• FILE: The girls who played for the under-14, under-16 and under-18 teams crossed the land border dressed in burqas before they later changed into headscarves. Picture: sxc.hu.

    Afghan girls' football team flees to Pakistan

    Afghanistan's new rulers, which banned women from playing all sport during their first rule in the 1990s, have indicated that women and girls will face restrictions in playing sport.

  • Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid (C, with shawl) speaks to the media at the airport in Kabul on 31 August 2021. The Taliban joyously fired guns into the air and offered words of reconciliation as they celebrated defeating the United States and returning to power after two decades of war that devastated Afghanistan. Picture: Wakil Kohsar/AFP

    Taliban thank world for promised aid, urge US to show 'heart'

    A donor conference in Geneva on Monday saw countries promise a total of $1.2 billion in aid for Afghanistan, which was taken over by the hardline Islamist group last month in a lightning offensive that took retreating US troops by surprise.

  • FILE: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres virtually addresses a roundtable on Climate Ambition during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on 24 September 2020, in New York. Picture: AFP

    Vital to engage with Taliban: UN chief

    Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a donor conference for the conflict-torn country, Guterres said: "It is impossible to provide humanitarian assistance inside Afghanistan without engaging with the de facto authorities.

  • Taliban fighters guard outside the airport in Kabul on 31 August 2021. Picture: AFP

    Taliban breaking promises to women: UN rights chief

    Michelle Bachelet said there were 'credible allegations' former members of the security forces had been killed, and some people who worked for previous administrations had been detained and later 'found dead'.