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Taliban hang body in public; signal return to past tactics

Taliban hang body in public; signal return to past tactics

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 5:19 p.m.

The Taliban hanged a dead body from a crane parked in a city square in Afghanistan on Saturday in a gruesome display that signaled the hard-line movement's return to some of its brutal tactics of the past.
Russia's Lavrov says Taliban recognition 'not on the table'

Russia's Lavrov says Taliban recognition 'not on the table'

Michelle Nichols and Daphne Psaledakis, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 12:48 p.m.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that international recognition of the Taliban was not currently under consideration.
North Korea says hope is alive for peace, summit with the South

North Korea says hope is alive for peace, summit with the South

Heekyong Yang, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 25 - 12:34 p.m.

North Korea is willing to consider another inter-Korean summit if mutual respect between the rivals can be assured, state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday, citing Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Ancient tablet acquired by Hobby Lobby going back to Iraq

Ancient tablet acquired by Hobby Lobby going back to Iraq

Colleen Long, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 8:40 p.m.

A 3,500-year-old clay tablet discovered in the ruins of the library of an ancient Mesopotamian king, then looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago, is finally headed back to Iraq.
Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

María Verza and Juan Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 7:35 p.m.

No migrants remained Friday at the Texas border encampment where almost 15,000 people — most of them Haitians — had converged just days earlier seeking asylum, local and federal officials said.
US House backs bill to provide $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system

US House backs bill to provide $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system

Patricia Zengerle  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 7:23 a.m.

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday for legislation to provide $1 billion to Israel to replenish its "Iron Dome" missile-defense system, just two days after the funding was removed from a broader spending bill.
One to charge them all: EU demands single plug for phones

One to charge them all: EU demands single plug for phones

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 23 - 6:15 p.m.

The European Union announced plans Thursday to require the smartphone industry to adopt a uniform charging cord for mobile devices.
US special envoy resigns over Haiti expulsions from Texas camp

US special envoy resigns over Haiti expulsions from Texas camp

Daina Beth Solomon, Reuters  |  Updated Sept. 23 - 1:26 p.m.

The U.S. special envoy to Haiti dramatically resigned on Thursday in a letter that excoriated the Biden administration for deporting hundreds of migrants to the crisis-engulfed Caribbean nation from a camp on the U.S.-Mexican border in recent days.
Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return

Taliban official: Strict punishment, executions will return

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 1:06 p.m.

One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law said executions and amputations of hands will resume, though perhaps not in public.
Under pressure, US donates half-billion more COVID-19 vaccine doses to world

Under pressure, US donates half-billion more COVID-19 vaccine doses to world

Jeff Mason and Carl O'Donnell, Reuters  |  Updated Sept. 22 - 4:45 p.m.

The United States on Wednesday promised to buy 500 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to other countries as it comes under increasing pressure to share its supply with the rest of the world.
Taliban face uphill battle in efforts to speak at UN meeting

Taliban face uphill battle in efforts to speak at UN meeting

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 22 - 4:43 p.m.

The new rulers of Afghanistan have an uphill battle in their efforts to be recognized in time to address other world leaders at the United Nations this year.
Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise

Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise

Elliot Spagat, Maria Verza and Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 22 - 4:22 p.m.

Many Haitian migrants in Del Rio are being released in the United States, according to two U.S. officials, undercutting the Biden administration's public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion to Haiti.
Developing nations' plea to world's wealthy at UN: Stop vaccine hoarding

Developing nations' plea to world's wealthy at UN: Stop vaccine hoarding

Daphne Psaledakis, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 1:37 p.m.

Leaders from developing nations warned the U.N. General Assembly this week that COVID-19 vaccine hoarding by wealthy countries left the door open for the emergence of new coronavirus variants.
Biden pledges 'relentless diplomacy' on global challenges

Biden pledges 'relentless diplomacy' on global challenges

Josh Boak and Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 21 - 11:18 a.m.

President Joe Biden addressed the festering global issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and human rights abuses in his first address before the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
Shooting at Russian university leaves 6 dead, 28 hurt

Shooting at Russian university leaves 6 dead, 28 hurt

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 20 - 11:15 p.m.

A student opened fire Monday at a university in Russia, leaving six people dead and 28 hurt before being shot by police and detained, officials said. Other students and staff locked themselves in rooms during the attack and video on Russian news sites showed some students jumping out of second-story windows.
Projections: Trudeau's Liberals on track to win Canada election, form minority government

Projections: Trudeau's Liberals on track to win Canada election, form minority government

Steve Scherer, David Ljunggren and Julie Gordon, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 10:05 p.m.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals are on track to win the Canadian election, the CBC and CTV television networks projected as results trickled in, but they look set to fall short of their goal for a decisive, majority win.
US easing foreign travel restrictions; vaccinations required

US easing foreign travel restrictions; vaccinations required

Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 20 - 9:02 p.m.

