The United Nations yesterday banned two Taliban officials from traveling abroad in response to the harsh restrictions the hardline Islamists have imposed on Afghan women, diplomats told AFP news agency. Travel exemptions permitting 15 Taliban officials to go abroad for talks and negotiations were set to expire Monday. For 13 officials the travel exemptions were extended for at least two months, but they were scrapped for two education officials in response to the Taliban’s decision to ban secondary girls’ education.