• 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.

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The State Department is releasing fewer-than-expected numbers of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails. It says the process is slower because of intense scrutiny by U.S. intelligence agencies to ensure that emails from her private server don’t contain any sensitive or classified government secrets. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    In Miami, Clinton set to call for lifting Cuba embargo

    MIAMI (AP) — Drawing a sharp distinction with Republican rivals in the pivotal election state of Florida, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday called on the GOP-run Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed on Cuba since 1962

  • A woman talks on her cellphone as she walks past a Movistar sign in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Movistar the country’s largest private operator quietly cut off almost all long distance service two months ago. But it’s not clear that he would fare better with Venezuela’s two other telephone service providers. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Currency crisis has Venezuelans struggling to call abroad

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans are struggling to call abroad as telephone carriers fall behind on payments to international partners amid a currency crisis that is leaving the country increasingly cut off from the rest of the world.

  • Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

  • An Afghan shop clerk shows a calendar with pictures of Afghan leaders including Mullah Mohammad Omar, center, in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 30, 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/Barialai Khoshhal)

    Taliban say they are ‘not aware’ of new round of peace talks

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad 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.

  • In this July 28, 2015 file photo, North Korean Ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong speaks at a press conference held at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing. If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons could bring a change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them. In a flurry of public comments since the deal, the North has been blunt - its nuclear weapons are not a bargaining chip, it is already a member of the nuclear club and if Washington wants to talk, it must recognize the North as such or put an immediate end to its hostile policies toward Pyongyang.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

    For North Korea, Iran-style nuke deal not an option

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them.

  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Wing part could help solve one of aviation’s biggest mysteries: what happened to MH370?

  • Israeli settlers sleep in the Jewish settlement of Beit El after a night stand off with police, near the West Bank town of Ramallah, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The Israeli Prime Minister's office said Wednesday it has approved the "immediate construction" of 300 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El. The announcement came amid a standoff in Beit El, where Israeli settlers clashed with Israeli forces as authorities began to dismantle a contested West Bank settlement housing complex after Israel's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that it must be demolished. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    Israeli bulldozers start demolishing West Bank settlement

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime minister’s office announced the “immediate construction” of some 300 new units at another location in the same settlement and advanced plans for about 500 new units in east Jerusalem.

  • In this undated image released by the FBI, Mullah Omar is seen in a wanted poster. An Afghan official says his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached for comment on the government’s comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before. (FBI via AP, File)

    Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital — an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country’s fragile peace process.