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Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

Afghan president: 3 Taliban released for held US, Australian

KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday announced that his government has released three prominent Taliban figures in an effort to get the insurgents to free an American and an Australian professor they abducted in 2016 and have held captive

Angered at EU, Turkey threatens to release IS prisoners

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned European nations Tuesday that his country could release all the Islamic State group prisoners it holds and send them to Europe, in response to EU sanctions over Cyprus.
Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

GAZA, Palestinian Territory — A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria early on Tuesday, escalating Israel's confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating ro
Express trains collide in Bangladesh, killing at least 15

Express trains collide in Bangladesh, killing at least 15

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Two speeding trains collided in eastern Bangladesh, killing at least 15 people and injuring scores on Tuesday, officials said.
AP sources: Deval Patrick mulling Democratic White House run

AP sources: Deval Patrick mulling Democratic White House run

WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts Gov.

Miss Alaska and Miss Alaska Teen winners both from Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Fairbanks has been well represented in pageants this year as the newly crowned Miss Alaska USA 2020 and Miss Alaska Teen USA 2020 both hail from the city, officials said.
Utah death-row inmate featured in bestselling book dies

Utah death-row inmate featured in bestselling book dies

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah death-row inmate who killed his brother's wife and her toddler because of his strong polygamist beliefs in a case made famous by the book "Under the Banner of Heaven" has died of natural causes, prison officials said Monday.
Safety officials probing records of work on Southwest jets

Safety officials probing records of work on Southwest jets

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says it will speed up inspections of dozens of used planes it bought from foreign airlines after federal regulators threatened to ground the jets because they might not meet all safety standards.
Turkey starts returning IS fighters; deports US national

Turkey starts returning IS fighters; deports US national

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Monday deported citizens of the United States and Denmark who fought for the Islamic State and made plans to expel other foreign nationals as the government began a new push to send back captured foreign fighters to their h
Little Rock teachers to go on strike over district's control

Little Rock teachers to go on strike over district's control

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.