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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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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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