- Little-known extremist cleric chosen to lead Afghan Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A little-known extremist cleric was chosen Wednesday to be the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, just days after a U.S. drone strike killed his predecessor.
- Freed Ukrainian pilot returns home after 2 years in Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia freed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko on Wednesday after holding her for nearly two years, with President Vladimir Putin pardoning her as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine.
- The Latest: US diplomat overjoyed at Ukraine pilot's release
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko (all times local):
- Scientists: Underground stone rings made by Neanderthals
BERLIN (AP) — Two mysterious stone rings found deep inside a French cave were probably built by Neanderthals about 176,500 years ago, proving that the ancient cousins of humans were capable of more complex behavior than previously thought, scientists say.
- Azerbaijan frees investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A prominent, award-winning Azerbaijani journalist was released on probation Wednesday following a storm of international protests about her imprisonment, which has been widely seen as an attempt to silence a critical voice.