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May 27, 2022, 3:19 AM

Afghan woman on directives: 'We live in a big prison with very restrictive rules'

ABC News' Maggie Rulli reports on the new Taliban decrees that restrict women's rights in Afghanistan, affecting the lives of the nearly 19 million women and young girls in the country.
May 27, 2022, 3:19 AM
Afghan woman on directives: 'We live in a big prison with very restrictive rules'
May 26, 2022, 1:51 PM

UN official expresses concern on rights in Afghanistan

The United Nations’ special rapporteur on human rights in Afghanistan has expressed concern over the deterioration of rights in the country and called on the ruling Taliban to reverse new restrictions on women
May 26, 2022, 1:51 PM
UN official expresses concern on rights in Afghanistan
May 25, 2022, 2:04 PM

1.1 million Afghan children could face severe malnutrition

The United Nations says that in Afghanistan, 1.1 million children under the age of 5 will likely face the most severe form of malnutrition this year as increasing numbers of hungry, wasting-away children flow into hospital wards
May 25, 2022, 2:04 PM
1.1 million Afghan children could face severe malnutrition
May 22, 2022, 7:28 PM

Taliban enforcing face-cover order for female TV anchors

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have begun enforcing an order requiring all female TV news anchors in the country to cover their faces while on-air
May 22, 2022, 7:28 PM
Taliban enforcing face-cover order for female TV anchors
May 19, 2022, 8:49 AM

Militant attacks hurt Pakistan relations with Afghan Taliban

Pakistan is taking a tougher line to pressure Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to crack down on militants hiding on their soil who have stepped up attacks in Pakistan
May 19, 2022, 8:49 AM
Militant attacks hurt Pakistan relations with Afghan Taliban
May 13, 2022, 1:08 PM

Afghan journalists who fled the Taliban say they're in limbo in Pakistan

Fawzia Sayedzada joined dozens of other Afghan journalists in neighboring Pakistan, where she said they are now stranded.
May 13, 2022, 1:08 PM
Afghan journalists who fled the Taliban say they're in limbo in Pakistan
May 8, 2022, 6:33 PM

Taliban divisions deepen as Afghan women defy veil edict

A new Taliban decree demands that women cover up from head to toe in public.
May 8, 2022, 6:33 PM
May 8, 2022, 3:45 AM

Afghanistan's Taliban order women to cover up head to toe

Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership has ordered all Afghan women to wear all-covering clothing in public, and threatened to punish their male relatives in cases of noncompliance
May 8, 2022, 3:45 AM
Afghanistan's Taliban order women to wear burqa in public
May 2, 2022, 10:35 PM

How an entrepreneur and a tiny spice are supporting women in Afghanistan

Tahmina Ghaffer started Moonflowers to support female saffron producers and share her Afghan culture with the world.
May 2, 2022, 10:35 PM
How an entrepreneur and a tiny spice are supporting women in Afghanistan
1 month ago

Powerful explosion at Kabul mosque kills at least 10 people

A Taliban spokesman says a powerful explosion at a Sunni mosque in Kabul has killed at least 10 worshippers and wounded as many as 30
1 month ago
Powerful explosion at Kabul mosque kills at least 10 people
1 month ago

IS claims bombing targeting Shiites in north Afghanistan

The IS affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for two bombings.
1 month ago
IS claims bombing targeting Shiites in north Afghanistan
1 month ago

Dual blasts kill at least 6 at Afghanistan boys’ school

The explosions happened at Abdul Rahim Shahid high school in a Shi’a Hazara neighborhood of Kabul.
1 month ago
Dual blasts kill at least 6 at Afghanistan boys’ school
1 month ago

Militants in Afghanistan strike Pakistan army post, kill 3

Pakistan's army says militants in Afghanistan have fired heavy weapons across the border into a military outpost overnight, killing three personnel
1 month ago
Militants in Afghanistan strike Pakistan army post, kill 3
1 month ago

Death toll in Afghan mosque bombing rises to 33, Taliban say

A Taliban official says a bombing at a mosque and religious school in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 33 people, including students of a religious school
1 month ago
Death toll in Afghan mosque bombing rises to 33, Taliban say
1 month ago

Children among victims of blast at entrance of school in Kabul, Afghanistan

Children among victims of blast at entrance of high school in Kabul, Afghanistan
1 month ago
Children among victims of blast at school in Kabul, Afghanistan
1 month ago

