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1. US house in chaos after Kevin McCarthy lost speaker votes
- On a day of high political drama, Republican leader Levin McCarthy repeatedly failed in his bid to be elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
- The House adjourned without a speaker on Tuesday night - the first time since 1923 they had failed to choose a leader after a first round vote.
- Meanwhile, Democrats remained unified behind their party's new leader, Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York.

2. China-Taiwan: Concern at repair of Taiwanese military devices in China
- There are calls for greater safeguards in Taiwan after at least one device used by the military for its missiles was sent for repair in China.
- Last year Beijing intensified military activity around the island.
- China sees Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to unify it by force if necessary.

3. UN Security Council urges Taliban to reverse restrictions on women
- The UNSC has denounced Taliban government policies targeting women and girls in Afghanistan.
- The Taliban have banned women from attending university and working for non-governmental organisations within the last week.
- The 15-memberSecurity Council said it was "deeply alarmed" by the increasing restrictions on women's education.

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