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Afghanistan turmoil

Aid for Taliban-led Afghanistan poses dilemma for West

Economic paralysis since takeover seen plunging 97% into poverty

The Taliban's actions have raised skepticism about its promises to respect women's rights. (West Asia News Agency via Reuters)

GENEVA/BEIJING/NEW DELHI -- United Nations members have pledged more than $1.2 billion in aid to Afghanistan to tackle the humanitarian crisis there, but many countries remain hesitant about supporting the country at the risk of legitimizing Taliban rule.

The halting of aid from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have pushed the economy of one of the world's poorest nations into a deep paralysis, made worse by a lack of economic policymaking in the month since the Taliban seized Kabul.

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