Blasts near Kabul schools kill at least 6 civilians, hurt 17

An Afghan police spokesman says explosions targeting educational institutions in Kabul have killed at least six civilians and wounded 17 others
1 month ago
Blasts near Kabul schools kill at least 6 civilians, hurt 11
1 month ago

Pakistan warns neighbor Afghanistan not to shelter militants

Pakistan has fired off a sharp warning to Afghanistan’s hard-line religious rulers
1 month ago
Pakistan warns neighbor Afghanistan not to shelter militants
2 months ago

Islamic State morphs and grows in Pakistan, Afghanistan

A ruthless Islamic State affiliate, known as Islamic State in Khorasan Province or IS-K, emerged in eastern Afghanistan in 2014
2 months ago
Islamic State morphs and grows in Pakistan, Afghanistan
2 months ago

Taliban clamp down on drugs, announce ban on poppy harvest

Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban have announced a ban on the poppy harvest, even as farmers in some parts of the country began extracting the opium from the plant that is needed for making heroin
2 months ago
Afghanistan's Taliban announce ban on poppy production
2 months ago

US man abducted in Afghanistan appears in newly posted video

The New Yorker magazine has posted a video showing an American man who was kidnapped in Afghanistan two years ago
2 months ago
US man abducted in Afghanistan appears in newly posted video
2 months ago

UN seeks record $4.4B for Afghans struggling under Taliban

It is a decidedly ambitious call to assist the impoverished country.
2 months ago
UN seeks record $4.4B for Afghans struggling under Taliban
2 months ago

Taliban hard-liners turning back the clock in Afghanistan

Taliban hard-liners are turning back the clock in Afghanistan with a flurry of repressive edicts over the past days that hark back to their harsh rule from the late 1990s
2 months ago
Taliban hard-liners turning back the clock in Afghanistan
3 months ago

First Afghan refugees arrive at new center in Virginia

A first group of Afghan refugees have arrived at a new temporary housing facility in Northern Virginia as the U.S. works to resettle people who fled the Taliban takeover of their country
3 months ago
First Afghan refugees arrive at new center in Virginia
3 months ago

Afghans resettling in US struggle to find affordable housing

Many have chosen to settle in high-cost cities.
3 months ago
3 months ago

US diplomat apologizes to thousands of Afghans stuck in UAE

A senior U.S. diplomat has apologized to thousands of stranded Afghans.
3 months ago
US diplomat apologizes to thousands of Afghans stuck in UAE
3 months ago

Afghans protest US move to unfreeze $3.5B for 9/11 victims

Demonstrators in Afghanistan’s capital have condemned President Joe Biden’s order freeing up $3.5 billion in Afghan assets held in the U.S. for families of America’s 9/11 victims
3 months ago
Afghans protest US order to give $3.5B to 9/11 victims
4 months ago

Biden frees frozen Afghan billions for relief, 9/11 victims

Some $7 billion of the Afghan central bank’s assets are frozen in the U.S.
4 months ago
Biden to split frozen Afghan funds for 9/11 victims, relief
4 months ago

Taliban free detained UNHCR staff, 2 foreign journalists

UNHCR says the Taliban freed two foreign journalists working with the U.N. refugee agency and several of the aid organization’s Afghan staff
4 months ago
Taliban detain UNHCR staff, 2 foreign journalists in Kabul
4 months ago

Afghans struggle with humanitarian crisis, millions on brink of starvation

By mid-2022, 97% of the population could plunge into poverty, the UNDP said.
4 months ago
Afghans struggle with humanitarian crisis, millions on brink of starvation
4 months ago

Dire hunger crisis unfolds in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover

ABC News’ Ian Pannell reports on many in Afghanistan now battling starvation nearly six months after the Taliban took over the country.
4 months ago
Dire hunger crisis unfolds in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover
4 months ago

Single suicide bomber killed US troops and Afghans in ISIS-K attack at Kabul airport, Pentagon finds

A single explosion killed U.S. service members and Afghans in the ISIS-K suicide attack on Kabul airport last August, the Pentagon said Friday.
4 months ago
Single suicide bomber killed US troops, Afghans in Kabul airport attack: Pentagon
4 months ago

Afghanistan's women’s rights activists tested Taliban in Oslo, but expect few advancements

Hoda Khamosh was one of six Afghan women invited to sit with Taliban officials as they made their first invited visit to a Western country since August.
4 months ago
Afghanistan's women’s rights activists tested Taliban in Oslo
4 months ago

