1.Taliban detain dozens trying to “illegally” leave Afghanistan by air
2.US withdrawal from Afghanistan creates new opportunities, says Pakistan envoy
3.Taliban, Western officials meet in Oslo to discuss Afghanistan
4.Afghan acting PM calls for diplomatic recognition of Taliban
5.Several killed in bus blast in western Afghanistan
6.ADB Approves $405M in Grants for Afghanistan
7.UN’s FAO to Provide Wheat Seeds to 1M Afghan Farmers
8.Blinken: US Must Be ‘Thoughtful’ About Future Nation-Building
9.Ministry Says Schools to Open for All in Spring
10.Afghanistan: 500,000 jobs lost since Taliban takeover
11.European Union re-establishes physical presence in Afghanistan -spokesman

Middle East

12.Turkey condemns attacks on UAE, Saudi Arabia
13.How NATO’s most troublesome member became frenemies with Russia, and why it might not last
14.Qatar in talks with the US on supplying Europe with gas as Russia, Ukraine tensions mount
15.IS jailbreak, attacks in Syria, Iraq raise alarm
16.Coalition in Yemen prepares military operation in Al-Jouf
17.Has a dangerous new phase of the war in Yemen begun?
18.Why is the Palestinian Authority cracking down on opposition?
19.Lebanon’s former PM Saad Hariri suspends political career
20.Over 130 die in Syria fighting between IS, Kurdish men


21.Mass anti-coup protests continue in Sudan; 3 killed
22.Evidence from civilian bombing in Ethiopia points to Turkish drone
23.Djibouti to pay $54m annually for not returning Doraleh terminal to DP World
24.South Africa’s Covid-19 Response Gets a U.S.$750 Million Boost
25.UN relief chief pledges support for Nigeria