Imran Khan paints Pakistan as victim of US ungratefulness

Prime Minister Imran Khan sought to cast Pakistan as the victim of American ungratefulness and an international double standard in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday. In a prerecorded speech aired during the evening, the Pakistani prime minister touched on a range of top

Taliban's defense minister tells fighters to stick to amnesty order

The Taliban's new defense minister has issued a rebuke over misconduct by some commanders and fighters following the group's victory over the Western-backed government in Afghanistan last month, saying abuses would not be tolerated. Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob said in an audio message that s

Hundreds Protest in Kabul to Demand Release of Afghan Foreign Reserves

Hundreds of people protested in Kabul on Friday, demanding that the United States release billions of dollars in central bank reserves blocked outside Afghanistan as the new Taliban government struggles to contain a deepening economic crisis. The well-organized demonstration, featuring banners wi

US grants licenses for more aid flow to Afghanistan despite sanctions

The United States on Friday further paved the way for aid to flow to Afghanistan despite US sanctions on the Taliban, who seized control of the country last month, issuing general licenses amid concern that Washington’s punitive measures could compound an unfolding humanitarian crisis.The US

Iran says nuclear talks to resume ‘very soon,’ gives no date

Iran will return to negotiations on resuming compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal "very soon," Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters on Friday."The Islamic Republic of Iran will return to the table of negotiations. We are reviewing the Vienna negotiations files curr

Erdogan Says Turkey-US Ties Not Healthy

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Turkey's ties with the United States were not healthy and that Washington needed to "sort out" issues over Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 defense systems, according to broadcaster Haberturk. Ties between the NATO allies struck a low point ear

Pakistani FM Qureshi calls for int'l community to develop Taliban plan

Be realistic. Show patience. Engage. And above all, don't isolate. Those are the pillars of an approach emerging in Pakistan to deal with the fledgling government that is suddenly running the country next door once again – Afghanistan's resurgent Taliban. Pakistan's government is proposing

Taliban face uphill battle in efforts to speak at UN meeting

The new rulers of Afghanistan have an uphill battle in their efforts to be recognized in time to address other world leaders at the United Nations this year. The Taliban are challenging the credentials of the ambassador from Afghanistan’s former government and asking to speak at the General

Iran supports resuming nuclear talks if they lead to lifting 'all sanctions'

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said he supports the resumption of negotiations aimed at reviving the nuclear deal if the "ultimate goal" is to lift all unjust sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic. "The Islamic Republic considers the useful talks whose ultimate outcome is the lifting of all

Two Taliban among three killed in Jalalabad attack

Two Taliban fighters and a civilian were killed Wednesday by gunmen who attacked a checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan, security sources and witnesses said.The attack in Jalalabad city is the latest on Taliban targets in Nangarhar province, which for years was the main operating base of the Daesh gr

Pakistan FM urges Taliban to keep its promises to international community

The Taliban should respect international opinion and keep their promises to have an inclusive government and not allow Afghanistan to become a safe haven for terrorist groups, Pakistan’s foreign minister told reporters in New York at a briefing attended by Arab News. “It would be a po

Pakistan Govt, opposition agree to form parliamentary committee on electoral reforms

In a major parliamentary breakthrough, the treasury and opposition benches agreed to form a parliamentary committee to work on electoral reforms. The decision was taken during a meeting between the opposition and government leaders with National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair here at t

Taliban unveil deputy ministers, fail to appoint any women again

The Taliban on Tuesday revealed a list of deputy ministers, again failing to appoint any women after widespread criticism over presenting an all-male Afghan government earlier this month. The list was presented by the government spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid at a news conference in the Afg

Iran says nuclear talks to resume as Biden promises dialogue

Iran is planning to restart negotiations with the Western powers to revive its 2015 nuclear deal in a few weeks, according to a report by the official Iranian news agency IRNA on Tuesday. "Every meeting requires prior coordination and the preparation of an agenda. As previously emphasised, the Vi

WHO chief Tedros meets with Taliban to 'protect health' of Afghans

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) met with the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan on Tuesday to explore ways and means to support the country grappling with frozen funds and mounting humanitarian needs. After landing in Kabul a day earlier, WHO director-general Te

Turkey ends quarantine rule for COVID-19 contacts with two jabs

An updated pandemic management guide issued by the Health Ministry Tuesday will likely give a boost to businesses. Under the new rules, people who came into possible contact with a COVID-19 patient will be spared from mandatory quarantine if they already had at least two doses of a vacci

Pakistan says no rush to recognize Afghanistan’s Taliban government

Pakistan’s foreign minister says Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers should understand that if they want recognition and assistance in rebuilding the war-battered country “they have to be more sensitive and more receptive to international opinion and norms.”Shah Mahmood Quresh

EU limits presence to Doha, focusing on humanitarian aid for Afghans

The European Union will focus on humanitarian aid as it figures out how to deal with the Taliban, aiming on an informal arrangement with Afghanistan's new rulers to ensure safe aid corridors, four diplomats and two officials said. More than a month after militants took control following