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At night a curfew takes hold in Kandahar and cellular communications are cut; during the day markets open to fewer shoppers buying essential items.

Besieged on a ‘Taliban-made island,’ Kandahar’s residents see no way out as militants advance ever closer

By Clarissa Ward, Brent Swails and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN A wedding hall in the west of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second city, now lies on the front line of fierce fighting between Taliban forces and Afghan government troops. Dust coats the chairs where the guests would normally sit. Instead of the chatter of celebration, gun shots crack

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Taj Mahal Fast Facts

CNN Editorial Research Here’s some background information about the Taj Mahal, India’s most popular tourist attraction. The monument is located on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, India. Facts The Taj Mahal was built in the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to honor his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in

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A medical worker takes samples during a mass Covid-19 test inside a residential compound in Wuhan on August 3.

China’s spiraling Delta variant outbreak hits Wuhan, as country introduces mass travel restrictions

By Nectar Gan, CNN China’s spiraling Delta variant outbreak has reached Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic, prompting citywide coronavirus testing as authorities scramble to contain the city’s first reported local infections in more than a year. China is grappling with its worst outbreak in months, with more than 300 cases detected in more

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The Delta variant is challenging China's zero Covid strategy. Citizens line up at a Covid-19 testing site in Yuhuatai district of Nanjing

Delta variant challenges China’s zero Covid strategy — and raises questions over its vaccine efficacy

By Nectar Gan and Steve George, CNN China’s hardline zero Covid strategy is facing a fresh challenge from the rapid spread of the Delta variant, amid concerns over the efficacy of Chinese vaccines against the highly contagious strain. The Delta variant, which appears to cause more severe illness and spreads as easily as chickenpox according

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Chinese President Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping only wants the most devoted Chinese Communist Party members. His tough membership rules could backfire

By Julia Hollingsworth, Nectar Gan and CNN staff, CNN In a meeting room decorated with a stylized hammer and sickle flag, Kelly Hu detailed her shortcomings. Since childhood, the 20-year-old student had wanted to join the longest-running and largest communist party in the world, having grown up hearing “red tales” of its revolutionary past from

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