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Afghanistan turmoil

Afghanistan ends year with 'retrograde' moves on executions, women

Public punishments, wider ban on female education drag country back to 1990s

Afghan women protest against the Taliban's move to ban them from universities in Kabul on Dec. 22.   © Reuters

BERLIN -- The Afghan Taliban's resumption of public punishments and a blanket ban on women's education announced this month mark a new phase in the reimposition of hard-line practices the group enforced during its previous rule.

Fresh announcements of public executions and floggings are frequent on the official Twitter page of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan, indicating the return of the Taliban's strict interpretation of Shariah, Islamic law, seen in the 1990s.

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