UN says Taliban interfering with aid, resisting cash plan

Muhammad Younus Muhmand, vice-chairman of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment, a representative of the Taliban movement sanctioned by the UN, attends the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg on June 17, 2022. (OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP) UNITED NATIONS – Afghanistan's ruling Taliban are resisting efforts by the United Nations to help […]

Afghanistan quake kills at least 1,000, toll expected to rise

In this image taken from video from Bakhtar State News Agency, Taliban fighters secure a government helicopter to evacuate injured people in Gayan district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 22, 2022. An earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at least 920 people, authorities said. (BAKHTAR STATE NEWS AGENCY VIA AP) KABUL – The death toll […]

At least 1,000 dead as strong quake hits Afghanistan

In this image taken from video from Bakhtar State News Agency, Taliban fighters secure a government helicopter to evacuate injured people in Gayan district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, June 22, 2022. An earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, killing at least 920 people, authorities said. (BAKHTAR STATE NEWS AGENCY VIA AP) KABUL – The death toll […]

IAEA resolution jeopardizes Iran nuclear talks at key time

In this May 24, 2021 photo, the flag of Iran is seen in front of the building of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. (MICHAEL GRUBER/GETTY IMAGES EUROPE VIA BLOOMBERG) HONG KONG – The United Nations nuclear watchdog’s adoption of a Western-sponsored resolution critical of Iran’s nuclear activities is based on political […]

Turkey’s security concerns are legitimate, NATO chief Stoltenberg says

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference along with the European Parliament president at the European Parliament in Brussels on April 28, 2022. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) HELSINKI – Security concerns raised by Turkey in its opposition to Finland's and Sweden's NATO membership applications are legitimate, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday during […]

Iran, Venezuela sign 20-year partnership agreement

A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi (right) and Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (left) shaking hands during a joint statement after their meeting in the capital Tehran on June 11, 2022. (IRANIAN PRESIDENCY / AFP) TEHRAN – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his visiting Venezuelan counterpart  Nicolas Maduro signed […]