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Taliban offers journo ‘safe haven’ after ‘cruel’ Kiwis reject her


Taliban offers journo ‘safe haven’ after ‘cruel’ Kiwis reject her

The pregnant reporter, who is working in Afghanistan, applied to enter Covid-paranoid New Zealand, but was refused

Lidia Kelly

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stayed in self-isolation on Sunday, as the country recorded 103 new Covid-19 infections and its tough border controls were highlighted by a pregnant journalist who said she was trapped in Afghanistan.

Ardern, in self-isolation until Tuesday, took a coronavirus test on Sunday after being exposed to an infected person. Results were expected later on Sunday or Monday, her office said.

Journalist Charlotte Bellis said in an article in the New Zealand Herald that she could not return from Afghanistan, where she had been reporting, after Ardern’s government rejected her application for an exemption to gain entry...

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