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Afghanistan rights violations 

Iran has strongly condemned violence, extremism and human rights violations in Afghanistan, saying the US-led military coalition must be held accountable for the situation there. Iran's permanent ambassador to the UN office in Geneva said the US-led military intervention has led to the destruction of Afghanistan and insecurity in the region. Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh was addressing a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council. He said the US-led coalition cannot dodge responsibility for the consequences of what he called its catastrophic military presence in Afghanistan. The Iranian envoy said the formation of an inclusive government is the only way to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. At the same meeting, China said the US, UK, Australia and other countries must be held accountable for the violation of human rights in Afghanistan.

Iran cabinet review 

Iran’s parliament is debating the proposed cabinet lineup of President Ebrahim Raeisi for a fifth and most probably last day. Lawmakers have so far reviewed the qualifications of 15 out of 19 picks on Raeisi’s list for ministerial posts. The proposed ministers take the podium to present their plans and defend themselves. Then their supporters and opponents come up on the stage to speak for or against them. A vote of confidence will be held for the whole list this afternoon if the review is completed today. Raeisi is expected to put up a final defense for his choices at parliament before the vote. All of the nominees are predicted to win the confidence vote. However, if any of them fails, the president will have up to three months to name a replacement.

Brazil COVID crisis 

Brazil reports nearly 31,000 new coronavirus cases, marking a sharp rise from the previous day tally of around 13,000. Brazilian health officials also logged just under 900 new deaths, more than twice the number of fatalities reported on Monday. The country’s overall caseload now exceeds 20.6 million, while its death toll is approaching 576,000. Brazil has the second most Covid-19 fatalities in the world following the United States. Meanwhile, Mexico has posted 940 new coronavirus deaths and over 18,000 new infections. The country has recorded more than 254,000 fatalities and over 3.24 million cases since the pandemic reached it.

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