Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani says remobilization of armed forces is the government’s top priority as Taliban push toward the capital, Kabul. Ghani said fast consultations are underway to find a political solution to the conflict. He also pledged to fight the Taliban offensive and prevent further destruction and fatalities in the country. His comments came after the militants took over the provincial capital of Logar, Pol-E-Alam, which is just 70 kilometers away from the capital Kabul. Kabul is the last stand for government forces. The group is now in control of 19 provincial capitals across the country. The US and a host of European countries have deployed thousands of troops to help evacuate their diplomats and nationals from Afghanistan.
Lebanon fuel crisis
The Lebanese president has expressed hope that a consensus will be reached soon on the formation of a new government. Michel Aoun said white smoke will appear soon regarding the matter. He blamed Lebanon's current difficulties on wrong financial policies. The country has been run by a caretaker administration led by Hassan Diab, since last August. That’s when a huge blast devastated Beirut's port, prompting Diab to step down. Last month, Najib Mikati was tasked with forming a new government following former premier Sa’ad al-Hariri’s failure to craft a cabinet. Lebanon is grappling with a deep financial crisis worsened by the ongoing political deadlock.
Turkey flash floods
The death toll from flash floods on Turkey’s Black Sea coast has risen to 44. Authorities have declared Kastamonu the worst hit province, where 36 people have lost their lives. Eight others also died in Sinop and Bartin provinces. 10 people are also believed to be buried under the rubble. Torrential rain and subsequent flooding have forced some 1,700 residents in Turkey’s Black Sea provinces to evacuate their homes. The floods have destroyed homes and bridges, and left hundreds of villages without electricity. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared the flood-hit regions as disaster areas. The floods are among the worst the country has experienced to date.