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Taliban Quietly Allows Some Girls to Return to Provincial Schools

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Tuesday reported the Taliban has quietly permitted teenage girls to return to school in four of Afghanistan’s northern provinces, ostensibly because Taliban 2.0 is willing to “shape policy around cultural differences across Afghanistan, unlike in the 1990s, when they imposed harsh social rules on everyone under their rule.”

TOPSHOT - Afghan girls attend a class in a school in Kandahar on September 26, 2021. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP) (Photo by BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)

India Holds Formal Meeting with Taliban

Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal met with the head of the Taliban’s political office, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, in Doha on Tuesday in the first official encounter between the Indian government and the Taliban since the jihadist terror group seized control of Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 15.

This AFPTV screen grab from a video made on May 28, 2019 in Moscow shows Afghan Taliban Stanikzai Sher Mohammad Abbas on the sidelines of a conference marking a century of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Russia, followed by discussions with Afghan politicians about the future of the country. - …

Islamic Qatar Limits Alcohol Sale to Elites at 2022 Soccer World Cup

The sale of alcohol at soccer’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar is going to be limited to those who purchase top-of-the-line premium hospitality packages, organizers said Monday, confirming the sport’s strict adherance to government guidelines that make it a crime to be intoxicated in public.

DOHA, QATAR - DECEMBER 18: Al Arabi fan looks dejected after the Emir Cup Final between Al Sadd against Al Arabi at Al Rayyan Stadium on December 18, 2020 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Simon Holmes/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia Ends Embargo Against Qatar

Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, told reporters at a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Tuesday that his country and its allies will “fully set our differences aside” with Qatar, ending a virtual blockade that has endured for over three years.

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud holds a press conferece at the end of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, in the city of al-Ula in northwestern Saudi Arabia on January 5, 2021. - Gulf leaders signed a "solidarity and stability" deal after the leaders of Saudi Arabia …