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Q&A: How strong is the Islamic State group in Afghanistan

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 10:39am

An upstart Islamic State affiliate that first appeared in Afghanistan in 2014 is becoming increasingly deadly and their attacks on the country's minority Shiites have grown bolder. In Sunday's devastating bombing, a suicide bomber walked up to a crowd outside a voter registration office and blew himself up killing 57 people.

Local vote comes as Italy struggles to form government

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 10:19am

An election in one of Italy's tiniest regions was being eagerly watched Sunday for any shift in voter sentiment as right-wing political leaders in Rome struggle to form a government following inconclusive national elections seven weeks ago.

Islamic State suicide bomber kills 57 in Afghan capital

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:53am

An Islamic State suicide bomber carried out an attack at a voter registration center in the capital Kabul on Sunday, killing 57 people and wounding more than 100 others, said officials form the Afghan interior and public health ministries.

Armenia protest leader arrested after failed talks with PM

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:29am

The leader of major political protests that have gripped the Armenian capital for more than a week was arrested Sunday, while the streets of Yerevan echoed with blaring car horns as protesters tried a new technique for expressing opposition.

Turkish lawmakers switch parties in challenge to Erdogan

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:09am

More than a dozen Turkish opposition lawmakers switched parties Sunday in a show of solidarity as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rivals scramble to challenge him in a surprise snap election that could solidify his rule.

Son of ex-dictator's aide leads race as Paraguay votes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:04am

The son of a former dictator's top aide appeared to have a strong lead heading into Sunday's election for Paraguayan president, aided by a booming economy under his party.

Macron to push Trump on Iran deal, says there's no 'Plan B'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 8:59am

French President Emmanuel Macron is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the Iranian nuclear accord, arguing there's no "Plan B."

Kuwait arrests 2 Filipinos accused of helping runaway maids

Hussain Al-Qatari, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 8:36am

Kuwaiti police arrested two Filipinos for allegedly convincing housemaids to run away from their employers' homes as the Philippines' ambassador faced questions for comments about his embassy's work in aiding abused workers, authorities said Sunday.

Why French globalist Macron is befriending nationalist Trump

Angela Charlton and Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 8:23am

Of everything Emmanuel Macron has accomplished in nearly a year as France's president, the most important may be his tough-love friendship with Donald Trump.

The Latest: Toll from Kabul bombing climbs to 57 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:57am

The Latest on the violence in Afghanistan (all times local):

Iraq says its strikes in Syria killed 36 IS militants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:51am

A spokesman for Iraq's military says 36 Islamic State militants have been killed in Thursday's airstrikes by Iraq's air force in Syria.

High-rise tower in Dubai catches fire; no injuries reported

Kamran Jebreili, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:31am

A fire broke out Sunday atop a prominent skyscraper in Dubai, sending smoke billowing from its roof and those inside fleeing into the streets before firefighters extinguished the blaze. No injuries were reported.

Troubled German Social Democrats elect combative new leader

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:03am

Germany's center-left Social Democrats on Sunday elected a combative new leader to spearhead their recovery from a disastrous election result while guiding them through a fractious coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

Russia adds Google IPs to registry of banned sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 6:59am

Russia's communications watchdog agency says it is adding some Google IP addresses to the state register of banned sites, as a dispute over a banned messaging app intensifies.

US, Jordan troops practice response to hazardous materials

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 6:55am

U.S. and Jordanian forces in protective suits have practiced how to handle chemical, biological and nuclear materials.

World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 6:43am

The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died.

Afghan officials say toll from Kabul bombing climbs to 48 killed, 112 wounded

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 6:15am

Afghan officials say toll from Kabul bombing climbs to 48 killed, 112 wounded.

Libyan airstrikes target 'terrorist sites' east of Misrata

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 5:14am

The self-styled Libyan National Army says it has carried out airstrikes against "terrorist sites" near the city of Misrata, which is controlled by a rival militia.

Malaysia: Security beefed up after Palestinian gunned down

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 4:18am

Malaysian police said Sunday that an investigation was underway into the gunning down of a Palestinian man a day earlier and gave assurances that security was being beefed up in the country following recent high-profile assassinations.