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"The fact that the women are so disliked by these men is beyond belief, I don't understand why," says Afghan women's rights activist and CEO of Afghan Women's Network Mahbouba Seraj. "We should sit down and have a conversation."
The suspects reportedly forced children as young as 10 to take money from drug buyers. The authorities also arrested several women with Mafia links.
While the Taliban have said only that female students must observe hijab, without giving more details, women dressed in black robes at a pro-Taliban rally in Kabul September 11 raised fears that the Islamist group will reintroduce mandatory wearing of head-to-toe garments. This week we spoke to two Afghan women who told us more about the Taliban's dress code – and the women who are fighting against it in the streets and online with the hashtag #DoNotTouchMyClothes.
India-administered Kashmir is reportedly seeing a surge in foreign militants. Analysts warn that increasing disaffection among young Kashmiris in the disputed region could have serious consequences.
The Taliban have gunned down resistance fighter Rohullah Azizi, brother to ex-Vice President Amrullah Saleh. The former politician is now one of the leaders of anti-Taliban forces in the holdout Panjshir valley.
Afghan pop star Aryana Saeed, an indefatigable women's rights activist, made only one request of her fiance before heading to Kabul airport when the Taliban took over the city: "just shoot me in the head but don't let them take me away alive".
Talking to the Taliban is not the same as recognizing their rule in Afghanistan, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told DW.
International donors have pledged more than $1 billion to avert an impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Although the Taliban won't handle the money directly, it could be spun as an endorsement of their regime.
Qatar is considered one of the countries with the most influence over the hard-line Islamist group. Meanwhile, Taliban forces in Kabul have been ordered to wear uniforms, after fighters harassed and beat people.
The Taliban acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, thanks the world for pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Afghanistan and urges the United States to show "heart" to the impoverished country.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin calls on the Taliban to keep its word to normalise life for Afghans and prevent violence spilling over into neighbouring countries at the summit of a Moscow and Beijing-led bloc.