Migrant arrivals to Greece's Lesbos rise after days of bad weather


ON BOARD THE AGIOS EFSTRATIOS, Greece They waved, cheered and let out sighs of relief as their rubber boat, packed with dozens of mainly Syrian and Afghan refugees, approached the Greek coast guard ship that would rescue them at open sea near the island of Lesbos.


Suicide bombers in Afghanistan kill 9, wound 23 08 Feb 2016

GARDEZ, Afghanistan Two suicide bombers targeting Afghan government and military employees killed at least nine people on Monday and wounded 23, officials said.


Nations aim for Afghan peace talks with Taliban by end-February 06 Feb 2016

ISLAMABAD Officials from the four nations seeking to end Afghanistan's 15-year-old war agreed on Saturday to press for direct talks between Taliban groups and the U.S.-backed government in Kabul by the end of the month.

Efforts to revive Afghan peace talks continue in Pakistan 06 Feb 2016

ISLAMABAD Representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States and China met in Islamabad on Saturday to continue work on a roadmap for peace talks with Taliban insurgents who have ramped up their violent campaign against the government in Kabul.


Pentagon releases photos tied to Afghan, Iraq detainee abuse 05 Feb 2016

WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Friday released 198 photographs linked to allegations of abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them showing close-ups of cuts and bruises to arms and legs of prisoners held in U.S. facilities.


Afghanistan's Abdullah expects talks with Taliban in months 04 Feb 2016

NEW DELHI Afghanistan expects to restart peace talks with the Taliban within six months, chief executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Thursday, pinning hopes on factions within the Islamist militant group he said might be ready to give up violence.


Afghanistan needs long-term U.S. commitment - General Campbell 02 Feb 2016

WASHINGTON The United States must make a long-term commitment to Afghanistan to stop security there from worsening and prevent attacks on the West by militants based there, the outgoing commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said on Tuesday.

NATO strikes Islamic State radio station in Afghanistan, as U.S. ups campaign 02 Feb 2016

KABUL Coalition aircraft struck Islamic State's new radio station in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar late on Monday, part of NATO's escalating campaign to stop the ultra-radical Islamist movement taking root in the country.


Germany offers Afghanistan help to take back migrants 01 Feb 2016

KABUL German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere promised Afghanistan financial help to help reintegrate returned migrants during a visit to Kabul on Monday overshadowed by the latest in a series of deadly suicide bomb attacks.

Kabul in blackout as government struggles to fix power lines 01 Feb 2016

KABUL Militants and bad weather in northern Afghanistan have hampered efforts to repair power lines that were destroyed last week, cutting electricity in the capital, Kabul, to about six hours a day, officials said on Monday.