1. No Near-Term Plan to Return Diplomatic Functions to Kabul: US

2. Muttaqi Meets With Sinirlioğlu, Calls UN Special Envoy Post ‘Unnecessary’

3. Japan urged to help boost Afghan education system

4. Turkey announces detention of 85 Afghan Asylum seekers

5. Taliban diplomat assumes control of Afghanistan’s embassy in Uzbekistan

6. Tajikistan disputes Taliban claims of decreased drug trafficking from Afghanistan

7. Trade through Herat-Khaf railway will start in next two weeks

8. UK provides $36.5 million in aid to Afghanistan

9. The Taliban vowed to cut ties with al Qaeda, but the terror group appears to be growing in Afghanistan

Middle East

10. Syria says Israel bombed targets in Homs area

11. Raid on Media Office in Tehran May Be Linked to Iran Sanctions

12. Oil gains after Israel rejects ceasefire offer

13. US drone strike kills Iran-backed militia leader in Baghdad

14. Blinken meets MBS amid heightened Mideast tensions

15. Israel’s business ties to UAE tested by Gaza war fury

16. War on Gaza: Jordan in hot water after report it’s helping Israel break Red Sea blockade

17. Israel’s Self-Destruction


18. Ethiopia’s leader plays down fears of conflict with Somalia over a planned naval port

19. Sudan hit by internet blackout as civil war continues

20. Kenya religious cult leader, 29 others charged with murder of 191 children

21. ‘Life is hell’: Zimbabwe flood survivors lament loss of land, livelihoods