Day: August 24, 2021

CIA head meets Taliban leader as fears for Afghanistan grow

The director of the CIA met with the Taliban’s top political leader in Kabul, an official said Tuesday, as more reports emerged of abuses in areas held by the fighters, fueling concerns about Afghanistan’s future and the fate of those racing to leave the country before the looming […]

UN rights boss says she has credible reports of Taliban executions

Summary Rights forum holds emergency session on Afghanistan Taliban treatment of women is a ‘red line’ – Bachelet EU joins consensus but regrets lack of international inquiry Amnesty Internationals regrets ‘shameful failure’ of session GENEVA, Aug 24 – The U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday that she […]

Analysis: China, Pakistan, India jockey for position in Afghanistan’s new Great Game

Aug 23 – The Russian and British empires battled over Afghanistan in the 19th century, and the United States and the Soviet Union in the 20th. As the Taliban takes over in the strategic, landlocked nation, the new Great Game has Pakistan in control, with its ally China […]

China says U.S. army must be held accountable for Afghanistan actions

GENEVA, Aug 24 – China’s envoy told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday that the U.S. army and the militaries of its coalition partners should be held accountable for rights violations allegedly committed in Afghanistan. During a session on reports of Taliban abuses, Chinese Ambassador Chen Xu […]

Taliban says no evacuation extension as G7 meets on Afghan crisis

Summary Thousands crowd airport ahead of Aug. 31 deadline for exit Evacuations being conducted at ‘war footing’ pace – NATO diplomat Taliban seeks to assure Afghans they have nothing to fear No deadline extension agreed – Taliban spokesman Aug 24 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers said on […]

Umar Khalid calls Delhi riots conspiracy case ‘cooked up’, points to contradictions

New Delhi, Aug 23:  Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid, arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in the north-east Delhi riots conspiracy case, told a Delhi Court on Monday that there were various contradictions in the police’s claims and called it a “cooked up” case. Khalid, along […]

Third wave may peak by Nov if more virulent variant emerges, says scientist part of Sutra

New Delhi, Aug 23:  A possible third wave of coronavirus may peak in November if a new variant, more virulent than the Delta, emerges and becomes fully active by September end, a scientist involved in the mathematical modelling of pandemic said on Monday. At the same time, the […]

FM announces Rs 6 lakh cr asset monetisation pipeline

New Delhi, Aug 23:  Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday announced a Rs 6 lakh crore National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) that will look to unlock value in infrastructure assets across sectors ranging from power to road and railways. She also said the asset monetisation does not involve selling […]

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