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There has been no let-up in violence in Afghanistan even though the Taliban and the United States appear close to a pact for US troops to withdraw in exchange for a Taliban promise that Afghanistan will not be used as a base for international terrorism.

This week, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad wrapped up the latest round of meetings with the Taliban in Doha in the Gulf state of Qatar. Khalilzad was optimistic about the talks and tweeted that they have "made excellent progress."

If you're planning a trip to one of the world's most popular museums, don't even think about bringing your "selfie stick."

The Smithsonian, with its 19 museums in Washington, DC, is the latest museum to ban the extendable rods; the organization says they're a danger to the exhibits and to other visitors The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra are also barring selfie sticks.

Star Mexican singer Ariel Camacho died in a car accident on Wednesday. He was just 22.

Camacho, the lead singer of Los Plebes del Rancho — "The Plebians from the Ranch" —  came from a town named Guasabe in the state of Sinaloa, the heart of drug country. He had gained a large following for singing narcocorridos, songs glorifying Mexican drug cartels, and was scheduled to perform in the US over the weekend.

A strange thing happened here in Boston over the weekend: The temperature got above freezing.

The massive dumps of snow here this winter have been bad enough, but it's the cold that's really done us in, an unbroken stretch of frigid weather that’s made Massachusetts feel more like Montreal — or Anchorage.

To Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, there’s really one form of birth control.

To Dr. James Breeden, that form doesn’t really work well enough.

To Cruz, former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, pills, IUDs, injectable progesterone and condoms don’t beat "natural family planning," which relies upon a women’s menstrual cycles for sex and abstinence.

Kadiatou* was 14 when she fled her uncle’s home in Guinea, West Africa. She knew she had to leave when he began making arrangements for her to marry an older man.

Kadiatou, whose parents and younger sister had died, turned to a school friend for help. Her friend gave her a little money, and one day, she packed some belongings and began the long trek across Mali through Mauritania, Algeria and Libya before boarding a boat to Italy. 

When you scroll through social media feeds in Turkey today, you’ll likely come across posts sowing doubt and confusion about vaccines: “They’re injecting children with the genes of pigs and monkeys with vaccines!” “The vaccines that America and other governments sell to Turkey are not the same as the ones they use themselves.” “The children that get vaccinated

The soundtrack of Puerto Rico's protests

Jul 24, 2019

Historic protests have rocked Puerto Rico, and demonstrators have made themselves heard in San Juan, demanding that Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resign. Some activists have shown up by motorcycle, kayak, horseback — even underwater.

Then, there's the music.

Puerto Rican singer iLe is one of many high-profile artists who've spoken out in support of the protesters in Puerto Rico. And one of her songs titled “Afilando Los Cuchillos,” or “Sharpening the Knives,” is part of the soundtrack for Puerto Rico’s political crisis.

Roman Sabal served in the United States Marine Corps for six years, and in the US Army Reserves for several more. But on Monday, border officials at San Ysidro denied Sabal entry to the US for a scheduled citizenship interview.

Sabal lived in the US for more than a decade and joined the Marines in 1987, eager to serve the US. In 2008, he returned to Belize for a visit and while he was gone, a judge ordered him to be deported at a court hearing he was not aware of because he was not in the US. 

Somali Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh loved to share positive stories about her homeland and celebrate its beauty.

Roundups of undocumented immigrant families conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents could start Sunday in 10 US cities, fulfilling a hardline immigration stance from US President Donald Trump, the New York Times reported, citing unnamed sources including two current and one former homeland security officials.

One diplomat has been entrusted with the task of bringing warring sides in Yemen together. United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has made progress where others have not.

In December, people in Yemen — and the world's diplomatic community — were surprised that a diplomatic meeting in Stockholm arranged by Griffiths led to action steps, including a drawback from a likely battle over the Red Sea port Hodeidah.

President Donald Trump had good reason to welcome Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, to the White House.

The crowd at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon chanted "Equal pay!" as the US women's soccer team defeated the Netherlands 2-0 to win their fourth World Cup title. Before the final, US co-captain Megan Rapinoe criticized FIFA for disparities in prize money between the men and women. 

American financier Jeffrey Epstein pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of sex trafficking as prosecutors accused him of luring dozens of girls as young as 14 to his luxury homes in New York and Florida and paying them for sex acts.

An indictment unsealed in federal court in Manhattan accused Epstein, 66, of arranging for girls to perform nude "massages" and other sex acts and paying some girls to recruit others, from at least 2002 to 2005.