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Women activists call for more rights in Afghanistan

Dec. 05, 2021 10:24 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Women’s rights activists in the Afghan capital of Kabul insisted Sunday they would continue fighting for their right to education, employment and participation in Afghan political and social life, and said a recent Taliban decree banning forced marriage was not...

From Serbia, Afghan boxers seek refuge, careers in West

Dec. 05, 2021 02:24 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — They practiced in secret and struggled to get to an international tournament in Europe. Now, members of the Afghan national boxing team are seeking refuge in the West, hoping to continue both their careers and their lives without danger or fear. ...

France to work with Saudis to resolve crisis with Lebanon

Dec. 04, 2021 14:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince held a joint phone call with Lebanon’s prime minister during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the kingdom on Saturday, in a significant gesture amid an unprecedented crisis between Lebanon and Saudi...

Traditional wrestling continues as a Friday fixture in Kabul

Dec. 04, 2021 04:55 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Through clouds of billowing dust, two men circle each other warily before one plunges forward, grabbing his rival’s clothing and, after a brief struggle, deftly tackling him to the ground. The crowd, arrayed in a circle around them, some...

AP EXCLUSIVE: Afghan judges in Brazil still fear the Taliban

Dec. 04, 2021 00:12 AM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A female judge, Muska, was hiding with her family from newly empowered Taliban militants in Afghanistan when an apparent reading mistake 7,000 miles away helped to drastically change her life. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro opened his...

Taliban chief bans forced marriage of women in Afghanistan

Dec. 03, 2021 08:22 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban decreed on Friday they were banning forced marriage of women in Afghanistan, a move apparently meant to address criteria the international community consider a precondition to recognizing their government and restoring aid to the war-torn country. ...

Aid official: Afghanistan's crises get 'progressively worse'

Dec. 02, 2021 12:10 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is being hit by multiple crises that are “progressively getting worse,” with drought, economic collapse and displacement all pushing the population into catastrophic hunger, a senior international aid official said Thursday. The...

Action delayed on Myanmar and Afghan requests for UN seats

Dec. 01, 2021 16:13 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee decided Wednesday to delay action on requests by Myanmar’s military junta and Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations. The announcement by the chair of the General Assembly’s...

NATO chief says mission creep, corruption hurt Afghan effort

Dec. 01, 2021 12:24 PM EST

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO became a victim of mission creep in Afghanistan as the international community upped its aims from fighting extremists to rebuilding the conflict-torn country over two decades, the military organization’s civilian leader said Wednesday. ...

Unique effort reopens girls' schools in an Afghan province

Dec. 01, 2021 01:18 AM EST

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — High school girls are sitting at home almost everywhere in Afghanistan, forbidden to attend class by the Taliban rulers. But there’s one major exception. For weeks, girls in the western province of Herat have been back in high school...