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Who's the Afghan rep? U.N. showdown faces Monday deadline

Taliban name ambassador to global body seeking to push out Ghani-era envoy

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen leaves after a news conference in Moscow on July 9. Shaheen has been nominated to serve as U.N. ambassador by the Taliban.     © Reuters

UNITED NATIONS -- A diplomatic face-off is developing in New York between two representatives of Afghanistan -- the Taliban and the remnants of the government led by former President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country after the Islamist militants took over Kabul.

Both parties have sent letters to the secretary-general's office claiming to be the official representative of the country.

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