As Fears Grip Afghanistan, Hundreds of Thousands Flee

KABUL, Afghanistan — Haji Sakhi decided to flee Afghanistan the night he saw two Taliban members drag a young woman from her home and lash her on the sidewalk. Terrified for his three daughters, he crammed his family into a car the next morning and barreled down winding dirt roads into Pakistan.

That was more than 20 years ago. They returned to Kabul, the capital, nearly a decade later after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime. But now, with the Taliban sweeping across parts of the country as American forces withdraw, Mr. Sakhi, 68, fears a return of the

Can Fake Accounts Save the Internet?

In a phone conversation, Mr. Kesvani, who recently published a book on the online life of young Muslims, said his research subjects described anonymity and pseudonymity as ways to avoid the gazes of their families, to explore beyond their denominational communities and to socialize — in other words, more or less the same reasons any young person might desire privacy, online or off.

“In forums, you could be playful in your identities, but in your real world you’re constricted,” he said, recalling the internet where, and when, he came of age. The rise of universal social platforms, Mr. Kesvani said, …

Body of Reuters Photographer Was Mutilated in Taliban Custody, Officials Say

NEW DELHI — The body of Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photojournalist who was killed in Afghanistan this month, was badly mutilated while in the custody of the Taliban, officials said this week.

The revelation comes amid concern that the fighting in Afghanistan, where the Taliban have carried out an aggressive military offensive since the United States withdrew nearly all its troops, has become increasingly brutal as peace talks have stalled.

Mr. Siddiqui, 38, an Indian national who took some of the most memorable news photographs from South Asia in recent years, was killed on the morning of July

Los Angeles Schools Will Test All Students and Staff for Covid

The Los Angeles Unified School District announced on Thursday that it would require all students and employees returning for in-person instruction to participate in weekly coronavirus testing.

The decision is a shift in policy for the school district, which is the second largest in the United States. The largest, in New York City, recently announced that all teachers and schools staff must be vaccinated before classes resume on Sept. 13 or be subjected to weekly testing.

Previously, the Los Angeles school district only required testing for students and staff members who were unvaccinated. Officials said that the new requirement was

Always a Bride and Groom, Now Together as a Married Couple

Mr. Pasqualone agreed. “The biggest thing that has brought us together has been the concept of family,” he said, choking back tears. “That was so important to me, because when I saw her with my children, and how she interacts with them, and how she interacts with my parents, it’s just something I love seeing.”

Among the many things the couple have in common is that both of their families are from Abruzzo, an Italian region, east of Rome, with an Adriatic coastline.

Three years ago, they visited Abruzzo, and learned minutes after arriving that they were to attend a …

Martine Moïse, Haitian President’s Widow, Recounts Assassination

MIAMI — With her elbow shattered by gunfire and her mouth full of blood, the first lady of Haiti lay on the floor beside her bed, unable to breathe, as the assassins stormed the room.

“The only thing that I saw before they killed him were their boots,” Martine Moïse said of the moment her husband, President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti, was shot dead beside her. “Then I closed my eyes, and I didn’t see anything else.”

She listened as they ransacked the room, searching methodically for something in her husband’s files, she said. “‘That’s not it. That’s not it,’”

F.D.A. Gives Approval for Emergent Vaccine Plant in Baltimore to Reopen

Federal regulators have approved the reopening of a troubled Baltimore vaccine-making plant that has been closed for more than three months over contamination concerns that delayed the delivery of about 170 million doses of coronavirus vaccine.

The turnabout came after a two-day inspection at the plant this week by the Food and Drug Administration and weeks of effort by Johnson & Johnson and its subcontractor, Emergent BioSolutions, to bring the site up to standard.

The F.D.A. had halted production at the factory in late March after it was discovered that workers had accidentally contaminated a batch of Johnson & Johnson’s

Feeling Crafty? Make Your Own Wedding Day Look.

In 1992, Jane Daly was looking for a self-empowering project to take on. At the same time, she was also planning her wedding.

She found a way to do both by designing and sewing her wedding dress. “No one was making their own dress back then, but I wanted to prove to myself I could do this,” said Ms. Daly, a 58-year-old patient care coordinator at Professional Physical Therapy in River Edge, N.J., who married William Daly, also 58, on May 9, 1992 at St. Peter Apostle Church, also in River Edge.

For four months she worked nights at her

Disneyland visits have changed. Here’s what to expect on your next trip

Anaheim, California (CNN) — Disneyland Resort traditionally draws millions of visitors from around the world each year to “the happiest place on Earth,” but after closing for more than a year because of the pandemic, the resort was forced to make some major changes aimed at safely welcoming guests back.

A month after the Southern California attraction reopened to out-of-state visitors, I took a road trip from Arizona to see how much of the magic remained.

Crowds are back

Crowds feel like pre-pandemic levels with people crowding walkways and rushing to their next ride.

Crowds feel like pre-pandemic levels with people crowding walkways and rushing to their next ride.

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When I visited the