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World Bank Looking for Way to Fund Taliban’s Afghanistan

The World Bank is “exploring ways” to bypass U.S. sanctions on the Taliban so that it may redirect roughly $500 million from an Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) to United Nations (U.N.) aid agencies, Reuters reported on Monday citing “people familiar with the plans.”

An armed Taliban fighter escorts veiled women as they march during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Boko Haram Takes UNICEF Worker Hostage

The Nigerian terror group Boko Haram released video footage on Monday appearing to show four male hostages in their custody in northeastern Nigeria, one of whom said he was an employee of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Nigeria’s Premium Times reported.

Abubakar Shekau, the leader of one of two Boko Haram factions, from a video published on November 9, 2018

Report: W.H.O. Ebola Response Staff ‘Traded Sex for Water’ in Congo

An independent commission appointed by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) published a report on Tuesday revealing rampant sexual abuse of locals by at least 21 W.H.O. staffers responding to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from August 2018-June 2020, with one of the accused allegedly offering a woman sex in exchange for water.

A woman washes her hands from a tank of water bearing a World Health Organization (WHO-OMS) sticker, as a prevention against Ebola virus after a Pentecost mass at the Church of Christ on May 20, 2018 in Mbandaka, northwest of DR Congo. - The Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing …

U.N. Echoes Taliban PR: Calls for ‘Inclusive’ Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council echoed the Taliban’s call for an “inclusive” Afghanistan in a statement on Monday, calling for an “inclusive and representative” new government that includes “the full, equal and meaningful participation of women.” The U.N. also urged the Taliban

KABUL, AFGANISTAN - AUGUST 13 : Displaced Afghan women and children from Kunduz pray at a mosque that is sheltering them on August 13, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Tensions are high as the Taliban advance on the capital city after taking Herat and the country's second-largest city Kandahar. (Photo by …