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 2021-09-16 04:29 

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What's Next for the US in Afghanistan?...

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered to Congress this week an unwavering defense of the Biden administration's exit from Afghanistan, in which he outlined the administration's priorities for the country going forward....

 2021-09-16 03:56 

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France Says Head of Islamic State in Sahara Has Been Killed...

France's president announced the death of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara's leader late Wednesday, calling Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi's killing "a major success" for the French military after more than eight years fighting extremis...

 2021-09-15 20:29 

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US Envoy, Taliban Blame Ghani for Scuttling Peaceful Transfer of Power Plan...

The U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan says he secured a last-minute deal with the Taliban in mid-August to keep the insurgents outside Kabul while they negotiated a political transition. But, he says, President Ashraf Ghani's decision to flee the count...

 2021-09-15 16:12 

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Olympic Gymnast Maroney Says FBI Betrayed Her after She Reported Sexual Abuse...

Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney on Wednesday told U.S....

 2021-09-15 13:32 

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Hong Kong Security Chief Demands List of Press Group Members...

Hong Kong's security chief called on Wednesday for the city's main press association to disclose to the public who its members work for and how many of them are students, a day after he accused the group of infiltrating schools. The comments by Se...

 2021-09-15 09:33 

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Nine Hong Kong Activists Sentenced for Taking Part in Banned Vigil...

Nine Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were sentenced to several months in jail for taking part in an unauthorized candlelight vigil in observance of the brutal 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on student protesters. The nine defendants include such figure...

 2021-09-14 23:56 

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US Accuses Russia of Stonewalling on Cybercrime...

U.S. warnings to Russian President Vladimir Putin over shielding cybercriminals holed up in Russia appear to have made little impact, according to top U.S. law enforcement and cyber officials....

 2021-09-14 19:43 

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Taliban Welcome Aid, Push Back Against US Criticism on Interim Government...

The Taliban applauded the global community Tuesday for pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency assistance to Afghanistan but dismissed criticism of their week-old interim government by the United States and others. Speaking to reporters in K...

 2021-09-14 09:28 

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Blinken to Face Further Scrutiny Over US Withdrawal from Afghanistan...

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will likely face another round of tough questioning from lawmakers over last month's withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan when he appears Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. During a ...

 2021-09-13 17:07 

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UN Chief: Aid 'Lifeline' Needed in Afghanistan...

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged nations on Monday to show their solidarity with the people of Afghanistan and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars for an urgent and expansive humanitarian response in the country."The people of Afgh...

 2021-09-13 03:54 

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N. Korea Tests Long Range Cruise Missile Designed to Evade Defenses...

North Korea has conducted its first missile test in about six months....

 2021-09-12 08:39 

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Taliban: Women Can Study in Gender-Segregated Universities...

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 higher education minister in the new Taliban government said Sunday.The minister, ...

 2021-09-11 23:01 

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Analysis: Is Biden Summoning 'Strategic Patience' With North Korea?...

As the stalemate between the United States and North Korea persists, some experts are wondering whether the Biden administration is returning to the Obama-era policy of strategic patience.Ken Gause, director of the Adversary Analytics Program at CNA, thin...

 2021-09-11 15:54 

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Widow of US Soldier Slain in Afghanistan Speaks Out...

Army Specialist Christopher Horton was a sniper who was killed in ambush in eastern Afghanistan on September 9, 2011. He was 26 years old.His widow, Jane Horton, is an advocate for fallen soldiers and the families they leave behind, known as Gold Star fam...

 2021-09-11 14:51 

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WFP: Afghans Resorting to Extreme Measures to Keep Hunger at Bay...

The World Food Program warns acute hunger is deepening in Afghanistan and families are resorting to extreme measures to find something to eat and keep their children from starving. Randomized phone surveys carried out between August 21 and September 5 in ...

 2021-09-11 12:26 

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Iran Invites IAEA Chief for Talks Before Showdown With West, Diplomats Say...

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 2021-09-11 01:22 

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Report: US Afghan Airstrike May Have Mistaken Aid Worker for IS Fighter...

A video analysis shows the United States may have mistakenly targeted an aid worker rather than Islamic State fighters in its final strike in Afghanistan that killed 10 civilians, The New York Times said Friday. The Pentagon has said it disrupted a new at...

 2021-09-10 23:25 

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Afghanistan Opposition Forces Insist 'There's Still Hope'...

Afghan forces opposed to the Taliban are insisting the fight is not over despite claims by Taliban officials that the last stronghold of the resistance is under their control.Speaking in Washington, the foreign relations chief for Afghanistan's Nation...

