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The Taliban flags are seen on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 16, 2021. More than a month after the Islamist militants took control following a chaotic Western withdrawal from Kabul, EU governments are also limiting their presence to the Qatari capital, Doha, where the Taliban have a representation. "The Taliban will have to make a choice between money or isolation, but we have very little expectations of them," an EU diplomat said. The EU expects its personnel to be based in Doha and make only brief visits to Kabul for meetings. One diplomat said EU countries would need to provide their own security or hire contractors, rather than rely on any Western security alliance.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Josep Borrell, Pekka Haavisto, Tomas Niklasson, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Stanikzai, John Irish, Essi, Sabine Siebold, Angus MacSwan Organizations: West Asia News Agency, BRUSSELS, European, Taliban, United Nations, UNHCR, United, EU, Finland's, Reuters, United Nations General Assembly, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, WANA, Doha, EU, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Europe, United States, New York, Kandahar, Qatar, Brussels, Afghan, Denmark, Norway, Paris, Helsinki, Berlin
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Waseem KhanISLAMABAD, Sept 17 (Reuters) - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said on Friday he found that the Taliban have space for discussion and engagement on human rights issues, including women and minorities rights. "There is space for discussion and engagement about these matters," Grandi told reporters in a news conference in Islamabad after he concluded his visit to Afghanistan, saying he took up the issues with various Taliban authorities. With growing reports of human and civil rights violations, various groups and countries have urged international bodies to engage with the Taliban. Since the Taliban took over on Aug. 15, several street protests led by women have been broken up.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Waseem Khan, Grandi, Asif Shahzad, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Nations, Refugees, REUTERS, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Islamabad, Pakistan, Waseem, Waseem Khan ISLAMABAD, Afghanistan
REUTERS/Baz RatnerSummary Thousands of Eritrean refugees caught in north Ethiopian warRefugees distrusted and abused by both sides' fighters'Clear war crimes' committed, says rights groupNAIROBI, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. Tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees live in Tigray, a mountainous and poor province of about 5 million people. Tigrayan forces marched fleeing refugees back to Hitsats, shooting some stragglers, refugees reported to HRW. In the northernmost camp, Shimelba, Eritrean forces killed at least one refugee, raped at least four others and killed local residents, HRW said. Tigrayan forces took over those camps in June and refugees have reported killings and looting.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Tigrayans, Laetitia Bader, Horn, Getachew Reda, PEOPLE, HRW, Tigrayan, Ziban, Adi Harush, Mai Aini, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: REUTERS, Refugees, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Human Rights Watch, Reuters, International, UNHCR, United Nations, HRW, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, of Africa, Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Hitsats, Hitsats camp’s, Zelasle, Shimelba, Mai
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi talks during an interview with Reuters in Gaziantep, Turkey September 10, 2021. "In reality we have not seen at this point large movements of Afghan people towards the borders of the country," Grandi told Reuters. If those things collapse then we have a massive humanitarian crisis on our hands and most likely massive displacement as well," Grandi said. Asked how many people may flee in the event of economic collapse, Grandi said it was "anybody's guess at that point". "I told Turkey, as I told everyone else, that I'm not a big fan of walls," Grandi said.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Mehmet Emin Caliskan, Grandi, Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan, Turkey, I'm, Dominic Evans, Daren Butler, Jonathan Spicer, Alistair Bell Organizations: Nations, Refugees, Reuters, REUTERS, Taliban, UNHCR, Union, European Union, Thomson Locations: Gaziantep, Turkey, Mehmet Emin Caliskan GAZIANTEP, Afghanistan, Qatar, Kabul, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Greece, Bulgaria
ROME, Sept 10 (Reuters) - AS Roma players will wear special edition shirts during their Serie A match against Sassuolo on Sunday to show support for the people of Afghanistan, which will then be auctioned off to raise money for refugees. The shirts will feature the logo of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the sleeve, a UN Agency focused on aiding and protecting refugees. An auction will then be held for the match-worn shirts, with all proceeds going towards UNHCR initiatives to help the Afghan people. "This year alone we have supplied essential survival items to more than 240,000 people, but the need for such items grows hour by hour and the funds available are woefully insufficient. Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie Editing by Christian RadnedgeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Chiara Cardoletti, Alasdair Mackenzie, Christian Radnedge Organizations: AS Roma, Serie, Sassuolo, United Nations, Refugees, UN Agency, UNHCR, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, UNHCR, Italy, San Marino
Amnesty International says Syrian refugees tortured on return
  + stars: | 2021-09-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/File PhotoBEIRUT, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Amnesty International said on Tuesday Syrian refugees who returned home were subjected to torture, detention and disappearance by security forces, urging governments to protect them from deportation and forcible return. The report comes as pressure piles on Syrian refugees in some Western countries such as Denmark to go home. Amnesty urged European governments and Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon to halt any practice that forces people to return. "Military hostilities may have subsided, but the Syrian government's propensity for egregious human rights violations has not," it said. Both the European Council and the European Parliament have issued declarations saying conditions are not in place for the safe and voluntary return of Syrian refugees.
