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4 days ago
The US has promised to provide humanitarian support to the Afghan population, but maintained that it does not formally recognize the Taliban's rule.
4 days ago
The weekend summit in Qatar will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
10 Oct
Danish is transgender, Khalid is gay. But in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule, LGBTQ people face the death penalty. So their only option is to flee the country. Here's their story.
7 Oct
Diplomats from the United Kingdom have met with the Taliban government in Kabul. The talks were held as the militant group was accused of committing "extrajudicial executions."
5 Oct
Ali Maisam Nazary, head of foreign relations for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF), an anti-Taliban military alliance which recently set up a parallel government in response to the Taliban taking power. Nazary claimed that the country's new rulers "are not victorious" in Afghanistan's north-eastern Panjshir region, that the "resistance is continuing" and that the NRF actually controls "more than half" of Panjshir, despite Taliban "propaganda" to the contrary.
5 Oct
Taliban supporters and senior figures hold their first mass rally outside Kabul, in a show of strength as they consolidate their rule of Afghanistan. No foreign government has yet recognised the Islamist former rebels' rule, but their hold on power within the country is all but unchallenged seven weeks after they took the capital. The official victory gathering in Kohdaman township, in the hilly outskirts of the capital, was attended by 1,500 men and boys.
5 Oct
The Taliban claim to have killed several Islamic State members after a bomb blast Sunday. The target of the attack was a memorial service held for the late mother of the Taliban spokesman.
3 Oct
The Taliban wish to address the UN General Assembly. But will other nations recognize, let alone engage with them?
2 Oct
The fundamentalist group, which now rules Afghanistan, put the bodies on display to deter others. The move comes after a Taliban founder said executions and amputations will return.
2 Oct
Social media users have been sharing images that purport to be of Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid. It's claimed they show he's leading a double life. The photos, supposedly, include him failing to wear a head covering and even posing alongside a woman who also isn't wearing a headscarf or veil. But by using reverse image searches and facial recognition technology, it's easy to see the photos are all of other people. The means to spot fakes are out there, but people have to want to look.
2 Oct
Desperate farmers in Afghanistan are turning to opium as a means to survive. Prices of opium have more than tripled since the Taliban takeover of the country, in combination with a deep water crisis have forced farmers into poppy farming. The opium is then smuggled over the border and turned into heroin for distribution in European markets.
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