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We’re covering the Taliban’s violent response to protesters and Israel’s Covid surge despite high vaccination rates.The Taliban met their first protests with violenceAfghanistan’s...

Garth Brooks cancels tour dates due to Delta variant

The country superstar on Wednesday said he's canceling the next five stops on his tour, the last of which was supposed to take...

‘There’s So Much More to Afghanistan’: Khaled Hosseini Reflects on His Birthplace

These are stories. This is the perspective of someone who has lived in exile, essentially since 1980. Salman Rushdie said that the viewpoint...

Memory of Migrant Crisis Haunts Europe as First Afghan Refugees Land

BERLIN — Even before the first group of 19 Afghan refugees landed in Germany on Wednesday, the line was making the rounds in...

Collapse and Conquest: The Taliban Strategy That Conquered Afghanistan

In early May, a Taliban commander telephoned Muhammad Jallal, a tribal elder in Baghlan Province in northern Afghanistan, and asked him to deliver...

Ashraf Ghani says he fled Afghanistan to avoid being lynched.

In his first statement since he fled the country, President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan said he had left the country to avoid a...

Israel, Once the Model for Beating Covid, Faces New Surge of Infections

JERUSALEM — Last spring, Israel’s remarkably swift vaccination campaign was seen as a global model. Coronavirus infections plummeted, an electronic pass allowed the...

The Biden administration wants to block the Taliban from gaining access to I.M.F. funds.

The Biden administration is working to prevent the Taliban from gaining access to more than $400 million in emergency reserves that the International...

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