Persons: Khalil Ashawi, Bashar al, Assad, Maha El, Raissa Organizations: REUTERS, Amnesty, European Council, United Nations, UNHCR, Thomson Locations: Syria, Turkish, Bab, Idlib province, BEIRUT, London, Denmark, European, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon
Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERSZURICH, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Events in Afghanistan could be a catalyst for the European Union to forge a common migration policy, European Commissioner Margaritis Schinas said in a newspaper interview. "It is true that we are now in a major crisis, but the EU did not cause the situation, yet we are once again called upon to be part of a solution," the Greek commissioner, whose brief includes migration policy, told Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung. While not seeing a migration crisis, he said he wanted to "avoid a reflex that takes us back to the crisis year 2015 before it is even clear how the situation will develop". read moreThe EU was better prepared this time, with stronger external border protection and financial resources to help Afghanistan's neighbours, while EU states' policies were increasingly converging, Schinas said. "Therefore, I see now as the moment to agree on a common European migration and asylum policy, as we proposed in the EU Commission in September," he said.
Persons: Margaritis Schinas, Kenzo Tribouillard, Schinas, Michael Shields, John Stonestreet Organizations: Commission, EU, REUTERS, European Union, Austrian, Wiener Zeitung, UNHCR, EU Commission, Communist Bloc, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, REUTERS ZURICH, Afghanistan, Austria, Germany
REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai/File PhotoLONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Britain said on Friday it would release 30 million pounds ($41 million) of aid to support nations neighbouring Afghanistan dealing with refugees fleeing the country since the Taliban took control. The remainder will go to nations that experienced a significant number of refugees to provide essential services and supplies, it said. "It is vital that we help those fleeing Afghanistan and do not allow the crisis there to undermine regional stability," British foreign minister Dominic Raab said. Many fleeing the country are believed to be heading to Pakistan, while another of Afghanistan's neighbours Tajikistan has pledged to accept 100,000 refugees. Britain itself has said it would take some 20,000 Afghan refugees with 5,000 expected to arrive in the first year.
Persons: Saeed Ali Achakzai, Dominic Raab, Raab, Michael Holden, Lisa Shumaker Organizations: REUTERS, UNHCR, Britain, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Chaman, Pakistan, Britain, Tajikistan, Qatar
Actor Angelina Jolie poses as she attends the European premiere of "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" in Rome, Italy, October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Yara NardiSept 2 (Reuters) - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie says she hopes to empower children around the world with tools to "fight back" for their rights with a book she has written with Amnesty International. "So many children are in harm's way across the world and we're simply not doing enough," Jolie told Reuters in an interview. We don't want children just running around screaming for their rights and putting themselves in danger," Jolie said. "We're going to find that some adults in some countries are going to block the book and the children will find it so I think that's how it's going to reach more children," Jolie said.
