Taliban capture Afghanistan’s main Tajikistan border crossing

Some security forces abandon their posts and flee across the frontier as the Taliban seizes Shir Khan Bandar crossing. The Taliban has captured Afghanistan’s main border crossing with Tajikistan, an Afghan provincial official and army officer said on Tuesday, with some security forces abandoning their posts and fleeing across the frontier. The seizure of Shir […]

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Violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’: UN

Grave violations against children in conflict remain “alarmingly high”, with the coronavirus pandemic increasing their vulnerability to abduction, recruitment and sexual violence, a new United Nations report has found. In its annual Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) report (PDF), released on Monday, the UN said at least 19,379 children affected by war in 2020 were […]

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Former president Karzai says US failed in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s former president has said the United States has failed in its two-decade mission of bringing stability to “fight extremism” and bring stability to his war-tortured nation. In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday just weeks before the last US and NATO troops leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years, Hamid Karzai said departing troops […]

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Pakistan’s Khan fears ‘civil war’ if no peace deal in Afghanistan

In an interview to Axios, Imran Khan also rules out the possibility of Pakistan allowing its territory to be used for US military bases. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on the United States to find a political settlement to its war in Afghanistan before withdrawing from the country, as he ruled out hosting […]

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Afghan President Ghani to meet Biden as violence surges

US President Joe Biden will meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah at the White House on Friday to discuss the US troop withdrawal amid a surge in fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban across the country. In their first face-to-face meeting, Biden will […]

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Afghan president replaces security ministers amid Taliban advance

President Ashraf Ghani announced new defence and interior ministers as violence surges with the Taliban claiming more territory. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has replaced two top ministers charged with managing the country’s faltering security, as the Taliban presses on with their campaign to capture new territory in fierce battles with government forces. The shake-up of […]

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Visualising 70 years of refugee journeys

As we entered 2021, there were 82.4 million people around the world displaced by conflict or persecution. Thirty million of those are refugees, the rest are displaced within their own country (48 million) or asylum-seekers (4.1 million), according to UNHCR’s latest report. Nearly half of these forcibly displaced people are children. 55 percent of refugees […]

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US pulls antimissile batteries from Middle East: Report

As tensions ease with Iran, Biden administration moves to put US forces on more normal footing, Wall Street Journal reports. The Biden administration is withdrawing Patriot antimissile batteries from four Middle East countries as the US reduces its military footprint in the region amid a reduction in tensions with Iran, a US news outlet reported […]

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Myanmar coup displaces thousands as global refugee numbers rise

A record 82.4 million people have been displaced around the world in 2020 due to violence and persecution, including an estimated 680,000 in Myanmar following ethnic conflict and the recent military coup, according to the United Nations refugee agency. Indrika Ratwatte, director of the UNHCR Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, said in Bangkok […]

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