Afghanistan: Mass casualties in 2nd mosque bombing in two days
25 April 2022 | 7:38 am
Police say scores were injured when a bomb ripped through a mosque in Kunduz during Friday prayers. The attack came as an "Islamic State" affiliate claimed responsibility for several earlier bomb attacks.
Thousands of journalists have lost their jobs in Afghanistan over the past few months, with many media outlets ceasing operations due to increasing security and financial challenges.
The UN made the "biggest ever appeal" for humanitarian aid for a single country on Tuesday. It wants $4.4 billion (€3.9 billion) for Afghanistan to prevent the "world's most rapidly growing humanitarian crises" from deteriorating further.
A total of 150 Taliban soldiers on Thursday graduated from the first brigade of the 203rd Mansoori Corps in the southeastern zone after three months of training in the southeastern Khost province. Officials at the brigade say the graduates are well-trained and will strongly defend Afghanistan.
The Taliban representatives are discussing humanitarian aid in Oslo, their first official talks in Europe since they seized power. Their arrival prompted protests.
Food security is deteriorating quickly, with more than half the population of Afghanistan – a record 22.8 million people - facing acute food insecurity, among which 8.7 million are teetering on the brink of famine. WFP reached more than 15 million people with assistance in 2021, compared to 9 million in 2020.
Since taking control of Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban have been trying to project a more moderate image to the rest of the world. They claim to have changed, in a bid to obtain financial aid and international recognition. However, this stance does not seem to match reality on the ground, where Sharia law is progressively edging its way into Afghans' everyday lives. Yet some business owners and women are trying to oppose the new rules. Our France 2 colleagues report, with FRANCE 24's Jennie Shin.
Posts circulating on social media since mid-January claim that the Taliban is destroying mobile phones in Afghanistan. Where did this video come from?We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
US President Joe Biden said hostage-taking by the Taliban is an act of "cowardice." Meanwhile, the UN accused the fundamentalist group of killing dozens of members and security forces of the former government.
When Taliban fighters took over Afghanistan it spelled disaster for female judges, who faced threats of violent retribution. But 150 women and their families managed to escape. DW's Matthew Moore met with two of them who are now in Germany.
Is tying humanitarian assistance to human rights the right course for Afghanistan? Aid agencies are this week imploring the West and in particular the US Treasury to allow money transfers to flow unhindered and to unblock desperately needed funds.
Prior to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the country's tourism industry provided much-needed employment for tour guides, boat operators, and other professions. But due to the current economic crisis, all that has dried up.
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.
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