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Taliban leaders were invited to a symbolic meeting in Beijing. Here they gather to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the Taliban leader Mohammad Omar. AP/Alamy

Taliban: why China wants them as a friend and not as a foe

Beijing is happy to partner up with religious-led nations if it is in its strategic interests.
A Palestinian boy sits in a World Health Organization truck near a hospital in the southern area of the Gaza Strip. Ahmed Zakot/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

UN warns that Gaza desperately needs more aid − an emergency relief expert explains why it is especially tough working in Gaza

Government sanctions against Hamas, which the US and the European Union consider a terrorist group, mean that aid groups are not able to directly work with Hamas.
A Taliban fighter stands guard as women wait to receive food rations distributed by a humanitarian aid group, in Kabul, Afghanistan, in May 2023. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

The Taliban’s war on women in Afghanistan must be formally recognized as gender apartheid

The Taliban’s two years ruling Afghanistan have taught us ordinary human rights initiatives are insufficient to address gender apartheid. We need resolute collective international action.

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