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# Afghanistan

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# Security Council
UN votes to secure formal presence in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan
The resolution, which avoids using the word Taliban, will allow the UN to continue its “crucial” work in Afghanistan.
# Kabul
Afghan universities reopen for first time after Taliban takeover, but with few women
Most secondary schools for girls and all public universities were closed when the Taliban seized power last August.
# Afghanistan
Boy trapped three days down Afghan well dies after rescue
The child, named Haidar, slipped on Tuesday to the bottom of a well being dug in a village.
# unfrozen funds
Anger as Joe Biden takes $3.5 billion of Afghan assets to fund 9/11 families
$7 billion in frozen Afghan assets is to be split between humanitarian relief and a 9/11 fund.
# Afghanistan
WHO meets Taliban to discuss 'dire' health and humanitarian crisis
A Taliban delegation is in Geneva, Switzerland for a week of talks.
# Taliban
Taliban in Geneva for week of talks as Afghanistan remains in humanitarian crisis
No country has formally recognised the government installed after the Taliban seized power.
# Refugee Protection
Relocating from Afghanistan: 'People have made us feel at home. I can see where my future is'
Manizha worked as a dentist in Afghanistan prior to the Taliban takeover in August 2021.
# Explainer
'An economic implosion': Afghanistan's hunger crisis explained
Some 55% of the Afghan population is now suffering from hunger, according to the United Nations.
# Afghanistan
Fatal bombing during Kabul airport evacuation was carried out by single attacker, probe finds
At least 160 Afghan civilians and the 13 US troops were killed by the bombing.
# charlotte bellis
New Zealand grants entry exemption to pregnant reporter who sought Taliban help
Only 800 rooms per month are set aside for New Zealanders and visa holders.
# charlotte bellis
New Zealand defends strict Covid quarantine as pregnant reporter fights to leave Kabul
Charlotte Bellis said she had to turn to the Taliban for help after her requests to return home were rejected.
Opinion: As millions in Afghanistan face starvation - the world must not look away
We watched in horror as the Taliban retook Kabul, but cannot turn our backs on Afghans, writes Rosamond Bennett.
# United Nations
UN wants €4.4 billion in aid for Afghans to avoid 'full-blown humanitarian catastrophe'
Around 8 million children could miss out on their education because teachers largely have not been paid since August.
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# August
Former Afghan president had 'minutes' to decide whether to leave Kabul during Taliban takeover
Ashraf Ghani denied claims his exit scuppered hopes of a deal with the Taliban and also said he had not left with a stolen fortune.
# Kabul
Afghanistan is 'biggest humanitarian crisis of our time' and West must act, Gordon Brown says
The former British PM said more than half of the Afghan population is facing extreme hunger, including a million children who are at risk of starving to death.
# Afghanistan
No long-distance road trips for Afghan women without male escort, Taliban says
The Taliban has also dissolved Afghanistan’s two election commissions.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Afghanistan
Taliban government resumes issuing Afghan passports in Kabul
The international community has so far not recognised the present Taliban government that was formed soon after the chaotic withdrawal of US-led foreign troops.
# Afghanistan
Temporary residence to be offered to 500 Afghans under new admissions programme
Priority for the scheme will go to the most vulnerable, like the elderly, women, girls and people with disabilities.
# Afghanistan
Taliban reject claims of 'summary killings' of ex-security forces
Allied Western countries called on the Taliban to end the targeted killings of former members of Afghan security forces.
# Taliban
Afghan prime minister defends Taliban’s rule amid economic crisis
UN officials have warned of a humanitarian disaster.
# kabul rescue
Coveney defends Defence department's handling of offer to buy long-range 'heavy lift' aircraft
Questions have been raised about the need for heavy lift aircraft for the Irish Air Corps. An Aviation company had offered two second hand flights eight months before the Kabul mission.
Questions have been raised about the need for heavy lift aircraft for the Irish Air Corps.
Documents show Ireland was offered aircraft eight months before Afghan rescue mission - despite Coveney denial
PHOTOS: The Army Rangers' mission to evacuate Irish people from Afghanistan
# Not that I'm aware of
Documents show Ireland was offered aircraft eight months before Afghan rescue mission - despite Coveney denial
Seraph Aviation Group offered two aircraft – which would have been suitable to rescue Irish citizens in Afghanistan.
# kim k
Kim Kardashian West funds flight to bring female Afghan footballers to the UK
130 people in total touched down at Stanstead airport this morning.
# Islamabad
Pakistan hosts US, Russia and China for talks on Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s Taliban-appointed foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, did not attend the meeting.
# Afghanistan
19 killed in attack on Kabul military hospital
Two blasts struck close to the entrance of the site followed by reports of shooting inside the hospital.
# Repatriation
Three Irish-resident families evacuated from Afghanistan
A total of 106 Irish citizens and a number of residents have been evacuated from Afghanistan.
# brought to safety
More Irish citizens evacuated from Afghanistan
Simon Coveney confirmed on Thursday that another 10 citizens and six dependents had been evacuated from Kabul Airport to Doha.
# Kandahar
IS claims deadly suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan that killed at least 41 people
The attack killed at least 41 people and injured scores more.
# Afghanistan
Taliban warns world leaders that global security will be affected if sanctions on their regime continue
The Taliban have declared an Islamic emirate governed under the movement’s hardline interpretation of religious law.
# Afghanistan
Taliban to hold talks with EU and US officials in push for international support
Afghanistan’s new rulers are seeking assistance to avoid a humanitarian disaster.
# Talks
Taliban says US will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan
The American government says this will not amount to recognition of Afghanistan’s new rulers.
# Afghanistan
Taliban ‘will not work with US to contain Islamic State’
The US delegation will meet this weekend in the Qatari capital Doha.
# Afghanistan
Suicide bomber kills at least 55 during Friday prayers at Afghan mosque
Scores more victims from the minority community were wounded in the blast.
# Doha
Dozens more Irish citizens evacuated from Afghanistan
The 15 citizens and 10 dependents travelled from Kabul to Doha on a specially organised flight with the support of Qatar.
# Taliban
Children are dying of malnutrition in Afghanistan, officials warn
The effects of drought, soaring food prices and job losses have been compounded by international aid and financing all but grinding to a halt.
# Afghanistan
Government agrees to provide up to 500 extra places for Afghan family members
More than 670 Afghan nationals have already been granted permission to reside in the State so far this year.
# Afghanistan
Taliban hang bodies of four alleged kidnappers in Herat city as 'lesson to abductors'
Graphic images showed bloody bodies on the back of a pick-up truck while a crane hoisted one man up.
# the good information project
Ireland has now offered humanitarian access visas to 400 Afghans
Women, human-rights activists, members of LGBTQI+ community and journalists are among those offered these places.
# Taliban
Taliban official speaks of strict punishment and says executions will return
Since the Taliban seized control Afghans have been watching to see whether they will recreate their harsh rule of the late 1990s.