pentagon: Pentagon intensifies efforts to evacuate families of Defence Dept service members, civilians from Afghanistan – Times of India

[ad_1] WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has intensified efforts to evacuate families of Defense Department service members and civilians from Afghanistan, media reports said. The Pentagon has created a system to track the number of immediate family members who remain there more than two months after the US withdrawal, reported CNN. With the withdrawal of the forces … Read more

taliban: Failure to recognise Afghanistan govt could have global effects, warn Taliban – Times of India

[ad_1] KABUL: The Taliban called on the US and other countries on Saturday to recognise their government in Afghanistan, saying that a failure to do so and the continued freezing of Afghan funds abroad would lead to problems not only for the country but for the world. No country has formally recognised the Taliban government, … Read more

United States issues its 1st passport with ‘X’ gender marker – Times of India

[ad_1] WASHINGTON: The United States has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation, marking a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who do not identify as male or female, and expects to be able to offer the option more broadly next year, the State Department said Wednesday. The department did … Read more

haiti: 17 American missionaries kidnapped in Haiti, officials say – Times of India

[ad_1] As many as 17 Christian missionaries from the United States and their family members, including children, were kidnapped on Saturday by a gang in Port-au-Prince as they were leaving an orphanage, according to Haitian security officials. Details of the kidnapping remained unclear, but local officials said the missionaries were abducted from a bus headed … Read more

US, Taliban Had “Productive Discussions” On Humanitarian Aid: State Department

[ad_1] A separate meeting with Taliban involving officials from EU and US took place on Tuesday (File) Washington: The United States and the Taliban had “productive discussions” on the issue of humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan during meetings in Qatar over the weekend, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Tuesday, describing the talks as “largely … Read more

Taliban says US will provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan – Times of India

[ad_1] ISLAMABAD: The US has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country’s new Taliban rulers, the Taliban said. The statement came at the end of the first direct talks between the former foes since the chaotic … Read more

US says to hold first in-person talks with Taliban since Afghan withdrawal – Times of India

[ad_1] WASHINGTON: The United States and the Taliban will hold their first in-person talks since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan starting Saturday, the state department said. The US delegation will meet Saturday and Sunday in the Qatari capital Doha with senior Taliban representatives, a state department spokesperson said. The United States has remained in contact … Read more

Where Afghan refugees are expected to be resettled, by state

[ad_1] A handful of states, including California and Texas, are set to receive a disproportionate number of the tens of thousands of Afghans evacuated to the U.S., while other states are expected to resettle fewer than a dozen evacuees or none at all, according to government data obtained by CBS News. The Biden administration this … Read more

Blinken says Taliban legitimacy will have to be ‘earned’ – Times of India

[ad_1] RAMSTEIN: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Wednesday that the Taliban would have to earn legitimacy from the world, after talks with allies on how to present a united front to the hardline new government in Afghanistan. “The Taliban seek international legitimacy. Any legitimacy — any support — will have to be earned,” … Read more

Blinken says Taliban renew promise to let Afghans ‘freely depart’ – Times of India

[ad_1] DOHA: US secretary of state Antony Blinken said Tuesday that the Taliban had reiterated a pledge to allow Afghans to freely depart Afghanistan following his meeting with Qatari officials on accelerating evacuations. US President Joe Biden has faced mounting pressure amid reports that several hundred people, also including Americans, had been prevented for a … Read more