Persons: Angelina Jolie, Maleficent, Geraldine Van Bueren, Jolie, Malala, Greta Thunberg, Janna, Nabi Salih, Christina Adane, Rollo Ross, Louise Gumuchian, Sarah Mills, Marie, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, Amnesty, Reuters, UN, UNHCR, West Bank, Thomson Locations: Rome, Italy, United States, Afghanistan, Nabi, London, Britain, Los Angeles, Marie
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, whose country took in the bulk of the new arrivals since 2015, said all member countries should play their part. POLITICISED ISSUEThe EU has half a billion people, and needs immigrants to sustain its ageing population as birth rates decline. But the irregular arrivals of 2015-16 stretched social and security systems, fed anti-immigrant sentiment and triggered feuds between member countries on how to provide for them. It indicated the bloc would pledge to step up humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, including via the UNHCR, but gave no specifics. The EU hosts a 10th of the world's refugees, equivalent to about 0.6% of the bloc's total population.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ylva Johansson, Horst Seehofer, Karl Nehammer, Philip Blenkinsop, Joseph Nasr, Gabriela Baczynska, Kevin Liffey Organizations: REUTERS, EU, BRUSSELS, Union, European Home Affairs, Hawks, . Refugee Agency, UNHCR, Reuters, Commission, Thomson Locations: Afghan, Lesbos, Greece, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Afghanistan, Syria, Austrian, Europe, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, EU
Kabul’s airport has been the epicenter for evacuations, but with commercial flights now stopped, sights have shifted to Afghanistan's land borders. But the odds of Afghans reaching one of those borders without Taliban interference, being allowed to cross into a neighboring country and then being resettled in the U.S. are daunting. There were indications that more Afghans were crossing the Afghan borders with Iran and with Pakistan, but it was unclear if they were seeking asylum, he said. Iran and Pakistan have historically taken in millions Afghan refugees over four decades, according to the United Nations, many of whom are still living in those countries. Afghanistan also shares a small and remote stretch of border with China, but China was not part of the meeting.
Persons: , Becca Heller, Chris Purdy, Chris Boian, Boian, Bilal Askaryar, ” Askaryar, Biden, Filippo Grandi Organizations: WASHINGTON, United States, NBC News, International Refugee Assistance, Veterans, American, Human, Refugees, UNHCR, U.S ., United Nations, . Security Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul’s, U.S, Pakistan, Afghanistan’s, Iran, United States, , Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, China
"Far greater humanitarian crisis" looms in Afghanistan - UNHCR
  + stars: | 2021-08-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
An internally displaced Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 20, 2019. REUTERS/StringerGENEVA, Aug 30 (Reuters) - As evacuations from Kabul wind down in coming days, "a larger crisis is just beginning" in Afghanistan and for its 39 million people, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday, appealing for support. "The airlifts out of Kabul will end in a matter of days, and the tragedy that has unfolded will no longer be as visible. A far greater humanitarian crisis is just beginning," Grandi said in a statement. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer GENEVA, Filippo Grandi, U.N, " Grandi, Stephanie Nebehay, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, UNHCR, Refugees, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan
Half a million Afghans could flee across borders - UNHCR
  + stars: | 2021-08-27 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
An internally displaced Afghan girl carries a child near their shelter at a camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Omar SobhaniGENEVA, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Up to half a million Afghans could flee the crisis in their homeland, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday, appealing to all neighbouring countries to keep their borders open for those seeking safety. This is a worst case scenario," Kelly Clements, deputy U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees told a Geneva news briefing. "While we have not seen large outflows of Afghans at this point, the situation inside Afghanistan has evolved more rapidly than anyone expected," she added. Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay and Emma Farge;Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Omar Sobhani GENEVA, Kelly Clements, U.N, Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge Organizations: REUTERS, UNHCR, Refugees, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Geneva
Taliban members patrol the streets of Jalalabad city, Afghanistan on August 17, 2021, as the Taliban takes control of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. The international community will likely have to confront three issues as the Taliban's takeover reverberates across the globe, experts told CNBC. As the Taliban swept across Afghanistan, it reportedly released about 5,000 to 7,000 prisoners from Parwan prison — some of whom are hardened Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters. Afghanistan was a haven for terrorist groups when the Taliban were in power in the late 1990s. "They also recognize that a Taliban government would give Pakistan significant influence in Kabul to India's detriment," she told CNBC.
