South Asia

Qatar: No Clear Path for Unfreezing Afghan Funds, Recognizing Taliban

Qatar: No Clear Path for Unfreezing Afghan Funds, Recognizing Taliban

The Qatar foreign minister said Wednesday the issue of recognizing the Taliban government in Afghanistan is currently not a priority, but the global community “now is inline” with helping the war-ravaged country deal with growing humanitarian and economic challenges. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told an international conference in …

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Law Would Give Afghan Scholars Special Visa to US

Law Would Give Afghan Scholars Special Visa to US

A congressman from California has introduced legislation that would give Afghan Fulbright scholars special immigrant visas.   The legislation would automatically issue a special immigrant visa to any Afghan who lived in the United States as a Fulbright scholar and to their immediate family members to help them “escape persecution by the Taliban and relocate safely to the United States,” according to a statement from the office …

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Covering Myanmar is Becoming Impossible, Say Local Journalists

Covering Myanmar is Becoming Impossible, Say Local Journalists

Eight months after Myanmar’s military coup, life for the country’s journalists is getting “harder and harder,” local reporters say. From the moment it seized power and ousted the democratically elected government, the military has sought to control coverage. Access to social media and the internet was blocked, at least five …

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How the Taliban Control Afghan Media

How the Taliban Control Afghan Media

Ask almost any senior Taliban official if there is press freedom in Afghanistan, and you’ll get a ready answer. “Without a doubt,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s top spokesman and deputy minister of information and culture. “Reporters can write and publish anything that is factual and not a mere accusation. …

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Indian Troops Kill 5 Suspected Militants in Kashmir Fighting

Indian Troops Kill 5 Suspected Militants in Kashmir Fighting

Government forces killed five suspected militants Tuesday in two clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said, a day after rebels killed five army soldiers in a gunfight in the disputed region. The first clash erupted following a raid by soldiers and counterinsurgency police in the Imamsahab area of southern Shopian district, …

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