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Opium poppies grow near a road in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on April 9, 2019. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan said in a report this week the U.S. has lost roughly $19 billion to waste, fraud and abuse in Afghanistan since 2009, including in counternarcotics programs.<br>Phillip Walter Wellman/Stars and Stripes

Fraud, waste and abuse cost US $19 billion in one decade in Afghanistan

Most of the nearly $19 billion of U.S. money lost in a decade of war in Afghanistan is attributed to failed counternarcotics and stabilization programs, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report published Tuesday.


Stampede kills 11 Afghans seeking visas to leave country

At least 11 women were trampled to death when a stampede broke out Wednesday among thousands of Afghans waiting in a soccer stadium to get visas to leave the country, officials said.


Coronavirus spreads in Nagorno-Karabakh amid heavy fighting

People who are sick with the coronavirus pack into chilly basements alongside the healthy to hide from artillery fire. The local health minister who tested positive keeps working, despite a fever and pneumonia. Doctors with the virus perform surgery on the wounded. These are the grim realities of the pandemic in Nagorno-Karabakh.


Spanish islands struggle with migration surge amid pandemic

Rescues at sea and arrivals of flimsy boats from Africa on Spain's Canary Islands, where local authorities are already struggling to cope with the pandemic, have strained emergency services and left hundreds of migrants stuck for days in a makeshift harbor camp.

Turkey evacuates large military post in northwest Syria

Turkish troops in northwestern Syria have been evacuating one of their largest military bases in the area, which was surrounded by Syrian government troops for months, activists said Tuesday.


Pakistan army to probe troops' role in arrest of politician

Pakistan's army chief Tuesday ordered an investigation into allegations that a provincial police chief was kidnapped by army troops to force him to order the arrest of the son-in-law of exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.


Despite its 10-day assault in Helmand, Afghan Taliban accuse US military of violating February accord

The Taliban, facing Afghan and international condemnation for a 10-day assault near the capital of southern Helmand province, are accusing the U.S. military of violating their February accord by carrying out “excessive” aerial attacks and bombings in recent days.


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US envoy warns new violence threatens Afghan peace process

This current round of negotiations come after a deal in February between the U.S. and the Taliban that seeks to end America's longest war.


US held secret talks with Syria over missing journalist, sanctions, military presence, Syrian newspaper reports

Two senior U.S. officials visited Damascus in August for secret talks about the fate of missing American journalist Austin Tice, sanctions and the U.S. military presence in Syria, in rare high-level negotiations, according to a newspaper aligned with the Syrian government.


Armenia, Azerbaijan blame each other for truce violations

The latest truce, which was announced Saturday and took force at midnight, was the second attempt to establish a cease-fire since heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh on Sept. 27.

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