Persons: Ashraf Ghani, Richard Fontaine, Amir Handjani, CNBC's, Fontaine, John Bolton, Shamaila Khan, Hamid Karzai, Syria's, CNAS, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mohammed, Elizabeth Threlkeld, Threlkeld Organizations: Stringer, Anadolu Agency, Getty, U.S, CNBC, Center, New, New American Security, United Nations, Quincy Institute, Responsible, World Trade Center, Pentagon, Former U.S, Airport, Refugees, UNHCR, Eurasia Group, South Asia, Stimson, U.S . State Department Locations: Jalalabad city, Afghanistan, Kabul, India, Pakistan, China, Qatar, New American, U.S, Syria, Europe, AllianceBernstein, Turkey —, Eurasia, New Delhi, Islamabad
Afghan refugees holding placards ask for justice and resettlement during a rally outside the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR's office in Jakarta, Indonesia, August 24, 2021. REUTERS/Willy KurniawanJAKARTA, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Afghan refugees protested in Indonesia on Tuesday against a prolonged resettlement process, saying they needed to be offered new homes now that repatriation was out of the question with the return of the Taliban. On Tuesday, hundreds gathered outside the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the capital, Jakarta, despite coronavirus restrictions prohibiting demonstrations, to demand that their cases be expedited. "In the past year the UNHCR has been telling us there is only one percent chance of resettlement,” refugee Hakmat Ziraki told Reuters. "We need some justice, we need resettlement.”A spokesperson for UNHCR was not immediately available for comment.
Persons: Willy Kurniawan, Hakmat Ziraki, Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Stanley Widianto, Kate Lamb, Robert Birsel Organizations: UN Refugee Agency, REUTERS, Taliban, United Nations, Refugees, UNHCR, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Jakarta, Indonesia, Willy Kurniawan JAKARTA, Afghanistan, Hazara, Canada, Australia, UNHCR
Barbered wire is pictured at the Polish-Belarusian border near the village of Usnarz Gorny, Poland, August 23, 2021. REUTERS/Kacper PempelWARSAW, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency and rights groups urged Poland on Tuesday to offer medical and legal support and shelter to migrants camping on the border with Belarus, a day after the Polish government said it would build a fence to prevent migrants crossing. Poland and fellow EU states Lithuania and Latvia have reported sharp increases in migrants from countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan trying to cross their borders. On Monday, Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that a new 2.5-metre-(8.2-foot)-high solid fence would be built on the border with Belarus. The Polish Human Rights Ombudsman said the Border Guard had violated the Geneva Convention by not accepting verbal declarations from some of the migrants that they wanted to apply for international protection in Poland.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko, Christine Goyer, Mariusz Blaszczak, Joanna Plucinska, Steve Orlofsky Organizations: REUTERS, EU, Polish, UNHCR, Helsinki Committee, Human Rights, of Human Rights, Border Guard, Geneva Convention, Thomson Locations: Belarusian, Usnarz Gorny, Poland, WARSAW, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Helsinki, Geneva
Austria's Kurz says he opposes taking in any more Afghans
  + stars: | 2021-08-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks during the Western Balkans conference at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria, June 18, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerVIENNA, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Austria's conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz opposes taking in any more people fleeing Afghanistan now that the Taliban have seized power, he said in remarks published on Sunday. Quite the opposite," Kurz said of Afghans fleeing their country. "Austria has made a disproportionately large contribution," he added, referring to the large number of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers already in the country. He said people fleeing Afghanistan should stay in the region, adding that neighbouring Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan had only taken in 14 and 13 Afghan refugees respectively, which matches the UNHCR data.
