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Zalmay Khalilzad, US special envoy, resigns as America enters new phase in Afghanistan

Zalmay Khalilzad, who negotiated the 2020 Doha Deal with the Taliban, resigned on Tuesday--almost two months after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan--as the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, the US State Department confirmed

Former Afghan president asks Taliban to seek internal legitimacy first; snubs Pakistan

The Taliban government needs to seek internal legitimacy first for it to gain international recognition, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said, advising the guerilla group, which seized power militarily two months back, to respect the "will of the people" and to "hold Loya Jirga", a traditional grand assembly of village elders

Taliban promises enhanced security at Shia mosques after mass killings

The Taliban, the new rulers of Afghanistan, has promised to increase security at Shia mosques following two attacks that killed hundreds of worshippers in the past few weeks

Another suicide bombing kills nearly 50 in southern Afghanistan; fresh sectarian conflict feared

Two suicide bombers attacked a Shia mosque during Friday prayer in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 47 people and wounding 70, marking the deadliest attack in Kandahar, the birthplace and stronghold of the Taliban, since the fall of the US-backed Afghan government

Qatar calls for engaging with Taliban, says no clear way to unfreeze assets

Qatar said isolating the Taliban, the new rulers of Afghanistan, would not be an option and advocated engagement with the hardline Sunni Islamist group for moderating their behavior

Taliban remains non-committal on girls’ education

The Taliban appears to be non-committal on the issue of allowing girls to access higher secondary level education in Afghanistan as the group’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said they can't be expected to implement social reforms in such a short time

Afghanistan must not be allowed to collapse: Guterres appeals for Afghan aid for its people

Asserting that the Afghan people should not “suffer collective punishment” for the actions of the Taliban, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed on Monday to the international community to come to the aid of the nation

US to provide humanitarian aid, says Taliban after talks; talks no prelude to recognition, says US

The US has agreed to provide humanitarian aid and support non-governmental organizations to support the Afghan people, the Taliban said after the two days of talks with American officials concluded on Sunday

Taliban, US officials meet for talks in Doha; first since Taliban takeover

Senior Taliban leaders and US officials are in Doha holding direct face-to-face talks-- for the first time since the former seized power in Afghanistan--in the backdrop of the rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis and the threat posed by ISKP

At least 50 killed as explosion rocks Shia mosque in northern Afghanistan

A powerful explosion on Friday rocked a mosque belonging to the Shia minority community in northern Afghanistan, leaving at least 50 dead and several more injured

Russia to invite Taliban to participate in Afghanistan talks on 20 October

Russia will invite the Taliban to take part in international talks on Afghanistan that the former is scheduled to hold on 20 October, confirmed Russian Vladimir Putin's special representative on Afghanistan

Taliban to sell properties of former government officials to recover electricity dues

The Taliban authority in Afghanistan is all set to approve a proposal by the country’s electricity regulator, allowing it to recover its dues from former government officials by selling their properties

Iran and British delegations meet Taliban in Kabul

Delegations of Iran and the United Kingdom met the Taliban leadership in Kabul--for the first time since the group seized power--as the humanitarian crisis worsened in Afghanistan with an acute shortage of food, medicine, and other essentials

Taliban executed 13 ethnic Hazara people, says Amnesty International, as their persecution continues

Taliban fighters have executed at least 13 ethnic Hazaras, most of them were former soldiers of the erstwhile Afghan government, Amnesty International said, adding the soldiers had already surrendered to the Taliban

EU top diplomat warns of socio-political breakdown in Afghanistan; humanitarian catastrophe feared

Afghanistan is staring at a breakdown of its economic and social systems, European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said, warning the risk of the crisis turning into a "humanitarian catastrophe."