 2021-09-10 13:11 

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Russia Looks South to Afghanistan, Warily...

Russia has been treading carefully in its dealings with the Taliban, engaging with them but so far withholding formal recognition of Afghanistan's new rulers.Russian President Vladimir Putin and his aides have been quick to cheer the U.S.-led NATO wit...

 2021-09-10 03:18 

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UN: New Crisis Looms for Afghanistan...

The United Nations' top official in Afghanistan said Thursday that billions of dollars in assets and donor funds frozen by members of the international community present a...

 2021-09-10 02:07 

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UN Chief Says He Fears Afghanistan-like Situation in Sahel...

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told AFP on Thursday that he feared the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan would encourage influential jihadist armed groups in the Sahel, as he called for a strengthening of...

 2021-09-09 18:20 

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Smoke Alarms Go Off on International Space Station...

The crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday reported that smoke alarms went off in the Russian segment of orbiting laboratory, and the crew reported seeing smoke and smelling burned plastic. Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, said th...

 2021-09-09 18:10 

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CIA Chief Visits Pakistan, India to Discuss Afghanistan...

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 2021-09-09 13:23 

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Russia Heading for 'Least Free Elections' in 20 Years, Say Opposition Leaders...

Russia's parliamentary elections in less than two weeks' time are shaping up to be the least free since Vladimir Putin came to power 21 years ago, warn opposition leaders and independent election observers. Polling data suggests that just 26% of R...

 2021-09-09 12:25 

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North Korea Suspended by International Olympic Committee for 2022, Will Miss Beijing Winter Olympics...

North Korea has been banned from the 2022 Beijing Winter Games after the International Olympic Committee suspended the isolated regime for not participating in this year's Tokyo Olympics. IOC President Thomas Bach announced the decision Wednesday in L...

 2021-09-08 21:40 

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UN: Afghan Women Refuse to Be 'Erased'...

The United Nations agency U.N. Women expressed its "profound" disappointment Wednesday at the lack of female participants in Afghanistan's new Taliban transitional government."It is unacceptable that the international community would accep...

 2021-09-08 16:57 

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Ghani Says He Fled Afghanistan to Avoid Kabul Bloodshed...

Former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani said Wednesday he fled his country last month for the United Arab Emirates to avoid bloodshed in the streets of the capital of Kabul as Taliban insurgents took control. He denied plundering government funds as he left....

 2021-09-08 14:11 

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Turkey's Erdogan Voices Caution Over New Afghan Government...

Turkey is voicing caution over Afghanistan's interim government as it continues talks with the Taliban on restarting air traffic at the Kabul airport.Turkey was among the first countries calling for talks and engagement with the Taliban after it swept...

 2021-09-08 11:54 

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UN Seeks $600 Million to Tackle Looming Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan...

A U.N.-sponsored high-level ministerial meeting on Afghanistan next week will seek to raise $606 million to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance for nearly 11 million people until the end of the year. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns A...

 2021-09-08 11:49 

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US Assessing Announcement of Taliban's Caretaker Governmen...

The United States says it is assessing the Taliban's announcement of a caretaker government in Afghanistan and has "made clear our expectation that the Afghan people deserve an inclusive government."";We will continue to hold the Taliban to...

 2021-09-08 11:36 

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RIA: Russia's Emergencies Minister Dies During Arctic Training Exercise...

Russian Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev died during a training exercise in the Arctic on Wednesday, RIA news agency cited the ministry as saying.The 55-year-old Zinichev, who had headed the high-profile emergencies ministry since 2018, died while sa...

 2021-09-08 08:58 

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US, Germany Hosting Talks on Afghanistan...

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas are hosting talks Wednesday with a group of partners and allies to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, including efforts to continue the flow of humanitarian aid to the countr...

 2021-09-08 06:46 

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Hong Kong Police Arrest Organizers of Annual Tiananmen Square Vigils...

Four members of a Hong Kong group that organizes the annual observances of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown were arrested Wednesday after refusing to cooperate with a police investigation into its activities. Chow Hang Tung, a barrister and vice presid...

 2021-09-08 03:29 

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Qatar Awards Scholarship to Afghan Girls' Robotics Team...

Qatar has granted academic scholarships to members of a girls' robotics team from Afghanistan dubbed the...

 2021-09-07 23:44 

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Early Stumble as El Salvador Starts Bitcoin as Currency...