Persons: Austria's, Sebastian Kurz, Lisi Niesner VIENNA, Kurz, Francois Murphy, Chris Reese Organizations: REUTERS, European, grapples, UNHCR, NATO, Thomson Locations: Balkans, Vienna, Austria, Afghanistan, Europe, Germany, Austria's, Resolute, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
DOUALA, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Clashes between herders and fishermen in northern Cameroon have killed at least 32 people this month, with 19 villages torched, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday. read moreOfficials described the fighting as Cameroon's worst ethnic violence in years. read moreThe refugees in Chad were in urgent need of shelter, UNHCR said, with many sleeping under trees. The ethnic violence further complicates security in a region where Cameroon's army has been battling Boko Haram for years and, more recently, militants linked to Islamic State. Reporting by Hereward Holland; Editing by Nick MacfieOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Millicent Mutuli, Boko Haram, Hereward Holland, Nick Macfie Organizations: UNHCR, Islamic, Thomson Locations: DOUALA, Cameroon, Chad, Far, UNHCR, Islamic State
Migrants gather near a fence at a temporary detention center in Kazitiskis, Lithuania, August 12, 2021. REUTERS/Janis Laizans/File PhotoVILNIUS, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Lithuania, facing a surge of illegal border crossings from Belarus, said it would ask other European Union countries to approve tougher rules on migration at an EU meeting on Wednesday overshadowed by the crisis in Afghanistan. Lithuania accuses Belarus of deliberately flying Iraqi and other migrants to Minsk and then sending them over the border to claim asylum as retaliation for sanctions imposed by the EU on the former Soviet republic. Belarus blames Lithuania and Poland, which has also been affected along with Latvia. read moreThe EU stands ready to provide additional border officers and money to tackle the migrant surge, the draft statement said.
Persons: Janis Laizans, Agne Bilotaite, Bilotaite, Angela Merkel, Alexander Lukashenko, Andrius Sytas, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: REUTERS, Union, EU, The United Nations, UNHCR, Cross, UN, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Kazitiskis, Lithuania, VILNIUS, Belarus, Afghanistan, Minsk, Soviet, Poland, Latvia, Lithuanian, Vilnius
Interior ministers of the 27-nation EU said in a statement to be issued after an emergency meeting that Belarus was seeking to "instrumentalise human beings for political purposes". "This aggressive behaviour ... is unacceptable and amounts to a direct attack aimed at destabilizing and pressurizing the EU," they said in the statement seen by Reuters. BORDER PUSHBACKSThe EU accuses Belarus of flying Iraqis to Minsk and then driving them north towards its borders. The ministers' statement said countries bordering Belarus and other EU agencies have already been provided with financial and technical assistance to manage the migrant crisis, and more could be sent as required. Poland said on Wednesday it had sent more than 900 troops to help secure its border with Belarus.
Persons: Janis Laizans, Alexander Lukashenko, Lukashenko, Agne Bilotaite, Ylva Johansson, John Chalmers, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: REUTERS, Belarus, Reuters, European, United Nations, UNHCR, Cross, Thomson Locations: Kazitiskis, Lithuania, Belarus, BRUSSELS, VILNIUS, Latvia, Poland, Soviet, EU, Afghanistan, Minsk, Lithuanian
Thousands of Afghan rights workers at risk-UN
  + stars: | 2021-08-17 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
Traffic jam and crowds are seen near Kabul's airport in Afghanistan August 16, 2021. SATELLITE IMAGE 2021 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES/Handout via REUTERSGENEVA, Aug 17 (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights official expressed fear on Tuesday for the safety of thousands of Afghans who have worked on human rights issues, while the U.N. refugee agency called for an end to the forced deportation of Afghan asylum seekers. "We are particularly concerned about the safety of the thousands of Afghans who have been working to promote human rights across the country, and have helped improve the lives of millions," a spokesperson for Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), told a U.N. briefing. Reporting by Emma Thomasson and Emma FargeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Michelle Bachelet, Emma Thomasson, Emma Farge Organizations: REUTERS GENEVA, United Nations, Human Rights, UNHCR, Thomson Locations: Kabul's, Afghanistan
Vine is co-author of the Costs of War Project's report "Creating Refugees: Displacement Caused by the United States' Post-9/11 Wars." With lives hanging in the balance, the question now is what the United States owes the Afghan people. One important place to start is for the Biden administration to welcome one million Afghan refugees to the United States. We found the Afghanistan war has displaced at least 2.1 million Afghans as refugees and 3.9 million internally. In 2015­ and 2016, Germany admitted more than one million refugees, and their population is a quarter that of the US population.
