On Monday, a Taliban spokesman informed the media of an end to the talks between the Taliban and the United States on a deal to pullout thousands of US troops from Afghanistan. Both parties will now consult their leadership on steps that should be implemented in the future. The talks took place in Qatar. Zabihullah Mujahid said the talks were "long and useful", but did not go into detail about the outcome.
An unidentified Tesla car caught fire after colliding with a tow truck on a Moscow motorway on Saturday. Two explosions happened within the car in succession and by the end, only the metal frame remained. Tesla.inc has stood by its safety claims despite regulatory scrutiny from the US authorities who are still seeking information regarding earlier crashes.
A senior Chinese central bank official has said that the volatility in the Yuan is the result of escalating trade frictions with the US, rejecting all accusations that China was purposefully devaluing their currency. Just days before the volatility, the US sharply raised tariffs on Chinese goods, ending the temporary truce between both countries.
Russia's state communications watchdog said on Sunday that it had asked Google not to advertise illegal mass events on its Youtube video platform. Tens of thousands of protestors came out to demands free and fair elections on Saturday. Russia went on to say that it would consider it interference in its sovereign affairs if Google does not comply.
A Brazilian appeals court judge has ordered the release of mining and oil magnate Eike Batista, revoking a temporary prison order that was going to expire on Monday. He was initially arrested on suspicion of money laundering and insider trading after federal prosecutors identified $203 million in illicit transactions. The arrest was only set up to disrupt Batista's defense strategy.
India's main opposition Congress party has selected former President Sonia Gandhi as interim leader while it searched for a successor to her son Rahul Gandhi. The committee wanted Rahul to continue as leader but he refused after having lost to Modi twice in a row. Sonia Gandhi is one of the most influential leaders in the history of Congress.
Israeli police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinian worshippers to force them to clear out the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East-Jerusalem. Thousands of worshippers had gathered there to celebrate the first day of Eid al-Adha, which happens to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Tisha B'Av.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has called for an immediate ceasefire in Aden after separatists managed to capture the presidential palace and other key sites in the city. The group also called for all military groups to return to their positions and retreat from areas that have been captured in the last few days.
Iran's Information Technology Organisation has become the first government agency to release in house guidelines banning what it calls "forbidden conduct". The guidelines deal with harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and the abuse of power. The topic of sexual harassment has remained taboo and thus unaddressed in the country for years.
Ferhat Ercan, of Highgate, and Salaman Ekinci, of Tottenham, were arrested outside the north London home of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil. The men allegedly became involved in an altercation with security staff outside the house, they were charged with a public order offense and were completely unrelated to the attempted car-jacking that took place last month.