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Over 6,400 journalists in Afghanistan lost jobs since Taliban takeover: Survey

The survey conducted by non-profit organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) shows a radical change in the Afghan media landscape since the Taliban took power.
A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Ali Khara(REUTERS)
A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Ali Khara(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 24, 2021 01:32 PM IST
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ANI | , Washington

Explosion heard close to passport office in Kabul: Report

The nature of the blast was not immediately clear, nor were any casualty numbers, an official of the ministry of interior told Reuters on the condition of anonymity.
The nature of the blast was not immediately clear(HT File)
The nature of the blast was not immediately clear(HT File)
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 02:41 PM IST
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US lawmakers urge Biden administration  to unfreeze Afghan central bank reserves

In a letter to US President Joe Biden and Treasury Department, Democratic US House members said that they stand with American allies and humanitarian experts in urging the United States to avoid harsh economic measures that will directly harm Afghan families and children, Sputnik reported.
The US freeze of Afghanistan's reserves could lead to more deaths in 2022 than were lost in the last 20 years of the war in the country, the letter by lawmakers  said.(Reuters file photo)
The US freeze of Afghanistan's reserves could lead to more deaths in 2022 than were lost in the last 20 years of the war in the country, the letter by lawmakers  said.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 08:29 AM IST
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India, Central Asian nations vow to fight Afghanistan terror

  • The fallout of the Taliban takeover of Kabul on regional security, post-pandemic recovery and measures to boost regional connectivity and trade were in focus as foreign ministers of India and the Central Asian states held their third dialogue in the Capital.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (4L) with the Foreign Ministers of Central Asian countries in a group photo at the third meeting of the two-day India-Central Asia Dialogue.(ANI)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (4L) with the Foreign Ministers of Central Asian countries in a group photo at the third meeting of the two-day India-Central Asia Dialogue.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 04:49 AM IST
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'Afghanistan heading for chaos': Pak PM Imran Khan wants US to 'delink' Taliban

  • Imran Khan warned about a possible refugee crisis and rise in Islamic State violence in case the international community doesn’t provide support to Afghan citizens.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during the 17th extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the Afghanistan situation, in Islamabad, Pakistan.(Reuters)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during the 17th extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the Afghanistan situation, in Islamabad, Pakistan.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 06:51 PM IST
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Hundreds queue for passports in bid to leave Afghanistan

The local branch of the Islamic State group, the Taliban's principal enemy, killed more than 150 people in late August when citizens massed at Kabul airport in a desperate bid to leave during the early days of the new regime.
People queue to enter the passport office at a checkpoint in Kabul on December 19, 2021, after Afghanistan's Taliban authorities said they will resume issuing passports. (AFP)
People queue to enter the passport office at a checkpoint in Kabul on December 19, 2021, after Afghanistan's Taliban authorities said they will resume issuing passports. (AFP)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 02:15 PM IST
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'Must find ways...': India for unhindered humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

WHAT JAISHANKAR SAID ON AFGHAN CRISIS & TERROR
WHAT JAISHANKAR SAID ON AFGHAN CRISIS & TERROR
Published on Dec 19, 2021 01:30 PM IST
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Aid for Afghanistan discussed in Islamic countries meet

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is to be discussed in the meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. 
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Published on Dec 19, 2021 11:13 AM IST
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Pakistan to hold summit of OIC leaders to discuss Afghan humanitarian crisis

  • In addition to the members of the OIC, delegations from the United States, Russia, United Kingdom, the European Union, the World Bank and humanitarian organisations have also been invited to the conference.
A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Ali Khara(REUTERS)
A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. REUTERS/Ali Khara(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 07:28 AM IST
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India, Tajikistan hold talks on Afghan crisis

  • Jaishankar thanked Tajikistan for the “tremendous support that you gave us during the evacuation of Indians from Afghanistan in August and September”.
Jaishankar thanked Tajikistan for the “tremendous support that you gave us during the evacuation of Indians from Afghanistan in August and September”.(ANI)
Jaishankar thanked Tajikistan for the “tremendous support that you gave us during the evacuation of Indians from Afghanistan in August and September”.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2021 04:43 AM IST
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Afghanistan: Taliban leaders appeal for help as migrant crisis looms

