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  • US delegation met with Afghan Taliban representatives in Qatar Dec 01, 2021 08:39 AM IST

    US delegation met with Afghan Taliban representatives in Qatar

    The U.S. officials "expressed deep concern regarding allegations of human rights abuses and urged the Taliban to protect the rights of all Afghans, uphold and enforce its policy of general amnesty, and take additional steps to form an inclusive and representative government," the State Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • India pitches for inclusive political settlement to Afghan crisis Nov 24, 2021 02:20 PM IST

    India pitches for inclusive political settlement to Afghan crisis

    In a virtual interactive session at an industry chamber, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said New Delhi is in touch with all countries concerned on the Afghan issue, noting that it will have to see how best to protect its interests and "make the best" of a difficult situation.

  • UAE holds talks with Taliban to run Kabul airport: Foreign diplomats Nov 24, 2021 02:16 PM IST

    UAE holds talks with Taliban to run Kabul airport: Foreign diplomats

    UAE officials have held a series of discussions with the group in recent weeks to discuss operating the airport that serves as landlocked Afghanistan’s main air link to the world, the foreign diplomats based in the Gulf region told Reuters.

  • Taliban release media guidelines, ban shows with female actors Nov 23, 2021 08:47 PM IST

    Taliban release media guidelines, ban shows with female actors

    The Taliban administration in Afghanistan said: "Those dramas…or programmes in which women have acted, should not be aired." It added that female journalists on air should wear "Islamic hijab" without defining what that meant.

  • Clearing Afghanistan's landmines one careful step a time Nov 18, 2021 05:25 PM IST

    Clearing Afghanistan's landmines one careful step a time

    The village of Nad-e-Ali in Helmand province was in the front line in the final days of the war between the Taliban and Western-backed government forces in Kabul. It was besieged for two months, until the Islamists took control of the country in mid-August. When its residents returned in September they found the village school riddled with gunfire, its roof blackened by smoke, and the children's swings reduced to twisted metal.

  • Afghan College Students Find a New Life, and Safety, in Iraq Nov 15, 2021 05:23 PM IST

    Afghan College Students Find a New Life, and Safety, in Iraq

    So far, 109 young Afghans are studying in Sulaimaniyah, a portion of the 300 American University students that are ultimately expected to relocate there.

  • Taliban: Bomb hits mosque in Afghanistan, wounds at least 15 Nov 12, 2021 05:40 PM IST

    Taliban: Bomb hits mosque in Afghanistan, wounds at least 15

    Qari Hanif, the government spokesman for Nangarhar Province, said the bomb appeared to have been planted inside the mosque in the town of Traili, located in the mountainous Spin Ghar area outside the provincial capital Jalalabad.

  • Now silent under Taliban, a Kabul cinema awaits its fate Nov 11, 2021 03:29 PM IST

    Now silent under Taliban, a Kabul cinema awaits its fate

    The cool 1960s-style lines of the Ariana Cinema’s marquee stand out over a traffic-clogged roundabout in downtown Kabul. For decades, the historic cinema has entertained Afghans and borne witness to Afghanistan’s wars, hopes, and cultural shifts. Now the marquee is stripped of the posters of Bollywood movies and American action flicks that used to adorn it. The gates are closed. After recapturing power three months ago, the Taliban ordered the Ariana and other cinemas to stop operating.

  • Pakistan Taliban demand prisoner release as condition for talks: Report Nov 06, 2021 04:40 PM IST

    Pakistan Taliban demand prisoner release as condition for talks: Report

    The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP and separate from the Afghan Taliban, have had two rounds of preliminary talks, facilitated by the Afghan Taliban, a commander based in the Afghan province of Kunar said.

  • Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class Nov 03, 2021 02:22 PM IST

    Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class

    The hardline Islamist Taliban movement, which stormed to power earlier this year after ousting the Western-backed government, has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class, but has not let girls attend secondary school.

  • Taliban ban use of foreign currency in Afghanistan Nov 03, 2021 07:41 AM IST

    Taliban ban use of foreign currency in Afghanistan

    "The economic situation and national interests in the country require that all Afghans use Afghan currency in their every trade," the group said in a statement shared with journalists by one of their spokesmen.

  • Kabul hospital attack: At least 15 killed, 34 wounded as blasts, gunfire hit Afghan capital: Official Nov 02, 2021 06:27 PM IST

    Kabul hospital attack: At least 15 killed, 34 wounded as blasts, gunfire hit Afghan capital: Official

    The explosions took place at the entrance of the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital in central Kabul and security forces had been sent to the area.