Persons: David Vine, Biden, Bush, asylees, Trump's Organizations: American University, Service, Asylum, United, UN, UNHCR, Research Locations: Afghanistan, Washington ,, United States, Topeka , Kansas, Waco , Texas, Flint , Michigan, Kabul, Brown, Iraq, Florida, Texas, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Germany
A Taliban fighter looks on as he stands at the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. Pakistan has a large public debt, a sizeable equity market (.KSE) and is dependent on a $6-billion IMF programme. Any Taliban attacks inside Pakistan could raise security concerns and make it harder for Islamabad to meet targets set by the IMF. read more"If the Taliban takes control (of Afghanistan), Pakistan becomes even more strategically important to the U.S," said Kevin Daly, a portfolio manager at ABRDN. Many Afghan refugees could seek refuge in Europe, he said, following an earlier influx of migrants, mostly fleeing war or persecution in Syria, other Middle Eastern countries and Afghanistan.
Persons: Stringer, Shamaila Khan, Hasnain Malik, Kevin Daly, Kay Van, Petersen, Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan, Tim Ash, Ash, Tom Westbrook, Timothy Organizations: REUTERS, Investors, LONDON, IMF, The United Nations, UNHCR, Asia Terrorism, Reuters, Saxo Capital Markets, European Union, BlueBay Asset Management, NATO, U.S, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Ghazni, Afghanistan, Kabul, Iran, Iraq, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, AllianceBernstein, UNHCR, Asia, Islamabad, Singapore, Europe, Syria, Turkey, Washington, China, Vietnam, Saigon, U.S
A Latvian border guard looks at detained migrants, who have crossed the Belarus-Latvia border, next to the border area near Vorzova, Latvia August 11, 2021. The pushback is a response to a quickening flow of migrants arriving at the borders of Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Latvian guards stopped the migrants at Robeznieki at around 3 a.m. as the group made its way through a field carrying only small bags and backpacks. He said Latvian guards had shouted at the migrants to turn back to Belarus and had scared them with a patrol dog. On the previous four nights, guards patrolling a 36.5-km stretch of Latvia's 170km border with Belarus said they stopped around 200 people.
Persons: Rawa, Ilmars Aispurs, Alexander Lukashenko, Rawa messaged, Krisjanis Karins, Karins, Gwladys Fouche, Natalia Zinets, John Chalmers, Mark Heinrich, Jon Boyle Organizations: REUTERS, EU Lithuania, Reuters, EU, Belarusian Foreign Ministry, UNICEF, Latvian, UN, UNHCR, Interior Ministry, European Commission, Wednesday EU, Baltic News Service, Thomson Locations: Latvian, Belarus, Latvia, Vorzova, Belarusian, ROBEZNIEKI, Minsk, East, Africa, Asia, Iraq, Istanbul, Turkey, Robeznieki, Lithuania, Poland, Dohuk, Baltics, MINSK, Germany, Riga, Oslo, Kyiv
The Helmand TV station, located in the city of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, is operated by state-run Radio and Television Afghanistan. In a text message to CNN, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said the group has taken over the station. Over the past 72 hours, US airstrikes have targeted Taliban positions around the cities of Herat, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah, the official said. While control on the ground is likely to shift back and forth still, as of Monday, Taliban forces were controlling some of the southern outskirts of Kandahar. Taliban forces that had initially surged toward Herat, near the Iran border, have for the moment been pushed back.
Persons: Zabiullah Mujahid, General Abdul Rahman Rahman, Karoakh, Joe Biden's, Biden's, Bill Roggio Organizations: CNN, Helmand TV, Television, Local, Taliban, Ministry, Defense, Ministry of, CNN Sunday, Pentagon, Nationwide, Afghan Air Force, United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, Human Rights Locations: Helmand, Lashkar, Television Afghanistan, United States, Afghanistan, Herat, Kandahar, Iran, Afghan, The, Herat province, Goazara, Kabul, Spin Boldak
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