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Your Friday Briefing

Good morning. We’re covering booster shots in France, Peng Shuai’s piercing accusations in China and the Pakistani madrasa that has…

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Where Afghanistan’s New Taliban Leaders Went to School

AKORA KHATTAK, Pakistan — The Taliban have seized Afghanistan, and this school couldn’t be prouder. Darul Uloom Haqqania madrasa, one…

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In Hard Times, Afghan Farmers Are Turning to Opium for Security

ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — Abdul Hamid’s pomegranate trees were scarred from bullets and shrapnel. The river was low and the land…

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Pakistan Reaches Cease-Fire With Resurgent Taliban Militants

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A cease-fire between Pakistan and the Pakistani Taliban went into effect Tuesday, weeks after Prime Minister Imran…

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Your Thursday Briefing

We’re covering U.S. election results indicating dissatisfaction with Democrats and a growing threat from the Islamic State in Afghanistan. The…

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ISIS Poses a Growing Threat to New Taliban Government in Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Aref Mohammad’s war against the Islamic State ended earlier this fall when his unit of Taliban fighters…

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Dozens Killed in Attack on Military Hospital in Afghanistan’s Capital

At least 25 people were killed and more than a dozen were wounded during an attack on a military hospital…

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Military Hospital in Afghan Capital Targeted in Attack, Taliban Say

A military hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, came under attack on Tuesday, according to Taliban officials, with gunfire and…

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Afghan Art Flourished for 20 Years. Can It Survive the New Taliban Regime?

The day Afghanistan’s president, Ashraf Ghani, fled and handed the country over to the Taliban, Omaid Sharifi was in downtown…

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E.U. Pledges $1.15 Billion in Afghan Aid as U.S. Talks to Taliban

WASHINGTON — World leaders met virtually on Tuesday to discuss ways of preventing an economic and humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan,…

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