China has blamed the US for what it called a “stalemate” in bilateral relations and accused Washington of “demonizing” Beijing as high-level face-to-face talks began in the Chinese city of Tianjin. Vice foreign minister Xie Feng urged the US “to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy,” the official Xinhua news agency reported. The ministry described relations as at a “stalemate” and facing “serious difficulties.”
Tunisia’s president has sacked the PM and suspended parliament, after violent mass protests nationwide on Sunday. Anger over the government’s handling of a massive recent spike in Covid cases has added to general unrest over the nation’s economic and social turmoil. President Kais Saied, who was elected in 2019, announced he was taking over. His supporters erupted in celebration, but opponents in parliament immediately accused him of staging a coup.
A woman alleged to be a Islamic State (IS) member can be repatriated from Turkey, New Zealand has said. New Zealand has agreed to welcome the woman and her two young children, who have been detained in Turkey since February. The decision follows a bitter dispute with Australia over which country needed to shoulder responsibility for the woman, who had been a dual citizen of both countries.
At least seven people were killed in a 20-vehicle pileup crash during a sandstorm Sunday afternoon, Utah Highway Patrol said. The crashes happened on Interstate 15 near the town of Kanosh. The pileup occurred during a period of high winds that caused a dust or sandstorm, which reduced visibility, the highway patrol said. Kanosh is located about 160 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan reached record levels in the first half of 2021, the United Nations warned Monday, noting that deaths and injuries spiked markedly from May when the United States and its allies began withdrawing troops from the country. Some 5,183 casualties were recorded in the first six months of the year — a 47% increase from 2020 — the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) found in a report.