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After a year of Taliban rule, many Afghans are struggling to survive

Monday, August 15, 2022

On Monday, the Taliban marked the first anniversary since they retook power in Afghanistan. Taliban security forces celebrated in Kabul. But many Afghans stayed home — and are struggling to survive.

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A year after the Taliban seized power, what is life like in Afghanistan now?

Monday, August 15, 2022

The Taliban are marking their first year in power. How do Afghans in the capital city of Kabul feel about this anniversary?

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A year on, the Taliban savor victory, while other Afghans pay the price

Monday, August 15, 2022

For the first time in decades, Afghans are living in relative peace. But with sanctions on the Taliban, the economy is in shambles and hunger is widespread. Girls are still out of school.

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Women march in a rare protest in Kabul's streets — and face violence from the Taliban

Saturday, August 13, 2022

About two dozen women marched in Kabul chanting "bread, work, freedom," "we want political participation" and "no to enslavement," just days before the one-year anniversary of the Taliban takeover.

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What daily life in Afghanistan looks like, 1 year after the Taliban takeover

Saturday, August 13, 2022

A look at what ordinary Afghans have lost, and gained, since August 15, 2021, when the Taliban abruptly took over the country.

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After decades of war, an Afghan village mourns its losses

Friday, August 12, 2022

In a village southwest of Kabul, families who support the Taliban once lived alongside families who did not. Both sides have paid dearly in Afghanistan's decades of war.

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YouTube videos are helping reunite loved ones separated by the India-Pakistan border

Friday, August 12, 2022

Two Pakistani friends make videos in which those who lived through India's 1947 Partition describe loved ones they lost at the time. With viewers' help, siblings and others are reunited after decades.

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Pakistani friends hope viral videos can reunite those split during India's partition

Thursday, August 11, 2022

A Pakistani Muslim and a Sikh make viral videos to help reunite families separated during the partition 75 years ago of British-ruled India into independent India and Pakistan.

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A prominent Taliban cleric is killed in an explosion in Kabul

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Afghan cleric and senior Taliban leader Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani was killed in an apparent suicide attack in Kabul on Thursday.

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Pakistan's beloved mangoes are at risk as climate change shrinks harvest

Friday, August 05, 2022

Pakistanis proudly call their sweet mangoes "the king of fruit," and the country even practices "mango diplomacy." But can it survive climate change?

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In Kabul, a new ritual: Hungry women wait for bread outside bakeries

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Since the Taliban came to power, food insecurity has risen. Women in blue burqas sit in front of the city's upscale bakeries, silently waiting for charitable passersby to purchase bread for them.

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Secret schools enable Afghanistan's teen girls to skirt Taliban's education ban

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

The official rule: no secondary school for girls. But behind a veil of secrecy, women are opening small schools so that at least some of these teenagers are able to continue learning.

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Pakistan audiences react to 'Ms. Marvel,' Marvel's 1st Muslim superhero headliner

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Disney+ brings Ms.Marvel to theaters across Pakistan to celebrate the first Pakistani Marvel superhero Kamala Khan.

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Afghans work to recover after earthquake that killed hundreds

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Hundreds perished in last week's earthquake in eastern Afghanistan. Afghans are working together to deliver aid to the area.

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Floating in a rubber dinghy, a filmmaker documents the Indus River's water woes

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Pakistani filmmaker Wajahat Malik pulled together an expedition to raft down the 2,000-mile river. He hopes to reconnect people with the Indus, which is being threatened by overuse and climate change.

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Death toll continues to rise after a powerful quake struck eastern Afghanistan

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Aid workers and Taliban officials have rushed to a remote southeastern corner of the country — where they are now assessing the damage caused by Wednesday's earthquake.

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More than 1,000 people are dead after earthquake in eastern Afghanistan

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

More than 1,000 people are dead after a 5.9 earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan overnight on Wednesday. For a country already experiencing widescale hunger and poverty, it is one more tragedy.

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More than 900 people have reportedly been killed in an earthquake in Afghanistan

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The hardest hit areas were remote farming villages in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika. "All the village completely is destroyed," said one man, showing collapsed homes on a cell phone video.

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NPR travels to Afghanistan for the 1st time since the Taliban took over

Thursday, June 09, 2022

In NPR's first visit to Afghanistan since the Taliban took over almost a year ago, Diaa Hadid discusses the changes she's observing in Kabul since she last visited there in pre-Taliban-ruled 2020.

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Climate change and overuse is threatening Pakistan's main waterway

Sunday, June 05, 2022

In a rare journey down the length of the Indus River, a filmmaker and environmental activists survey damage done to Pakistan's main water artery and meet the people who live on its ancient banks.

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