The Taliban’s Leadership, Explained: Who Are They?

When the Taliban reformed as an insurgency, Mr. Baradar was Mullah Omar’s principal deputy, and he led the movement’s military operations. He oversaw a sharp escalation of the insurgency in 2006 but was also engaged in secret consultations with the emissaries of President Hamid Karzai and international assistance organizations.

He was detained in a joint U.S.-Pakistani raid in 2010, which Pakistani officials later said had been to end his dialogue with the Karzai government. Because of his respect within the Taliban and his previous openness to dialogue, however, the United States pressed Pakistan to release him so he could help …

Anarchy, and $$$, in the Vintage Punk Clothing Market

“He was outraged,” Ms. Kim said. “He felt very strongly about protecting and defending his work. It was precious to him.” After the partnership between Mr. McLaren and Ms. Westwood was dissolved in 1984, the two had a long and high-profile feud that was never resolved, and the tension created a vacuum for forgers.

Mr. Howard and Mr. Parker received a suspended sentence in the Banksy case, but the case concerning the fake clothing was dropped when Mr. McLaren died, in 2010, as he was the key witness for the prosecution in this area.

As it turns out, however, Ms. …

Trial Over November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks Begins

PARIS — The trial of 20 men accused of involvement in the November 2015 attacks in Paris began on Wednesday, nearly six years after the coordinated and devastating assault that left over 100 dead and shook France to its core.

Salah Abdeslam, who prosecutors say is the sole surviving attacker, arrived at the courthouse on Wednesday under tight police escort, and when asked by the presiding judge to confirm his name, set a defiant tone.

“I abandoned all professions to become a fighter for the Islamic State,” said Mr. Abdeslam, wearing a black T-shirt and black face mask, when asked

Judge Rejects Turkey’s Claim That Ancient Sculpture Was Looted.

The marble idol, a smooth figure about nine inches high with its head tilted slightly upward, was exhibited for more than two decades in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It was probably created between 4800 and 4100 B.C.E in what is now Turkey’s Manisa Province. For years, its presence in New York appeared to draw little objection from its country of origin.

But that changed in 2017 when the idol, known as the Guennol Stargazer, was listed for sale by Christie’s. That year the Turkish government sued the auction house and the work’s owner, Michael Steinhardt. Citing the 1906 Ottoman