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News18 Afternoon Digest: Afghans Jostle to Flee, Hope India Will Alter Stance, Says Taliban & Other Top Stories

Desperate Afghans try to flee the country after Taliban takeover. (Twitter)

Desperate Afghans try to flee the country after Taliban takeover. (Twitter)

Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: On Camera, Hundreds Jostle to Board Flight as Taliban Take Over, Plunging Afghanistan Into Uncertainty | WATCH; EXCLUSIVE | Hope India Will Alter Stance, Says Taliban Spokesman as Insurgents Look to 'Reconstruct, Form Islamic Govt' Soon; Maha New Covid Rules: After Relaxations for Mumbai Locals, Now Gardens, Beaches to be Open | Details; Over 1,200 Killed in Massive Haiti Quake, Overburdened Hospitals Struggle to Treat Injured; Vinesh Phogat Refutes All But One Allegation Levelled by Wrestling Federation of India; PM Modi Fulfills His Promise of Ice Cream with PV Sindhu; and Dalit Sarpanch Kicked, Manhandled by Secretary in MP for Hoisting Flag Without Him on I-Day.

On Camera, Hundreds Jostle to Board Flight as Taliban Take Over, Plunging Afghanistan Into Uncertainty | WATCH

It was absolute mayhem at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan on Monday as US troops fired shots into the air to control thousands of Afghans crowded onto the tarmac in the hope of catching a flight out of the country after the Taliban takeover of the country. Desperate images showed a parked aircraft at Kabul airport surrounded by a sea of people who are pushing and fighting to get inside the cabin from the only ladder connected to the front door. Barbed wires surround the tarmac at some areas, behind which a line of Afghans stare at the few remaining US troops who are guarding the airport.

EXCLUSIVE | Hope India Will Alter Stance, Says Taliban Spokesman as Insurgents Look to ‘Reconstruct, Form Islamic Govt’ Soon

Taliban spokesman, Shaheen Suhail, in an exclusive conversation with CNN-News18 laid out the militant group’s roadmap for the “reconstruction" of Afghanistan, its international co-operation plans and how this regime is going to be different from the one the world witnessed before. Suhail also said that the organisation expects India to change its stance and support Taliban.

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PM Modi Fulfills His Promise of Ice Cream with PV Sindhu

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Dalit Sarpanch Kicked, Manhandled by Secretary in MP for Hoisting Flag Without Him on I-Day

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first published:August 16, 2021, 12:25 IST