The U.S. special envoy for Ukraine peace negotiations said the ex-Soviet country is locked in a "hot war" with Russia-backed separatists and pinned the blame on Moscow for the conflict.
An Afghan official says the Taliban have seized control of a district headquarters in northwestern Afghanistan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will start a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and ally Qatar amid a regional crisis.
At least 70 Afghans have been abducted by Taliban extremists in a series attacks in southern Kandahar Province, the provincial police and governor’s office say.
Sergei Kislyak, Russia’s controversial ambassador to Washington, on July 22 departed from the United States as he ended his nine-year term as Moscow’s chief diplomat to its main global rival.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will call the leaders of Russia, Germany, and Ukraine on July 24 in a stepped-up international effort to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine.