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Afghanistan: Banking chief warns of ‘existential crisis’

Afghanistan’s banking system is on the verge of collapse. Syed Moosa Kaleem Al-Falahi, the Chief Executive of the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan in an interview to the BBC said the country’s financial industry is in the grip of an “existential crisis” as customers panic. “There’s huge withdrawals happening at the moment”, he said, speaking from […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban ban barbers from shaving or trimming beards

The Taliban have banned hairstylists in Afghanistan’s Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, saying it breaches their version of the Islamic law. The Taliban also warned of punishment if anyone breached the rule. Some barbers in capital Kabul have also received similar orders. The instructions suggest a return to the strict rulings of the group’s […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban hang dead bodies in an apparent warning in western city of Herat, reports say

The Taliban hung the dead bodies of four kidnappers in public in the western city of Herat in an apparent warning. The display came a day after a notorious Taliban official warned that extreme punishments such as executions and amputations would resume. The men were killed in a gun battle after allegedly seizing a businessman […]

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Taliban requests to address UN General Assembly in New York City

The Taliban have requested to address world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week in New York City. A UN committee will rule on the request but it is unlikely to happen during the current session of the body. The Taliban also nominated their Doha-based spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, as Afghanistan’s UN ambassador. The […]

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Taliban replaces women’s ministry with moral policing ministry known for public executions and floggings

Workers in the Afghan capital Kabul replaced signs for the country’s women’s ministry with those for the Taliban’s moral police on Friday, as female former employees of the department said they had been locked out of the building. A sign for the building was covered by a replacement in a mixture of Dari and Arabic, […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban ban female employees from entering Ministry of Women

Taliban have barred female employees from entering the Ministry of Women Affairs in Kabul, allowing only males into the building, an employee of the ministry said. “Four women were not allowed to enter the building”, Russian news agency Sputnik quoted the employee as saying. The women intend to protest the move near the ministry. As […]

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Afghanistan women’s youth soccer team have fled to Pakistan

Afghanistan women’s junior national soccer team crossed the border into Pakistan. The girls had spent the past month in hiding amid fears of a crackdown on women’s rights by the Taliban. Members of the women’s side flew out of Kabul last month but the youth team were reportedly left stranded as they lacked passports and other […]

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Taliban to review syllabus, permits women to study as long as they wear head coverings

Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at the postgraduate level, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and head coverings will be compulsory. Higher Education Minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani laid out the new policies at a news conference on Sunday, a day after the Taliban raised their flag over the presidential palace, signalling […]

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US drone strike killed aid worker on duty and his family members: US media counters military

An investigation by leading US media networks say the drone strike the US said targeted an Islamic State operative actually killed an aid worker on daily duties in Kabul. The New York Times and Washington Post said their evidence undermines US military reports that explosives in the targeted car caused a secondary blast. The Pentagon […]

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United Nations condemns Taliban’s violent crackdown on protests

The United Nations condemned Taliban’s brutal response in curbing dissent after the group’s rapid take over of Afghanistan. The Taliban killed at least four protesters during recent rallies, a UN report said. Demonstrations have been taking place across Afghanistan since the fall of Kabul on 15 August 2021, demanding respect for women’s rights and greater freedoms. […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban fire into the air to disperse protestors in Kabul

The Taliban fired warning shots to disperse the crowd at a large protest in the Afghan capital, Kabul.Video footage from the scene shows people running to safety, while heavy gunfire can be heard in the background.Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Tuesday to denounce Taliban rule and demand women’s rights.Protesters also chanted anti-Pakistan […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban claims to have seized Panjshir Valley, raise flag over Resistance stronghold

The Taliban claimed to have seized the last province not in their control after their blitz through Afghanistan last month, overrunning forces who had opposed their takeover. Thousands of Taliban fighters charged into eight districts of Panjshir province overnight, according to witnesses. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that the province, which is north of the […]