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Taliban’s first annual Afghan budget foresees $501 million deficit

Afghan Deputy Prime Minister Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi speaks during a ceremony to raise the Taliban flag in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 31, 2022. REUTERS/Ali Khara/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register KABUL, May 14 (Reuters) – Afghanistan faces a budget deficit of 44 billion Afghanis ($501......

Taliban order Afghan women to cover faces again

Taliban threaten punishments for closest male relative Face cover order is part of growing restrictions on women Rights advocates unhappy at new rules KABUL, May 7 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban government ordered women on Saturday to cover their faces in public, a return to a signature policy of their past......

‘I Lost Everything’: Pakistani Airstrikes Escalate Conflict on Afghan Border

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here MANDATAH VILLAGE, Afghanistan — It was nearly 3 a.m. in the mountainous borderlands of eastern Afghanistan when a deafening thud jolted Qudratullah awake. Confused, he staggered to the doorway of his mud brick home, looked outside and froze.......

Tensions Flare Between Neighbors After Afghan Man Kills Iranian Clerics

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here The Taliban, a Sunni Muslim militant group, is wary of Iran, a regional Shiite power that has previously backed the Taliban’s opponents. Iran fears that Afghanistan under Taliban rule could again become a safe haven for terrorists intent......

Atlanta school hires Afghan refugees to combat teacher shortage

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Atlanta school hires Afghan refugees to combat teacher shortage – CBS News Watch CBS News Amid a teacher shortage, an Atlanta school found help in a surprising place — a local community of Afghan refugees. Mark Strassmann shares more.......

Afghan American naval reservist who was held by Taliban details return home in first interview since release

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here “It’s an incredible feeling. It hasn’t settled in yet,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview on “The Lead,” his first since being released. “I hope one day I’m sitting on my couch just watching television and......

Op-ed: What two young Afghan women — our former interns — taught us about helping refugees

CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Ukrainian evacuee Luda Oksonenko holds her two-month-old baby after crossing the Ukraine-Romania border on March 16, 2022. Armend Nimani | Afp | Getty Images The following commentary is from Curtis S. Chin, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development......

Botched assessment of Ukraine’s will to fight mirrors Afghan intel failures

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Jerry Dunleavy Fresh off of the Pentagon overstating the strength of the Afghan military ahead of the Taliban’s rapid takeover last year, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency admitted he underestimated Ukraine’s will to fight in the lead......

Afghan Embassy, Now Out of Money, Will Shut Down, U.S. Says

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WASHINGTON — Without the backing of a recognized government or money to keep the lights on, Afghanistan’s embassy to the United States is shutting down, State Department officials said on Friday. Afghan diplomats, who were appointed by the former U.S.-backed government and could be under threat by the ruling Taliban......

U.S. Eases Sanctions to Allow Routine Transactions With Afghan Government

New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration moved on Friday to relax sanctions that have contributed to the collapse of Afghanistan’s economy since the Taliban takeover in August, issuing a measure that makes clear that people can lawfully engage in transactions with the Afghan government in most circumstances. The measure, known as......

College dreams dashed as young Afghan women fight to keep poverty at bay

As Afghan universities reopen, some women can’t afford to return Women and their relatives have lost jobs, straining finances Economic crisis could reverse gains in female education Taliban say they are working to support women in business KABUL, Feb 25 (Reuters) – As students return to universities across Afghanistan this......

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