"Afghanistan spinning out of control"
The United Nations secretary-general has called on the Taliban militants to immediately halt their offensive in Afghanistan. Antonio Guterres warned that Afghanistan is spinning out of control. He told the reporters that seizing power through militarily force is a losing proposition that can only lead to prolonged civil war or to the complete isolation of the country. He expressed concern over the early indications that the Taliban are imposing severe restrictions on human rights in the areas under their control. Guterres called on all parties to do more to protect civilians.
US Cuba sanctions
The United States has imposed fresh sanctions against Cuba, citing alleged human rights abuses. The US Treasury Department added two Cuban Ministry of Interior officials and a unit of the Cuban Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces to its sanctions blacklist. That’s the third round of US measures against Cuba over the government's response to protests that took place on the island in July. Meanwhile, Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Twitter rejected the sanctions, saying they are a sign of Washington’s double standards policy.
Venezuela crisis talks
Venezuelan government and the opposition have launched a new round of talks to end a years-long political and economic crisis. The two sides are currently holding talks in Mexico. The sanctions against the Latin American nation and the issue of elections are on the agenda. The previous talks between the government and the opposition in 2019 and 2020 broke down with no results. Washington and several of its western allies have backed opposition leader Juan Guaido and imposed crippling sanctions on Venezuela in a bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro. The government says it won’t bow down to what it calls blackmail by the United States in the upcoming talks.