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A man exits a shop damaged by rocket fire in Kabul's Shar-e-Now neighborhood on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. 

 <br>Phillip Walter Wellman/Stars and Stripes

Kabul pounded by rockets in latest Afghan attack

Nearly two dozen rockets fall on Afghan capital, killing at least eight and wounding scores.

Pakistan says soldier, four militants killed in border shootout

North Waziristan served as a headquarters for local and foreign militants until 2017, when the army said it had cleared the mountainous region of insurgents following several operations.

Pompeo touts Iran policy in Gulf ahead of Biden presidency

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended his tour of Gulf Arab states and the Trump administration's continued efforts to squeeze Iran, even as a new U.S. administration led by Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House in January.

G-20 summit ends with support for COVID-19 vaccines for all

Leaders of the world's most powerful nations wrapped up the Group of 20 summit on Sunday, vowing to spare no effort to protect lives and ensure affordable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all people.

Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza Strip after rocket attack

Late Saturday, Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a rocket toward Israel, setting off air-raid sirens in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Palestinians may limit Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem

The Palestinian Health Ministry has recommended strict limits on Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, usually attended by thousands, this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pompeo joins peace talks after attack hits Afghan capital

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held what are likely his last meetings with the Taliban and Afghan government negotiators trying to hammer out a peace deal.

Azerbaijanis who fled war look to return home, if it exists

As Azerbaijan regains control of land it lost to Armenian forces a quarter-century ago, civilians who fled the fighting decades ago wonder if they can go back home now — and if there's still a home to go back to.

Netanyahu: Convicted spy Pollard expected in Israel soon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday welcomed the lifting of parole restrictions on Jonathan Pollard, the former U.S. Navy analyst convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s, and said he expects him to come to Israel soon.

Born into occupation, young Afghans fear Taliban will crush their freedoms when US troops exit

The U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan has brought the trappings of the West and a small degree of its promised freedoms, but many Afghans are fearful those gains are about to evaporate.

Azerbaijani leader: Cease-fire may improve Armenia relations

President Ilham Aliyev said Saturday he hopes the cease-fire that ended a six-week war with Armenia this month will lead to improving relations between the countries.

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