"At present the hostile forces systematically keep bolstering up their capabilities for making a preemptive attack on the DPRK and increase armaments while intensifying all sorts of frantic and persistent war drills for aggression," North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un warned.
More than 10,000 troops from China and Russia will participate jointly in an exercise next month designed to, among other things, enhance their "capability to fight against terrorist forces and jointly safeguard regional peace and security."
Russia's military chief said Moscow and Beijing have found "new ways of interaction and continued fruitful collaboration," while his Chinese counterpart said the two have "maintained strong and unwavering bilateral relations, becoming an important stabilizing force of the world today."
"We hope the Afghan Taliban will make a clean break with all terrorist organizations including the ETIM and resolutely and effectively combat them," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
The U.S. State Department's Jalina Porter called the resumption of contacts between North and South Korea "a positive step."
"The legacies of colonialism and slavery continue to permeate into contemporary forms of racial discrimination. An urgent and firm action is needed to address and eliminate racial discrimination," U.N. Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism E. Tendayi Achiume told Newsweek.
A joint statement by Russia and Syria argued that "an illegitimate stay in Syria of foreign military contingents...impedes stabilization in occupied areas," and China issued "unwavering support for Syria's efforts to safeguard its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity."
"When we commit forces, how do we set the conditions to not just win the war, but to win the peace post-war?" former U.S. Army cultural advisor for Iraq Adam L. Silverman told Newsweek. "This has been a major issue in almost every major conflict we've found ourselves in."
"The U.S. should first and foremost examine its own human rights issues, instead of wielding the big stick of sanctions, grossly interfering in other's internal affairs and creating division or confrontation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.
Russia, China and Iran seek to ensure stability in Afghanistan while securing their own interests, as friendly ties with Kabul are tested by a desire to engage with the powerful Taliban movement that has retaken much of the country.
"You are confusing us with the Americans or the experience that we 'carried over' from the Soviet times," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry "reiterated its warning to Israel of the dangerous repercussions of its continuous attacks and holds it fully responsible for them."
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said U.S. President Joe Biden should apply sanctions "to himself for acts of everyday repression and police brutality that cost 1,021 lives in 2020."
"This line by Washington, which blatantly violates international law, will continue to come up against unwavering opposition as far as protecting Russia's legitimate interests goes," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
"It is important for the international community to speak up in support of the Cuban people," a State Department spokesperson told Newsweek.
China seeks to "avoid further expansion of the conflict in Afghanistan," "restart intra-Afghan negotiation as soon as possible to achieve political reconciliation," and "prevent all kinds of terrorist forces from taking advantage of the situation."
Two sources familiar with the process confirmed to Newsweek that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has signed off on Army Sergeant 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe receiving the Medal of Honor, and a third source aware of the proceedings said the White House was working to set a ceremony date.
The IDF chief of staff said his forces "would respond both overtly and covertly to any violation of Israeli sovereignty from Lebanon," while Syria warned Israel of "dangerous repercussions."
Iran "has shown that it's increasing its efforts to cultivate relations with the Taliban" while also "sending some signals via its outreach to the Fatemiyoun Division in Syria, most recently, that it intends to keep that sort of hidden ace up its sleeve," New America's Candace Rondeaux told Newsweek.
The IDF said that the "Iron Dome Air Defense System intercepted one rocket, while the second fell in an open area" and, shortly after, announced that "IDF Artillery struck in Lebanese territory."
"China strongly supports Syria in safeguarding state sovereignty, territorial integrity and national dignity," Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
"China stands for upholding the international order based on international law, defending international fairness and justice, and opposing unilateral coercive measures in military, political, economic or other means," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.
"Following this transfer today there are 39 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, 10 are eligible for transfer, 17 are eligible for periodic review boards, 10 are involved in the military commission process, and two detainees have been convicted," a senior administration official said.
A senior U.S. administration official previewed the launch of a new campaign that seeks to demonstrate how China's Ministry of State Security "uses criminal contract hackers to conduct unsanctioned cyber operations globally, including for their own personal profit."
Newsweek has obtained unpublished data from the state-sponsored Korea Institute for National Unification's latest opinion survey, including what research fellow Lee Sang Sin called "a very interesting" shift.
"We express our full support to and solidarity with all efforts and measures taken by the government and people of Cuba for safeguarding the dignity and sovereignty of the country and defending to the end their fatherland, revolution and gains of socialism," a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
"Both sides voiced a positive assessment of the dynamics of the development of Russian-Chinese relations," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
"The logic is simple here. It has been tested on numerous occasions by Washington in various situations, but everything is one and the same mode of operation—instigating color revolutions against undesirable regimes," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.
The Iraqi Prime Minister's Office told Newsweek that President Joe Biden's Middle East coordinator discussed "mechanisms for withdrawing combat forces from Iraq," but a senior administration official denied the claim.
"We're glad that they're doing what they're doing," a Defense Department official said of the Taliban fight against ISIS, "because it mirrors and parallels what we're trying to do for our counterterrorism mission."