UN in talks about possibly handing over Afghan teaching projects to Taliban

The UN children’s agency said it was holding discussions with Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban over “timelines and practicalities” for a possible required handover of its education programmes and that classes would continue in the meantime, Reuters reports. Aid officials say that the Taliban had signalled international organisations could no longer be involved in education projects, in a[…]

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UN: ‘Unfathomable’ Taliban restrictions on women must end

INTERNATIONAL The United Nations is urging the Taliban to immediately revoke policies targeting girls and women in Afghanistan. Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said: “No country can develop – indeed survive – socially and economically with half its population excluded.” “These unfathomable restrictions placed on women[…]

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Taliban court lashes 14 in latest shift to Sharia

INTERNATIONAL Fourteen people were lashed in a football stadium in eastern Afghanistan, the Taliban-led Supreme Court said on Wednesday, in the latest sign of the ruling group applying its strict interpretation of sharia (Islamic law) to criminal justice. It was the second confirmation of lashings by the Taliban this month,[…]

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Afghanistan: UAE beats Qatar and Turkey to sign airports deal

INTERNATIONAL After months of talks between the Taliban, Qatar and Turkey over managing Afghanistan’s airports, the UAE has instead been confirmed as the preferred partner – signalling tensions between the Afghan group and Doha. On Tuesday, Afghanistan announced that the UAE has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Taliban-led Islamic Emirate that will see the Emiratis manage three airports.[…]

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