1. US-Taliban prisoner swap: Who are Mark Frerichs, Bashir Noorzai?
2. Afghanistan: UN repeats call for Taliban to allow girls full access to school
3. U.S. to move $3.5 bln in Afghan central bank assets to Swiss-based trust
4. Taliban says 40 rebels killed in northern Afghanistan’s Panjshir
5. Islamic Emirate Replaces Acting Education Minister in Reshuffle


Faiq to represent Afghanistan in UN general debate of 77th session


Use of Afghan Airspace By Intl Airlines Still Low: Officials
8. Afghan insurgent leader calls for new anti-Taliban ‘political’ front
9. Taliban see bid to build border post behind Kurram violence
10. No dollars for food imports from Iran, Afghanistan

Middle East



Maritime gas dispute risks conflict between Lebanon and Israel


Saudi Arabia buys pair of SpaceX astronaut seats from Axiom -sources


Saudi Arabia, EU, Arab League to convene to revive Arab Peace Initiative
14. Turkey’s Erdogan: Russia’s Putin willing to end war
15. Israeli, Turkish leaders hold first meeting since 2008
16. Twilight of the Tigris: Iraq’s mighty river drying up
17. Qatar and Iran ink ‘largest ever saffron export’ deal
18. Turkish president holds talks with other leaders at SCO summit


19. Uganda declares Ebola outbreak after Sudan strain found
20. Nigeria battling floods ‘beyond control’ as warning given of dams overflowing
21. Somalia President Sees Progress in Fight Against Al-Shabab, Seeks More US Support
22. South Africans call on Britain to return “stolen” diamond in Queen Elizabeth II’s sceptre