Groups of Afghan women brave Taliban-controlled streets to demand rights

A small group of Afghan women protested near the presidential palace in Kabul a day after women in the western Afghan city of Herat took to the streets in daring…

Taliban co-founder Baradar to lead new Afghanistan govt – sources

TALIBAN co-founder Mullah Baradar will lead a new Afghan government set to be announced shortly, sources in the Islamist group said on Friday, as it battled rebel fighters in the…

Afghan resistance fighters hold out against Taliban in Panjshir

ANTI-TALIBAN resistance fighters loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud claimed they have full control of the passes into their stronghold Panjshir Valley following clashes against the Taliban on Thursday, more…

India Covid: Economy sees record growth during deadly wave

India’s economy rebounded at a record rate in the three months to the end of June even as a devastating second wave of Covid-19 hit the country. Looser pandemic curbs…

Taliban celebrates US withdrawal

THE whole of Kabul fell under the control of a new Taliban regime on Monday when the last American military flight departed the country a minute before midnight local time…

Sri Lanka declares food emergency as forex crisis worsens

Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency over food shortages as private banks run out of foreign exchange to finance imports. With the country suffering a hard-hitting economic crisis,…

Macron calls for UN to help create a Kabul ‘safe zone’

FRANCE and Britain will on Monday urge the United Nations to work for the creation of a “safe zone” in the Afghan capital Kabul to protect humanitarian operations, French President…

Japan detects more Moderna vaccine contamination

JAPAN’s Okinawa region suspended the use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday after another contamination was spotted, the local government said. It comes a day after the Japanese health ministry…

India vaccinates 10 million in one day

INDIA has given more than 10 million Covid-19 jabs in a single day for the first time, authorities said Saturday, as the South Asian giant bolsters its defences for a…

Afghanistan: US airstrike targets ISIS-K after deadly Kabul airport attack

THE US has killed an Islamic State “planner” in retaliation for Thursday’s suicide bombing in Kabul. Captain Bill Urban, the spokesman for US Central Command, said the US military had…