In a major easing of pandemic travel restrictions, the U.S. said Monday it will allow foreigners to fly into the country this fall if they have vaccination proof and a negative COVID-19 test — changes replacing a hodgepodge of rules that had kept out many non-citizens and irritated allies in Europe and beyond where virus cases are lower.
Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home

Taliban-run Kabul municipality to female workers: Stay home

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 19 - 8:12 p.m.

Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan's capital said Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers.
Macron to hold call with US President Biden, French spokesman says

Macron to hold call with US President Biden, French spokesman says

Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 19 - 6:18 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron will have a call with U.S. President Joe Biden in the next few days, the French government spokesman said on Sunday, amid a diplomatic crisis triggered by Australia's cancellation of submarine contract with Paris.
As leaders reconvene at UN, climate and COVID top the list

As leaders reconvene at UN, climate and COVID top the list

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 19 - 4:03 p.m.

Last year, no leaders came at all. This year will be quite different — sort of.
France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine deal

France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine deal

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 18 - 1:05 p.m.

America's oldest ally, France, recalled its ambassador to the United States on Friday in an unprecedented show of anger that dwarfed decades of previous rifts.
Official: US to expel Haitians from border, fly them to Haiti

Official: US to expel Haitians from border, fly them to Haiti

Eric Gay and Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 9:44 p.m.

The Biden administration plans the widescale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the border from Mexico and gathered under and around a bridge.
Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error

Pentagon reverses itself, calls deadly Kabul strike an error

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 2:41 p.m.

The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan last month, announcing Friday that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed.
More than 10K mostly Haitian migrants sleeping under Texas bridge, more expected

More than 10K mostly Haitian migrants sleeping under Texas bridge, more expected

Alexandra Ulmer, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 2:14 p.m.

Haitians fleeing a country hammered by political turmoil and two natural disasters made up most of more than 10,000 migrants sleeping on the ground under a bridge in southern Texas on Friday.
Egypt team identifies fossil of land-roaming 4-legged whale species

Egypt team identifies fossil of land-roaming 4-legged whale species

Noha Elhennawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 10:03 p.m.

Egyptian scientists say the fossil of a four-legged prehistoric whale, unearthed over a decade ago in the country's Western Desert, is that of a previously unknown species. The creature, an ancestor of the modern-day whale, is believed to have lived 43 million years ago.
Tourists from China sue Utah after deadly 2019 tour bus crash

Tourists from China sue Utah after deadly 2019 tour bus crash

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 9:24 p.m.

The state of Utah didn't do enough to make sure a remote highway was safe before a tour bus crashed, killing four people from China and injuring two dozen more in 2019, family and survivors said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
1,400 dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands in one day, shocking even some pro-whalers

1,400 dolphins were killed in the Faroe Islands in one day, shocking even some pro-whalers

Jeevan Ravindran, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 4:56 p.m.

The killing has been denounced by marine conservation group Sea Shepherd as a "brutal and badly mishandled" massacre, and the largest single hunt in the Danish territory's history.
Romney to Blinken: 'You knew there was no way you were going to get all these people out in time'

Romney to Blinken: 'You knew there was no way you were going to get all these people out in time'

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 8:54 p.m.

Mitt Romney questioned Secretary of State Antony Blinken over leaving Americans and others behind amid the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
'The plan is to get them out': A BYU professor's push to help a family escape the Taliban

'The plan is to get them out': A BYU professor's push to help a family escape the Taliban

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 6:30 a.m.

Eric Eliason, a former Utah National Guard chaplain and now a BYU professor, has a complex mission with a simple objective — get Taroon's family out of Afghanistan.
North Korea says it tested new long-range cruise missiles

North Korea says it tested new long-range cruise missiles

Kim Tong-hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 6:11 p.m.

North Korea said Monday that it successfully tested newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, the first known testing activity in months.
Documentary filmmaker in Utah working to help Afghans

Documentary filmmaker in Utah working to help Afghans

Ashton Goodell, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 12 - 9:21 p.m.

Afghanistan's borders are now closed, which means many vulnerable Afghans can't get out, but a network of Utahns are trying to help.
Utah Marine recovering after being injured in Kabul airport attack

Utah Marine recovering after being injured in Kabul airport attack

Garna Mejia, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 10 - 5:09 p.m.

