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China says US hasn’t learned from its defeats in Afghanistan

China says the United States has learned no lessons from its failure ‘to democratise’ Afghanistan and the muddled withdrawal of its troops from the war-torn country.

US officials say Biden not to release frozen Afghan funds

The administration of US President Joe Biden has decided not to release any of the roughly $7 billion in foreign assets held by Afghanistan’s central bank on US soil and has suspended talks with the Taliban over the funds after the killing of al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul, according to American officials.

Chinese envoy: US should address Iran’s concerns in nuclear talks

The United States, as the initiator of the current crisis in Iran’s nuclear agreement with the West after its unilateral pullout in 2018, has to do away with its double standards in dealing with the atomic issue and allay Iran’s concerns to help seal an agreement, China’s ambassador to Tehran says.

Afghanistan’s acting FM calls for expansion of ties with Iran

Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister calls for expansion of economic ties with Iran. Amir Khan Mottaqi made the demand during a meeting with Alireza Bigdeli, Consular Deputy of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, and Bahador Aminian, Iranian Ambassador to Kabul.

Former Iran diplomat: Taliban still facing legitimacy issue

One year after the Taliban takeover of Kabul, a former senior Iranian diplomat says the Taliban government is yet to be accepted by the Afghan people, stressing that lack of coherence is clearly seen in the administration in Kabul.

Dozens of economists call on Biden to release Afghan funds

More than 70 economists and experts have urged Washington and other nations to release Afghanistan's central bank assets in a letter sent to US President Joe Biden.

Senior ‘Pakistan Taliban’ leader killed in Afghanistan attack

A top founding leader of the ‘Pakistani Taliban’ was killed in a targeted attack in Afghanistan, according to two sources within the group's leadership.

Taiwan says Chin’s wargames ‘possible simulated attack’

Taiwan has accused China's military forces of simulating an attack on the island as Beijing continues its retaliatory measures following a provocative visit by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy to Taipei.

China starts massive military drills around Taiwan after Pelosi visit

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has launched large-scale military drills with live fire exercise in six areas around Taiwan, China’s Central Television reported on Thursday. A recent visit by Nancy Pelosi, the US House of Representatives Speaker, to Taiwan, has prompted a harsh response from Chinese officials.

US says it killed al-Qaeda Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul strike

The US says it has killed al-Qaeda Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in the Afghan capital Kabul.

In first round of talks, Taliban, Masoud’s forces agree to hold fire: Report

The Taliban and a group of local fighters in Afghanistan led by Ahmad Masoud have held a first ever round of talks, agreeing to cease hostilities until a second round of talks is held, a report says.

Iran’s special envoy holds consultations with Pakistan FM on ties, Afghanistan

The Iranian president's special envoy for Afghanistan and the Pakistani foreign minister call for increased cooperation in order to strengthen bilateral ties and also explore ways of establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Taliban: UN warning over Daesh threat in Afghanistan not real

The Taliban say some countries have “clandestine motives” in playing up the threat of Daesh in Afghanistan. This follows a new report issued by the United Nations Security Council suggesting that the terror group has been boosting its presence in the northern and eastern parts of the country.

Japan’s former PM dies of wounds in terror attack

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pronounced dead at the age of 67 after he was shot during a public address, NHK reported.

Biden to rescind designation of Afghanistan as non-NATO ally

US President Joe Biden has notified the Congress of his intent to rescind the designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally, according to a statement published by the press service of the White House on Wednesday.

Uzbekistan says many killed, hundreds wounded during unrest

Eighteen people were killed and more than 240 others wounded during unrest in Uzbekistan's autonomous province of Karakalpakstan which broke out last week over plans to curtail its autonomy, Uzbek authorities confirmed on Monday.

Iran giving aid to quake-stricken Afghans

Rescue workers from Iran’s Red Crescent Society are helping people affected by an earthquake in southeast Afghanistan shoulder to shoulder with their Afghan peers.

Iran: US bent on igniting ‘ethnic war, organized unrest’ in Afghanistan

A senior Iranian diplomat warns that the US is making attempts to give a regional dimension to the crisis in Afghanistan by provoking “organized unrest” and “religious” war among various ethnic groups in the country.

Iran sends 4th aid shipment to quake-hit areas of Afghanistan

The fourth aid shipment sent to Afghanistan’s quake-hit people has arrived in the eastern region of the country that was hit by the tremor several days ago.

Iran sends first team of rescue workers to Afghanistan’s quake zone

Iran has sent the first team of its rescue workers to Afghanistan to help with the search and rescue operation in the country’s quake zone.

Iran’s aid supplies arrive in quake-hit Afghanistan

Iran’s relief and humanitarian assistance for the victims of a deadly earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan in the early hours of Wednesday has arrived in the quake-stricken country, the ruling Taliban’s spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said.

Hundreds killed in Afghanistan quake

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.1 that rocked eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 950 people.

Taliban say US ‘biggest hurdle’ to intl. recognition

The Taliban have alleged the United States is blocking their way to securing international recognition for the group’s new government in Afghanistan.

Blast hits Kabul, at least 2 killed

An explosion occurred in a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday morning. At least two people have been killed and seven others injured.

Russia hints to likely recognize Taliban govt. in Afghanistan

Moscow will make a decision whether to recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan regardless of the opinion of the United States or any other country, says Russia’s special presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.

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