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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. ...

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...

In 'Flee,' an Afghan refugee's tale in vivid animation

Dec. 03, 2021 15:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas Poher Rasmussen was 15 when a boy his same age arrived alone in his small Danish town. “He arrived all by himself and stayed with a family just around the corner from where I lived,” says Rasmussen. “We met at the bus stop every morning...

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. ...

Today in History

Dec. 03, 2021 00:06 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2021. There are 28 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 3, 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from...

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...

UN projects soaring humanitarian needs in world in 2022

Dec. 02, 2021 00:10 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations is predicting that a record 274 million people – who together would amount to the world’s fourth most-populous country – will require emergency humanitarian aid next year in countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Syria and Yemen which face a...

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...