As a middling power in an evolving world, France no longer has the luxury to bank on the strength of old friendships.
The security pact has ratcheted up tensions between the US and China, one a traditional security guarantor in the Gulf, and the other, an ascendant power in the region.
Five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council held talks on Afghanistan that focused on their common concerns pertaining to the allocation of humanitarian aid, inclusive government, and women's rights.
UN General Assembly meeting continues on the second day with leaders in attendance for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.
British Defence Ministry's mistake "could cost the life of interpreters, especially for those who are still in Afghanistan," an interpreter tells BBC.
US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared together virtually to detail the new alliance, which will be called AUKUS.
Dominic Raab, under fire for going on holiday as the Taliban advanced on Kabul in August, has been demoted and replaced by Liz Truss, who brokered a series of deals since Britain's full exit.
The work at Stonehenge will deal with problems caused by erosion and fix previous repairs which were uncovered by detailed laser scans.
European Union states have neither the capacity nor the will for a unified strategy and should focus on increasing trust and cooperation within NATO.
Britain approves plans to turn away boats illegally carrying migrants and refugees to its shores, deepening diplomatic rift with France over how to deal with people risking their lives by trying to cross English Channel.
Top UK and EU bloc diplomats say engagement with Taliban is meant for "direct line of communication" and their countries will not recognise the movement as new government in Kabul.
Niche crypto-asset exploded in popularity in early 2021, leaving many confused as to why so much money was being spent on items that do not physically exist.
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