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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.
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.
Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

GAZA, Palestinian Territory — Israel killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza early Tuesday in a rare targeted killing that threatened to unleash a fierce round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants.
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.
Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

HONG KONG — Following a day of violence in which one person was shot by police and another set on fire, Hong Kong's leader pledged Monday to "spare no effort" to halt anti-government protests that have wracked the city for more than five months.