The comments, at a special meeting to mark the UN's international migrants day, underlined the new Islamist Taliban government's push to engage with the world community, four months after they seized power in Kabul.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a function to mark International Migrants Day in Kabul.(AFP)
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a function to mark International Migrants Day in Kabul.(AFP)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 09:59 PM IST
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Reuters | , Kabul

Watch: Senior TTP commander escapes unhurt after drone attack in Afghanistan

PAKISTAN HAND BEHIND DRONE STRIKE IN AFGHANISTAN?
PAKISTAN HAND BEHIND DRONE STRIKE IN AFGHANISTAN?
Published on Dec 18, 2021 07:57 PM IST
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Taliban govt resumes issuing Afghan passports in Kabul

  • Thousands of Afghans have also applied for new travel documents to escape a growing economic and humanitarian crisis described by the UN as an "avalanche of hunger".
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint on a street in Kabul on December 17, 2021.(AFP)
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint on a street in Kabul on December 17, 2021.(AFP)
Published on Dec 18, 2021 02:30 PM IST
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The long road to finding an end to Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

The study has been authored by M Ashraf Haidari
Today, 97% of all Afghans live below poverty line, and one in every three Afghans (or 14 million) face severe hunger.
Today, 97% of all Afghans live below poverty line, and one in every three Afghans (or 14 million) face severe hunger.
Published on Dec 17, 2021 10:32 PM IST
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Taliban risk losing power without inclusive govt in Afghanistan, warns Russia

  • The Kremlin's envoy to Afghanistan said the Taliban have to ensure inclusiveness in power-sharing but clarified that it wasn’t an ultimatum.
The Taliban announced a Cabinet expansion in September insisting that the Sunni Pashtun group has opted for an inclusive government.(Reuters)
The Taliban announced a Cabinet expansion in September insisting that the Sunni Pashtun group has opted for an inclusive government.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 05:08 PM IST
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Taliban prepares Afghan budget without any foreign support

A draft budget running until December 2022 has been prepared for approval by the Afghani finance ministry. Having no foreign aid, authorities remark “We are trying to finance it from our domestic revenues -- and we believe we can.”
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Published on Dec 17, 2021 02:41 PM IST
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Taliban killed 72 former Afghan army personnel since August: UN 

“Between August and November, we received credible allegations of more than 100 killings of former Afghan national security forces and others associated with the former Government, with at least 72 of these killings attributed to the Taliban,” a top UN rights official said.
UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif said that Afghanistan witnessed the highest civilian casualty this year even before the Taliban took over.(AP)
UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif said that Afghanistan witnessed the highest civilian casualty this year even before the Taliban took over.(AP)
Published on Dec 14, 2021 06:10 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Kabul passport office head urges patience as anxious crowds keep gathering

  • "We have done our best to reopen the office but we are still facing some equipment shortages," passport office head Alam Gul Haqqani told Reuters in an interview on Sunday.
Alam Gul Haqqani, Head of Afghanistan Passport Office, checks documents at his office in Kabul, Afghanistan December 12, 2021. (REUTERS)
Alam Gul Haqqani, Head of Afghanistan Passport Office, checks documents at his office in Kabul, Afghanistan December 12, 2021. (REUTERS)
Published on Dec 13, 2021 11:25 AM IST
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News updates from HT: Taliban praise India for sending medicines for Afghan kids

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Afghan children play near a house in Kandahar province in December.(AFP)
Afghan children play near a house in Kandahar province in December.(AFP)
Published on Dec 12, 2021 08:55 PM IST
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Illegal but essential: Afghan migrants, minorities recycle Istanbul's waste

  • Considered the poorest of Turkey's poor, Afghans have joined Kurds, the Laz, Roma and other ethnic minorities and undocumented migrants in doing work others snub.
Afghan refugees collect waste at a dumping ground in Istanbul.(AFP)
Afghan refugees collect waste at a dumping ground in Istanbul.(AFP)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 03:35 PM IST
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India sends life-saving medicines to Afghanistan in aid

