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World Bank Looking for Way to Fund Taliban’s Afghanistan

The World Bank is “exploring ways” to bypass U.S. sanctions on the Taliban so that it may redirect roughly $500 million from an Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) to United Nations (U.N.) aid agencies, Reuters reported on Monday citing “people familiar with the plans.”

An armed Taliban fighter escorts veiled women as they march during a pro-Taliban rally outside the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on September 11, 2021. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

China: U.S. ‘Covering Up’ South China Sea Submarine Collision

China on Monday accused the U.S. of purposefully delaying the release of information detailing a mysterious collision by one of its nuclear submarines with an unknown object in the South China Sea on October 2, claiming Washington seeks to “cover up” the incident, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported Wednesday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) (Photo by GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. Charges Saudi-Born Canadian with Aiding Islamic State

U.S. prosecutors recently charged a Saudi-born Canadian citizen with aiding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), alleging he not only produced and narrated ISIS propaganda videos depicting executions but also “engaged in armed conflict on behalf of ISIS, including throwing grenades against opposing combatants,” Reuters reported Monday.

INDIA, Srinagar : Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL / ISIS ) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014. The death toll in Gaza hit 265 as Israel pressed a ground …

China Released Two U.S. Citizens Trapped Since 2018 Post Huawei Deal

Two U.S. citizens banned from leaving China by the country’s government since 2018 were released over the weekend and returned to America on Sunday just 48 hours after the U.S. Justice Department arranged for the release of Huawei executive and Chinese national Meng Wanzhou from Canadian detention, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Tuesday.

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. China on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 accused critics in the U.S. government of "an escalation of political suppression" against Beijing following a report of new visa …

U.S. Asked Russia About Using Central Asia Bases for Afghan Monitoring

U.S. Gen. Mark Milley allegedly asked his Russian counterpart last week to clarify an earlier offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin for the U.S. to use Russian military bases in Central Asia to monitor emerging security threats from Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Monday, citing unnamed U.S. government officials.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 28: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley gathers his items after speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations on Capitol Hill on September 28, 2021 in …

Biden Again Snubs Ukrainian President: No July Meeting

U.S. President Joe Biden will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “not in July, but, in August,” according to recent statements by George Kent, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported Tuesday.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 12: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the German Chancellor (not pictured) give statements ahead of talks at the Chancellery on July 12, 2021 in Berlin , Germany. (Photo by Stefanie Loos-Pool/Getty Images)

China Defends Taliban for Not Condemning Muslim Genocide

Afghanistan’s Taliban “won’t easily fall into the trap” allegedly laid by U.S. media to coerce the Sunni Islam-based terror group into publicly denouncing China’s genocide against Muslim ethnic minorities in China’s westernmost region of Xinjiang, China’s state-run Global Times argued Monday.

Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban in Qatar, attends the Intra Afghan Dialogue talks in the Qatari capital Doha on July 7, 2019. - Dozens of powerful Afghans met with a Taliban delegation on July 7, amid separate talks between the US and the insurgents seeking to end 18 years …