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Poll: Less than 30% of Americans say US headed in right direction

An overwhelming majority of Americans believe the US s headed down the wrong direction, according to a new survey.

Report: Taliban leader attacked in Kabul palace

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban co-founder and current acting prime minister of the so-called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, has been sidelined after a dramatic shootout in the presidential palace in Kabul, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Pakistan PM warns of any conflict between Iran-Saudi Arabia

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned about the consequences of a confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Biden admin to continue Trump-brokered Abraham Accords

The administration of Joe Biden will build on the “successful efforts” of its Donald Trump-led predecessor to encourage more countries to normalise ties with Israel, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says.

Raisi: Iran won’t allow Daesh find safe haven in Afghanistan

The Iranian president says all terrorist groups must be eradicated from Afghanistan and that Iran will not allow the Daesh terror group to find a safe haven in that country.

Baghdad, Washington agree to cut back Iraq-based US troops

Baghdad and Washington agreed on reducing the number of the US combat troops in two military bases in Iraq by the end of September.

Myanmar junta to put ousted leader on trial ‘for corruption’

The junta in Myanmar will try former leader Aung San Suu Kyi for corruption, her lawyer said Friday, adding to a slew of pending proceedings that may land her in prison for decades.

Syria says ‘attack’ caused widespread blackout, Damascus included

The Syrian capital was thrown into darkness after an “attack” on a gas line feeding a major power plant, Minister of Electricity Ghassan al-Zamil told state media.

US, UK top diplomats discuss Iran, China

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with newly appointed UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss on Friday and discussed issues including Iran, China as well as Afghanistan.

France recalls envoys from US, Australia over submarine deal

Paris has recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra for consultations, citing the “unacceptable behavior” of the US, the UK and Australia in striking a nuclear submarine deal that scuttled a French shipbuilding contract.