Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri has underscored the high maritime security of the Persian Gulf region, saying there has been a significant decrease in the presence of extra-regional fleets in the strategic area as a result.
Iran's top general: Presence of extra-regional fleets significantly decreased
AP – Pakistan’s prime minister said that an “assassination attempt” on Friday targeted his country’s top diplomat in Afghanistan, amid tensions between the neighboring countries.
Gun attack targets Pakistan’s top diplomat in Kabul
Japan, South Korea and the United States have imposed sanctions on North Korean officials connected to the country’s weapons programs, with Washington saying Pyongyang’s ballistic missiles “pose grave risks to the region and the entire world”.
Japan, South Korea, U.S. impose sanctions on North Korea over missile tests
Reuters – Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who led the country for a decade of rapid economic growth, died on Wednesday at the age of 96, prompting a wave of nostalgia for the more liberal times he oversaw.
Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin dies at 96
AFP – At least 16 people were killed and 24 others wounded Wednesday by a blast at a madrassa in Afghanistan's northern city of Aybak, a doctor at a local hospital said.
At Least 16 killed, 24 wounded In north Afghanistan blast
A suicide bomb blast has struck a police vehicle in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, killing at least one police officer and two civilians and wounding dozens, according to police.
Bomb blast kills 3 in southwestern Pakistan
REUTERS – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Monday that the so-called "golden era" of relations with China was over, saying Beijing's systemic challenge to Britain's interests and values was growing more acute.
Sunak says UK's 'golden era' with China is over
AP – China is ready to “forge closer partnership” with Russia in energy, a state news agency quoted President Xi Jinping as saying in a letter Tuesday, potentially expanding ties that irk Washington by helping the Kremlin resist sanctions over its military operation in Ukraine.
China ready for ‘closer partnership’ with Russia in energy

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