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UN says Taliban divided on appeal to restore women's rights

Jan. 20, 2023 19:01 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A delegation led by the highest-ranking woman at the United Nations urged the Taliban during a four-day visit to Afghanistan that ended Friday to reverse their crackdown on women and girls. Some Taliban officials were more open to restoring women’s rights but others were...

UN's top woman in Afghanistan for talks on Taliban crackdown

Jan. 17, 2023 16:54 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The highest-ranking woman in the United Nations arrived in Kabul on Tuesday at the head of a delegation promoting the rights of women and girls, a response to the recent crackdown by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, a...

Scandal-hit EU political group starts damage limitation work

Jan. 16, 2023 02:53 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The major center-left political group embroiled in a corruption scandal at the European Parliament will seek this week to insulate itself from more fallout in the cash-for-influence affair linked to Qatar and Morocco as Belgian justice authorities target its members. ...

Aid chief: Taliban decrees against women paralyzing NGO work

Jan. 08, 2023 12:04 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban’s “internal debates and extreme decrees” are paralyzing humanitarian work in Afghanistan, the head of a major aid agency told The Associated Press on Sunday, after he arrived on a week-long trip to talk to Taliban leaders about reversing a ban on women...

UN envoy meets with Afghan higher-ed chief over ban on women

Jan. 07, 2023 12:23 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A top U.N. envoy met with the Taliban-led Afghan government’s higher education minister Saturday to discuss the ban on women attending universities. Markus Potzel is the first international official to meet with him since the ban was introduced last month. ...

EU Parliament starts process to lift 2 lawmakers' immunity

Jan. 02, 2023 12:31 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The president of the European Parliament has launched an urgent procedure to waive the immunity of two lawmakers following a request from Belgian judicial authorities investigating a major corruption scandal rocking EU politics. The European Parliament said Monday...

Taliban ban women from working for domestic, foreign NGOs

Dec. 24, 2022 12:36 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban government on Saturday ordered all foreign and domestic non-governmental groups in Afghanistan to suspend employing women, allegedly because some female employees didn't wear the Islamic headscarf correctly. They also separately banned women from attending...

Taliban minister defends ban on women's university studies

Dec. 22, 2022 13:55 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The minister of higher education in the Taliban government on Thursday defended his decision to ban women from universities — a decree that had triggered a global backlash. Discussing the matter for the first time in public, Nida Mohammad Nadim said the...

Grant Wahl's life celebrated at New York City gathering

Dec. 21, 2022 21:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Wahl was remembered for his peripatetic life as a sportswriter, pursuit of social justice and lasting impact on family, friends and people he mentored. Wahl died at age 49 from aortic aneurysm on Dec. 10 while covering a World Cup match in Qatar. A two-hour...

Italian court seeks data on Belgian prisons, in EU scandal

Dec. 20, 2022 11:31 AM EST

BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — An Italian court said Tuesday that it will seek information on prison conditions in Belgium before ruling on whether to turn over a woman for possible trial in Brussels in an influence-peddling scandal that has rocked the European Parliament. Silvia Panzeri, a...