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Afghanistan Update: Government 'Lawless, Weak And Dysfunctional'

| A U.S. government watchdog says the Afghan government "may be going back to 'business as usual' and 'simply checking the box' when it comes to fighting corruption."

Price Of HIV Test Falls, Raising Hopes In Global AIDS Fight


A new financing deal aims to slash the cost of HIV viral load testing in low- and middle-income countries. Public health officials say it's a crucial step to ending the AIDS epidemic.

Iran Is Unenthusiastic After President Trump Suggests A Meeting


The leaders of the U.S. and Iran haven't met in person since before the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Trump says he's ready to sit down; Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hasn't expressed any interest.

Senate Bill To Require Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Data By 2030 Census


A group of Democratic senators says the data could help LGBTQ people better access social services and civil rights protections. Some privacy experts worry the data could be used against people.

Capital Gazette Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charges


Jarrod Ramos is accused of entering the Annapolis, Md., newsroom armed with a shotgun on June 28 and murdering John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith.

Firefighters Making Tentative Progress Against Deadly California Wildfires


The largest Carr Fire, which has engulfed more than 100,000 acres and killed 6 people, is now 23 percent contained. Meanwhile, the Ferguson Fire east of Los Angeles is 30 percent contained.

Bankrupt Contractor Will Get $5.5 Million For Not Printing 2020 Census Forms


Less than two years before the start of the 2020 census, the U.S. government is looking for a new printer after cancelling its $61 million contract with bankrupt company Cenveo.

South Africa Overturns Diplomatic Immunity For Grace Mugabe


A South African court has overturned a government decision to grant immunity to the former first lady of Zimbabwe over her alleged assault of a South African model with an extension cord.

'I Will Call The AG': Trump Officials Pushed For Census Citizenship Question


Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census, pressured his staff about getting a citizenship question onto the 2020 census months before the Justice Department requested one, emails show.