Afghanistan: Taliban behead volleyball player on girls’ national team

The Taliban beheaded a female national volleyball player in Afghanistan earlier this month, and posted pictures of her severed head on social media, the New York Post (NYP) reports. Mahjabin Hakimi, who played with the Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club, was murdered in Kabul as the Taliban forces conducted a search for female sports players.

Three pastors freed from prison in Myanmar

Three ethnic Kachin pastors in Myanmar were among 5,000 prisoners freed by the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) on Monday, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. The Tatmadaw said in a statement they had released the prisoners “on humanitarian grounds,” but it is widely believed this was a strategic move by General Min Aung Hlaing to gain international acceptance as the legitimate leader of Myanmar.