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UN chief disturbed by reported Taliban ban on women working for NGOs

United Nations | Xinhua | United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “deeply disturbed” by the reported order of the Taliban-run administration in Afghanistan banning women from working for national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), his spokesman said on Saturday. “The secretary-general reiterates the rights of all women to participate in the …

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UN calls for restoration of university rights for Afghan women

United Nations | Xinhua | UN Women Executive Director Sima Bahous on Wednesday called for the restoration of Afghan women’s right to higher education after the Taliban-run administration barred them from university. The Taliban’s new order, announced Tuesday, effectively bans women from higher education, she said in a statement. “It is …

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Afghan children fall victim to export of U.S. democracy

Kabul, Afghanistan | Xinhua | The United States portrays itself as a model of democracy for the rest of the world, but its so-called “beacon of democracy” has long collapsed. Multiple countries that have been imposed the U.S. style of democracy have witnessed prolonged conflicts and insecurity, tattered national economy and …

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U.S., Taliban officials to hold talks in Doha over the weekend

Washington, U.S. | Xinhua | A U.S. delegation will travel to Doha, Qatar, over the weekend to meet with senior Afghan Taliban representatives, the State Department said on Friday. “This meeting is a continuation of the pragmatic engagements with the Taliban on issues of U.S. vital national interest,” a State Department …

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Russia to invite Taliban for talks in Moscow

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | Moscow will invite Taliban representatives to take part in international talks on Afghanistan later this month, Russian Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said on Thursday. Taliban representatives will be invited to take part in Moscow-format talks on Afghanistan on Oct. 20, the TASS news …

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Afghanistan wants friendly relations with international community: acting FM

Kabul, Afghanistan | Xinhua | The acting foreign minister of the newly-formed administration of Afghanistan said Thursday that Afghanistan wants to have friendly relations with the international community, including the neighboring and regional countries. “The Islamic Emirate wants to have friendly relations with the international community and co-exist with all the nations …

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Taliban hands over seized cash, gold to Afghan central bank

Kabul, Afghanistan | Xinhua | The Taliban have handed over about 12.3 million U.S. dollars cash and some gold to Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), the country’s central bank, a bank statement said on Thursday. The cash and gold bars found in the houses of former administration’s officials and local offices of former …

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Kampala yet to recognise new Afghan government – Minister Oryem

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda is still holding it’s recognition of the Taliban government, with Minister of State for International Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem saying no formation of a new government has been brought to the attention of Kampala. Minister Okello Oryem said when the formation of the government is …

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