Russia said Monday it was suspending its mission to NATO and closing the alliance's offices in Moscow, as relations with the Western military bloc plunged to new depths.
Russia closes NATO missions as ties plunge to new low
The death toll in the landslides and flash floods triggered by incessant rain in Kerala state rose to 35 on Monday and a red alert has been issued for 11 dams across the state as water levels have breached the danger mark in several areas, according to India Narrative.
India death toll from floods, landslides rises to 35
A Russia-led post-Soviet security bloc started its largest military drills near the Tajik-Afghan border in years on Monday amid cross-border tensions ahead of talks between Afghanistan's new Taliban leaders and major regional powers.
Russia-led bloc holds large-scale drills near Tajik-Afghan border
Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday called on all political parties to respect the results of the country’s parliamentary elections.
Iraqi president calls for respecting election results amid protests
Myanmar's junta chief Monday announced the release of more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against a February coup, days after a regional bloc delivered a major snub to the military regime.
Myanmar to free over 5,000 protesters after ASEAN snub
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told fellow European Union leaders in a letter on Monday that the EU risked becoming a “centrally managed organism run by institutions deprived of democratic control”.
Polish PM warns EU leaders of threat to bloc’s future
China on Monday denied a report it had recently launched a hypersonic missile, saying it tested a spacecraft to trial reusable technologies.
China denies testing nuclear-capable hypersonic missile
Iran’s Health Ministry reported 199 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 124,075.
Health Ministry reports 199 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours
A senior adviser to the Iranian foreign minister for special political affairs stressed that the crisis in Yemen needs to be resolved politically and without any foreign interference.
Iran urges political settlement of Yemen crisis without foreign interference

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