The UK defense ministry said in an intelligence update that Russian forces are still focusing their tactical assault in the Bakhmut area of eastern Ukraine.
Kyiv said it was forced to abandon territories deemed defensive positions as Russian forces gear up for new offensive in the south.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
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Many Afghans were reportedly surprised to know about the strike on the al Qaeda leader, amidst a reluctance to speak out under the Taliban.
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.
Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
Senate Democrats are waiting for a go signal from the parliamentarian on whether to proceed with budget reconciliation on the energy, climate, and tax bill.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington opposes any effort to unilaterally change the status quo on Taiwan and that the US policy has not changed.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
The current chair of the ASEAN bloc said Myanmar would not be represented in the upcoming summit this week, following the junta's decline of the proposal to send a non-political envoy.
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.
The Taliban's envoy to the UN said the insurgent group was not aware that Ayman al Zawahiri was residing in Kabul.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
Counter-demonstrations from pro-Iran parliamentary factions fuel tensions as supporters of Iraqi Shia leader al-Sadr continue their sit-in protests.
Afghanistan: Two bomb attacks kill 16 people, officials say
Afghanistan suffers another set of attacks this week as two more areas in the country were bombed. The two bomb attacks have resulted in 16 dead, with many others wounded.
Officials in Afghanistan said that two bomb attacks in Mazar-i-Sharif and Kunduz led to 16 dead and dozens of people injured and in critical condition. The Shia mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif was bombed by the Islamic State Khorasan militant group, leaving 12 dead and 58 wounded, 32 of which are in serious condition.
The bomb attack in Kunduz left four people dead, 18 wounded by a bomb that was hidden in a bicycle that was targeting a vehicle carrying mechanics that are working for the country’s Taliban government. A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said that among those who were wounded were students and that another blast that occurred in the capital Kabul wounded three people, including a child.
The blasts that took place Thursday came days after two more bomb attacks at a Shia neighborhood in Kabul killed six people and wounded 25 others. No one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks.
“Today, more explosions rocks Afghanistan…Systematic targeted attacks on crowded schools and mosques call for immediate investigation, accountability, and to end such human rights violations,” tweeted Richard Bennett, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Afghanistan on human rights.
The insurgent group is also tackling the clashes that have occurred at the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Taliban officials issued a warning last week when five children and a woman were killed in rocket attacks by Pakistani forces in Afghanistan. Pakistani forces carried out an air raid in two areas of the country, citing that militant groups were carrying out attacks against Pakistan from Afghan soil.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan condemns in the strongest possible terms the bombardment and attack that has taken place from the Pakistan side on the soil of Afghanistan,” said Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in an audio message to reporters.
“This is a cruelty and it is paving the way for enmity between Afghanistan and Pakistan…We are using all options to prevent repetitions (of such attacks) and calling for our sovereignty to be respected,” Mujahid added. “The Pakistani side should know that if a war starts it will not be in the interest of any side. It will cause instability in the region.”