News from Afghanistan

1.Pakistan, other stakeholders to meet in Qatar on Afghan peace
2.‘Troika Plus’ to discuss Afghan crisis on Aug 11
3.India criticised for denying Pakistan opportunity to address UNSC meeting on Afghanistan
4.Central Asia’s leaders meet as Taliban makes gains in Afghanistan
5.Germany rejects calls to send military back to Afghanistan
6.US envoy for Afghanistan to try to end Taliban offensive – BBC News
7.U.N. says Afghan war has entered ‘deadlier, more destructive phase’
8.Taliban seizes Afghan borders with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan: Russia
9.The Taliban take a sixth provincial capital as government forces reel
10.Huge rise in Afghanistan IDPs as thousands flee Taliban advance
11.Afghan govt wants IAF support to crush Taliban as fighting worsens across the country
12.Chaman border: Afghans don’t need visas to enter Pakistan now

News from the Middle East

13.Turkey backs Pakistan’s stance on regional, international issues  
14.Global wildfires: Hundreds evacuated in Greece, rains bring relief to Turkey  
15.Iraq foreign minister arrives on two-day visit  
16.‘Worried about Afghan situation,’ says Iraqi FM alongside Qureshi  
17. Iraq to host ‘regional summit’  
18.Iraq eyes up to $4bn loan from IMF: Minister  
19.Saudi and Iraqi foreign ministers discuss boosting regional stability  
20.Saudi Arabia lifts a ban on foreign pilgrims heading to Mecca  
21.Saudi Arabia sentences dozens of Palestinians, Jordanians  
22.Iran’s FM, UN Envoy Discuss Afghanistan  
23.Macron phones Raisi, calls for deeper relationship  
24.PM Imran offers to facilitate Taliban, Ankara talks  
25.Iran Not Accepting Any Limitation to Its Oil Exports: Envoy  
26.Kuwait’s 2020-21 budget deficit increases 175% to record 10.8 bln dinars  
27.Kuwait sends fire fighters to Turkey against forest fires  
28.Contractors used by US companies in Afghanistan stuck in Dubai  
29.UAE eases travel rules for Pakistan, 5 other nations  
30.Qatar election exclusions spark controversy, arrests: BBC  
31.USA lauds Oman’s efforts towards Yemen crisis resolution  
32.US announces $165M in humanitarian aid to Yemen  
33.Displaced Syrian children hold ‘Tent Olympics’  
34.Lebanon’s worsening fuel crisis spurs violence, leaves three dead  
35.A coup or not? Tunisian activists grapple with president’s power grab  
36.Wildfires in Algeria leave 42 dead, including 25 soldiers  

News from Africa

37.Sudan recalls ambassador from Ethiopia as tensions rise
38. After 10 Years of Independence, South Sudan Working To Resolve Conflict and Humanitarian Crisis
39.South Africa: Zuma’s corruption case to resume in open court
40.Nigeria/Rwanda/Senegal: The Rockefeller Foundation to invest $150m in renewable energy
41.Kenya outrage over debt collectors’ shaming tactics
42.Why Kenya barred its Deputy President from travelling to Uganda
43. Djibouti enters wind power age with installation of first Siemens Gamesa turbine
44.Former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo plans to set up new political party