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Taliban shut down Afghan human rights body
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Taliban shut down Afghan human rights body

Since the hardline Islamists seized power last August they have closed several bodies that protected the freedoms of Afghans, including the electoral commission and the ministry for women's affairs

G-7 warns of Ukraine grain crisis, asks China 'not to assist Russia in its war of aggression'
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G-7 warns of Ukraine grain crisis, asks China 'not to assist Russia in its war of aggression'

The G-7 nations also addressed a wide range of global problems from the situation in Afghanistan to tensions in the Middle East

'Over half a million Afghans lost jobs since Taliban takeover'
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'Over half a million Afghans lost jobs since Taliban takeover'

According to the International Labour Organization, more than 500,000 workers lost their jobs in the third quarter of 2021

Hijab Decree: Taliban wants to erase girls from public life in Afghanistan, says Malala Yousafzai; urges world leaders to take action
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Hijab Decree: Taliban wants to erase girls from public life in Afghanistan, says Malala Yousafzai; urges world leaders to take action

Malala Yousafzai said Taliban wants to keep girls out of school and women out of work, deny them the ability to travel without a male family member, and to force them to cover their faces and bodies completely

Taliban divisions deepen as Afghan women challenge new veil edict
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Taliban divisions deepen as Afghan women challenge new veil edict

The decree calls for women to only show their eyes and recommends they wear the head-to-toe burqa

Taliban orders all Afghan women to cover up head to toe in public
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Taliban orders all Afghan women to cover up head to toe in public

The decree says that women should leave the home only when necessary, and that male relatives would face punishment for women's dress code violations

'Avoid provocation when meeting men': Taliban order Afghan women to wear all-covering burqa in public
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'Avoid provocation when meeting men': Taliban order Afghan women to wear all-covering burqa in public

Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada's decree also said that if women had no important work outside it was 'better they stay at home'

Afghanistan: Taliban bans issuing driving licences to Afghan women
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Afghanistan: Taliban bans issuing driving licences to Afghan women

Human rights in Afghanistan have worsened since the collapse of the Afghan government and the Taliban's return to power in August last year

Pakistan detects second polio case in a week, triggers concern over possible spike during Eid holidays
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Pakistan detects second polio case in a week, triggers concern over possible spike during Eid holidays

Pakistan is one of the two polio-endemic countries in the world along with Afghanistan

Afghan envoy at UN lodges official complaint with Security Council over Pakistan airstrikes in Kunar
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Afghan envoy at UN lodges official complaint with Security Council over Pakistan airstrikes in Kunar

The Afghan mission also condemned the Pakistani airstrikes in Khost and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan that had killed over 40 people, including women and children

Afghanistan: At least 10 killed in a blast at a Sunni mosque in Kabul
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Afghanistan: At least 10 killed in a blast at a Sunni mosque in Kabul

Several recent bombings have targeted the minority Shiite community, but Friday's blast was at a Sunni mosque. A bomb at a Shiite mosque in Kabul a week earlier killed at least 12 worshippers

Afghanistan: At least 9 killed as two blasts target minibuses in Mazar-i-Sharif
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Afghanistan: At least 9 killed as two blasts target minibuses in Mazar-i-Sharif

Police said that the targets appeared to be Shiite passengers. The blasts occurred within minutes of each other in different districts of the city as commuters were heading home to break their dawn to dusk Ramzan fast

Watch: Video on Taliban's 'military manoeuvre' leaves social media astonished; see what happened
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Watch: Video on Taliban's 'military manoeuvre' leaves social media astonished; see what happened

The clip, which was posted by journalist Abdulhaq Omeri today, 25 April, shows a convoy of Taliban vehicles going forward on an empty street

102 kg drugs concealed in Mulethi consignment seized at Attari border
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102 kg drugs concealed in Mulethi consignment seized at Attari border

The drugs were concealed in a liquorice roots (Mulethi) consignment imported from Afghanistan by a Delhi-based importer.

Afghanistan: At least 33 including children killed in blast at a mosque in Kunduz
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Afghanistan: At least 33 including children killed in blast at a mosque in Kunduz

The mosque is popular among Sufis. No one immediately claimed responsibility, but Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate on Friday claimed a series of bombings that happened a day earlier

Afghanistan: At least 16 killed as Islamic State-claimed blasts rock two cities
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Afghanistan: At least 16 killed as Islamic State-claimed blasts rock two cities

While 12 worshippers were killed in a blast at a Shiite mosque in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, an explosion in Kunduz claimed four lives

Reconciling war with peace amid Ukrainian crisis: Through the works of a Russian poet and an Indian rishi
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Reconciling war with peace amid Ukrainian crisis: Through the works of a Russian poet and an Indian rishi

How the writings of Sri Aurobindo and Alexander Pushkin provide us with a compass that will show us the right direction in this overwhelmingly chaotic world of ours

Afghanistan: Five children among those killed in Pakistan's rocket attacks
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Afghanistan: Five children among those killed in Pakistan's rocket attacks

Since the Taliban seized power last year in Afghanistan, border tensions between the neighbours have risen, with Pakistan claiming militant groups were carrying out attacks from Afghan soil

GhoseSpot | India has changed and it will be a mistake to judge it by the lens of the past
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GhoseSpot | India has changed and it will be a mistake to judge it by the lens of the past

As seen in the Modi government’s handling of the Ukraine crisis or Jaishankar’s aggressive diplomacy in the US, it’s obvious that the old order now has to deal with a new India which will talk in its own idiom and walk at its own pace

How the Taliban ban on girls' education can affect crucial aid for Afghanistan
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How the Taliban ban on girls' education can affect crucial aid for Afghanistan

Analysts say the ban is a blow to the Taliban's efforts to gain international recognition and raise aid to address Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis