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South African court halts Shell’s oil exploration, seismic blasting and other stories

Today we look at an interdict order against Shell’s seismic surveys in South Africa, the months-long hunger strike by Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash, and more

Afghan women protest continued denial of rights, extrajudicial killings 

Contrary to its promises, the Taliban government has failed to reopen most of the girls’ schools that were shut following its takeover and end restrictions on women working outside their homes. The government has also announced fresh curbs on the movement of women

Afghan citizens march Afghanistan on the brink

Protestors marched to the shuttered US Embassy in Kabul on Tuesday to demand immediate release of frozen Afghan assets. On Wednesday, after much international lobbying, the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2615 to ease restrictions under the current sanctions

After repeated appeals, UNSC approves resolution for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

22.8 million people in Afghanistan are facing potentially life-threatening food insecurity this winter. The World Food Programme has warned that 8.7 million people are nearing famine-like conditions.

2021 sees drastic rise in migrant deaths, detentions off Libyan coast and other stories

Today we look at migrant deaths and detentions in the Mediterranean Sea, repression of Palestinian prisoners protesting Israeli violence, and more

Despite repeated appeals, US denies possibility of unfreezing Afghan assets

The UN and several other countries including China have asked the US to release nearly USD 10 billion worth of Afghanistan’s frozen assets to help the Taliban government deal with the humanitarian situation

U.S. appeal to extradite Julian Assange upheld by UK High Court and other stories

Today we look at the UK High Court ruling allowing Julian Assange’s extradition to the US, the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Nicaragua, and more

PTM leaders indicted Pakistan Pashtun movement leaders in Pakistan indicted in dubious sedition case as struggle awaits

An Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi has indicted National Assembly member Ali Wazir and Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement chief Manzur Pashteen as offenders in a sedition case

Activists warn against greenwashing “nature-based solutions” at COP26 and other stories

Today we look at the pledges signed on the first day of COP26, casualties following twin blasts in Kabul, and more

Food crisis worsens in Afghanistan amid major drought and rising poverty and other stories

Today we look at the hunger crisis in Afghanistan amid a severe drought; a strike against insecurity and critical fuel shortages in Haiti, and more

Two months after Taliban’s takeover, Afghanistan teeters on the brink

Growing threats of violence, concerns about the future of women, price rise and lack of a concrete economic recovery plan haunt the people of Afghanistan two months after the Taliban’s takeover

Afghanistan tackles the Islamic State

All signs point to the fact that unlike the 90s, the Taliban is not inclined to officially permit extremist groups to operate in Afghanistan. The possibility of close economic ties with Iran and China is one reason for this development

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