Dozens of districts have fallen to the Taliban since early May when the US military began its final troop withdrawal.
Taliban takes up positions on highways that connect strategic Kunduz city to neighbouring provinces, officials say, as fighting escalates between insurgents and government troops.
Iran's former chief justice Ebrahim Raisi became the country's eighth president after winning a controversial election on Saturday. Rights groups say he was involved in the 1988 mass executions.
The Bushehr shutdown comes as Tehran and world powers attempt to revive a hobbled 2015 agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme in Vienna talks, which, an EU negotiator says, are moving “closer to a deal”.
Iran and the European Union move closer to an agreement that would see the US rejoining the nuclear deal it abandoned under the Trump administration.
In a scathing interview, Afghanistan's former president Hamid Karzai offers frank assessment of US presence in his country.
The Afghan Taliban said they are committed to peace talks as officials raised concerns over the stalling negotiations between the militants and government representatives in Qatar ahead of foreign troops' withdrawal in September.
Interior Minister Aboldreza Rahmani Fazli says Raisi has been elected president with 61.95 percent of the vote as voter turnout was 48.8 percent, a record low for a presidential election in the country.
The unsurprising victory of Ebrahim Raisi will further entrench the hardline establishment, to the detriment of Iranians who have sacrificed their lives and livelihood for basic freedoms.
Who controls the Kabul airport has become a crucial aspect of US withdrawal. Turkey is willing to help as long as Washington addresses some compelling factors.
The withdrawal of troops marks the end of one of America’s longest military engagements but the social, economic and security situation in the country remains dire.
The video causing the furore shows Hindu men forcibly shaving the beard of an elderly Muslim man, with India claiming Twitter should remove it to prevent incitement of communal hate.
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