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Afghanistan: Taliban seizes six districts in the past week

The Taliban has taken control of seven district centers in four different regions of Afghanistan over the past week as Afghan security forces struggle to maintain control of the security situation.

Middle East: Iran confirms talks with Saudi Arabia

Iran confirmed publicly for the first time on Monday that it is in talks with its regional arch rival Saudi Arabia, saying it would do what it could to resolve issues between them.

DR Congo declares state of siege over eastern bloodshed

Militants killed at least 19 people, including 10 soldiers, in raids on two villages in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, hours after President Felix Tshisekedi declared a state of siege in two provinces.

Afghanistan, Taliban: delay in troops withdrawal to not go unanswered

Taliban have warned the US that any delay in the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan would be a violation of the Doha agreement and would prompt the group’s appropriate action.

India: fire at hospital kills more than a dozen Covid patients

A fire in a Covid-19 hospital ward in western India has killed 18 patients, as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults even though some states say don’t have enough jabs.

Leaked recording of Iran’s foreign Minister offers blunt talk

A recording of Iran’s foreign minister offering a blunt appraisal of diplomacy and the limits of power within the Islamic Republic has been leaked, providing a rare look inside the country’s theocracy.

Syria: Turkish army bombs village east of Aleppo

Aleppo province: some activists have monitored, on Monday morning, a rocket attack by Turkish forces, during which the village of Tukhar Mahsli was targeted in the countryside of the city of Manbij, east of Aleppo, in areas held by Manbij Military Council Forces. No casualties have been reported.

Russia orders Alexei Navalny group to suspend activities

Russian prosecutors on Monday suspended the activities of Alexei Navalny’s regional offices, in a move his team said would essentially shut down the jailed opposition figure’s movement.

India: big tragedy may happen due to oxygen shortage in hospitals

Raising alarm that a “big tragedy” may happen due to oxygen shortage in hospitals during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the Centre should take over all oxygen plants through the Army.

Diplomatic relations between Russia and Poland drastically worsened

Russia accused Poland on Friday of destroying relations between the two countries and confirmed it was kicking out five Polish diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of three Russians.