South Asia

New US-India Closeness Angers Pakistan

New US-India Closeness Angers Pakistan

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan did little to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan. Anita Powell reports from the White House on how President Biden, fresh from a historic meeting with India’s leader, is approaching relations with the two South Asian rivals.  

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Afghanistan, Myanmar Skip UN General Assembly 

Afghanistan, Myanmar Skip UN General Assembly 

Afghanistan will not address the U.N. General Assembly, in the wake of the Taliban takeover and potential competing claims of representation at the world body.   A U.N. spokesperson said they were informed by email on Saturday that they were withdrawing. Ambassador Ghulam Isaczai had originally been scheduled to speak on …

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Some 100 Americans Still Waiting to Leave Afghanistan

Some 100 Americans Still Waiting to Leave Afghanistan

As some 100 American citizens are still waiting to leave Afghanistan, the State Department said Monday that the biggest hurdle to their evacuation remains the “unpredictability” of the Taliban. “The biggest constraint to the departure of our citizens and others from Afghanistan, of course, remains the Taliban’s unpredictability, regarding who …

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Hague Prosecutor Seeking to Resume Afghan War Crimes Probe

Hague Prosecutor Seeking to Resume Afghan War Crimes Probe

The prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday asked the tribunal for permission to resume a war crimes investigation into the actions of the Taliban and Islamic State-Khorasan in Afghanistan.  The ICC had spent 15 years investigating alleged war crimes in war-torn Afghanistan, but the probe …

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Indian Farmers Give Renewed Push to Demand for Scrapping Farm Laws

Indian Farmers Give Renewed Push to Demand for Scrapping Farm Laws

Thousands of farmers in India blocked highways and rail tracks on Monday to give renewed momentum to their months-long demand for scrapping agricultural laws that have triggered the country’s longest farm protest and presented a political challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The nationwide protest, or “bharat bandh,” was held …

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Taliban Urge Foreign Airlines to Resume Commercial Flights to Kabul 

Taliban Urge Foreign Airlines to Resume Commercial Flights to Kabul 

Afghanistan’s Taliban government Sunday asked foreign airlines to resume commercial flights to and from Kabul, saying problems at the capital city’s airport had been resolved and the facility “is fully operational.”    The Islamist group regained control of the war-torn country in mid-August following the collapse of the Western-backed Afghan …

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World Recognition of Taliban ‘Not on Table,’ Russia Says at UN

World Recognition of Taliban ‘Not on Table,’ Russia Says at UN

International recognition of the Taliban “at the present juncture is not on the table,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday at the United Nations. Among the Taliban’s promises are ensuring an inclusive government; respecting human rights, especially for women; and preventing Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists. But the …

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Italians Come Out to Demand Support for Afghan Women

Italians Come Out to Demand Support for Afghan Women

Thousands of people demonstrated in cities across Italy on Saturday to support Afghan women and demand continued international pressure on the country’s Taliban leaders to let women participate in the educational and political life of the country.  Among the groups organizing the protests were members of the Pangea Foundation, which …

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