The Taliban who recently claimed their fighters had retaken 85% of the territory in Afghanistan has presented a three-month ceasefire to the Afghan government in exchange for 7,000 captured fighters. According to a government negotiator, Nader Nadery, the proposal is a "big demand". He added that Taliban leaders had also requested that their names be removed from a United Nations blacklist. From several soiurces, it was discouvered most of the 5,000 Taliban prisoners who were released has returned to the battlefield.
At least two people have died and about 20 missing after a powerful mudslide carrying black water buried homes in the central city of Atami in Tokyo, Japan, following a heavy downpour on Saturday, officials of the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. The mudslide which affected about 130 buildings came after the flood, submerging about 80 houses in the seaside city.
Israel’s opposition leader, Yair Lapid made steps closer to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after announcing an agreement with diverse political allies to form a new government. The Centrist and former finance minister informed the country’s president via email, saying “I am honoured to inform you that I have succeeded in forming a government.”
Chinese astronauts have successfully carried out the country's first spacewalk outside the new Tiangong space station in what is seen as a significant milestone in its rapidly expanding space program. Before the spacewalk, China has previously landed a rover on Mars and sent probes to the moon. China sent the first crew of Tiangong space station last month. The crew includes Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo who will remain for three months in China’s longest crewed mission to date.
Israel has on Sunday approved a new coalition government, led by Right-wing Nationalist Naftali Bennet, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure as Prime Minister. Bennett was sworn in as Prime minister, leading the coalition party after parliament voted for the new government in a 60-59 thin majority. Israel’s new prime minister will lead centrist, right-wing, left-wing, as well as a party that represents the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up 21 percent of the country’s population.
The Chinese government has announced that each couple would be permitted to have up to three children after recent data showed a dramatic decline in birth rate and also a looming future labour shortage which will put the economy under strain in the near future. The change was approved and made public on Monday during a politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping. According to the country's economic data, the labour pool is shrinking and the population is greying, threatening the industrial strategy that China has used for decades to emerge from poverty to become an economic powerhouse.