Taliban puts bodies of alleged kidnappers on public display, in a sign of return to harsh Islamic justice One body was suspended from a crane in the main square of Herat by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers, and three others were displayed elsewhere in the city. Israeli troops kill 4 Palestinians in West Bank clashes The Israeli military says at least four Palestinian gunmen were killed in shootouts with Israeli forces during a sweeping West Bank arrest operation cracking down on the Islamic militant group Hamas Japan’s ruling party is picking a new leader and likely next prime minister. Here are the candidates. An uncharacteristically wide-open race is underway to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Germans head to polls in wide-open election to succeed Merkel With the 67-year-old chancellor deciding not to run for reelection, the election is the first in Germany’s postwar history in which an incumbent isn’t in the mix. Concerned United Nations can only sidestep Myanmar crisis U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres bracketed Myanmar with Afghanistan and Ethiopia as nations for whose people “peace and stability remain a distant dream” in a speech last Tuesday to open the annual U.N. General Assembly German climate activists end hunger strike ahead of election Two climate activists have ended their hunger strike after a leading candidate for chancellor of Germany agreed to a public meeting with them following Sunday’s general election Top Russian diplomat defends mercenaries' presence in Mali Russia’s foreign minister is defending the Mali government’s right to hire a private Russian military company to help fight terrorists Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban Russia’s foreign minister says the United States, China, Russia and Pakistan are working together to ensure that Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers keep their promises Hope collides with doubt, while covid deaths soar, in the E.U.’s least-vaccinated country Europe’s immunization campaign prioritized equity. So why is only 19% of Bulgaria fully vaccinated? China’s ‘hostage diplomacy’ standoff with Canada is over. But how much damage was done? A seemingly intractable dispute might have ended. But questions about the future of Canada's ties with China remained.