Afghanistan: Taliban bans opium poppy cultivation, drug trade
10 April 2022 | 7:39 am
The Taliban are taking steps to halt Afghanistan's opium trade even as the country's economy crumbles. It is unclear how the Taliban government plans to replace this illicit source of income for millions of farmers.
We focus on the plight of women in Afghanistan six months after the Taliban retook the country. For those women and girls left behind, many have found their lives shrunk to the four walls of their homes, either due to losing their jobs or being unable to continue their education. This as a number of women's rights activists have gone missing in recent weeks as the Taliban continue to seek international recognition.
The Indian state of Karnataka has seen major tensions after the regional government approved of a decision by schools to ban the hijab. Amid those tensions, some old videos have been doing the rounds. Also, on Saint Valentine's Day, heart-shaped icons and landscapes are being shared... but not all of them are real.
Six months after the Taliban retook Afghanistan, FRANCE 24 spoke to former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who remains in the country. Karzai strongly criticised the Biden administration's recent decision to unfreeze Afghan assets but divide the funds between aid to Afghanistan and victims of the 9/11 attacks, saying the funds "belong to the Afghan people". He also said he believed the Taliban would eventually allow girls to return to school, since doing so is "absolutely necessary for the well-being" of Afghanistan.
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The Ukraine conflict dominates this year's Munich Security Conference, as world leaders pay less attention to the Afghan crisis. Two decades ago, a similar negligence unleashed catastrophic consequences for global peace.
Children in particular are suffering from the looming famine in Afghanistan – the result of a recent drought and the withdrawal of international aid organizations after the Taliban regained control of the country.
Blessing Okagbare was recently handed a 10-year ban from track and field activities for doping by the Athletics Integrity Unit. She still has a few weeks within which to appeal the ban, but with the three charges levelled against her, Okagbare’s representatives face a herculean task when they do decide to appeal the decade-lo#nigeria
With the last remaining foreign soldiers preparing to leave Afghan soil, many Germans are questioning whether the mission was justified. DW looks back on Germany's long Bundeswehr mission in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks in the US.
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The former president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, is being held on drugs charges three weeks after leaving office. He is wanted by the United States for alleged ties to narcotics trafficking. Mr. Hernandez denies any wrongdoing.
The high court in Karnataka has upheld a ban on hijab-wearing in schools and colleges. The ruling could have major repercussions for the rest of the country, with India having a large Muslim minority.
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