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Taliban name deputy ministers, double down on all-male team

The Taliban expanded their interim Cabinet by naming more ministers and deputies on Tuesday, but failed to appoint any women, doubling down on a hard-line course despite the international outcry that followed their initial presentation of an all-male government lineup earlier this month.

Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid holds a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sept. 21, 2021. (Bernat Armangue / AP)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)