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Huge attack shows Taliban strength at outset of talks
Huge attack shows Taliban strength at outset of talks

The attack, carried out with a captured military Humvee packed with explosives, killed as many as 100 or more soldiers, police and pro government militiamen at a base in Maidan Wardak province west of Kabul. "The Taliban are doing exactly what they want to do and if it goes on like this then one day we will have Maidan Wardak province fall into the hands of Taliban," said Mohammad Akbar Bakhtyari, the deputy chief of the provincial council. Just hours later, the Taliban confirmed that talks aimed at finding a peace deal had resumed with U.S. officials in Qatar, underlining the strategy adopted by the increasingly invigorated insurgents -- an approach their American foes should understand.

Newark Among Airports With Longest MLK Wait Times Amid Shutdown
Newark Among Airports With Longest MLK Wait Times Amid Shutdown

The Transportation Security Administration screened 2.18 million people Monday, the close of the three-day holiday weekend, and four airports had wait times that exceeded 30 minutes, according to the agency. The partial shutdown that began Dec. 22 has forced TSA's security-critical employees to continue working without pay. In addition to airport screening glitches, the shutdown has also hurt airlines because almost all Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors were off the job until last week.

Haute Couture: the best catwalk beauty looks from day one
Haute Couture: the best catwalk beauty looks from day one

A dusty rose lipstick and dewy complexion added to the overall effect of nostalgic, sorrowful beauty, while the jewel-encrusted veils pulled over the models' faces meant they retained an aura of mystique. Giambattista Valli's models also sported heavy eyeliner, but this time it was swept out towards the temples in a languorous feline flick that lent a degree of attitude to the beauty look. This was underscored with a bold brow and a matte complexion.

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's president returns amid economic crisis, crackdown

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived in Harare late Monday after cutting short his fund-raising trip in order to address the country's economic crisis and crackdown.

Aaron Sorkin responds after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls him out for advice to Dems
Aaron Sorkin responds after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls him out for advice to Dems

Liberal Hollywood writer-director Aaron Sorkin clarified his statements Monday after he caught fire Sunday from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for claiming that the new Democrats in Congress should 'stop acting like young people.'

Nathan Phillips, veteran and Native American elder taunted by high schoolers, speaks out
Nathan Phillips, veteran and Native American elder taunted by high schoolers, speaks out

"All that anger and wanting to have the freedom to rip me apart, that was scary," Omaha elder and Vietnam veteran Nathan Phillips said.

Illinois parents get 25 years in death of boy, 6, who weighed 17 pounds when he died
Illinois parents get 25 years in death of boy, 6, who weighed 17 pounds when he died

An Illinois father and stepmother will spend decades in prison in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities say weighed just 17 pounds when he died.

Photos: At least 5 fatalities reported as intense storms slam California
Photos: At least 5 fatalities reported as intense storms slam California

Amid a relentless series of storms, a powerful storm has been wreaking havoc in California from Wednesday into Thursday, further raising concerns of flooding, mudslides and avalanches.

Kidnap suspect
Kidnap suspect's lawyers: Confession problematic for defense

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Defense attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents acknowledged Wednesday that they're starting the case at a disadvantage after their client gave detectives a detailed confession and said they're not sure he can get a fair trial in the state.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter use
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter use

The lesson comes as a generational divide between members of Congress and the tech platforms they oversee has been on full display.

EU illegal migrants hit five-year low as Spain becomes main gateway Europe
EU illegal migrants hit five-year low as Spain becomes main gateway Europe

The European Union has recorded the lowest number of migrant arrivals in five years, following moves to curb crossings to Italy and Greece, new figures have shown. But figures published by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) showed that while overall illegal migration to the EU has fallen to 150,000 a record number were now arriving in Spain. "The number of irregular migrants using the Western Mediterranean route to reach Europe doubled for the second year in a row to 57,000, making it the most active migratory route in 2018," the agency said in a statement. It means Spain is the new gateway into Europe for migrants, overtaking Greece and Italy, with arrivals more than...

Rollicking start to diverse new Congress as kids crowd in
Rollicking start to diverse new Congress as kids crowd in

America's freshly sworn-in lawmakers -- a historically diverse group of Democrats and Republicans -- enjoyed a rollicking first session of the new Congress Thursday, a rowdy opening day that saw children scampering through the chamber. The House of Representatives chamber was clogged with its 434 certified new members -- one seat remains in dispute -- along with several dozen of their children and grandkids, and hundreds of guests packing the upper-level galleries. Democrats cheered as Nancy Pelosi won a hotly contested election for speaker.

