• Newspapers hang for sale at a stand  carrying headlines about the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message released Saturday, urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan Taliban issues statement quoting Haqqani group leader

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The brother of the late figurehead of the Afghan Taliban on Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group’s newly appointed leader, even as it offered a statement purportedly quoting a well-known militant supporting him.

  • An Afghan newspaper headlines pictures of the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, left, and Mullah Mohammad Omar, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message released Saturday, urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    New Afghan Taliban leader promises to continue insurgency

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Political uncertainty inside the Taliban has cast doubt on the prospects for an end to the war in Afghanistan. On Saturday the Taliban’s controversial new leader vowed to continue fighting while urging unity among his followers in a message aimed at preventing a split in the group between those who want peace and those who still believe they can win.

  • In this Thursday, July 30, 2015. file photo, an Afghan shop clerk shows a calendar with pictures of Afghan leaders including Mullah Mohammad Omar, center, in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan. The new leader of the Afghan Taliban faces the challenge of bringing together an insurgency that he ran under another’s name and uniting a fractured movement that has seen fighters desert for more extreme groups such as the Islamic State. For its part, the Afghan government believes it can seize the on the crisis it has created by announcing that Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years ago to further weaken the insurgency by exposing the lie that had been holding it together. (AP Photo/Barialai Khoshhal, File)

    Analysis: Afghan govt hopes to divide and conquer Taliban

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The new leader of the Afghan Taliban faces the twin challenges of bringing together an insurgency that he ran for years under another man’s name and uniting a fractured movement that has seen fighters desert for more extreme groups such as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Afghan government believes it can seize on the Taliban leadership crisis it has created by announcing that Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years to further weaken the insurgency.

  • Afghan boys walk along in front of Mullah Mohammad Omar's house, in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

    Afghan Taliban praise new leader as rift in ranks appears

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The first signs of the deep fractures within the Afghan Taliban surfaced on Friday as the son of Mullah Mohammad Omar rejected the choice of his successor, just hours after the group issued a statement praising their new leader as one of the late chief’s most “trusted” associates.

  • Golovkin vs Lemieux in title fight Oct. 17 in New York

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rising star Gennady Golovkin will meet Canada’s David Lemieux in a middleweight title unification fight Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden, promoters announced Friday.

  • China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong, center, celebrates with Beijing Mayor and Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid President Wang Anshun, left, and Liu Peng, right, Minister of the General Administration of Sport of China after Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, defeating Almaty in the final round of voting, at IOC meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, Pool)

    Reaction to Beijing’s victory as 2022 Winter Olympic host

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Reaction Friday to the IOC’s decision to pick Beijing as host city of the 2022 Olympics by a vote of 44 votes to 40 over Almaty, Kazakhstan:

  • A woman reacts as she watches the Olympic vote in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, July 31, 2015. Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a vote of the International Olympic Committee on Friday. (AP Photo/ Pavel Mikheyev)

    Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city’s Olympic bid fails

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened.

  • President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach opens the envelope announcing that Beijing has won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 31, 2015. Almaty and Beijing competed for the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

    Watchdog groups quick to criticize IOC over Beijing in 2022

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Beijing bid delegation had no sooner finished their congratulatory hugs and handshakes after being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics than criticism from human rights groups over the IOC’s decision began to pour in.

  • Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday — physically ‘fit to serve as president’

  • President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach opens the envelope announcing that Beijing has won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the 128th International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 31, 2015. Almaty and Beijing competed for the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

    Almaty, Beijing make final pitches ahead of ’22 Olympic vote

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years.