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Afghanistan turmoil

Afghanistan chaos caused by hasty US withdrawal, says China

Protect the rights of women and girls, UN Security Council members demand

A Taliban fighter sits on the back of a vehicle with a machine gun in front of the main gate leading to the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul on Aug. 16.   © AP

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON -- The United Nations Security Council demanded an end to the violence in Afghanistan and the protection of the rights of women and girls Monday, while China blamed the U.S. military's departure for the Taliban takeover.

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