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Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan Takashi Okada, left, with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul, on 24 November 2021 | Twitter/@IeaOffice

Japan envoy holds talks with senior Taliban members in Kabul

Takashi Okada made a three-day visit to Afghanistan from 21-24 Nov for meetings, including with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Pakistan allows India to send aid to Afghanistan through Wagah Border on ‘exceptional basis’

Pakistan’s decision to let India send 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat & lifesaving medicines was communicated by Imran Khan govt to Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
A Taliban fighter walks in front of people sitting along a road outside a bank waiting to withdraw money in Kabul, on 4 September, 2021 | Photographer: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Afghanistan’s banking system could collapse if not resolved quickly, warns UN

The United Nations Development Programme pushed for urgent action to prop up Afghanistan's banking sector due to worsening liquidity problems and a rise in non-performing loans.
A file photo of the Afghan embassy in New Delhi. | Photo: Facebook/Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan-New Delhi

Unpaid Afghan diplomats struggle to hold fort, ensure ‘business as usual’ at embassies

No country has recognised the Taliban dispensation in Kabul, but Afghan diplomats are operating on their own, offering consular services for their people living abroad.

In open letter to US, Taliban warns of refugee exodus if assets remain frozen

Taliban’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said if the current situation prevails, it will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis.

Opium production in Afghanistan crosses 6,000-ton mark for 5th year, says UN report

Uncertainty after Taliban takeover of Afghanistan pushed up opium prices in August & September 2021. But output is up by 8% and incentives for cultivation have risen, report adds.
An Afghan flag flying on a hilltop in Kabul | File photo: Victor J. Blue | Bloomberg

India is wary about finalising Afghan aid route despite Pakistan’s assurance

PM Imran Khan last week said Pakistan will allow India to send shipments to Afghanistan by the land route. But New Delhi is still weighing its options.
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NSA meet has a wishlist for Taliban. But some are pointless without China, Pakistan attending

No country will be able to provide security cover and aid to Afghanistan like the US. With China and Pakistan appropriating strategic space, India has little elbow room.
Scenes from the Troika Plus meeting held in Islamabad on 11 November 2021. | Photo: Twitter/@AmbassadorSadiq

Cut ties with terrorist groups and eliminate them, Pakistan, China, Russia & US tell Taliban

Pakistan PM meets Taliban delegation, assures support for Afghan people. Meetings took place in Islamabad a day after India hosted a dialogue of security chiefs of 7 nations.
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Centre overruling Mizoram CM on chief secretary appointment damages cooperative federalism

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A file photo of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai | Photo: Commons

Peng Shuai saga shows Communist Party doesn’t want US-style #MeToo movement in China

Peng, a former Wimbledon champion, has disappeared since she penned a social media post accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct.
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Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.