Taliban replaces women's ministry with ministry of virtue and vice
The Taliban have shut down the women's affairs ministry and replaced it with a department that once enforced strict religious doctrines. The sign at the ministry was removed, and a sign for the ministry of virtue and vice put in its place. Videos on social media showed women employees outside the offices, urging the Taliban to let them return to work.
Diwali with a difference under Covid-19
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. It is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains around the world. BBC World Service Global Religion reporter Sodaba Haidare has spoken with Hindu women in India, South Africa and the UK about the significance of Diwali to the Hindu community, and about how they are marking the festival differently this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
How has the pandemic affected Eid celebrations?
Muslims around the world are preparing to mark the end of Ramadan. They traditionally celebrate Eid by visiting friends and family and exchanging gifts. But social distancing restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus means this year it is going to be very different.