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US defence secretary, Pakistan army chief hold talks over ‘mutual goals’ in Afghanistan

Defence secretary Lloyd Austin Monday discussed Afghanistan's security situation with General Qamar Bajwa and expressed interest in building upon shared interests in the region.
Afghan peace deal being signed in Doha

US has given up defending the women & children of Afghanistan it promised to protect

With Biden honouring Trump era deal with Taliban, it's allowed the militant group to make rapid advances across Afghanistan, especially in regions where women are most vulnerable.
Buildings stand in Kabul, Afghanistan (Representational image) | Photographer: Jim Huylebroek | Bloomberg

Afghanistan braces for civil war as peace talks with Taliban are seen as dead

Ashraf Ghani is feeling increasingly isolated as the US leaves the country and the Taliban gain diplomatic support from key countries such as Pakistan, Russia and China.
N.R. Narayana Murthy and Jeff Bezos (file photo) | Bloomberg

Narayana Murthy & Jeff Bezos decide to end their controversial e-commerce joint venture

The JV called Prione set up a fully-owned unit Cloudtail that sold goods online alongside independent shops & grew to be one of the largest sellers on Amazon.
(L-R) Political analyst Ayesha Siddiqa and British-Pakistani YouTuber Gul Bukhari| Twitter and ThePrint file photo

Ayesha Siddiqa, Gul Bukhari among dissidents abroad on ‘Pakistan hit list’ — report

Pakistani dissidents living abroad warned of potential threat to life by British and other European security services, says Guardian report. Pakistan claims report is propaganda.
A refugee camp in Bangladesh

Refugee camps are micro-economies, becoming cryptocurrency hubs

The Refugee Integration Organisation is paying refugees an Unconditional Basic Income through Celo cryptocurrency, which can function without a smartphone.
A person recieves a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Stratford, London | Representational image | Hollie Adams | Bloomberg

Covid-19 pandemic — UK may stock up 210 mn surplus doses & Tunisia vaccinates 500K in a day 

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

Don’t make safe water free for all. Those who can afford should pay

Those who can afford safe water should pay a reasonable price. But those who cannot pay for reasons beyond their control should get it for free.
The restored Nishan Sahib at the Gurudwara Tahla Sahib in Afghanistan | ANI

An Afghan gurdwara testifies to visit of Guru Nanak’s son, another had text signed by 10th Guru

The recent dialogue around the removal of the Nishan Sahib from an Afghanistan gurdwara by the Taliban has brought into focus the neighbouring country's Sikh heritage.

10 arrested over attack on Hindu homes, temples in Bangladesh

The incident took place in Shiali village following a heated altercation between Hindu and Muslim residents after which security was beefed up in the area, Dhaka Tribune reported.
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