a militia-run airport west of the capital, Tripoli, saying the facility had no military targets.

Libya's coast guard intercepts 57 Europe-bound migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:26am

Libya's coast guard says it intercepted 57 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast.

Top Iran diplomat suggests 90-year-old Kuwait ruler is ill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:26am

Iran's foreign minister says he's praying for the "speedy recovery" of Kuwait's ruling emir, though there has been no public word on the 90-year-old ruler being ill or injured.

The Latest: Organizers call for peaceful Hong Kong rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 12:27am

The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local):

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 10:41pm

The Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for the Kabul wedding blast that killed at least 63 on Saturday night. A statement by the militant group posted on an IS-linked website on Sunday says that a Pakistani IS fighter seeking martyrdom targeted a large Shiite gathering in Kabul.

Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

Rahim Faiez and Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 10:05pm

The death toll from a late-night suicide bombing at a crowded wedding party in the Afghan capital rose to at least 63 on Sunday, including women and children, officials said. It was the deadliest attack in Kabul this year.

An Afghan official says at least 63 people have died when suicide bomber detonated explosives in packed wedding hall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 9:49pm

An Afghan official says at least 63 people have died when suicide bomber detonated explosives in packed wedding hall.

Top Chinese, North Korean generals meet in Beijing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 9:24pm

Top military leaders from North Korea and China have recommitted themselves to strengthened exchanges between their armed forces during a meeting in Beijing.

Tens of thousands march in latest Hong Kong protest

Yanan Wang and Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 7:59pm

A spokesman for China's ceremonial legislature condemned statements from U.S. lawmakers supportive of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, as more protests were planned Sunday following a day of dueling rallies that highlighted the political divide in the Chinese territory.

Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape march

Amy Guthrie, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 4:03pm

Workers erected a wooden wall around Mexico City's iconic Angel of Independence monument Saturday after feminists defaced it with graffiti during a raucous and violent protest over a string of alleged rapes by police.

The Latest: Witness says children killed in Kabul blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 1:36pm

The latest on a suicide bombing inside a crowded wedding hall in Afghanistan's capital (all times local):

Afghan official says dozens killed or wounded in blast inside wedding hall in capital, Kabul

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 1:31pm

Afghan official says dozens killed or wounded in blast inside wedding hall in capital, Kabul.

Pakistan officials say roadside bomb kills 2 soldiers

Ishtiaq Mahsud, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 1:18pm

Pakistani intelligence officials say a roadside bomb attack has killed two army soldiers in the country's northwest.

Dozens dead or hurt in wedding party blast in Afghan capital

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 1:13pm

A suicide-bomb blast ripped through a wedding party on a busy Saturday night in Afghanistan's capital and dozens of people were killed or wounded, a government official said. More than 1,000 people had been invited, one witness said, as fears grew that it could be the deadliest attack in Kabul this year.