Members of the NATO alliance are meeting with Russian officials in Brussels and more talks are planned at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna on Thursday.
Military troops arrested four doctors, four nurses and ten nursing aides for offering treatment to people affiliated with outlawed anti-junta groups in eastern Kayah state.
The militant group has made rapid advances across southern Afghanistan overnight as US and other foreign forces near a complete withdrawal.
Provincial council chief Attaullah Afghan confirmed that a private hospital was struck by the Afghan air force, and that one person was killed. The hospital owner said the military erroneously believed Taliban fighters were being treated there.
Afghanistan has been facing increased violence since the insurgents launched their assault in early May, soon after the US-led foreign forces began their final withdrawal which is now almost complete.
Hundreds of former “mujahideen” fighters and civilians in Afghanistan have felt compelled to take up arms as the Taliban increase attacks on government forces and claim more territory amid a withdrawal of foreign troops.
Jens Stoltenberg, however, said that NATO countries would continue to support Afghanistan through civilian experts, who will help to advise government ministries by funding the security forces and with support for slow-moving peace talks.
Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi was hit with another charge, after the military imposed a second straight overnight internet shutdown in an attempt to grind down an anti-coup uprising.
The stalled release of prisoners has delayed talks between Afghanistan's government and the militant group but negotiations are expected to begin once the inmate impasse is overcome.
The Trump administration has pushed to reduce US troops in Germany for years, criticising Berlin for failing to meet NATO defence spending targets.
A report carried by the New York Times said the White House has yet to authorize any steps against Russia in response to the bounties.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement comes amid a steady downward spiral in China-US ties and a tense China-India border stand-off in disputed Kashmir.
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