The United States previously announced a new round of financial and banking sector sanctions against Moscow and simultaneously expelled 10 diplomats from Russia's diplomatic mission in Washington.
Tehran also refused to directly confirm reported negotiations with Saudi Arabia aimed at mending diplomatic ties, which have been cut off since the execution of prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr in the kingdom and subsequent attacks on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.
Tottenham Hotspur FC announced Jose Mourinho and his coaching team were "relieved" from their duties on Monday, days ahead of the League Cup final.
Relations between the Duke of Sussex and other senior members of the Royal Family are said to have remained strained following his decision to quit royal life and reportedly worsened significantly after he and his wife Meghan Markle made sensational claims against the family, accusing it of racism.
Last week, President Joe Biden announced that the US would begin withdrawing its 2,500 troops from Afghanistan on 1 May, with the pullout due to wrap up on 11 September.
India has been witnessing record numbers of new COVID-19 cases on a daily basis during the past two weeks, following which several state governments have been forced to reintroduce restrictions on public movement.
Earlier this month, Iran intensified its activities in the province of East Azerbaijan and allegedly arrested multiple people who had reportedly been in contact with foreign intelligence services.
The global coronavirus tally is now over 141 million, with the pandemic death toll recently surpassing 3 million, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University, which collects data from authorities, the media, and other sources.