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Nearly 400 civilians killed in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover, UN says

GENEVA, March 7 (Reuters) - (This March 7 story corrects name of U.S. ambassador in final paragraph to Michele Taylor, not Sheba Crocker) Nearly 400 civilians have been killed in attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover, more than 80% of them by a group affiliated to Islamic State, a U.N. report shows, underscoring the scale of the insurgency faced by the new rulers. It is the first major human rights report since the Taliban seized power from the former U.S.-backed government in August, triggering concerns in the West about a broader rollback of rights for women, journalists and others. It covers the period from August 2021 to the end of February and said that 397 civilians were killed mostly...

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Latest Ukraine updates: Talks spur deal on humanitarian corridors

A second round of talks between Kyiv and Moscow has ended, with the two sides agreeing on a tentative plan to create a humanitarian corridor. Russian President Vladimir Putin says operations in Ukraine were going to plan. Russian troops have seized control of Kherson, in Ukraine’s south. Several other cities, including the capital, Kyiv, northeastern Kharkiv and Mariupol, in the southeast, continue to be attacked. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukraine’s defence lines are holding. The United Nations says more than one million people have fled Ukraine amid Russia’s assault. Full article below: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/2/russian-troops-in-streets-of-kherson-mayor-says-liveblog Photo by: Maxim Guchek

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Afghanistan six months on from the Taliban takeover

August’s adrenaline may have worn off but the harrowing memories have not faded. It’s been six months since the Talibantook Kabul, the country’s then president and his cabinet fled and thousands of people flooded the airport in panic, so desperate for a way out that several men tried to hold on to a departing plane and fell to their deaths. Already scarred by four decades of war, Afghanistan’s rapid regime change has left a mark that will take a long time to process. As the Taliban are slowly putting their government in place, many Afghans feel lost and confused. With uncertain futures, some see little alternative but to seek a new life abroad, adding to a diaspora of more than...

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Brutal onslaught rages in Ukraine as Russia expands assaults on key cities

Kyiv and Moscow (CNN)Fierce fighting for control of the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson left dozens dead as Russia's onslaught against multiple Ukrainian cities intensified Wednesday and fears over the civilian toll mounted. More than 800,000 civilians have fled since the invasion began a week ago, with fears of further casualties increasing as Russian strikes hit built-up areas. Ukraine's State Emergency Service reported "massive shelling and bombing" of the central part of Kharkiv, the country's second largest city, on Wednesday morning. In other developments: Sounds of air raid sirens and a new explosion in Kyiv as night falls. Fighting continues in the southern city of Mariupol, with residents reporting heavy shelling overnight. Russian forces moving towards Kyiv, including a large...

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‘It was hell’: Long lines of Ukrainian refugees at Poland border

Medyka, Ukraine-Poland border – Warm rays of the morning sun remove the last signs of frost from the cars parked in endless lines along the road. Medyka – the main border crossing between Poland and Ukraine – is slowly waking up, and so are dozens of men and women who spent the night in parking lots, waiting for their loved ones to arrive. Since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, more than 115,000 refugees have crossed into Poland, the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs said on Saturday. Anyone from Ukraine is allowed entry, even those who do not hold valid passports, Polish officials said. The United Nations Refugee Agency says more than 120,000 Ukrainian refugees have...

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