The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
US Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell welcomed the decision by the Kosovo government to delay the requirement of Serbs in its northern area to register for license plates in the country.
Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
The GCHQ alerted the Conservative Party of cyber hackers potentially changing votes, delaying the start of voting.
The 10-member bloc has expressed frustration with the junta's non-compliance to the peace plan, according to Malaysia's foreign minister.
US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said both countries are pursuing economic cooperation to counter China's growing influence in the area of semiconductors.
Ukraine's strike on Russian ammunition trains has rendered the rail link from Crimea to Kherson not operational, says the UK.
Kyiv said it was forced to abandon territories deemed defensive positions as Russian forces gear up for new offensive in the south.
DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, who was implicated in the ongoing Jan. 6 probe, was revealed to have violated ethics rules in his previous government post.
Taiwan's defense ministry said it would dispatch the appropriate forces to respond to possible threats in light of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit.
Afghanistan: Taliban Supreme Leader makes second rare appearance to mark Eid al Fitr
The Taliban’s Supreme Leader made another rare appearance over the weekend as Muslims everywhere are set to celebrate Eid al Fitr. The recent appearance is the second time the elusive leader was spotted in public.
Afghanistan’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhunzada, made his second public appearance since he came to power and took control of the insurgent group in 2016. Akhunzada’s second public appearance also came as he looked to mark the start of Eid al Fitr by telling worshippers that the insurgent group has achieved freedom and security since taking control of Afghanistan in August 2021.
Speaking at the Eidgah mosque in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan, Akhunzada congratulated thousands of worshippers present for achieving “victory, freedom, and success.” Akhunzada delivered his short address from one of the front rows of worshippers at the mosque without facing the attendees. Journalists were not allowed to approach the Taliban leader, and two helicopters hovered over the mosque as the event took place.
“Congratulations on victory, freedom, and success,” said Akhunzada. “Congratulations on this security and for the Islamic system.”
Mainly staying away from the public eye, speculation is rife regarding Akhunzada’s role in the Taliban-backed Afghan government. Rumors have even circulated that Akhunzada died when the insurgent group regained control of the country last year.
In a message released Friday last week ahead of the Islamic holiday, Akhunzada praised the insurgent group for building “a strong Islamic and national army” and a “strong intelligence organization.” Akhunzada also called on the international community to officially recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
The Taliban leader’s rare public appearance also follows yet another attack that occurred at a mosque in western Kabul. The attack resulted in 10 fatalities and 20 casualties, marking the latest attack in a place of worship in Afghanistan during Ramadan.
Afghanistan’s interior ministry deputy spokesman Besmullah Habib said that the blast occurred Friday at the Khalifa Aga Gul Jan Mosque in western Kabul. Hundreds of worshippers at the time gathered for prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan. No group claimed responsibility at the time.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid issued a statement condemning the recent attack and that those responsible would be found and punished.