The Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice warned that employees would risk losing their jobs if they failed to adhere to these rules and to pray five times a day.
This is the latest of several new restrictions imposed by the Taliban in recent weeks.
Afghanistan: Taliban retake Kabul
English in a Minute: Prevents vs Avoids
0:00 – Introduction
0:32 – Story
1:37 – Headline 1: Taliban hard-liners turning back the clock in Afghanistan
5:00 – Headline 2: Taliban bars government employees without beards from work
7:02 – Headline 3: Taliban order Afghan govt employees to show up at work with beards
9:44 – Language summary
Key words and phrases
hardliners (or hard-liners)
people with strict views or beliefs
The hardliners are trying to overthrow the president.
The police take a hardline approach to people who drink and drive.
officially prevents something from happening
My mate was barred from the pub after he got into a fight.
There’s a bar on any flights taking off after midnight.
appear at a place
The bus showed up early, so we missed it.
My friend didn’t show up, so we went to the cinema without her.
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