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Taliban replace ministry for women with 'virtue' authorities

Sep. 18, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers set up a ministry for the “propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice" in the building that once housed the Women's Affairs Ministry, escorting out World Bank staffers on Saturday as part of the forced move. ...

Interpreter’s past put his family in danger

Sep. 18, 2021 03:20 AM EDT

He finds himself in a house in Kabul. It’s his parents’ home, he thinks, though it looks different than he remembers. He hears a commotion outside, steps through the front door. Dark clouds block the sun. The Taliban has flooded the city, and the fighters know who he is: To them, he is a...

US envoy: Qatar plane takes more Americans from Afghanistan

Sep. 17, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Qatar Airways flight on Friday took more Americans out of Afghanistan, according to Washington's peace envoy, the third such airlift by the Mideast carrier since the Taliban takeover and the frantic U.S. troop pullout from the country. The...

Company to pay USAF sergeant $60K for auctioning possessions

Sep. 16, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts storage company that federal prosecutors said illegally auctioned the personal possessions of an Air Force sergeant while he was deployed has agreed to pay the service member $60,000 in compensation, the U.S. attorney's office in Boston announced Thursday. ...

Friction among Taliban pragmatists, hard-liners intensifies

Sep. 16, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Friction between pragmatists and ideologues in the Taliban leadership has intensified since the group formed a hard-line Cabinet last week that is more in line with their harsh rule in the 1990s than their recent promises of inclusiveness, said two Afghans familiar...

Qatar resumes aid to Gaza, minus the suitcases of cash

Sep. 15, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Qatar resumed its distribution of aid to Gaza on Wednesday for the first time since the May war between Israel and the territory's militant Hamas rulers, this time through a new mechanism that does not involve suitcases full of cash. The...

The Latest: UN says $1.2B pledged to help Afghans in need

Sep. 13, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. humanitarian chief says $1.2 billion has been promised to help Afghans facing a growing humanitarian crisis in the country and millions in the region, calling the pledges “an important step” toward helping the needy. Undersecretary-General...

Taliban: Women can study in gender-segregated universities

Sep. 12, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Women in Afghanistan can continue to study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory, the Taliban government's new higher education minister said Sunday. The...

The Latest: Qatar sends high-level delegation to Afghanistan

Sep. 12, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Middle Eastern State of Qatar, which has played an outsized role in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s sweep to power on Aug. 15, has sent a delegation to Kabul. It is the highest diplomatic level delegation to visit the Afghan capital since the Taliban announced...

The Latest: Taliban flag flies at Afghan presidential palace

Sep. 11, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A Taliban official said that the group raised their flag over the Afghan presidential palace in a brief ceremony on Saturday — the same day the U.S. and the world marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The milestone anniversary takes...