The Times of Israel is liveblogging Monday’s events as they unfold.

A suicide bombing outside the Russian Embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul kills two members of the embassy staff and at least one Afghan civilian in what Moscow denounces as an “unacceptable terrorist act.”

The blast went off at the entrance to the embassy’s consular section where Afghans were waiting for news about their visas, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry and the state news agency RIA Novosti. A Russian diplomat had emerged from the building to call out the names of candidates for visas when the explosion occurred, the agency says.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, the latest in a series of attacks since the Taliban seized power a year ago, deposing a Western-backed government and capping their 20-year insurgency.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov calls the explosion “a terrorist act, absolutely unacceptable.” He tells reporters during his daily press conference call that “now the main thing that needs to be done is to get information from the ground about what happened to our diplomatic representatives.”

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the embassy has enhanced its security in the wake of the attack, and that “additional forces of the Taliban authorities,” including the Taliban-run intelligence service, were brought in.

President Isaac Herzog meets with German Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin on the second day of his state visit to Germany.

According to the president’s office, Herzog and Scholz discuss “a number of strategic, regional and security issues,” and the Israeli president thanks the German chancellor for his “personal commitment and contributions to Israel’s security.”

This afternoon Herzog is slated to attend a memorial in Munich marking the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.

Iran has not received the United States’ official response to its last proposal on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, says foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani.

“Iran is waiting to receive the response from other parties, notably that of the American government,” he says during his weekly news conference in Tehran.

His remarks come after the United States last Thursday said Tehran’s latest response on reviving the 2015 accord was “not constructive.”

Kanaani says that Tehran had “never received a response… saying that its position was not constructive.” He characterized Iran’s response as “constructive, clear and legal.”

“Iran is trying to cancel sanctions to economically benefit the Iranian nation and this is one of its top priorities,” Kanaani says.

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The Times of Israel is liveblogging Monday’s events as they unfold.

A suicide bombing outside the Russian Embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul kills two members of the embassy staff and at least one Afghan civilian in what Moscow denounces as an “unacceptable terrorist act.”

The blast went off at the entrance to the embassy’s consular section where Afghans were waiting for news about their visas, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry and the state news agency RIA Novosti. A Russian diplomat had emerged from the building to call out the names of candidates for visas when the explosion occurred, the agency says.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, the latest in a series of attacks since the Taliban seized power a year ago, deposing a Western-backed government and capping their 20-year insurgency.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov calls the explosion “a terrorist act, absolutely........

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