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Afghan aid at risk due to Taliban restrictions on women: UN

The United Nation’s lead humanitarian coordinator has warned that UN-supplied aid cannot continue if the Taliban do not lift their ban on women working for humanitarian aid agencies in Afghanistan.

Pentagon misled public on deadly drone raid in Kabul: Report

Erroneous assumptions and biases by US analysts led to the Kabul drone attack that killed ten civilians, including seven children, during the Pentagon’s chaotic August 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan, an internal military investigation has found.

Taliban accuse British royal of committing “war crimes”

The Taliban administration has denounced Britain’s Prince Harry for his admission of killing 25 people while on military duty in Afghanistan, and a senior Afghan official has accused the royal of killing innocent civilians.

Pakistan Taliban threatens to target top political leaders, including PM and FM

Armed group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned the country’s main ruling parties of “concrete action” against their top leadership in the government for “declaring war” against it.

Pakistan says won’t allow others to shelter militants amid tensions with Afghanistan

Pakistan's political and military leadership has vowed no country will be allowed to shelter militants staging attacks against Pakistani soil, as the Asian country is engaged in rising tensions with neighboring Afghanistan.

Iranian universities ready to admit Afghan students after Taliban ban

Three gender-specific universities in Iran have expressed readiness to enroll hundreds of Afghan women after the Taliban barred female students from attending private and public universities in Afghanistan.

Casualties reported as blast rocks military airport in Kabul

An explosion outside the military airport in Kabul has caused multiple casualties, a spokesman for the Taliban-run interior ministry announced.

Putin says Russia-China military cooperation ‘key’ for international stability

The Russian-Chinese strategic partnership has multiple aspects, with military cooperation being a key component, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in a call on Friday.

UN suspends programs in Afghanistan following Taliban ban on women

The United Nations has announced that some "time-critical" programs in Afghanistan have temporarily stopped after Taliban banned women from working for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan agree to avoid escalation on border

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed to prevent aggravation of the situation on the border between the two countries, the Kyrgyz Border Guard Service has confirmed.

Intl. aid NGOs stop work in Afghanistan after Taliban ban on female staff

Four major international aid groups have suspended their operations in Afghanistan following a decision by the Taliban to ban women from working at NGOs.

Condemnations pour in following Taliban ban on female staff in NGOs

Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration has ordered all local and foreign nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) to stop female employees from coming to work, according to an economy ministry letter.

Russia says naval drills with China a response to US “aggressive capacity build-up”

The joint naval exercises, air patrols and other drills of Moscow and Beijing are a response to the aggressive build-up of US military potential in the region, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov has said.

Taliban suspend university education for Afghan women

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have ordered an indefinite ban on university education for the country’s women, the Ministry of Higher Education announced in a letter issued to all government and private universities.

Officials say Pakistani forces kills all Taliban hostage-takers in north

Pakistan’s special forces have raided a counterterrorism centre in a remote northwestern district, killing all of the 33 Taliban fighters who overpowered guards at the facility, seized arms and took hostages, officials confirmed.

Iran envoy says has delivered protest note to China over territorial integrity

Tehran’s ambassador to Beijing Mohammad Keshavarz-zadeh said he has handed a note of protest to high-ranking Chinese officials to reiterate the need for the Asian country to observe Iran’s “regional sensitivities”.

Bomb blast kills 3, injures several in Pakistan border area

A roadside bomb targetting security forces killed three people and wounded more than a dozen in Pakistan’s northwest near the Afghan border on Wednesday, police confirmed.

China says relations with Iran, PGCC never target third party

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin has reaffirmed Beijing’s traditional friendly relations with Iran. Wenbin added China’s ties with Iran and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council do not target any third party.

Saudi Arabia, China agree to boost ties on energy, defence

Saudi Arabia and China have reaffirmed their cooperation on the global oil market and the principle of non-interference in internal affairs during a visit to Riyadh by the Chinese president.

China’s president meets Saudi’s crown prince ahead of summit with Arab leaders

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) has received China’s President Xi Jinping in Riyadh as part of a visit expected to bolster bilateral political and economic ties.

At least seven killed in Afghanistan’s bus bombing

At least seven people were killed and six others injured on Tuesday when a blast hit a vehicle carrying oil workers in northern Afghanistan, police has confirmed.

Ex-president Hamid Karzai leaves Afghanistan

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai left Kabul for the United Arab Emirates where he will stay for three days before traveling to Germany, his close aide Shahzada Massoud confirmed.

Bomb blast hits Afghan school, dozens killed and injured

At least 15 people have been killed and 20 others wounded in a bomb blast at a religious school in the northern Afghan province of Samangan, according to a local official.

Three killed, dozens injured in bomb blast in Pakistan’s Quetta

A suicide bomb blast has struck a police vehicle in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, killing at least one police officer and two civilians and wounding dozens, according to police.

Pakistan’s ex-PM vows to fight to ‘last drop of blood’

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to keep up his struggle to return to the country's political sphere. Imran Khan made the remarks in his first public speech since surviving an assassination attempt earlier this month.

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