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The Taliban has announced a new hard-line interim cabinet comprised of all men and officially declared Afghanistan an Islamic Emirate after taking control of the country last month.

  • Most of the appointments are senior figures who held power during their rule in the 1990s and during the battle against the US-led coalition. Several of them are listed as global terrorists by the US and the United Nations.
  • Mullah Muhammad Hassan, a hard-liner, was named as the acting prime minister and the head of the government. Hassan held a similar role in the Taliban’s leadership council in recent years and was a deputy prime minister during the first Taliban government.
  • The Interior Minister will be Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list with a $5 million bounty. He is believed to still be holding at least one American hostage and was the head of a network blamed for many attacks and bombings.
  • Taliban leaders had said for weeks they would form a more inclusive government, but the appointments did not include any women or anyone who didn’t hold a leadership position during the 20-year insurgency.
  • On Wednesday Sep. 8, women in Kabul had held a protest against the interim government, and said they were lashed with whips and beaten with batons that emitted electric shocks by Taliban fighters.

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In a major victory for women’s rights, Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that criminalizing abortion is unconstitutional.

  • In an unanimous ruling, the ten judges voted to strike down a law in the northern state of Coahuila that criminalized the procedure, finding it unconstitutional.
  • The ruling means courts around the country will no longer be able to prosecute anyone who has an abortion as it violates the constitution.
  • Previously, abortion was only legal in Mexico City and three other states in Mexico, the world’s second largest Catholic country, except in cases of rape or when a mother’s life is in danger.
  • The decision, which comes after years of campaigning by women’s rights activists, now paves the way for Mexico to become the most populous Latin American country to legalize abortion.

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