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Islamabad — Taliban local officials have issued a ban on shaving beards in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand, local media reported on Sunday.The Taliban's director of information and culture, Hafiz Rashed Helmand, told Etilaatroz, a daily newspaper, that the decision was made by the Taliban's religious police during a meeting with barbershop owners in the province.An official letter ...

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Berlin — Armin Laschet, the leading candidate for Germany's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), became the subject of ridicule on Sunday when he cast his ballot incorrectly in the country's election.Laschet, who is seeking to replace longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel, was at a polling station in his home city of Aachen when he dropped an incorrectly-folded ballot into the ballot box. Two ...

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One person was killed when what police called a “gun battle” erupted at a Philadelphia corner store early Saturday. Between six and 10 shoppers were caught in the crossfire on the 3000 block of Kensington Avenue around 2 a.m., NBC 10 is reporting. Police say two men armed with semi-automatic weapons rushed into the store and opened fire, and a 30-year-old man already in the store returned fire ...

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London — Sir Keir Starmer has criticized a Labour MP's remarks about trans women and called for laws to go further to protect trans rights. The Labour leader said Rosie Duffield, who is not attending the party conference in Brighton after receiving threats and being branded transphobic, was wrong to say "only women have a cervix." He called for a "mature and respectful debate" around trans ...

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Berlin — Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes recovered from a terrible start at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi to become the first Formula One driver to reach 100 wins after rain in the closing laps.The seven-time world champion started fourth, but dropped to seventh after the opening corners. It was a fierce fight to climb up the grid and later an intense battle with race leader Lando Norris of ...

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DETROIT — Detroit Tigers outfielder Victor Reyes won’t play again in 2021. Reyes, who left Saturday’s game with right groin tightness, was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday. Infielder Zack Short was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to take his place. Reyes, who turns 27 next month, has been on of the Tigers’ hottest hitters of late. After a miserable start to the season and an extended ...

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A crash involving a wrong-way driver on Route 9 in Westborough has left several people injured, according to police. Westborough police said officers were called just before 10 p.m. Saturday to the area of Route 9 and Otis Street for a report of a crash. “The initial investigation shows that a vehicle was traveling east in the westbound high-speed lane,” police said. “The vehicle traveling ...