Friday, January 21, 2022


Taliban stage show of strength with parade after protests

Promising a softer rule than their 1996-2001 regime, the Taliban have launched a commission to identify members flouting regulations – dismissing almost 3,000 people.

Baby lost in chaos of Afghanistan airlift found, returned to family after long ordeal

The child has been returned to his grandfather and other relatives still in Kabul, who are working to have him reunited with his parents and siblings who were evacuated to the US.

Taliban religious police issue posters ordering women to cover up

They say the move is to encourage women to follow shariah law.

No long-distance road trips for Afghan women without male escort, Taliban say

Vehicle owners are also urged to refuse rides to women not wearing headscarves.

Hundreds queue for passports in bid to leave Afghanistan

Issuing passports – and allowing people to leave amid a humanitarian crisis the UN has called an 'avalanche of hunger' – is seen as a test of the Taliban's commitment to the international community.

Taliban appeal again for UN seat after Afghan ambassador quits

The UN seat, and some other embassies abroad, are at the centre of a tug-of-war between exiled diplomats of the old government and Afghanistan's new Islamist rulers.

Kabul passport office head urges patience as anxious crowds keep gathering

Last month the office was forced to close after equipment used for issuing biometric documents broke down under the pressure of processing thousands of applications a day but demand has built steadily.

UK blasted for Afghanistan evacuation response

The chairman of the cross-party foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugendhat, said the emergency response to the Taliban takeover in August left Afghans 'abandoned'.

Taliban release decree saying women must consent to marriage

The international community, which has frozen billions in central bank funds and development spending, has made women's rights a key element of any future engagement with Afghanistan.

Myanmar junta, Taliban condemn move to deny envoys seats at UN

The committee responsible for approving nominations of ambassadors met but deferred a decision over rival claims to the seats for both countries, diplomats say.

‘Taliban 2.0’ working hard to change its image, says Wisma Putra’s special adviser

Ahmad Azam Ab Rahman says the Taliban need more time to enact change as they do not want to spark a war with the more conservative sections of society in the rural areas.

‘Taliban 2.0′ berdepan cabaran bersihkan imej, kata penasihat khas Wisma Putra

Selepas beberapa bulan mentadbir Afghanistan, Ahmad Azam berkata Taliban memerlukan lebih banyak masa lakukan perubahan kerana tidak mahu berperang dengan kawasan pedalaman yang lebih konservatif. 

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