  • In Afghan hospital, unpaid doctors and rigid Taliban clash Nov 01, 2021 08:38 PM IST

    In Afghan hospital, unpaid doctors and rigid Taliban clash

    The drama in Mirbacha Kot is playing out across Afghanistan’s health sector since the Taliban takeover. With power changing hands overnight, health workers have had to contend with a difficult adjustment. The host of problems that preceded the Taliban’s rise were exacerbated.

  • Tapi pipe(line) dream rises again from the ashes of the Afghan war Oct 30, 2021 07:52 AM IST

    Tapi pipe(line) dream rises again from the ashes of the Afghan war

    Huge questions still hang over the project, though. Among them are the difficulty of pushing a pipeline through a war-torn country, and financing the Tapi pipeline which ADB says could cost USD 10 billion.

  • US, India urge Taliban to ensure Afghanistan is not used as safe haven for terrorists Oct 29, 2021 07:34 AM IST

    US, India urge Taliban to ensure Afghanistan is not used as safe haven for terrorists

    Reaffirming counterterrorism cooperation as an important pillar under the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, both sides pledged to further expand cooperation on law enforcement, information sharing, exchange of best practices, and strategic convergence on counterterrorism challenges, a joint statement said.

  • Hunger forces Afghans to sell young daughters into marriage Oct 26, 2021 02:22 PM IST

    Hunger forces Afghans to sell young daughters into marriage

    Child marriage has been practised in Afghanistan for centuries, but war and climate change-related poverty have driven many families to resort to striking deals earlier and earlier in girls' lives.

  • Pakistan rejects reports of agreement with US to conduct air operations in Afghanistan Oct 23, 2021 04:50 PM IST

    Pakistan rejects reports of agreement with US to conduct air operations in Afghanistan

    The Foreign Office (FO) issued a statement in response to media queries regarding the news report alluding to formalisation of an agreement between the two countries to conduct military and intelligence operations against Afghanistan.

  • Taliban praise suicide bombers, offer families cash and land Oct 20, 2021 03:00 PM IST

    Taliban praise suicide bombers, offer families cash and land

    Sirajuddin Haqqani, the acting interior ministry who has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head as a "specially designated global terrorist", met the families at a ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, which was itself targeted by suicide bombers in 2018.

  • Afghanistan's economic collapse could prompt refugee crisis: IMF Oct 20, 2021 11:07 AM IST

    Afghanistan's economic collapse could prompt refugee crisis: IMF

    Tajikistan said last month it could not afford to take in large numbers of refugees unless it received international financial assistance.

  • With Afghanistan's economy on the brink, Taliban rely on former technocrats Oct 19, 2021 05:11 PM IST

    With Afghanistan's economy on the brink, Taliban rely on former technocrats

    The United Nations predicts that 95% of the population of Afghanistan will go hungry and as much as 97% is at risk of going below the poverty line.

  • “Afghanistan is going back to an era where women are silenced again”: Kasraee Oct 16, 2021 02:55 PM IST

    “Afghanistan is going back to an era where women are silenced again”: Kasraee

    At the South Asia Union Summit Led by Women, journalist Najiba Laima Kasraee and policy researcher Mariam Safi voiced concerns about the future of Afghan women under the Taliban.

  • No rush in officially recognising Taliban's rule: Vladimir Putin Oct 15, 2021 06:51 PM IST

    No rush in officially recognising Taliban's rule: Vladimir Putin

    Speaking during a video call with leaders of other ex-Soviet nations, Putin said that “the interim government formed by the Taliban regrettably doesn’t reflect the entire spectrum of Afghan society,” but also noted their pledge to hold elections, and their efforts to restore the functioning of state structures.

  • Russia says Taliban confirms it will join Moscow talks next week Oct 15, 2021 04:41 PM IST

    Russia says Taliban confirms it will join Moscow talks next week

    The official, Zamir Kabulov, said in comments published by Russian news agencies that the Taliban had confirmed their attendance at the talks next Wednesday but had yet to announce the members of their delegation.

  • Explained | What is UNSC Resolution 2593 and how will it contain the Afghanistan crisis? Oct 13, 2021 05:29 PM IST

    Explained | What is UNSC Resolution 2593 and how will it contain the Afghanistan crisis?

    Resolution 2593 aims to ensure that Taliban-ruled Afghanistan doesn't become a breeding ground for terror directed against other countries including India.

  • Interpreter who helped rescue US President Joe Biden in 2008 escapes Afghanistan Oct 12, 2021 09:05 AM IST

    Interpreter who helped rescue US President Joe Biden in 2008 escapes Afghanistan

    After crossing into Pakistan over land, Aman Khalili and his family flew on a US government aircraft to Doha, Qatar, where thousands of refugees from Afghanistan are being processed by US officials for immigration, a State Department spokesperson told AFP.

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