Woman Surrenders After Missing Boy Found Dead in Denver Storage Unit
Woman Surrenders After Missing Boy Found Dead in Denver Storage Unit

A woman has surrendered in the death of what is believed to be her 7-year-old son whose body was found in a storage unit two days before Christmas, the Denver Police Department said Thursday.

Trump threatens to seal off US-Mexico border 'entirely' if Congress does not agree funding for a wall
Trump threatens to seal off US-Mexico border 'entirely' if Congress does not agree funding for a wall

Donald Trump, the US president, on Friday threatened to seal off the entire US-Mexico border if Congress does not approve funding for a border wall. His comments came as the federal government shutdown entered its seventh day, with Mr Trump failing to come to a budget agreement with his Democratic opponents. The continued standoff means around a quarter of the US government will likely remain closed well into 2019, when the Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives. The shutdown began on Saturday after Democrats rejected Mr Trump's demand for $5 billion (£3.93 billion) for a border wall to be included in a funding bill to keep the government open. "We will be forced...

Why This New Electric Porsche Will Be the Hottest Car of 2019
Why This New Electric Porsche Will Be the Hottest Car of 2019

A lot is riding on this otherwise humble four-door sedan

Syrian surprise: How Trump
Syrian surprise: How Trump's phone call changed the war

In the phone call two weeks ago, Trump had been expected to deliver a standard warning to the Turkish president over his plan to launch a crossborder attack targeting U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northeast Syria, U.S. officials say. Instead, in the course of the conversation Trump reshaped U.S. policy in the Middle East, abandoning a quarter of Syrian territory and handing Ankara the job of finishing off Islamic State in Syria. "Trump asked: 'If we withdraw our soldiers, can you clean up ISIS?'", a Turkish official told Reuters.

Blue sky at night lights up social media in New York
Blue sky at night lights up social media in New York

The sky flashed an eerie blue over New York City on Thursday night and social media users feared the worst. "Apparently aliens are landing in New York City right now bcs the sky's blue," wrote another. In this trying time, some saw the hand of God at work: "Don't worry, New Yorkers.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump makes false claim to troops about pay
AP FACT CHECK: Trump makes false claim to troops about pay

WASHINGTON (AP) - In his first visit to U.S. troops in a conflict zone, President Donald Trump drew cheers when he told troops he won them their first raise in 10 years and suggested it was a whopping one. Neither is true.

Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease
Japan bolts whaling commission, but tensions may ease

Japan has made good on years of threats by bolting the International Whaling Commission, but its decision may also offer a way out of tensions that looked inextricable. Japan, which calls whaling part of its cultural heritage, said Wednesday it would withdraw from the seven-decade-old commission which since 1986 has banned commercial killing of the ocean giants. Australia and New Zealand have been outraged by Japan's incursions into waters they consider a whale sanctuary and activists harassed the whalers in often dangerous chases.

Ex-president Rajoelina wins Madagascar vote
Ex-president Rajoelina wins Madagascar vote

Former Madagascan president Andry Rajoelina has beaten his rival and predecessor Marc Ravalomanana in an election beset by allegations of fraud, the electoral commission said Thursday. Rajoelina has returned to power after he won 55.66 percent against 44.34 percent for Ravalomanana in the run-off vote held last week, it said. The defeated candidate filed papers with the Constitutional Court just hours after the electoral commission announced the election's complete results.

American adventurer completes solo trek across Antarctica
American adventurer completes solo trek across Antarctica

An American adventurer has become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without assistance of any kind. Colin O'Brady, 33, took 54 days to complete the nearly 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) crossing of the frozen continent from coast to coast. In an Instagram post, he explained his journey ended upon crossing the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf: the point where Antarctica's land mass ends.

Israel estimates weeks remain in operation to destroy Hezbollah tunnels
Israel estimates weeks remain in operation to destroy Hezbollah tunnels

Israel's army estimated on Thursday that a few weeks remain in its operation to locate and destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels crossing into its territory from Lebanon. An army spokesman made the comments as he announced that tunnels found dug from the Lebanese town of Kafr Kila towards the Israeli town of Metula had been successfully destroyed by pumping sealing material into them.

Travel chaos: Blizzard warnings to severe thunderstorms
Travel chaos: Blizzard warnings to severe thunderstorms

There's a storm system covering much of the U.S. that's producing severe storms in the south and blizzard-like conditions in parts of the Plains and Midwest and east to New England.

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