September 17, 2021
September 17, 2021

Plane carrying 170, including US, European citizens, departs Kabul for Doha

The third chartered flight bringing civilians from Afghanistan to Qatar since U.S. forces withdrew last month took off on Friday with around 170 passengers on board, including U.S. and European...

September 17, 2021
September 17, 2021

‘A fantasy’ to think UN can fix Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said any suggestion the world body can solve Afghanistan’s problems is “a fantasy” and that its capacity to mediate for a more...

September 17, 2021
September 17, 2021

Deny Taliban recognition

A group of Afghan diplomats from the deposed government in Kabul has issued a first-of-its-kind joint statement calling on world leaders to deny the Taliban formal recognition and chiding them for ...

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

Afghan envoys marooned abroad after Taliban's sudden return

The Taliban's abrupt return to power has left hundreds of Afghan diplomats overseas in limbo: running out of money to keep missions operating, fearful for families back home and desperate to...

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

Post-Coup Myanmar: Junta wanted spy gear on network

Telenor said yesterday the Myanmar military junta had demanded it install equipment to intercept communications on the network the Norwegian firm operates in the country.

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

One month after fall of Kabul: Infights, economic crisis stalk Taliban

A month after seizing Kabul, the Taliban face daunting problems, including economic crisis, infightings, as they seek to convert their lightning military victory into a durable peacetime government.

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

Koreas conduct duelling missile tests

Both North Korea and South Korea test fired ballistic missiles yesterday, the latest volley in an arms race that has seen both countries develop increasingly sophisticated weapons while efforts to...

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

Quotes of the day

The Taliban hold all of Afghanistan and if they can sort of now work towards an inclusive government, get all the factions together, Afghanistan could have peace after 40 years.

September 15, 2021
September 15, 2021

Running out of dollars, Afghan banks ask Taliban for more cash

Afghanistan's banks are running out of dollars, and may have to close their doors to customers unless the Taliban government releases funds soon, three people with direct knowledge of the...

September 15, 2021
September 15, 2021

Qatar won’t take ‘responsibility’ for Kabul airport without Taliban agreement

Qatar warned Tuesday it would not take responsibility for Kabul airport without "clear" agreements with all involved, including the Taliban, about its operations.