• French soldiers stand guard near a military plane at airport in Kabul on August 17, 2021, as they arrive to evacuate French and Afghan nationals after the Taliban's stunning military takeover of Afghanistan. Picture: AFP

    Western nations warn of terror threat at Kabul airport

    Huge crowds are gathered in and around the airport, becoming increasingly desperate as some foreign nations cease flights ahead of Tuesday's deadline by President Joe Biden to end the evacuations and withdraw the US troops overseeing it.

  • Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on 16 August 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the group's feared hardline brand of Islamist rule. Picture: Wakil Kohsar/AFP

    Uganda welcomes first group of Afghan refugees

    More evacuees from Afghanistan are expected to arrive at a later time in Uganda from the war-torn country, the ministry said. It said it followed a request from the US government to temporarily host "at-risk" Afghan nationals and others who are in transit to the United States and other destinations worldwide.

  • US President Joe Biden arrives to speak about the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House 16 August 2021, in Washington, DC. Picture: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

    Biden says US will complete Afghan pullout by 31 August

    The US president said he had discussed the evacuation with Group of Seven leaders earlier Tuesday and they agreed to 'continue our close cooperation to get people out as efficiently and safely as possible'.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin participates via video link in a ceremony launching a gold processing facility in Kyrgyzstan, in Moscow on 17 March 2021. Picture: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP

    Putin says Russia will not 'meddle' in Afghanistan

    'We're not going to meddle in Afghanistan's domestic affairs or involve our military in a conflict where everyone is against each other,' President Vladimir Putin said at a gathering of officials from the ruling United Russia party.

  • A Taliban fighter stands guard at the Massoud Square in Kabul on August 16, 2021. Picture: Wakil Kohsar / AFP

    Taliban's treatment of women a 'red line': UN rights chief

    Bachelet said her office had received credible reports of serious violations in places that have been under Taliban control, including summary executions, restrictions of women's rights, blocking girls from attending school and the recruitment of child soldiers.