Afghan teachers defy the Taliban by secretly educating teenage girls

KABUL — A group of teenage girls quietly entered Fawzia’s house, took off their shoes, and gathered in the living room for a secret history lesson. Fawzia, who asked to be identified only by her first name, spoke of Afghanistan’s legendary treasure, the Bactrian gold, and its former kings and queens. The 56-year-old teacher sees … Read more

Afghan teachers defy the Taliban by secretly educating teenage girls

KABUL — A group of teenage girls quietly entered Fawzia’s house, took off their shoes, and gathered in the living room for a secret history lesson. Fawzia, who asked to be identified only by her first name, spoke of Afghanistan’s legendary treasure, the Bactrian gold, and its former kings and queens. The 56-year-old teacher sees … Read more

Japanese experts make ‘superclone’ of Afghan mural from Bamiyan Valley destroyed by Taliban

Japanese researchers have created a “superclone” of an Afghan mural destroyed by the Taliban, using a mix of traditional and digital techniques that they hope will save the “spirit” of the work for future generations. Key points: Not a single fragment is left of the cave painting from the seventh century, which was demolished by … Read more

Airbnb doubles the number of Afghan refugees it plans to house

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky joins the Cannes Lions on June 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. Richard Bord | Getty Images Airbnb announced Thursday that its fundraising arm plans to provide temporary housing for an additional 20,000 Afghan refugees, bringing the total number up to 40,000. Last month, the charity branch of the short-term lodging service … Read more

Airbnb doubles the number of Afghan refugees it plans to house

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky joins the Cannes Lions on June 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. Richard Bord | Getty Images Airbnb announced Thursday that its fundraising arm plans to provide temporary housing for an additional 20,000 Afghan refugees, bringing the total number up to 40,000. Last month, the charity branch of the short-term lodging service … Read more