Afghan girl from famous cover portrait is evacuated to Italy
National Geographic magazine’s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the West’s evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday. The office of Premier Mario Draghi said Italy organized the evacuation of Sharbat Gulla after she asked to be helped to leave the country. The Italian government will now help to get her integrated into life in Italy, the statement said.news.yahoo.com
What the Return of the Taliban Means for Afghanistan
Twenty years after being dislodged from power by a U.S. invasion, the Taliban again took charge of Afghanistan in August, prompting the U.S. and its allies to expedite their planned exit from the country. The strict Islamic fundamentalists — whose previous five-year rule was characterized by the oppression of women and minorities, and the harboring of international terrorists — pledged to do things somewhat differently this time. Those vows met with skepticism among the world’s governments and mwashingtonpost.com
WorldView: Austria returns to COVID lockdown; Sudan reinstates ousted leader
Austria returns to lockdown as coronavirus cases spike. Sudan will reinstate its prime minister after he was ousted during a coup. CBS News foreign correspondent Chris Livesay joins "CBSN AM" with these and other headlines around the world.news.yahoo.com
Taliban urge ex-Afghan military pilots to stay, serve nation
A top Taliban official on Wednesday urged former Afghan military pilots to remain in the country, saying they were protected by a national amnesty and would not face arrest. The comments by chief government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid came amid reports that more than 140 U.S.-trained Afghan pilots and crew members left Tajikistan in a U.S.-brokered evacuation Tuesday, three months after they sought refuge there from a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Afghan air force pilots played a key role, alongside their U.S. counterparts, in the 20-year war against Taliban insurgents that ended with the departure of foreign troops in late August.news.yahoo.com
India hosts talks on Afghanistan boycotted by rival Pakistan
India on Wednesday hosted senior security officials from Russia, Iran and five Central Asian countries to discuss the ramifications of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in talks that were boycotted by rival Pakistan and its ally China. India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval invited security chiefs from Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan for the meeting. Pakistan and China declined to attend, with Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf last week calling India a “spoiler” and not a “peacemaker” in Afghanistan.news.yahoo.com
Afghans flee Kabul military hospital after IS suicide attack
People flee from a military hospital under attack in Kabul using a ladder on Tuesday. At least 19 people were killed and 50 more wounded, the latest atrocity to rock Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power. The Taliban's rivals, the Islamic State group, claimed responsibility for the gun and bomb assault in the centre of the capital.news.yahoo.com
Qatar diplomat emphasizes engagement with Taliban at forum
Qatar’s diplomatic point man for talks with the Taliban says countries should engage Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers, warning that isolation could lead to a wide-reaching security threat, as happened when al-Qaida used the country as a base to plot the 9/11 attacks.
Dad who fled Afghanistan sues US to reunite with young sons
An Afghan man who worked for the U.S. government in Afghanistan says the Biden administration has ignored his pleas for help to evacuate his two young sons from Afghanistan after their mother died of a heart attack while being threatened by the Taliban.
Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban
Russia's foreign minister says the United States, China, Russia and Pakistan are working together to ensure that Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers keep their promises, especially to form a genuinely representative government and prevent the spread of extremist groups.