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UAE to ban non-vaccinated citizens from traveling abroad from Jan. 10

The United Arab Emirates will ban non-vaccinated citizens from traveling abroad from Jan. 10, the state news agency WAM reported on Saturday, citing the foreign ministry and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.

Bahrain appoints first ambassador to Damascus in a decade

Bahrain appointed its first ambassador to Damascus on Thursday since it downgraded ties early in the conflict in Syria.

Dubai airport fully operational for 1st time since March 2020

Dubai International Airport is fully operational for the first time since its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

UAE ends cinema censorship, to adopt 21+ age rating

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will no longer censor films released in theatres, Emirati Media Regulatory Authority announced on Sunday.

Pakistan wants an Afghanistan acceptable to the West — Islam plus democracy

Theoretically, there is a case for twin tolerances— if Taliban gives up some violence and collaborates with the West to fight radical forces such as the ISK.

Taliban, US delegations hold first talks since Afghanistan withdrawal

The delegations of the Taliban and the United States on held their first meeting in Qatar's capital Doha, in a bid to turn the "new page on their relationship".

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan announces govt in exile led by Amrullah Saleh

HIGHLIGHTS

Amrullah Saleh was first vice president in Ghani administration
Statement says no other govt in Afghanistan can replace the legitimate one
'All embassies of The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will continue operations'

Taliban Ban Barbers From Trimming Beards In Afghan Province: Report

Taliban Takeover: "The Taliban have banned stylish hairstyles and shaving beards in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan," a report said.

Afghanistan: second Ministry of Defence email data breach emerges

Email sent by officials potentially compromises safety of Afghans who may be eligible to relocate to the UK

As Afghanistan adjusts to Taliban rule, music goes silent

The Taliban have so far been at pains to show a more conciliatory face to the world, with none of the harsh public punishments and outright bans on public entertainments that characterized their previous time in power before 2001.

Pak Doesn't Have Money to Control Taliban, Says Ex-Afghan Prez Ashraf Ghani's Brother, Shares Advice for India

Hashmat Ghani --- whose brother fled to UAE as the Taliban took over the reins of Afghanistan --- also dismissed reports of joining the Taliban, saying he has "accepted their rule" but "accepted not to join them".

Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis: Dry Fruit Prices to Go Up in India as Afghan Halts Import

With trade halted, India is witnessing a demand and supply problem of dry fruits that are pushing the prices of these commodities.

Afghanistan’s last free citadel: Panjshir, the land of 5 lions, stands up to Taliban

The Panjshir province, which is located in the north-east of Kabul, has never been captured by the Taliban or by foreigners.

Taliban Declares "War Is Over" As It Takes Control Of Presidential Palace

Spokesman Mohammad Naeem said in interviews with Al Jazeera TV the Taliban did not want to live in isolation and the type of rule and the form of regime would be clear soon.