Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has told reporters that IS militants have no popular support in Afghanistan.
Islamic State say they have killed more than 35 Taliban militia in a series of explosions in eastern Afghanistan.
A series of five blasts in the Afghan city of Jalalabad has reportedly killed three people and injured about 20.
Authorities say Indonesia's most wanted Islamic militant has been killed in a gunbattle with security forces.
Prominent Afghans have urged the United States government to compensate the family of an aid group engineer killed in a drone strike in Kabul.
Satellite images showing construction next to a North Korean uranium enrichment plant signal possible plans to boost production of bomb making materials.
The US has retreated from its defence of a drone strike in Afghanistan last month, saying only civilians were killed in the attack not Islamic State militants.
Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali
Nigeria's air force says it may have killed civilians by mistake amid reports nine people have died in the country's northeast.
In a bid to ease a crippling energy crisis the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah has begun bringing Iranian fuel into Lebanon via Syria.
Afghanistan's new interior minister, who was one of the world's most wanted Islamist militants, has held talks with a UN envoy over humanitarian aid.
Friction between pragmatists and ideologues in the Taliban leadership has intensified as promises of inclusiveness fail to be met by the new government.
France's president has announced the death of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara's leader, calling Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi's killing ‘a major success’.
The new AUKUS defence pact will help ensure peace and security in Indo-China, President Joe Biden says. However, it's likely to be seen a provocative by China.
Aamer Madhani and Jonathan Lemire
Britain has not gone "fishing" for the opportunity to help build nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says.
The Taliban have denied rumours that deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been killed in a shootout with rivals.
In testy exchanges at a congressional hearing, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has defended President Joe Biden's decision to pull out of Afghanistan.
Patricia Zengerle and Humeyra Pamuk
With food and medicine running out in Afghanistan, a UN conference has raised more than $US1 billion ($A1.4 billion) in aid, but with some strings attached.
UN human rights chief Michele Bachelet says there are credible claims of reprisal killings by the Taliban of former government soldiers and officials.
A military crackdown has forced armed bandits to release 75 children they kidnapped in Nigeria's northwest, a state official says.
Israel's air force has struck Hamas targets in the Gaza strip in response to a rocket attack.
Qatar's foreign minister becomes the first high level official to visit Kabul since the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a video marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, months after rumours spread that he was dead.
The US Capitol Police has recommended disciplinary measures against six officers for their conduct during the Congress assault on January 6.
Three rockets have hit areas near where US forces are stationed at Erbil International Airport in northern Iraq, with no reports yet of casualties.
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