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Afghanistan on alert: Conflict within the Taliban arises over opposing views

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The new government are at heads, following allegations of a potential fallout between two ministers with different leadership strategies.

New government’s deputy PM and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

There are reports that a major fight has broken out between different leaders of the Taliban as the group settles into their rule over Afghanistan.

Allegations state that the group’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and a cabinet member were involved in the disagreements that occurred at Kabul’s presidential palace.

Speculation has grown around the stability of the group since the co-founder disappeared from public view over recent days.

It was believed that the leader may have died, but those rumours have since been denied through an unofficial recording circulating social media.

The Taliban took back control of Afghanistan in August declaring the country an “Islamic Emirate”, with their entire cabinet made up of senior male figures.

Here’s how it started

A source within the militant group says the co-founder and minister for refugees exchanged strong words inside the palace and their respective followers brawled with each other nearby.

The reports come after a senior Qatar-based Taliban member plus his connection, said he can confirm that an argument broke out at the palace last week.

The strong words exchanged in the argument related to the deputy Prime Minister’s dissatisfaction with the interim government’s structure.

Additionally, many government members are in protest over who should be held accountable and awarded credit for the group’s “success” in taking over Afghanistan.

Could it be the start of something greater?

There appears to be conflicting views within the interim government.

Mr Bradar is reportedly attempting to rule on a diplomacy-based approach, whereas members of the Haqqani group and their followers believe fighting and terrorism is a better way to lead.

The group’s leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has been allocated a spot in the new government as the interior minister.

However, the Haqqani group is responsible for some of the world’s most violent attacks, deemed as a terrorist group by the United States.

Since the alleged altercations, Mr Baradar is still yet to make any in-person appearances, with concerns increasing over his wellbeing and whereabouts.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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