UAE holds talks with Taliban to run Kabul airport – foreign diplomats

The United Arab Emirates has held talks with the Taliban to run Kabul airport, going up against Gulf rival Qatar in a diplomatic tussle for influence with Afghanistan‘s new rulers, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter. UAE officials have held a series of discussions with the group in recent weeks to discuss … Read more

Afghanistan ‘at brink of economic collapse’, warns Pakistan

Afghanistan is “at the brink of economic collapse” and the international community must urgently resume funding and provide humanitarian assistance, Pakistan‘s foreign minister warned Thursday as US, Chinese, Russian and Taliban diplomats met in Islamabad. Shah Mehmood Qureshi spoke at the opening of the so-called “troika plus” meeting, which included Thomas West, the new US … Read more

Afghan interim foreign minister to visit Pakistan with resetting bilateral ties high on agenda

The interim foreign minister of the Taliban government in Afghanistan is expected to visit Pakistan in the coming days as part of efforts by the two sides to reset their ties in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, a media report said on Saturday. Amir Khan Muttaqi was invited last month by Pakistan’s … Read more

A rebel, a bureaucrat: The women who stayed in Afghanistan

Two women from different walks of life – one a rebel, the other a bureaucrat – face an unknown future in Afghanistan. One decided to work with the Taliban, the other is determined to fight them. Both vow they will never leave their homeland. Karima Mayar Amiri, 54, heads a department in the Taliban-run Health … Read more

This 30-year-old visited every country in the world. Here’s how he paid for it

It took 1,458 flights and 1,117 buses and trains for Drew Binsky to reach his goal of traveling to every country in the world. And he did it in less than a decade. CNBC spoke with Binsky nine hours after he touched down in his last country — Saudi Arabia — about how he financed … Read more

From exile, female former Afghan leader keeps fighting

Two months after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, one of the country’s once-prominent female leaders — a former parliament member, candidate for president and a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize — is visiting the United Nations, not as a representative of her government but as a woman in exile. In an interview with … Read more

UN sets up special trust fund for ‘people’s economy’ in Afghanistan

The United Nations said on Thursday it had set up a special trust fund to provide urgently-needed cash directly to Afghans through a system that would tap into donor funds frozen since the Taliban takeover last August. Achim Steiner, the U.N. Development Programme’s (UNDP) administrator, said that Germany, a first contributor, had pledged 50 million … Read more

Qatar advises international community to nurture moderate Taliban voices

Qatar, which was the venue for US-Taliban and intra Afghan peace talks and played a key role in bridging the gap between the two sides, has suggested that moderate voices among the Taliban leadership must be nurtured. This comes after Doha this week hosted the first round of talks between the Taliban, USA and EU … Read more

G20 pledges help for Afghan humanitarian crisis at special summit

The Group of 20 major economies is determined to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, even if it means having to coordinate efforts with the Taliban, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Tuesday after hosting an emergency summit. Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan on Aug. 15, the country – already struggling with drought … Read more

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan could reshape counterinsurgencies in Africa, experts say

GAO, Mali – A Eurocopter Tiger (Eurocopter EC665 Tigre) helicopter (L) is seen at the French Military base in Gao, in northern Mali on November 8, 2019. MICHELE CATTANI/AFP via Getty Images The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the subsequent withdrawal of Western troops was closely watched in many African capitals — and by Islamist … Read more