While much of the world has adopted a wait-and-see approach to engagement with the Taliban, China has shown it is ready to build -- or buy -- friendly relations with the group.
The pledge from President Joe Biden at the COVID-19 summit brings the total US commitment of donated vaccine doses to 1.1 billion -- more than the rest of the world combined.
The normalisation accords brokered last year have already paid dividends and are among the most important agreements in the modern era to establish peace in the Middle East, analysts say.
The US, UK and the Netherlands are moving their Afghanistan diplomatic missions to Doha, commencing a new phase of engagement.
Strategic calculations are encouraging Moscow to embrace a group that it has funneled weapons and money to for years, and is banned in Russia as 'terrorist'.
The Taliban seem willing to overlook China's repression of millions of Muslims in Xinjiang, while Beijing is saying little of the Taliban's militant ideology and campaign to overthrow the government.
Asaib Ahl al-Haq has tried to undermine Iraqi-Saudi ties in an effort to strengthen Iran's economic and political grip on Iraq. These attempts have backfired.
Moscow's efforts to forge ties with Arab states indicate the Iranian regime's so-called ally is cooling on the relationship and pursuing others.
A tax treaty and nonstop flights are the latest moves to normalise relations between Arab countries and Israel after the signing of US-brokered normalisation agreements last year.
The IAEA says that the results of its inspection work established that nuclear contamination was present at three undeclared locations, while questions linger about a fourth site.