The medical supplies reached Kabul from Delhi on a return flight that had brought 10 Indians and 94 Afghans from the war-torn nation a day ago.
The first consignment of medical aid from India reaches Kabul on Saturday. (ANI Twitter)
The first consignment of medical aid from India reaches Kabul on Saturday. (ANI Twitter)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 01:11 PM IST
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Special flight with 104 people arrives in Delhi from Kabul

The flight, operated by Afghanistan’s Kam Air and arranged by India, brought 10 Indians and 94 Afghans, including members of the Hindu and Sikh minorities, external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet.
Stranded Indian citizens and distressed Afghan citizens belonging to Hindu and Sikh communities being brought to Delhi by a special flight chartered, in Kabul on Friday. (ANI)
Stranded Indian citizens and distressed Afghan citizens belonging to Hindu and Sikh communities being brought to Delhi by a special flight chartered, in Kabul on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 12:11 AM IST
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How Sikh, Hindu Afghans rejoice after return to India; bring back scriptures

Afghan Sikhs return; bring back holy scriptures 
Afghan Sikhs return; bring back holy scriptures 
Published on Dec 10, 2021 10:58 PM IST
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India evacuates more than 100 people from Afghanistan; brings back ancient texts

  • Operation Devi Shakti is aimed at bringing back Indians from Afghanistan following the takeover by the terrorist group after US withdrawal in August earlier this year.
India has flown back 565 stranded persons from Afghanistan since August. (HT File)
India has flown back 565 stranded persons from Afghanistan since August. (HT File)
Published on Dec 10, 2021 05:47 PM IST
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Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Al-Qaeda numbers in Afghanistan up 'slightly' since Taliban takeover: US

Speaking at the Pentagon, McKenzie said it's clear that al-Qaeda is attempting to rebuild its presence inside Afghanistan, which was the base from which it planned the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against the United States.
The US invasion that followed the Sept. 11 attacks led to a 20-year war that succeeded initially by removing the Taliban from power but ultimately failed.
The US invasion that followed the Sept. 11 attacks led to a 20-year war that succeeded initially by removing the Taliban from power but ultimately failed.
Updated on Dec 10, 2021 11:42 AM IST
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Afghanistan to host Netherlands for 3 ODIs in January

The second and third games are set to be played on January 23 and 25 respectively. All three games will be staged at Asian Town Cricket Stadium, Doha, Qatar.
Afghanistan to host Netherlands for 3 ODIs in January(TWITTER)
Afghanistan to host Netherlands for 3 ODIs in January(TWITTER)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 08:45 PM IST
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ANI | , Kabul [afghanistan]

Afghanistan on brink of ‘horrific’ mass starvation as harsh winter sets in

  • WFP officials have raised concerns over the sanctions imposed on the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan as they are impeding humanitarian organisations from operating with the de-facto government.
An Afghan boy carries a tray of bread on his head, in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
An Afghan boy carries a tray of bread on his head, in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 08:23 AM IST
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News updates from HT: West condemns Taliban over summary killings in Afghanistan

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Members of Taliban sit on a military vehicle during Taliban military parade in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters)
Members of Taliban sit on a military vehicle during Taliban military parade in Kabul, Afghanistan.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 05, 2021 08:56 AM IST
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West hits out at Taliban over ‘summary killings’, disappearances in Afghanistan

  • The Western countries, including the US, the European Union, Canada and Britain, said they will continue to measure the Taliban by their actions.
Taliban fighters stand guard near a military hospital in Kabul.(AFP)
Taliban fighters stand guard near a military hospital in Kabul.(AFP)
Published on Dec 05, 2021 06:49 AM IST
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Can’t allow Afghanistan to become a threat to its neighours: EU special envoy

EU special envoy for Afghanistan Tomas Niklasson said EU and India are very close on most issues related to Afghanistan, including the need not to isolate the Afghan people.
A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. (REUTERS)
A Taliban fighter stands guard in Kabul, Afghanistan. (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 05:28 AM IST
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