News from Afghanistan

1.Afghan rivals agree to meet again after inconclusive Doha talks
2.Taliban offer 3-month ceasefire in return for prisoner release, removal from blacklist
3.US urges tangible steps for supporting Afghan peace process
4.British general’s ‘discreet’ effort to revive Afghan peace negotiations
5.U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan Uzbekistan create platform for regional cooperation
6.Pakistan, other neighbours concerned at Afghanistan situation, PM Imran says in Tashkent
7.Afghan peace conference postponed: Foreign Office
8.Pakistan says Afghan envoy’s daughter not abducted
9.Illegal crossing points along Pak-Afghan border sealed: DG ISPR
10.Rocket attack on Afghan capital as president performs Eid prayers
11.Hosting 700k Afghans will cost $2.2 b for 3 years

News from the Middle East

12.Turkey’s Erdogan says Taliban should end “occupation” in Afghanistan
13.Turkey’s Erdogan visits Northern Cyprus amid tensions with EU
14.Iran insists prisoner swap deal agreed with US
15.US considering new sanctions on Iranian oil sales to China: WSJ
16.Iraqi Shia leader al-Sadr says will not take part in October vote
17.Bahrain: Iran stands out as main source of narcotics
18.Oman becomes net exporter of steel
19.Syria has become a narco-state
20.Hariri’s stepping aside sets stage for more chaos in Lebanon
21.Saudi Arabia stages second scaled-down Haj of coronavirus era
22.Saudi UAE despite turmoil geopolitical goals remain steadfast
23.Israel-Palestine conflict looms large as Biden meets Jordan King
24.Time to Cut Egypt Off
25.Only chicken for Eid in rebel-besieged Yemen town

News from Africa

26.Africa COVID deaths surge 43 percent in a week: WHO
27.Unrest in Africa
28.Is Ethiopia’s Lalibela known as the “Second Jerusalem” in danger?
29.Ethiopia, Djibouti to launch second electricity link
30.Ethiopia’s Tigray forces enter neighbouring Afar region
31.Ethiopia says second filling of Renaissance Dam complete
32.As France’s Army Shifts Gears in the Sahel, Niger Takes a More Central Role
33.HRW: Kenya Mishandled COVID Cash Program for the Poor
34.Mali’s interim president Assimi Goita survives stabbing attempt
35.Senegal’s daily COVID-19 cases double overnight, new restrictions likely
36.South Africa Zuma riots: What’s behind the violence and looting?
37.West African regional bloc adopts new plan to launch Eco single currency in 2027
38.Zimbabwe’s economy projected to grow by 5.4 pct next year
39.US launches air strike targeting Al-Shabaab in Somalia
40.Tanzania’s Chadema party says leader Freeman Mbowe arrested