Taliban Makes No Concessions After 10 Days of Negotiations With U.N.
U.N. officials departed from Afghanistan late last week after 10 days of negotiations with Taliban leaders brought no new concessions.
Taliban Planning Minister Kari Din Mohammad said that any past security or accessibility problems experienced by aid organizations and U.N. officials was "unintentional and incidental." Regarding women's access to health care, Mohammad claimed that services were "already there," and that the Taliban's decree banning girls from attending school is "in line with Islamic law."
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .