The BRICS countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have expressed their support to the government of Iraq facing terrorism threats. "We are deeply concerned by the situation in Iraq. We strongly support the Iraqi government in its effort to overcome the crisis, uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity," the BRICS leaders said in the Fortaleza Declaration adopted at their summit meeting on Tuesday.

At least 89 people were killed and 45 injured in two bombing attacks in Afghanistan Tuesday, officials said. A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a police checkpoint in the eastern province of Paktika.

"A coup against the people" – this is how Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah dubbed the preliminary results of the presidential runoff held last month. He refused to recognize the victory of his rival Ashraf Ghani saying that the election process was marred by fraud. Just to remind, he scored 44 percent of the votes coming in second trailing after Ghani. "We are the winners of this round of elections without any doubt," he said addressing the crowd in Kabul.

Afghanistan's presidential candidates have agreed to an audit of all ballots, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday in Kabul. The announcement was made by the two candidates - Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Abdullah Abdullah - and Kerry on Saturday night after approximately 48 hours of discussion.

Authorities in Afghanistan say at least 10 people have been killed in separate roadside bombings in the country.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with the US Secretary of State John Kerry in Kabul today in order to discuss a stalemate over the presidential election.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he hoped to be able to find a solution to Afghanistan's disputed election but cautioned "we can't say that's an automatic at this point".