One-quater of hospitals treating COVID in Afghanistan collapsed after Taliban takeover: WHO

Kabul [Afghanistan] September 23 (ANI): A high-level delegation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday informed that Afghanistan's efforts to respond to the pandemic have drastically gone down as nearly one-quarter of the hospitals treating Covid-19 have collapsed after the Taliban's takeover

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 18:52 IST

Taliban abuses cause widespread fear in Afghanistan: Human Rights Watch

New York [US], September 23 (ANI): The Taliban in Afghanistan's western city of Herat are committing widespread and serious human rights violations against women and girls, a new report has revealed.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 18:32 IST

US Congressman introduces sanctions bill targeting China's military, surveillance companies

Washington [US], September 23 (ANI): A US Congressman unveiled legislation on Wednesday to "target sanctions against Chinese Communist Party (CCP) military or surveillance companies".

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 18:11 IST

In internet freedom index, China stands last among nations while Taiwan occupies fifth position

Taipei [Taiwan] September 23 (ANI): China once again stood last in the internet freedom index for the seventh consecutive year while Taiwan, despite facing intrusions from Beijing, occupied the fifth position.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 17:47 IST

UK envoy holds discussion over COVID vaccine certification with National Health Authority CEO

New Delhi [India], September 23 (ANI): Amid concerns in India about UK's new travel rules, British High Commissioner Alex Ellis on Thursday held discussions with National Health Authority CEO RS Sharma and said neither side raised concerns about each other's COVID-19 certification process.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 17:31 IST

MoS Foreign Trade of UAE calls on Nirmala Sitharaman to discuss economic ties

New Delhi [India], September 23 (ANI): Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State (MoS) for Foreign Trade, UAE, on Thursday called on Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Ministry of Finance said.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 17:26 IST

Rights watch says Taliban 'dismantling' human rights in Afghanistan

Kabul [Afghanistan], September 23 (ANI): The Taliban has taken steps to steadily dismantle the human rights gains of the last 20 years, rights groups have observed.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 17:01 IST

At G20 meeting, China urges lifting economic sanctions on Afghanistan

Beijing [China], September 23 (ANI): China has called for the ending of sanctions and restrictions on Afghanistan amid Taliban struggle for wider international recognition.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 16:43 IST

China: PLA breaches Taiwan's Air defense identification zone over 60 times in September

Taipei [Taiwan], September 23 (ANI): China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has breached Taiwan's Air defense identification zone (ADIZ) more than 60 times in the month of September.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 15:20 IST

Pakistan's 50 year 'forever war' policy results proxies in Afghanistan

Islamabad [Pakistan], September 23 (ANI): Pakistan's policy for over half a century in pursuit of strategic depth while planning for the recent invasion of Afghanistan has culminated in several years of diversionary diplomacy resulting in Pakistan's generals managing to re-install their proxies at Kabul, says a recent analysis.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 15:18 IST

Time for US to unfriend Pakistan as it continues to support Islamic supremacists, jihadis

Washington [US], September 23 (ANI): The time for the US has come to unfriend Pakistan as its leaders continue to support Islamic supremacists and jihadis of various stripes.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 15:13 IST

Vistara to operate flights between Delhi, Paris from November 7

New Delhi [India], September 23 (ANI): Vistara, full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, on Thursday announced special, non-stop flights between Delhi and Paris CDG (Charles de Gaulle) starting November 7 this year.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 15:16 IST

Russia records 21,438 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours

Moscow [Russia], September 23 (ANI/Sputnik): Russia recorded 21,438 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, up from 19,706 the day before, bringing the cumulative total to 7,354,995, the federal response center said on Thursday.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 15:01 IST

US lawmakers walk out of classified Afghanistan briefing

Washington [US], September 23 (ANI): Multiple Republican and Democratic lawmakers angrily stormed out of a classified briefing with members of the Biden administration on Afghanistan on Wednesday morning after their questions went unanswered.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 14:35 IST

Afghanistan: 5 killed in multiple attacks in Jalalabad

Kabul [Afghanistan], September 23 (ANI): The eastern province of Nangarhar witnessed multiple attacks in Jalalabad city on Wednesday resulting in the death of five persons, reported Tolo News.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 14:18 IST

Australia's Minister for Trade and Investment to visit India next week

Canberra [Australia], September 23 (ANI): Australia's Minister for Trade and Investment Dan Tehan has said that he will visit India next week.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 14:16 IST

Afghan newspapers go online due to financial crisis, lack of information under Taliban

Kabul [Afghanistan], September 23 (ANI): Newspapers in Afghanistan have stopped printing and have gone online due to financial crisis and lack of information under the Taliban.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 13:45 IST

Afghans witnessing brutal reality of Taliban regime

Kabul [Afghanistan], September 23 (ANI): Since Taliban took over power in Afghanistan, people of the country have not been spared by the brutal reality of their rule with civilians getting killed on the street, members of the resistance and former government being targeted in revenge killings and women getting trashed for raising their voices.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 13:31 IST

Human rights organisations alarmed over recent persecution of Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan

Islamabad [Pakistan], September 23 (ANI): Many international human rights organisations are alarmed over the recent persecution of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 12:58 IST

Pact between US, anti-Islamic State jihadi groups short-sighted move, says expert

Kabul [Afghanistan], September 23 (ANI): The unspoken pact between Washington and anti-Islamic State (ISIS) jihadi groups is a short-sighted move that will reward terrorists, according to a foreign policy analyst.

Updated: Sep 23, 2021 13:01 IST

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