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Taliban says ‘Islamic system’ only way to Afghan peace, women’s rights
Militant leader tells youth not to flee country, assures minorities, humanitarian organisations and diplomats they have nothing to fear.
Saudi talks up strength after US cuts military assets
Riyadh-led coalition says American drawdown will not affect its air defences.
Israel orders inquiry into Mt. Meron deadly stampede
Setting up the inquiry was an electoral promise of newly elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Pope joins appeal to aid displaced, hungry in Myanmar
Pontiff calls for places of worship to be respected as refuges.
UK allows outdoor weddings for first time
The temporary rules will be applicable from July 1 until April 2022.
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Russian employees rejecting vaccines risk suspension
Moscow orders mandatory vaccination for service industry workers.
Tokyo 2020 shows off Olympic Village
The organisers even set up a dedicated virus clinic for the Games.
Taliban says ‘Islamic system’ only way to peace, women’s rights
Critics fear gains will be rolled back if militants return to power.
Taiwan pulls trade office staff over Hong Kong ultimatum
The staff are demanded to sign a pledge recognising China’s sovereignty.
China vaccine doses pass one billion mark
It is, however, unclear what percentage of China’s population has been inoculated.
Former UK House speaker Bercow defects to Labour
Famous parliamentarian attacks PM Johnson as ‘lousy governor’.
Saudi seeks religious reset as clerical power wanes
Riyadh trying to shift public image as friendly, more tolerant society, driven by economics.
Uganda Olympic team member tests positive on arrival in Japan
Unidentified person isolated based on regulations, says spokesman.
Migrant women reduced to sex slaves in Libya ‘hell’
Lawlessness, government corruption allow traffickers to prey on women searching for better life.
Huge changes for internet and Big Tech under US antitrust proposal
Legislation may rein in tech giants but at what cost to consumer?
Post-war Armenia holds snap parliamentary elections
Reformist PM in no holds barred political slugfest with former president.
One killed as truck hits crowd at Florida Pride parade
Mayor Dean Trantalis calls act a ‘terrorist attack against the LGBT community’.
September 15 for ex-Kosovo rebel leader’s war crimes trial
Salih Mustafa accused of prisoner’s murder, torture and cruel treatment of at least six jailed civilians.
Israel’s president to visit White House
Reuven Rivlin will be first senior Israeli official to meet with Joe Biden since he took office in January.
US regrets Iranians denied ‘free and fair electoral process’ in Raisi win
Washington to nonetheless continue indirect talks with Iran on the US rejoining the 2015 nuclear accord Donald Trump abandoned.
Belgium bans UK travellers due to Covid-19 variant
Only EU citizens, Belgium residents can enter the country.