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New president in Afghanistan...US general: Arab participation needed...Turkey remains mum

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 21, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.



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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election commission has named former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (ahsh-RAHF' gah-NEE' ah-mahd-ZEYE') as the winner of the country's presidential election. The commission's announcement comes after Ghani Ahmadzai signed a power sharing agreement with opponent Abdullah Abdullah, who will fill the newly created position of government chief executive. The commission did not release final vote figures.

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says Arab countries need to take a more direct role in the U.S. military mission against the Islamic State group before it can be credible and sustainable. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey says President Barack Obama has not yet signed off on a military campaign plan, in part because of the lack of Arab participation. Dempsey says the plan calls for attacking the Islamic State fighters from several directions at once.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) says his government will not reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State group. The hostages — 46 Turks and three Iraqis — were seized in Mosul, Iraq when militants overran the city in June. They were released and returned to Turkey yesterday. Turkey says no ransom was paid and no promises were made, but it remains unclear why the militants agreed to let them go.

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The search for the suspect in the deadly ambush at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks in the Pocono Mountains is in its ninth day. Police appear to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where 31-year-old Eric Frein (FREEN) lived with his parents. They have lifted a shelter in place order but are urging everyone to use caution and stay out of the woods.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sheriff's office in Madera County, California, says four of five inmates who escaped from a central California jail Friday have been caught. The men are in custody on various charges including attempted murder and armed robbery. A manhunt continues for the fifth man, 29-year-old Roel Soliz of Chowchilla. It's unclear how they escaped.

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