Afghan police return to work alongside Taliban at airport

AFGHAN police at Kabul airport have returned to work manning checkpoints alongside Taliban security for the first time since the Islamists seized power, officers said Sunday. When the Taliban swept…

Veiled protest: Afghan women rally in support of the Taliban

VEILED women covered head-to-toe in accordance with strict new dress policies for education waved Taliban flags as speakers railed against the West and expressed support for the Islamists’ policies in…

Veteran Indian sports chief takes over at Asia Olympics body

VETERAN Indian sports administrator Raja Randhir Singh on Saturday took over as head of the Olympic Council of Asia after its former Kuwaiti leader was sentenced to jail in a…

Afghan cricket board signals women could still play – report

WOMEN could still be allowed to play cricket, the chairman of Afghanistan’s Cricket Board has claimed to an Australian broadcaster in an apparent backflip on the Taliban’s hardline stance. Azizullah…

Desperate Afghans still await flights to flee Taliban

WHEN thousands of Afghans hoping to escape the incoming Taliban regime were cut off from Kabul airport last month, many started searching for alternative ways to flee. Hundreds made a…

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…