0628 GMT January 16, 2022
CIA chief holds secret meeting with Taliban leader
US President Joe Biden sent the head of the CIA to meet the Taliban's leader on Monday in the highest level diplomatic encounter since the militant group took over the Afghan capital, two US sources said.
CIA Director William Burns met Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul, a US official and a source familiar with government activity told Reuters on Tuesday. Both spoke on condition of anonymity.
Burns is one of the Biden's most experienced diplomats; Baradar, who headed the Taliban's political office in Qatar, is one of the top leaders in the regime that has taken power in Kabul.
UN says has credible reports of Taliban executions
The top UN human rights official said on Tuesday that she had received credible reports of serious violations committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, including summary executions of civilians and restrictions on women and on protests against their rule, Reuters reported.
Michelle Bachelet gave no details of the killings in her speech to the Human Rights Council, but urged the Geneva forum to set up a mechanism to closely monitor Taliban actions.
The Taliban treatment of women which would be "a fundamental red line", she told the council's emergency session, held at the request of Pakistan and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
WHO says it only has supplies for one week
The World Health Organization (WHO) only has enough supplies in Afghanistan to last for one week, a senior regional official said on Tuesday.
The UN agency was also concerned that the current upheaval could lead to a spike in COVID-19 infections, Ahmed Al-Mandhari told a press briefing.
The WHO said on Monday that 500 tons of medical supplies including surgical equipment and childhood pneumonia treatments due to be delivered to Afghanistan this week are stuck because of Kabul airport restrictions.
Taliban name acting head of central bank
The Taliban have appointed an acting head of Afghanistan's central bank to help ease growing economic turmoil, more than a week after the group seized the capital, Kabul, a statement said on Monday, according to AFP.
Haji Mohammad Idris was named as acting governor of the bank to help bring order to a war-crippled economy, which has been adrift for more than a week with banks closed and many government offices empty.