Taliban reopen universities for Afghan women in 6 provinces

The Taliban say they have reopened public universities for women students in six of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, a move marking a major concession to international demands by the country’s new rulers
4 months ago
Taliban reopen universities for Afghan women in 2 provinces
4 months ago

State Department delivers crushing news to Fulbright scholar hopefuls in Afghanistan

The State Department will not continue its Fulbright Foreign Student Program in Afghanistan, an official said Friday, after 140 semi-finalists were chosen last year.
4 months ago
State Department delivers crushing news to Fulbright scholar hopefuls in Afghanistan
4 months ago

Afghan refugees find 'peace and hope' resettling in US

ABC News "Nightline" Co-Anchor Juju Chang follows the story of Laila, among some 76,000 Afghans evacuated to the U.S. since last summer and resettling as a refugee.
4 months ago
Afghan refugees find 'peace and hope' resettling in US
4 months ago

Afghan refugees reflect on struggles after fleeing Taliban

Months after fleeing their homes from Taliban rule, some Afghan refugees tell ABC News they still face hurdles as they try to resettle in the U.S.
4 months ago
Afghan refugees reflect on struggles after fleeing Taliban
4 months ago

In freezing Afghanistan, aid workers rush to save millions

Afghanistan is spiraling toward a humanitarian catastrophe.
4 months ago
In freezing Afghanistan, aid workers rush to save millions
4 months ago

Taliban hold first talks in Europe since Afghan takeover

The Taliban and western diplomats have begun their first official talks in Europe since they took over control of Afghanistan in August
4 months ago
4 months ago

Taliban say bombers target minivan in Afghanistan, 7 dead

A bomb attached to a packed minivan exploded in Afghanistan’s Herat province.
4 months ago
4 months ago

Taliban storm Kabul apartment, arrest activist, her sisters

The Taliban have stormed an apartment in Kabul, arresting a woman rights activist and her three sisters
4 months ago
Taliban storm Kabul apartment, arrest activist, her sisters
4 months ago

UN: Afghan quake death toll reaches 26, including children

The United Nations has raised the death toll from twin earthquakes in western Afghanistan the day before to 26
4 months ago
UN: Afghan quake death toll reaches 26, including children
4 months ago

Before pullout, watchdog warned of Afghan air force collapse

A year-old report by Washington's Afghanistan watchdog has been declassified.
4 months ago
Before pullout, watchdog warned of Afghan air force collapse
4 months ago

UN chief warns millions of Afghans are on 'verge of death'

The United Nations chief is warning that millions of Afghans are in grave danger and on the “verge of death" because of freezing temperatures and frozen assets abroad
4 months ago
UN chief warns millions of Afghans are on 'verge of death'
5 months ago

UN seeks $5B to aid millions of Afghans as country struggles

The United Nations has launched its biggest ever appeal -- for over $5 billion to help 22 million Afghans whose country is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis and economic collapse as well as 5.7 million Afghan refugees in five neighboring countries
5 months ago
UN seeks $5B for stabilizing but still suffering Afghanistan
5 months ago

US announces $308 million in aid for Afghans as crisis grows

The United States has announced $308 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan
5 months ago
US announces $308 million in aid for Afghans as crisis grows
5 months ago

Taliban free popular Afghan professor critical of government

A family member says the Taliban have released a popular university professor and outspoken critic of successive Afghan governments who was arrested over the weekend
5 months ago
Taliban free popular Afghan professor critical of government
5 months ago

Taliban: Explosion kills 9 children in eastern Afghanistan

The office of a Taliban-appointed governor in eastern Afghanistan says that an explosion near the border with Pakistan killed nine children and wounded four
5 months ago
Taliban: Explosion kills 9 children in eastern Afghanistan
5 months ago

Taliban arrest popular Afghan professor critical of govt

The Taliban's spokesman says the group has arrested a popular university professor and outspoken critic of successive Afghan governments, including the new rulers in Kabul
5 months ago
Taliban arrest popular Afghan professor critical of govt
5 months ago

Parents selling children shows desperation of Afghanistan

A woman displaced by war and drought in Afghanistan is fighting to save her daughter
5 months ago
Parents selling children shows desperation of Afghanistan
5 months ago

Afghanistan, after the fall: Part 1

Afghans have struggled to pick up the pieces after the U.S. withdrawal and return of Taliban rule. Poverty, drought and hunger are just some of the humanitarian issues gripping the nation.
5 months ago
Afghanistan, after the fall: Part 1