The Carbon County community is rallying around a Utah Marine injured in the suicide bombing by the Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans.
Moderna working on combination COVID-19 vaccine booster and flu shot

Moderna working on combination COVID-19 vaccine booster and flu shot

Michael Erman and Manojna Maddipatla, Reuters  |  Updated Sept. 10 - 7:24 a.m.

Moderna said on Thursday it is developing a single vaccine that combines a booster dose against COVID-19 with its experimental flu shot.
US and Mexico resume economic talks halted by Trump with focus on labor, border

US and Mexico resume economic talks halted by Trump with focus on labor, border

Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 12:59 p.m.

The United States and Mexico on Thursday will resume high-level economic talks for the first time in four years as the two sides seek to find common ground.
Scores of Westerners, including Americans, fly out of Kabul

Scores of Westerners, including Americans, fly out of Kabul

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 9 - 10:40 a.m.

Some 200 foreigners, including Americans, flew out of Afghanistan on an international commercial flight from Kabul airport on Thursday, the first such large-scale departure since U.S and foreign forces concluded their frantic withdrawal at the end of last month.
Robinson, Pepi, US flip WCup qualifier, beat Honduras 4-1

Robinson, Pepi, US flip WCup qualifier, beat Honduras 4-1

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 9 - 2:41 a.m.

The United States was skidding to another World Cup qualifying failure when Antonee Robinson entered, quickly tied the score and celebrated with a backward somersault.
Paris terror trial opens for 20 accused in 2015 deadly attacks

Paris terror trial opens for 20 accused in 2015 deadly attacks

Lori Hinnant and Nicolas Vaux-montagny, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 4:45 p.m.

The trial of 20 men accused in a series of coordinated attacks on Paris in 2015 that spread fear across Europe and transformed France opened Wednesday in a custom-built complex embedded within a 13th-century courthouse.
Students prepare to welcome Afghan refugees with music

Students prepare to welcome Afghan refugees with music

Matt Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 11:10 a.m.

As thousands of refugees from Afghanistan slowly make their way to various cities across the United States, a group of local students is preparing to welcome them to Utah — with music.
Powerful earthquake shakes southwest Mexico, one death reported

Powerful earthquake shakes southwest Mexico, one death reported

Reuters  |  Updated Sept. 7 - 10:42 p.m.

One death reported after a powerful earthquake struck southwestern Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco on Tuesday night, causing rock falls and damaging buildings.
Missing toddler found after 3 days lost in the Australian bush

Missing toddler found after 3 days lost in the Australian bush

Sana Noor Haq, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 8:38 p.m.

A toddler was found three days after he went missing in the Australian wilderness, authorities confirmed on Monday.
Taliban fire in air to scatter hundreds of protesters in Kabul

Taliban fire in air to scatter hundreds of protesters in Kabul

Clarence Fernandez, Raju Gopalakrishnan and Kevin Liffey, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 11:12 a.m.

Taliban gunmen fired in the air on Tuesday to scatter protesters in the Afghan capital Kabul, witnesses said, as video showed scores scurrying to escape volleys of gunfire.
Legacy of 9/11: Group of women reunite to create grief teddy bears for fallen soldiers

Legacy of 9/11: Group of women reunite to create grief teddy bears for fallen soldiers

Dan Rascon, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 6 - 9:11 p.m.

3 women who helped make over 400 teddy bears for a 9/11 project are back at it again, this time for the victims of a suicide bombing attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan on Aug. 26.
Taliban claim control of whole country, promise formation of government 'soon'

Taliban claim control of whole country, promise formation of government 'soon'

Raju Gopalakrishnan, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 6 - 8:08 p.m.

The Taliban claimed victory on Monday over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, declaring that it completed the Islamist group's takeover of Afghanistan.
Born conjoined back-to-back, Israeli twins finally see each other after surgery

Born conjoined back-to-back, Israeli twins finally see each other after surgery

Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 6 - 5:25 p.m.

One-year-old twin Israeli girls who were born conjoined at the head, back-to-back, can make eye contact for the first time after undergoing rare separation surgery on Sunday.
'Everything's in danger': Utah's first Afghan refugee shares his personal account of chaos in Kabul

'Everything's in danger': Utah's first Afghan refugee shares his personal account of chaos in Kabul

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 6 - 6:14 a.m.

Azim Kakaie is one of over 110,000 Afghans evacuated from the Kabul airport. Many others are still bogged down in a web of bureaucracy that could delay the resettlement process.
Taliban stop planes of evacuees from leaving but unclear why

Taliban stop planes of evacuees from leaving but unclear why

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 5 - 8:59 p.m.

