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UN official meets Taliban, urges reverse of NGO female worker ban

AFGHANISTAN: The acting head of the United Nations‘ mission to Afghanistan told the Taliban administration’s acting economy minister to reverse a decision to ban female NGO workers during a meeting, according to a statement on Monday. “Millions of Afghans need humanitarian assistance and removing barriers is vital,” UNAMA said in the statement, adding that UNAMA’s […]

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‘We are treated worse than animals’: Afghan women speak out against university ban

NEW DELHI: Despite initially promising to respect the rights of women and minorities, the Taliban have widely implemented their interpretation of Islamic law since they seized power in Afghanistan last year, and have all but erased women from public and educational life. Systematic oppressionThe hardline Islamist regime has banned girls from middle school and high […]

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‘Dressed like they were going to a wedding’: How Taliban justified banning women from universities

NEW DELHI: The Taliban regime in Afghanistan has defended its recent decision to ban women from universities, stating that the institutions were allowing genders to “mix freely” and subjects were being taught that “violated the principles of Islam”. The ban was announced on December 20 by minister of higher education Nida Mohammad Nadim, who has […]

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Bikini Killer: Nepal to release ‘Serpent’ serial killer Charles Sobhraj | World News

KATHMANDU: French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, responsible for multiple murders of young foreigners in the 1970s across Asia, was set to be released from prison on Friday, jail authorities and his lawyer said.Sobhraj, 78, whose life was chronicled in the successful Netflix/BBC series “The Serpent”, was due to be deported to France within 15 days, […]

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Have to sue Nepal: Sobhraj after release

KATHMANDU: Charles Sobhraj, a convicted killer who police say is responsible for a string of murders in the 1970s and 1980s, was released from a Nepal prison on Friday after nearly two decades behind bars.The French national, 78, is suspected of killing more than 20 Western backpackers on the “hippie trail” through Asia, usually by […]

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Pakistan Taliban News: Cross-border attacks, untenable policy: Why Pakistan-Taliban ties are going from bad to worse | World News

NEW DELHI: A little over a year ago, Pakistan appeared to have a firm grip on the internal affairs of Afghanistan after Taliban‘s hostile takeover of the country. This was clear from Pakistan’s direct involvement in the government formation process when then ISI chief Faiz Hameed visited the war-torn country to broker truce between warring […]