The UN General Assembly drew to a close Monday without speeches by Afghanistan or Myanmar after world powers intervened in disputes over who would represent the two countries. The Afghan ambassador appointed by ousted president Ashraf Ghani had been due to defy the Taliban with an address at the meeting that saw 100 leaders gather in New York despite coronavirus fears. Stay with TOI for all updatesRead Less
Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Afghan province
But diplomats at the UN said the request had come too late and Isaczai, still considered the head of Afghanistan's mission by the UN, appeared on a list of speakers sent out late Sunday
The group said that Isaczai, who had urged nations to "unequivocally state" that they would not recognize a Taliban government, "no longer represents" Afghanistan at the global body
Last week, the Taliban wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres requesting that its new foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi be allowed to participate instead of Isaczai
Afghanistan voiceless as annual UN meet wraps up
US needs better ties with India to keep China, Taliban under check
he United States needs to strengthen its relationship with India to keep China and the Taliban under check, an influential Republican lawmaker said on Monday. The remarks come days after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here during which he held a meeting with President Joe Biden and attended the historic in-person Quad Summit.
The Taliban had challenged the credentials of the ambassador from Afghanistan’s former government, and asked to represent the country at this year’s General Assembly summit, which began September 21 and ends Monday
Taliban, ex-Afghan government dispute ends with no UN speech
New Taliban Chancellor bars women from Kabul University
Tightening the Taliban’s restrictions on women, the group’s new chancellor for Kabul University announced Monday that women would be indefinitely barred from the institution either as instructors or students.
UN special envoy discusses humanitarian crisis with Afghanistan's acting foreign minister
UN Special Representative Deborah Lyons on Monday discussed the humanitarian crisis with Afghanistan's acting foreign minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi, according to a UN agency. Lyons said that she discussed the humanitarian crisis with Muttaqi and the UN's work around the country, and how all Afghans, men and women, need to address the daunting humanitarian and development challenges facing the country.
US: The State Department was working to get those people on flights out of Afghanistan, said the official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity
About 100 US citizens, permanent residents still waiting to leave Afghanistan
The United States is aware of about 100 American citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) who remain in Afghanistan and are ready to leave the country, a senior State Department official said on Monday.
UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that as of Friday, Afghanistan's currently recognized UN ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, was listed as speaking for the country.
The Taliban had challenged the credentials of the ambassador from Afghanistan's former government, and asked to represent the country at this year's General Assembly summit, which began Sept. 21 and ends Monday. But all challenges to credentials must be heard by the assembly's credentials committee, which generally meets in November and did not convene earlier to hear the challenge.
No one from Afghanistan will address world leaders at U.N.
No representative from Afghanistan will address the annual high-level U.N. General Assembly in New York after the ambassador for the government ousted by the Taliban - who was due to speak on Monday - withdrew his name.
ICC prosecutor seeks to resume Afghanistan war crimes probe
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court sought urgent clearance Monday from the court's judges to resume investigations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, saying that under the country's new Taliban rulers ``there is no longer the prospect of genuine and effective domestic investigations'' in the country. (AP)
ICC to focus Afghan probe on Taliban, IS-K: prosecutor
The instructions suggest a return to the strict rulings of the group's past tenure in power, despite promises of a milder form of government.
In a notice posted on salons in Helmand province, Taliban officers warned that hairdressers must follow Sharia law for haircuts and beards, BBC reported.
Taliban bans hairdressers from shaving, trimming beards
The Taliban have banned hairdressers in Afghanistan's Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, saying it breaches their interpretation of Islamic law, the BBC reported. Anyone violating the rule will be punished, the Taliban's religious police have said. Some barbers in the capital Kabul said that they have also received similar orders. (IANS)