At least four planes chartered to evacuate several hundred people seeking to escape the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan have been unable to leave the country for days, officials said Sunday, with conflicting accounts emerging about why the flights weren't able to take off as pressure ramps up on the United States to help those left behind to flee.
Rescue groups: US tally misses hundreds left in Afghanistan

Rescue groups: US tally misses hundreds left in Afghanistan

Julie Watson and Bernard Condon, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 4 - 8:25 p.m.

Veteran-led rescue groups say the Biden administration's estimate that no more than 200 U.S. citizens were left behind in Afghanistan is too low and also overlooks hundreds of other people they consider to be equally American: permanent legal residents with green cards.
New Zealand police were following extremist who stabbed 6

New Zealand police were following extremist who stabbed 6

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 3 - 7:22 p.m.

New Zealand authorities were so worried about an extremist inspired by the Islamic State group that they were following him around the clock and were able to shoot and kill him within 60 seconds of him unleashing a knife attack that wounded six people Friday at an Auckland supermarket.
Rebels hold out in Afghan valley as Taliban set up government in Kabul

Rebels hold out in Afghan valley as Taliban set up government in Kabul

Reuters  |  Updated Sept. 2 - 5:02 p.m.

Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud fought in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley on Thursday, more than two weeks after the Islamist militia seized power, as Taliban leaders in the capital Kabul worked on forming a government.
Number of people with dementia set to jump 40% to 78 million by 2030

Number of people with dementia set to jump 40% to 78 million by 2030

Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 2 - 2:49 p.m.

With populations aging, the number of those who suffer with dementia is projected to rise to 78 million by 2030 and 139 million by 2050, the WHO said in a report.
'Everybody screwed up': Blame game begins over turbulent US exit from Afghanistan

'Everybody screwed up': Blame game begins over turbulent US exit from Afghanistan

Idrees Ali, Patricia Zengerle and Arshad Mohammed, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 1 - 5:04 p.m.

The chaotic end to America's longest war has sparked the biggest crisis of President Joe Biden's seven months in the White House: questions about who, if anyone, would be held responsible.
US coordination with Taliban on strikes 'possible,' top US general says

US coordination with Taliban on strikes 'possible,' top US general says

Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 1 - 5:03 p.m.

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said Wednesday that it's "possible" the U.S. will have to coordinate with the Taliban on future counterterrorism strikes in Afghanistan.
In call before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to 'change perception'

In call before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to 'change perception'

Aram Roston and Nandita Bose, Reuters  |  Posted Aug. 31 - 5:34 p.m.

In a call between President Joe Biden and his Afghanistan counterpart, neither Biden nor Ashraf Ghani appeared aware of or prepared for the immediate danger of the entire country falling to insurgents, a transcript reviewed by Reuters shows.
State Department recommends Salt Lake City for recently evacuated Afghans. Here's what we know

State Department recommends Salt Lake City for recently evacuated Afghans. Here's what we know

Kyle Dunphey, Deseret News  |  Posted Aug. 31 - 5:06 p.m.

The U.S. State Department released a list where Afghan citizens fleeing the Taliban are recommended to settle once their paperwork is finalized and visas are granted.
Taliban members escorted Americans to gates at Kabul airport in secret arrangement with US

Taliban members escorted Americans to gates at Kabul airport in secret arrangement with US

Barbara Starr, CNN  |  Posted Aug. 31 - 11:43 a.m.

The U.S. military negotiated a secret arrangement with the Taliban that resulted in Taliban members escorting groups of Americans to the Kabul airport, according to two defense officials.
Last US troops depart Afghanistan after massive airlift ending America's longest war

Last US troops depart Afghanistan after massive airlift ending America's longest war

Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali, Reuters  |  Updated Aug. 30 - 10:50 p.m.

The United States completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Monday, after a chaotic evacuation of thousands of Americans and Afghan allies to close out U.S. involvement there after 20 years of conflict.
Americans give Biden low marks on Afghanistan pullout, want to see evacuations through

Americans give Biden low marks on Afghanistan pullout, want to see evacuations through

Chris Kahn and James Oliphant, Reuters  |  Posted Aug. 30 - 10:23 p.m.

Less than 40% of Americans approve of President Joe Biden's handling of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, and three quarters wanted U.S. forces to remain in the country until all American civilians could get out, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.
China limits kids' video game time to 3 hours a week

China limits kids' video game time to 3 hours a week

Brenda Goh, Reuters  |  Posted Aug. 30 - 9:43 p.m.

China has forbidden under-18s from playing video games for more than three hours a week, saying there's growing addiction to what the nation once described as "spiritual opium".
New Zealand reports its first death linked to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

New Zealand reports its first death linked to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Praveen Menon, Reuters  |  Posted Aug. 30 - 12:15 p.m.

New Zealand reported its first recorded death linked to U.S. drugmaker Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, the health ministry said on Monday.