South Asia

Taliban Urge Foreign Airlines to Resume Commercial Flights to Kabul 

Taliban Urge Foreign Airlines to Resume Commercial Flights to Kabul 

Afghanistan’s Taliban government Sunday asked foreign airlines to resume commercial flights to and from Kabul, saying problems at the capital city’s airport had been resolved and the facility “is fully operational.”    The Islamist group regained control of the war-torn country in mid-August following the collapse of the Western-backed Afghan …

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Young Taliban Dancing to a Different Tune

Young Taliban Dancing to a Different Tune

As the setting sun turns the Arghandab river violet, seven young Taliban turn in a circle on the bank, singing and dancing in traditional Afghan style.  The scene would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, when the hard line Islamist group were first in power and banned music outright. And …

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World Recognition of Taliban ‘Not on Table,’ Russia Says at UN

World Recognition of Taliban ‘Not on Table,’ Russia Says at UN

International recognition of the Taliban “at the present juncture is not on the table,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday at the United Nations. Among the Taliban’s promises are ensuring an inclusive government; respecting human rights, especially for women; and preventing Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists. But the …

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Italians Come Out to Demand Support for Afghan Women

Italians Come Out to Demand Support for Afghan Women

Thousands of people demonstrated in cities across Italy on Saturday to support Afghan women and demand continued international pressure on the country’s Taliban leaders to let women participate in the educational and political life of the country.  Among the groups organizing the protests were members of the Pangea Foundation, which …

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Pakistan PM Urges World to Support Taliban, Not Isolate It

Pakistan PM Urges World to Support Taliban, Not Isolate It

Pakistan’s prime minister is urging the international community to support the new Taliban leaders in Afghanistan instead of isolating them. In a prerecorded message to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Imran Khan said the world community should stabilize the current leaders “for the sake of the people of …

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Afghan Activists to UN: Pressure Taliban to Let Girls Go to School

Afghan Activists to UN: Pressure Taliban to Let Girls Go to School

Afghan female activists urged the international community Friday to keep the pressure on the Taliban to let girls return to school, saying Afghanistan’s new de facto rulers cannot be allowed to normalize gender discrimination. “Don’t let the Taliban’s oppression be normalized,” Shaharzad Akbar, chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights …

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