LIVE: Three shot dead in anti-Taliban protests, former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in UAE

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The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday said it has accepted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his family 'on humanitarian grounds'. Ghani fled Afghanistan on Sunday as the Taliban approached Kabul. The statement carried by the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency on Wednesday did not say where Ghani was in the country. It quoted the country’s Foreign Ministry in a one-sentence statement.

Reports from Reuters say that three people have been confirmed dead at anti-Taliban protests in Jalalabad. The news outlet cited witnesses to events when calculating the death toll.

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    UAE says hosting Afghan president ‘on humanitarian grounds’

    The United Arab Emirates said that it is hosting Afghan president Ashraf Ghani “on humanitarian grounds”, after he fled his country amid a Taliban takeover.

    “The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation can confirm that the UAE has welcomed President Ashraf Ghani and his family into the country on humanitarian grounds,” it said in a brief statement. (Al Jazeera)

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    Anti-Taliban protests spread beyond Jalalabad

    Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis, reporting from Kabul, says that the anti-Taliban protests have expanded beyond Jalalabad to several other provinces.

    “People are very upset that the national flag was taken down and that the Taliban flag has been raised,” said Bellis.

    She added: “That isn’t the only flashpoint in Afghanistan today. There is ongoing chaos at the airport where the Taliban is still trying to hold people off from reaching the airport, breaching the security perimeter and having a repeat of what happened on Monday when thousands of people made their way onto the tarmac and disrupted evacuation flights.”

    (Al Jazeera)

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    Austria refuses to take Afghan refugees, will continue deportations

    Austria has said it will not take in any Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban - and wants to continue deporting Afghan asylum-seekers despite the dire situation in the country, reports Justin Huggler.

    Even as Britain pledged to take in thousands of Afghans and called on Europe to do the same, the Austrian interior minister said his country would refuse to take any.

    "Illegal migration, which runs through a dozen safe countries and where migrants simply choose a destination country, must be stopped," said Karl Nehammer. "There is no reason why an Afghan should come to Austria now."

    Speaking ahead of a meeting of EU interior ministers, Mr Nehammer said: "The priority is to talk to Afghanistan's neighbours so that protection and aid is ensured in the region."

    He claimed Austria had done its share by taking in some 35,000 Afghans over the last five years -- but that figure is dwarfed by the numbers already taken by Afghanistan's neighbours. Some 780,000 Afghan refugees live in Iran and over 1m in Pakistan.

    Yet Mr Nehammer suggested Austria would seek to deport Afghan asylum-seekers to Afghanistan's neighbours if it was unable to send them home.

    "If deportations are no longer possible due to the limits set by the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Union must think of alternatives," he said. "Deportation centers in the region around Afghanistan would be a possibility."

    (The Telegraph)

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    Fearing Afghan refugee influx, Turkey reinforces border

    Fearing a new refugee crisis, Turkey is sending soldiers to reinforce its border with Iran in order to stop a potential influx of Afghans fleeing the Taliban insurgency.

    Irregular arrivals are already up as Afghans who fled weeks and months ago show up at Turkey's rugged border area after a long trek across Iran. A group of Afghans encountered by The Associated Press near the border said they had deserted the Afghan military and fled the country as the Taliban offensive accelerated.

    “We came out of necessity. The Taliban have attacked our country and now they control it, we hope that the Turkish government (accept us),” one of them, Feroz Seddiqi, told the AP. He explained that they had scaled a mountain to reach Turkey, enduring thirst and hunger.

    Nesar Ahmad, another member of the group, said they also experienced looting by thieves who took away their money and mobile phones.

    -AP

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    Jalalabad death toll rises to three

    Reports from Reuters say that three people have been confirmed dead at anti-Taliban protests in Jalalabad. The news outlet cited witnesses to events when calculating the death toll.

    Meanwhile, footage has emerged online, showing Taliban militants using a rocket launcher and machine gun to arrest and detain a man in Kabul. No details have been given about the circumstances of the arrest. (The Telegraph)

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    2 killed, 12 injured in protests over Afghanistan national flag in Jalalabad

    At least two people have been reported killed and 12 injured in a shoot out during the protests in Jalalabad, reports Al Jazeera. According to TOLO News, a group of locals took to the street as they demanded the restoration of Afghan national flag in place of the Taliban flag.

Meanwhile, the Afghan embassy in Tajikistan has asked Interpol police to detain former President Ashraf Ghani, Hamdallah Mohib and Fazal Mahmood Fazli on charges of stealing public wealth, so that funds could be returned to Afghanistan, Afghan news channel TOLOnews reported.

A Taliban commander and senior leader of the Haqqani Network militant group, Anas Haqqani, has met former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for talks, a Taliban official said on Wednesday, amid efforts by the Taliban to set up a government.

The Taliban have blown up the statue of a Shiite militia leader who fought against them during Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1990s, according to photos circulating on Wednesday, sowing further doubt about their claims to have become more moderate.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the Taliban should be judged on their actions, warning countries against “prematurely or bilaterally” recognising the Islamist hardliners. “We will judge this regime based on the choices it makes and by its actions rather than by its words, on its attitudes to terrorism, to crime and narcotics, as well as humanitarian access and the rights of girls to receive an education,” he told parliament.

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