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Taliban fighters hold Taliban flags while standing guard along a road in Kabul | Photographer: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

China calls for lifting economic sanctions on Afghanistan & release of its forex reserves

Addressing the G20 Foreign Ministers virtually, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also demanded to rush the humanitarian assistance to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan without any delay.

India has highest stakes in resolving refugees’ repatriation from Myanmar: Tirumurti at UN

The Indian envoy said it's important to recognise the humanitarian burden that Bangladesh continues to bear & support its effort to ensure the well-being of the displaced persons.

Why Lithuania is urging its citizens to throw away their Chinese Xiaomi & Huawei phones

A report by Lithuania's defence ministry noted that a censorship feature in Xiaomi's Mi 10T can be switched on remotely while a security flaw was flagged in a Huawei phone.
Buildings in Kabul, Afghanistan |Representational image| Photographer: Jim Huylebroek | Bloomberg

‘What about my future?’ — Afghan students on Indian grant caught between Taliban & visa rules

For the 2021-22 academic session, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has granted scholarships to 650 Afghan students. 
File image of UK High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis | Twitter/@AlexWEllis

Issues with India’s vaccine certification, not Covishield: British High Commissioner

Despite the inclusion of Covishield, Indian travellers are not exempt from the quarantine rules under the UK’s new international travel norms.
File photo of Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid (middle) during a press conference in Afghanistan on 17 August 2021 | Twitter/@paykhar

Taliban includes more men, no women in Afghanistan govt — this is who they are

While the Taliban government now includes a few names from the ethnic minority communities, Tuesday's appointments failed to add any women in the cabinet.

Taliban’s pick for Kabul University chancellor had called for killing ‘spy journalists’

Appointment of Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat as Kabul University chancellor sparks furore on social media, with questions being raised about his qualifications.
Medical workers in protective gear at the entrance to a vaccination hub in the Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia, earlier this month. | Bloomberg

Covid-19 pandemic: Australia tightens security amidst protests & Welsh ambulance crew struggles

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

Sri Lanka seeks $100 million loan from IMF to procure 14 million Pfizer vaccines

Sri Lankan minister for pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana told Parliament Tuesday that the government had vaccinated over 50% of the island nation's 21 million population.
File photo of Ashish Vazirani | Twitter /@ashvazirani

Biden to nominate Indian-American management consultant Ashish Vazirani to US defence dept

Vazirani is currently the Principal of A2O Strategies, LLC. He also served on active duty in the United States Navy as a Submarine Officer from 1986 to 1993, the White House said.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (file photo) | Bloomberg

If anybody can lead EU after Angela Merkel, it’s Super Mario

What gives Italian PM Mario Draghi so much authority is in part his technocratic and diplomatic manner. But it’s also his prior career as an economist.
The nose of a Boeing Co. 737-9 aircraft

Tamil Nadu firm bags Boeing contract to manufacture, supply aviation components

Aerospace Engineers won a long-time contract with the global aerospace giant and deliveries of the parts would begin early next year.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | Representational image | By special arrangement

China sets up new shelters for troops in forward areas near LAC in eastern Ladakh

Sources said the shelters were installed near Tashigong, Manza, Hot Springs and Churup among others, in response to India’s deployment in the region.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.
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