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Pakistan premier criticized for ‘derisive comments’ on Afghanistan

AT News KABUL: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan faced growing criticism in Afghanistan on Sunday after making controversial and insulting remarks about Afghanistan and its people. His comments drew condemnation from Afghan politicians, journalists and people. The controversial statements were made on Sunday Islamabad at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s …

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Afghanistan on brink of humanitarian catastrophe, says UN envoy

AT News KABUL: The UN’s special representative for Afghanistan warned on Wednesday that Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and its collapsing economy is heightening the risk of extremism. Deborah Lyons said the United Nations predicts that 60% of Afghanistan’s 38 million people face crisis levels of …

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Engagement with Taliban will be conditional: EU

AT News KABUL: The European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said that engagement with the Taliban is necessary, but added that that it should be conditional. “Conditions for engagement include five benchmarks that EU had highlighted in September, and the Islamic Emirate should make progress on those benchmarks,” …

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Putin, Xi discuss Afghanistan amid worsening crisis

AT News KABUL: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan on Wednesday, amid a worsening humanitarian and economic turmoil in the war-ravaged country. The Chinese and Russian leaders conferred on Afghanistan in a virtual meeting Wednesday night, the China Global Television Network …

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UNICEF welcomes reopening of secondary schools in Afghanistan, stresses that girls must not be left out

“UNICEF welcomes news that secondary schools in Afghanistan will be open tomorrow after closing down for months due to COVID-19. “We are deeply worried, however, that many girls may not be allowed back at this time. “Girls cannot, and must not, be left behind. It is critical that all girls, …

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Press paralyzed as no newspaper on Kabul stands month after Taliban arrival

Until the fall of the government, there were around twenty newspapers available in the Afghan capital alone, but “today you can’t find even one” KABUL: No newspaper has circulated in Kabul since over a month ago the Taliban took control of the country, and with their extinction the independent media …

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International community assures Afghans at risk can freely travel outside Afghanistan

Brussels: We are all committed to ensuring that our citizens, nationals and residents, employees, Afghans who have worked with us and those who are at risk, can continue to travel freely to destinations outside Afghanistan. We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan citizen …

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World warns Taliban of isolation

AT News KABUL: NATO, UN and Britain have warned the Taliban will be isolated if they continue to take power by force as Afghanistan is slipping out of control in the face of rapid Taliban gains. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement after a meeting of the North …

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First group of US troops arrive in Kabul

AT News KABUL: The first group of US troops has arrived in Kabul to help evacuate thousands of American diplomats and staff daily from Kabul. Official sources said on Saturday that on a special flight from Herat to Kabul this morning, government officials who had fallen to the Taliban were …

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US doubles down on sustained support; Biden says Kabul must face down Taliban

AT News KABUL: Afghan leaders should come together and face down the Taliban, said US President Joe Biden on Wednesday. “I think they’re beginning to realize they’ve got to come together politically at the top and – but we’re going to continue to keep our commitment,” he said, doubling down …

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