Taliban gives first news conference since Kabul takeover

The Taliban announcements, short on details but suggesting a softer line than during their rule 20 years ago, came as the United States and Western allies evacuated diplomats and civilians the day after scenes of chaos at Kabul airport as Afghans thronged the airfield.

As they rush to evacuate, foreign powers are assessing how to respond to the changed situation on the ground after Afghan forces melted away in just days, with what many had predicted as the likely fast unraveling of women's rights.

Women would be allowed to work and study and "will be very active in society but within the framework of Islam," the movement's main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said.

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