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Women always faced horrid times under Taliban, this time even female mannequins are not safe
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Women always faced horrid times under Taliban, this time even female mannequins are not safe

Not only are the Taliban dictating the lives of women in Afghanistan, but they also want to curb the visibility of lifeless female mannequins from public view.

US expresses concern over rights abuses in Afghanistan at Doha meet, asks Taliban to take necessary steps
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US expresses concern over rights abuses in Afghanistan at Doha meet, asks Taliban to take necessary steps

The meeting comes at a time when humanitarian crises are looming in Afghanistan and the economy of the Taliban-led country is on the brink of collapse

US journalist freed from Myanmar jail with ex-diplomat's aid
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US journalist freed from Myanmar jail with ex-diplomat's aid

American scribe Danny Fenster was handed over to former US diplomat Bill Richardson, who helped negotiate the release, and the two landed in Doha, Qatar

Moscow Format talks: International recognition of Taliban hinges on inclusiveness of government and human rights record
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Moscow Format talks: International recognition of Taliban hinges on inclusiveness of government and human rights record

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commended the Taliban for their efforts to stabilise the military-political situation in the country and ensure the operation of state structures

Taliban grapple with the potent Islamic State threat in Afghanistan amid spike in insurgencies
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Taliban grapple with the potent Islamic State threat in Afghanistan amid spike in insurgencies

Both the Taliban and IS advocate rule by their radical interpretations of Islamic law. But there are key ideological differences that fuel their hatred of each other

Taliban say they won't work with US to contain IS activities in Afghanistan
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Taliban say they won't work with US to contain IS activities in Afghanistan

Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen said they want to tackle the IS issue independently. The Taliban, however, have signaled flexibility regarding evacuations of those stranded

Scores of Westerners, including Americans, fly out of Kabul in first large-scale departure since US troop withdrawal
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Scores of Westerners, including Americans, fly out of Kabul in first large-scale departure since US troop withdrawal

A senior US official provided the number of Westerners on board and said that two very senior Taliban officials had helped facilitate the departure.

Meet the Afghan warlords who dictate whether war-torn nation descends into a 'civil war'
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Meet the Afghan warlords who dictate whether war-torn nation descends into a 'civil war'

Now that the Taliban is trying to establish a government and to rule local institutions, it is possible that local groups may resist being co-opted

India should correct mistake of supporting invaders, proxy govt in Afghanistan, says ex-PM Hekmatyar
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India should correct mistake of supporting invaders, proxy govt in Afghanistan, says ex-PM Hekmatyar

Future governments of Afghanistan should be non-aligned and should strive to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a site for political, intelligence, military and economic rivalries, he said.

Working with Taliban to reopen Kabul airport 'as soon as possible', says Qatar
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Working with Taliban to reopen Kabul airport 'as soon as possible', says Qatar

The airport, the scene of a frenzied evacuation which ended with the US troop withdrawal on Tuesday, is out of operation with much of its infrastructure destroyed or degraded

Haqqani Network leader says group won't interfere in Kashmir, seeks friendship with India
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Haqqani Network leader says group won't interfere in Kashmir, seeks friendship with India

The outreach by Haqqani is the latest conciliatory signal from the new masters of Afghanistan, who appear keen to build friendly ties with India, which has poured money into rebuilding Afghan infrastructure

India holds first talks with Taliban, raises issues of safe evacuation and terrorism
India

India holds first talks with Taliban, raises issues of safe evacuation and terrorism

Indian envoy to Qatar, Deepak Mittal, met Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai at the Indian Embassy in Doha

Ready to leave behind past, want positive relations with all countries, says Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen
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Ready to leave behind past, want positive relations with all countries, says Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen

Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban spokesman in Qatar, talked with CNN-News18 about how the once dreaded militant organisation now seeks to run a country while seeking to gain legitimacy in the international community. Edited excerpts:

Taliban 'bans co-education' in Afghanistan's Herat province, calls it 'root of all evils in society'
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Taliban 'bans co-education' in Afghanistan's Herat province, calls it 'root of all evils in society'

The decision was taken after a meeting between varsity professors, owners of private institutions, and Taliban authorities, Khaama Press News Agency reported on Saturday

Qatar defies raging coronavirus cases, presses on with major sporting events
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Qatar defies raging coronavirus cases, presses on with major sporting events

In the past 30 days, more than 25,000 people tested positive compared to just 7,501 in January, among a population of 2.75 million, although there is no evidence linking sporting events to the surge.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says COVID-19 measures could still be in place for 2022 World Cup
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino says COVID-19 measures could still be in place for 2022 World Cup

Infantino also suggested FIFA could "concretely" help travelling fans from countries where vaccine rollout has been slow or had not yet begun.

Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller tests positive for COVID-19, say reports
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Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller tests positive for COVID-19, say reports

Mueller would be the third Bayern player to contract the coronavirus in recent weeks, after positive tests for Javi Martinez and Leon Goretzka meant they were unable to travel with the rest of the squad to Qatar.

Afghanistan: At least 14 killed, 45 injured in twin bomb explosions in Bamiyan; Taliban denies involvement
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Afghanistan: At least 14 killed, 45 injured in twin bomb explosions in Bamiyan; Taliban denies involvement

The twin bombing marked the latest attack in Afghanistan, where violence has surged in recent months even as Taliban and Afghan government negotiators are meeting for peace talks

Qatar puts up 'for sale' sign with new property visas, offers permanent residency with $1mn purchase
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Qatar puts up 'for sale' sign with new property visas, offers permanent residency with $1mn purchase

Foreigners can now house hunt in 25 areas of Qatar — mostly in and around the capital Doha — nine on a freehold basis and the rest with 99-year leaseholds

‘Grossly disturbing, offensive’: Australia’s foreign minister condemns internal examination of passengers at Doha airport
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‘Grossly disturbing, offensive’: Australia’s foreign minister condemns internal examination of passengers at Doha airport

The women, including 13 Australians, were examined after a newborn baby was found abandoned at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport