Sunday, January 16, 2022



Deadly blast rocks Afghanistan’s Bagram district

At least two children were killed and several others wounded in an explosion near Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul.

Thousands of Taliban members dismissed for ‘abuses’

The Taliban have so far dissociated about 3,000 members accused of abusive practices across Afghanistan, head of Purification Commission of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Latifullah Hakimi says.

Kazakhstan: 225 killed; thousands injured during unrest

At least 4,500 people were injured during the recent riots across Kazakhstan, and 225 bodies were taken to the morgues, Serik Shalabayev, chief of the criminal prosecution service of Kazakhstan’s Prosecutor General’s Office says.

Ties with Iran a priority in Pakistan’s new Natl. Security Policy

The Islamabad government’s newly-unveiled National Security Policy underscores a need for Pakistan and neighboring Iran to keep up close cooperation to both better manage joint borders and ensure regional security.

Ex-deputy foreign minister: “China won’t make any sacrifices for Iran”

A former Iranian deputy foreign minister has dismissed the notion that China will make sacrifices for the Islamic Republic due to its good relations with the country

Iranian FM heads to China for talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has headed to Beijing at the head of a high-ranking political delegation for talks with Chinese officials.

Kazakhstan arrests hundreds more over violent unrest

Kazakh authorities have detained nearly 1,700 more people for participation in anti-government protests that rocked the country last week.

4 soldiers killed in Armenia-Azerbaijan border clashes

Azerbaijan Republic and Armenia reported clashes on their border Tuesday that killed one Azeri force and three Armenian troops, the latest skirmish following a 2020 war between the two rivals

China says cooperation with Iran contributes to peace, stability in ME

Ahead of Iran’s Foreign Minister’s visit to Beijing, the top Chinese diplomat said maintaining high-level exchanges with Tehran will deepen bilateral relations and contribute to the peace, stability and development in the Middle East.

‘Pakistan-based Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan’

A senior leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (known as Pakistan Taliban or TTP) has been killed in eastern Afghanistan, a Pakistani security official says.

‘Afghanistan not to pose threat to other countries’

Acting Afghanistan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi says the new government is exercising power over the whole country, and the Islamic Emirate-led government will not pose a threat to any country in the world.

Kazakhstan govt. says coup attempts failed, 10k arrested

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has stated coup attempts in the country have failed. This as the country's Interior Ministry announced in a statement Nearly 10,000 people were detained during the recent unrest

Blast kills 9 minors in eastern Afghanistan

Nine children were killed and four others injured in an explosion near a school in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.

Taliban confirm meetings with Ahmad Masoud, Isamail Khan

The Taliban have confirmed their delegation met with former governor of the Afghan province of Heart Ismail Khan and former leader of the country’s Panjshir Valley Ahmad Masoud in Tehran.

Putin says Russia not to allow ‘color revolutions’ in neighboring countries

Speaking of the events in Kazakhstan, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized that Moscow will not allow the “color revolutions” to take place on its doorstep.

Taliban Foreign Ministry calls talks in Tehran “constructive”

The Taliban say the meeting between their acting foreign minister and Iran’s foreign minister in Tehran was positive and constructive.

Intl. peacekeepers to stay in Kazakhstan until situation stabilizes

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) peacekeepers will continue to fulfill their tasks in Kazakhstan until the situation in the country stabilizes fully, Andrey Serdyukov, who leads the CSTO peacekeeping effort in Kazakhstan, says.

Afghan acting FM calls visit to Tehran “positive”

The Taliban acting foreign minister has described his visit to Tehran and consultations with the Iranian officials as positive.

Iranian FM: US seeks sowing discord between Afghanistan, neighbors

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has said sowing discord between Afghanistan and neighboring countries is a pillar of US policy in the region.

Ministry: Over 160 killed, 6k arrested in Kazakhstan unrest

Official sources say more than 160 people were killed and 6,000 including several foreign nationals, detained in Kazakhstan during the unrest that shook the central Asian country.

Kazakh government says situation ‘stabilized’ following unrest

The situation in all regions of Kazakhstan hit by unrest has been stabilized, Acting Interior Minister Yerlan Turgumbayev said in a statement.

Report: Iran to hand over Afghan embassy to Taliban

The Iranian government has reportedly decided to hand over Afghanistan’s embassy in Tehran to the Taliban without recognizing the Taliban government. According to Tehran-based Asr Iran news website, the ambassador of former Afghan government to Tehran has already left Iran for a European country.

Iran says to transfer wheat, vaccines to Afghanistan

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian says the Islamic Republic will help with transfer of aid including from other countries to Afghanistan in the form of wheat, medicine and Covid vaccine.

Iran, Turkmenistan call for inclusive govt. in Afghanistan

Iran and Turkmenistan call for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, with the participation of all ethnicities.

Around two dozen killed in Pakistan snow-related traffic jam

At least 21 people died in an enormous traffic jam caused by tens of thousands of visitors thronging a Pakistani hill town to see unusually heavy snowfall.

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