Q&A: A look at why the Taliban seem to be unstoppable

KABUL, Afghanistan  — In the last week, the Taliban have overrun two districts in the north and west of the capital Kabul, temporarily cut a key highway linking the city to the north and staged a suicide bombing targeting government workers — many of whom represented the new, educated generation on whom the hopes for Afghanistan's future are pinned.

Muslim cleric: Protest to go on despite Israeli concession

JERUSALEM — A senior Muslim official in Jerusalem said Wednesday that worshippers would not return to a contested shrine until Israel removes the new railings and cameras it installed after a deadly attack there, prolonging a crisis that Israel hoped it had resolved by making concessions at the site.

 

Two Nebraska officers face assault charges in man's death

OMAHA, Neb. — Two Omaha police officers will be charged with assault in the death last month of a mentally ill man who was shocked with a stun gun a dozen times, a Nebraska prosecutor said Wednesday.

 

Israel removes metal detectors from holy site entrance

JERUSALEM  — Israel began removing metal detectors from entrances to a major Jerusalem shrine early Tuesday morning to defuse a crisis over the site that angered the Muslim world and triggered some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years.

 

Immigrants wept, pleaded for water and pounded on the truck

SAN ANTONIO — The tractor-trailer was pitch-black inside, crammed with maybe 90 immigrants or more, and already hot when it left the Texas border town of Laredo for the 150-mile trip north to San Antonio.

Pressure mounts to curtail surgery on intersex children

NEW YORK — Children whose sexual characteristics don't neatly align with the norm have for decades faced surgery to rearrange their anatomy to resemble that of more typical boys and girls — long before they were old enough to have a say in the decision.

Democrats attempt rebranding with populist new agenda

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders believe they lost to President Donald Trump partly because voters don't know what the party stands for. So they're trying to rebrand themselves with a new slogan and a populist new agenda as they look ahead to the 2018 midterms.

Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant

TOKYO  — An underwater robot captured images of solidified lava-like rocks Friday inside a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear fuel that melted six years ago.

Lawsuit: Effects of 'bathroom bill' linger in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — The law that replaced North Carolina's notorious “bathroom bill” sports a new look but maintains LGBT discrimination and prevents transgender people from using restrooms matching their gender identity, according to a lawsuit Friday.

New poll finds shift to political left on health care

WASHINGTON — Americans were never too thrilled with “Obamacare” and they definitely disapprove of Republican alternatives in Congress, so what does the public want to do on health care?

Venezuela strike erupts into sporadic violence

CARACAS, Venezuela — A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan's capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence when protesters clashed with riot police and burned a post office near the headquarters of the main state-run broadcaster.

Revenge killings multiply as Iraqi army reoccupies Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq  — For one Iraqi lieutenant, the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul has been a slow, methodical quest for revenge. For three years, he has hunted for two IS militants from his village who he believes killed his father. Along the way, he has shot to death detained militants after interrogating them, he acknowledges unapologetically.

Rural hospitals face uncertainty with health care proposals

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kathy Holbrook was at home one night last year when she started having chest pains, so the 63-year-old former office manager drove to a hospital near her home in the eastern Kentucky mountains.

Separatists proclaim a new state to replace all of Ukraine

MOSCOW — Separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday proclaimed a new state that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of the country. But Russia, their chief backer, sought to play down the announcement, saying it was merely part of public discussion.

Questions remain surrounding fatal Minnesota police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS — An Australian woman who called 911 to report what she believed to be an active sexual assault was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer in a case that has left many relatives and neighbors searching for answers.

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