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Division appears within Taliban as some leaders openly back girls’ education

The remark is significant as it comes ahead of a crucial Taliban meeting where the group is scheduled to revisit the issue pertaining to education for girls. Prior to Stanekzai, who is widely considered a moderate within the ultra-conservative group, senior leaders of the infamous Haqqani Network had also backed the education rights for girls.

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India extends special exemption for Afghan agricultural exports; traders happy

The extension of exemption will help Afghan traders. Earlier, New Delhi also provided 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat to the country in the grip of a humanitarian crisis

Afghan women must cover their faces in public, orders Taliban, imposing more restrictions on women in public spaces

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Barred from schools, Afghan girls face psychological problems as career dreams crash

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Taliban needs to implement its commitments to gain legitimacy, says US special envoy for Afghanistan; women must work and girls must return to school

Rina Amiri, US special envoy for Afghanistan’s women, girls, and human rights, said the Muslim-majority countries needed to champion the cause of Afghan women and girls. “Taliban policies denying girls and women education and jobs aren’t seen in any other Muslim-majority country,” she said.

We won't tolerate 'invasions', says Taliban defense minister to Pakistan; Kabul-Islamabad ties taut

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33 killed in yet another bombing in northern Afghanistan as the ISKP threat grows

For the country’s ethnic Shiite Hazaras, a historically persecuted community, the week has been the deadliest in recent months, with their places of worship and other community spaces being targeted by Sunni Jihadist ISKP. Over three dozen people were confirmed killed in these attacks

Afghanistan’s Shiite Hazaras under attack as bombings claim over two dozen; question marks on Taliban control

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At least six killed in multiple explosions in Kabul’s Shiite neighborhood; higher toll feared

The bombings, the first in recent months after a winter lull, reignited the fear among the country’s persecuted minority Hazaras who have been targeted by Sunni extremists repeatedly in the past

Iran summons Afghan envoy after protestors pelt stones at its consulates in Afghanistan; Kabul-Tehran tension grows

The videos that went viral showed Afghans being brutally thrashed and beaten by what seemed to be personnel of Iranian security forces, and in some cases even by certain groups of civilians

Mistreatment of Afghan refugees adversely affecting ties with Iran, says Taliban foreign minister

Since the Taliban takeover last year, over one million Afghans have sought refuge in Iran, taking the total number of Afghan refugees in the country to a whopping five million

Women entrepreneurs push for revival of women-led businesses in Afghanistan

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EU expresses ‘deep concern’ over ban on girls’ education in Afghanistan, asks Taliban to reverse restrictions

EU lawmakers also deplored the steadily deteriorating situation of women and girls in Afghanistan since the Taliban's return to power in 2021

Iran sending back 3000 refugees daily to Afghanistan as their numbers soar to five million

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Taliban bans poppy cultivation with eye on recognition and development assistance

Over the past four decades now, the poppy has become an integral part of the country’s informal rural economy, primarily due to the relatively stable income that it provides in challenging times

Make a ‘clear break’ and ‘dismantle terror groups’: Regional countries talk tough on Afghanistan, seek ‘inclusive’ government

Wang, who visited Kabul last week,  also suggested promoting  “greater trilateral practical cooperation” among China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in the field of politics, development, and security to promote mutual and common interests for the benefit of the people

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