El Salvador became the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender Tuesday, but the rollout stumbled in its first hours and President Nayib Bukele said the digital wallet used for transactions was not functioning. For part of the morning, El Salvador&#...

 2021-09-07 13:55 

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FAO: Afghanistan is Facing a Looming Hunger Catastrophe...

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warns millions of Afghans are at risk of starving if farmers do not receive the seeds they need to plant their winter wheat crop before the end of the month. About 70% of all Afghans live in rural areas and depen...

 2021-09-07 08:42 

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Top US Diplomat, Defense Secretary Discuss Afghanistan in Qatar Visit...

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin held talks Tuesday in Doha, Qatar, with their Qatari counterparts as part of a visit to discuss the effort to evacuate Americans and Afghans from Afghanistan and other regional issu...

 2021-09-07 01:02 

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North Korea Promotes General to Ruling Party's Presidium, State Media Says...

North Korea has elevated a general long seen as a rising star in the country's powerful military and a major player in its missile program to a position in the presidium of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) politburo, state media reported T...

 2021-09-06 17:37 

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Curtain Divides Male, Female Students as Afghan Universities Reopen...

Students across Afghanistan have started returning to university classrooms after the Taliban stormed to power, and in some cases females have been separated from their male peers by curtains or boards down the middle of the room.What happens in universit...

 2021-09-06 16:42 

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Russia Blocks Navalny Voting Site Ahead of Polls...

Russian authorities on Monday blocked a website of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny that instructed supporters how to vote out candidates from the ruling party in polls later this month. In a statement to AFP, state communications watchdog Roskomnadzo...

 2021-09-06 04:31 

VOA

Blinken to Visit Qatar, Germany for Afghanistan Diplomacy...

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is traveling to Qatar on a trip that will also take him to Germany for talks with important U.S. allies on the situation in Afghanistan. "Departing for Doha, Qatar and Ramstein, Germany where I'll have the op...

 2021-09-05 23:48 

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Taliban Pledge Safety for Humanitarian Workers, UN Says...

The United Nations humanitarian chief met Sunday with leaders of the Taliban, who pledged to guarantee the safety of humanitarian workers and aid access in Afghanistan, a U.N....

 2021-09-05 20:40 

VOA

Taliban Stop Planes of Evacuees from Leaving but Unclear Why...

At least four planes chartered to evacuate several hundred people seeking to escape the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan have been unable to leave the country for days, officials said Sunday, with conflicting accounts emerging about why the flights w...

 2021-09-05 19:53 

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Afghan Opposition Leader Ready for Conditional Peace Talks with Taliban...

The commander of an armed opposition group in Afghanistan said Sunday he welcomed proposals from religious scholars for holding peace talks with the Taliban if they pull back their forces from his native northern Panjshir province....

 2021-09-05 16:58 

VOA

White House Again Pledges to Get Americans Out of Afghanistan...

A top White House official pledged Sunday that the United States would find a way to get the remaining Americans out of Afghanistan if they want to leave, but a key Republican foreign affairs lawmaker said Taliban insurgents are blocking easy passage out ...

 2021-09-04 22:38 

VOA

Taliban Claim Fresh Advances Against Afghan Opposition...

The Taliban claimed Saturday that their forces had seized several districts in the northern Panjshir Valley, the last remaining province in Afghanistan holding out against the Islamist group.Taliban officials said that overnight advances had brought sever...

 2021-09-04 21:42 

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Iran Calls on US to Drop 'Its Addiction to Sanctions'...

Iran urged the United States on Saturday to stop using sanctions against the Islamic republic and accused U.S. President Joe Biden of following the same...

 2021-09-04 12:32 

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Kabul Airport Reopens to Receive Aid, Civilian Flights to Operate Soon, Says Qatari Envoy...

Qatar's ambassador to Afghanistan said a technical team was able to reopen Kabul airport to receive aid and that it would be prepared for civilian flights soon, Al Jazeera reported Saturday. The runway at Kabul airport has been repaired in cooperation...

 2021-09-04 06:13 

VOA

From Front Lines to Safe House, Afghan Journalist Flees Threats...

In early August, Storai Karimi was reporting from the front lines in Herat, where Taliban fighters were continuing their advance across Afghanistan. But now the journalist, who worked for the independent news agency Pajhwok, is in an undisclosed city in P...

 2021-09-03 19:32 

VOA

Taliban Return Signals 'End to Press Freedom' Afghan Journalists Say...

A free and independent media will not be possible in Afghanistan, despite assurances from the Taliban, say some journalists at privately owned news outlets....

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