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Female TV presenters defy Taliban order to cover faces on air
This May 19, 2022 photo shows fully covered female beggars waiting to receive alms in front of a bakery in the Afghan province of Parwan, north of Kabul. AP PHOTO

KABUL: Female presenters on Afghanistan's leading television channels went on air on Saturday without covering their faces, defying a Taliban order that they conceal their appearance to comply with the group's austere brand of Islam.

Since surging back to power last August, the Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on civil society, many focused on reining in the rights of women and girls.