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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.

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