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Taliban Supreme Leader Makes First Public Appearance

Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada addressed supporters in the southern city of Kandahar, officials announced Sunday, his first public appearance since taking control of the group in 2016.Akhundzada has been the spiritual chief of the Islami…

Pakistan, Islamists Reach Agreement to End Violent Rally

Pakistan’s government and an outlawed radical Islamist party Sunday reached an agreement to end a 10-day long — and at times deadly violent — rally calling for the closure of France’s embassy and the release of the party’s leader.Neither Foreign Minist…

China Resumes Import of Pine Nuts from Afghanistan

China has reactivated a direct air trade link with Afghanistan in a bid to assist the war-ravaged neighbor’s new Taliban rulers in dealing with a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis.A cargo plane carrying 45 tons of pine nuts Sunday flew out of …

Taliban Upbeat About Prospects for Recognition

The Taliban said Saturday that a failure by the United States to recognize their government in Afghanistan would prolong multiple crises facing the country and it could eventually turn it into a problem for the world.The Islamist group regained control…

China Hits Reset on Belt and Road Initiative

Green energy is the new focus of China’s one-of-a-kind Belt and Road Initiative or BRI, that aims to build a series of infrastructure projects from Asia to Europe.The eco-friendlier version of BRI has caught the attention of some 70 other countries tha…

Journalist Survives Attack by Gunman in Kabul

Gunmen on a motorcycle brandished small arms and fired on a broadcast journalist in his car in the Afghan capital of Kabul, lightly wounding him.Ali Reza Sharifi, a journalist for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, survived the late Friday night at…

Pandemic Further Squeezes Indian Women, Already on the Margins

Desperate for work, Sabila Dafadar walks every morning from her poor neighborhood tucked behind tall glass and chrome buildings in the business hub of Gurugram, 32 kilometers from New Delhi, to a busy intersection where day laborers wait for contractor…