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Standoff With Taliban At Kabul Hotel Ends, At Least 26 Dead

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CNN, ABP NEWS TV (India)

KABUL - A standoff between Afghan and NATO forces and Taliban militants who had attacked a hotel near Kabul and taken civilian hostages ended Friday morning with at least 26 people dead, CNN reports.

According to the Kabul police chief, the Taliban militants killed 15 civilians as well as three security guards and one police officer. All seven militants were killed in the 11-hour standoff. Fifty civilians were saved during the whole operation.

The militants attacked the Spozhmai hotel at midnight local time on Thursday as it hosted a large outdoor dinner, killing guards and taking guests hostage. The Afghan Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, aimed against foreign presence and perceived anti-Islamic behavior.

This is the latest in a string of attacks in Afghanistan that showcase the insurgency's ability to stage dangerous, high-profile attacks. Watch ABP News TV footage of the hotel site below.

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Kleptomania, How A "Women's Pathology" Was Built On Gender And Class Bias

Between 1880 and 1930, there was a significant rise in thefts in department stores, mostly committed by women from the middle and upper classes. This situation brought with it the establishment of a new pathology: kleptomania. A century later, feminist historians have given new meaning to the practice as a protest against the social structures and oppressions of capitalism and patriarchy.

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A hand in a pocket

Julia Amigo

Kleptomania is defined as the malicious and curious propensity for theft. The legal language tends to specify that the stolen objects are not items of necessity; medically, it is explained as an uncontrollable impulse.

What seems clear is that kleptomania is a highly enigmatic condition and one of the few mental disorders that comes from the pathologization of a crime, which makes it possible to use it as a legal defense. It differs from the sporadic theft of clothing, accessories, or makeup (shoplifting) as the kleptomaniac's impulse is irresistible.

Studies have shown that less than one percent of the population suffers from kleptomania, being much more common among women (although determining exact numbers is very difficult).

The psychiatric disorders manual, DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has included kleptomania since 1962. Previously, it had already received attention from, among others, Sigmund Freud. Like nymphomania or hysteria, kleptomania became an almost exclusively female diagnosis linked to the biology of women's bodies and an “inability” to resist uncontrollable desire.

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