UN speeches end with silence from Myanmar, Afghanistan
For the second straight year, Afghanistan and Myanmar were silent at the U.N. General Assembly's leaders' meeting, which ended Monday with no representative of either government stepping forward to talk as the United Nations tries to resolve who should represent them. At the annual high-level meeting of leaders, there was no speech from Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, who now control the nation after a U.S. withdrawal last year, and no words from Myanmar, where a military junta toppled the civilian government last year and detained its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.news.yahoo.com
Taliban freed from US prison, claims exchanged for American
A senior Taliban detainee said Monday he was released from a U.S. prison and handed over earlier in the day to the Taliban in Kabul, in exchange for an American prisoner held in Afghanistan. Bashir Noorzai, a notorious drug lord and member of the Taliban, told reporters in Kabul that he spent 17 years and six months in U.S. captivity. Other Taliban officials claimed he was held at the the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, but those statements could not be confirmed.news.yahoo.com
Taliban acknowledge struggle for recognition of Afghan govt
The Taliban-appointed foreign minister acknowledged Wednesday that the former insurgents' year-old government in Afghanistan remains isolated. The remarks by Amir Khan Muttaqi underscored the struggles faced by the Taliban since they seized power and overthrew a Western-backed government in August 2021. The international community, wary of the Taliban's harsh rule when they were last in power more than 20 years ago, has withheld official recognition and Afghanistan's assets abroad have been frozen.news.yahoo.com
Woman arrested after accusing Taliban official of rape
The Taliban announced they have arrested and will soon sentence an Afghan woman who appeared in a video on social media earlier this week and said a senior Taliban official forced her into marriage and raped her repeatedly. In the video, the woman, who identified herself only by her first name Elaha, wept as she described being beaten and raped by former Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti.news.yahoo.com
One year on, Afghans at risk await evacuation, relocation
More than a year after the Taliban takeover that saw thousands of people rushing to Kabul’s international airport amid the chaotic U.S. withdrawal, Afghans who failed to get on evacuation flights say they are still struggling to find safe and legal ways out of the country.
Air Force: Crew not at fault for Afghan deaths in evacuation
The Air Force has concluded that air crew members acted appropriately and were not at fault for some tragic deaths during the chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan last year, when desperate Afghans clung to a military plane as it was taking off and fell to their deaths or were caught in the wheels.