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Taliban to hold diplomatic, humanitarian talks in Geneva

GENEVA: A Taliban delegation arrived in Geneva on Tuesday for a week of NGO-hosted talks on humanitarian access and human rights, as Afghanistan’s new rulers expand their international engagement. The delegation will also meet with Swiss and other European officials

Pregnant NZ journalist turns to Taliban after being denied entry

AUCKLAND: A pregnant New Zealand journalist says she has had to turn to the Taliban for help after being prevented from returning to her home country due to quarantine rules. In a column published in a New Zealand daily on

Taliban ask Muslims countries to recognise Afghan govt

KABUL: Prime Minister of Afghanistan Mohammad Hassan Akhund on Wednesday called Muslim nations to be the first to officially recognise the government that seized power in Afghanistan in August. No country has yet recognised the Taliban government, with nations watching

US says it will resume talks with Taliban next week

WASHINGTON: The United States will resume talks with the Taliban next week in Qatar, addressing among other issues the fight against terrorism and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. The American delegation will be led by the US special representative for

Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqqi arrives in Pakistan

KABUL: Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqqi has reached Islamabad on a visit to Pakistan today with a high-level delegation aimed at promoting Pak-Afghanistan relations. The Afghan foreign minister would remain in Pakistan until 12 November. As per details, the

Govt says agreement reached with TTP, members to be release

PESHAWAR: In talks with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), famously known as the Pakistani Taliban, the government has agreed to release its members. According to a report in the Jang newspaper, the government agreed to release several prisoners in the

‘Troika Plus’ to discuss Afghan crisis today in Moscow

ISLAMABAD: Senior officials from Pakistan, Russia and China will meet in Doha on August 11 as part of efforts to prevent Afghanistan from slipping into another civil war. The delegation including Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq has reached

Taliban’s war on drugs

Afghanistan is the world’s largest opiate supplier and looks to remain so even with the Taliban in power. Now as the contested rulers, the Taliban have vowed to end the surge of addiction, even if by force, but questions remain

Taliban would be judged on their actions, says US after Doha talks

WASHINGTON: The United States said the first face-to-face meeting between senior US and Taliban officials since the hardline group retook power in Afghanistan was “candid and professional” and reiterated that the Taliban would be judged on their actions, not just

Taliban to resume issuing passports to Afghan citizens

KABUL: Afghanistan will resume issuing passports to its citizens, its interior ministry announced, in a first under the country’s new Taliban government. Ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti said it will provide applicants with documents physically identical to those issued by the previous

Taliban govt’s behaviour ‘not encouraging’: EU foreign policy chief

RIYADH: The European Union foreign policy chief said the Taliban government’s behaviour up to now was “not very encouraging”, and any economic collapse in Afghanistan would raise the risk of terrorism and other threats. Josep Borrell, speaking at a joint

Afghan pavilion at Dubai Expo shut after Taliban takeover

DUBAI: Afghanistan’s exhibition remained closed to visitors as the world expo fair opened in Dubai, in a sign of the challenges facing the country’s new Taliban rulers. Afghanistan is one of nearly 200 nations participating in the six-month fair that

Blaming Pakistan

A bill has been introduced in the US Senate seeking imposition of sanctions on the Afghan Taliban and their supporters that could potentially extend to Pakistan. The United States legislators, frustrated over the debacle in Afghanistan, are once again attempting

Afghan army collapse ‘took us all by surprise’: US defence secretary

WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress that the Afghan army’s sudden collapse caught the Pentagon “by surprise,” as military leaders confronted a contentious Senate hearing about how and why America lost its longest war. Republican lawmakers accused President

Malala pleads to protect Afghan girls’ education after Taliban takeover

NEW YORK: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai pleaded with the world not to compromise on the protection of Afghan women’s rights following the Taliban takeover. As countries and organizations take the first steps to engage with the hardline group,

Supporting Taliban regime

Prime Minister Imran Khan has made a strong pitch to rally behind the Taliban regime in Afghanistan for the sake of the Afghan people. In his wide-ranging UN General Assembly speech, the prime minister warned the world that a destabilized

Taliban names Afghan UN ambassador, asks to speak to world leaders

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters): The Taliban have asked to address world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week and nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made the request

Afghan girls must not be excluded from school: UNICEF

KABUL: The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the reopening of secondary schools in Afghanistan on Saturday, after months of closure due to coronavirus pandemic, but stressed that girls must not be kept from the classroom. “We are deeply worried”,

Afghanistan cannot be abandoned, Taliban must fulfill promises: PM Khan tells SCO Summit

DUSHANBE: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday called on the international community to stand with the people of Afghanistan, saying the Taliban must fulfill their promises. The prime minister was addressing the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Council of Heads of

UN warns Afghanistan needs money to prevent total breakdown

NEW YORK: The United Nations warned that the freezing of billions of dollars in Afghan assets to keep them out of Taliban hands would inevitably spark “a severe economic downturn” and could push millions more Afghans into poverty and hunger.

Taliban claim complete control of Panjshir province

KABUL: The Taliban claimed victory on Monday over opposition forces in the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, completing their takeover of the country following the capture of Kabul last month and the chaotic withdrawal of foreign troops. Pictures on social

UN assures to provide aid after meeting with Taliban leaders in Kabul

KABUL: Senior Taliban officials met in Kabul on Sunday with the UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, who promised to maintain assistance for the Afghan people, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban’s political office

Panjshir resistance leader Ahmad Massoud ready to talk with Taliban

KABUL: The leader of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces in the Panjshir valley north of Kabul said on Sunday he welcomed proposals from religious scholars for a negotiated settlement to end the fighting. Ahmad Massoud, head of the

Taliban yet to name government as Panjshir resistance holds

KABUL: Fresh fighting was reported on Saturday between the Taliban and resistance forces in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, even as the hardliner finalise a new government that will set the tone for their rule. Facing the challenge of morphing from insurgents

India-Taliban relations

After taking control of Kabul, the Taliban have claimed the right to raise a voice for Muslims anywhere, including Kashmir. This places them directly at loggerheads with India, who has been one of the most vociferous opponents of the hardliner’s

Taliban, Afghan rebels claim heavy casualties in Panjshir valley

KABUL: Taliban forces and fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud, fought in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley on Thursday, with each side saying it had inflicted heavy casualties in recent days of combat in the last province resisting Taliban rule. Following

Qatar working with Taliban to reopen Kabul airport

DOHA: Qatar is working with the Taliban to reopen Kabul’s airport as soon as possible, its foreign minister said on Thursday, urging the hardliners to allow Afghans to leave the country. The airport, the scene of a frenzied evacuation which

UN Security Council urges Taliban to let people leave Afghanistan

NEW YORK: A divided UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling on the Taliban to allow safe passage for those seeking to leave Afghanistan but did not mention the creation of a safe zone in Kabul, as suggested by the

More than 70,000 foreigners evacuated from Afghanistan

KABUL: The World Bank has announced the suspension of aid to Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. Since August 14, 70,700 people have been evacuated from Kabul. The World Bank spokesman said that there is deep concern over the

US troops may stay past withdrawal deadline: Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden has said that forces will remain to stay in Afghanistan until the evacuation of American citizens is completed. The president said he could extend the withdrawal date for US troops after August 31. The United States has