• 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'.

  • In this file photo taken on September 11, 2001, smoke billows after the first of the two towers of the World Trade Center collapses. Picture: Henny Ray Abrams / AFP

    Ahead of 9/11, MI5 chief warns of new terror threats

    Speaking ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Ken McCallum said MI5 had disrupted six 'late-stage' plots even during coronavirus lockdowns over the past 18 months and 31 in the past four years.