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Ghulam Isaczai. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Afghanistan will not have anyone address the UN General Assembly on Monday, in a last-minute reversal following a dispute about which official — from either the Taliban or the ex-government — should be allowed to address the assembly, AP reports.

Driving the news: Afghanistan's UN seat was the subject of competing claims following the Taliban's takeover of the country.

  • Earlier this week, the Taliban nominated a new envoy to the UN, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, and asked that he address the assembly in place of currently accredited ambassador Ghulam Isaczai, an appointee of the previous government.
  • As of Friday, Isaczai was still scheduled to give the gathering's final address on Monday.

Of note: When a UN seat is disputed, the General Assembly's nine-member Credentials Committee is tasked with making a decision, but the group has not been able to meet to discuss the issue in time.

The big picture: “We were notified Saturday by the Afghan Mission that they would no longer be speaking," UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told AP Monday morning.

  • Afghanistan is no longer listed on the lineup of speakers for the assembly meeting.
  • However, for the time being, Isaczai remains in his position as the country's official envoy. "This does not change the fact that the representative of Afghanistan remains the same," Dujarric told CNN.

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A massive blast tore through a crowded Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, killing dozens, AP reports.

The big picture: It's the second major attack on a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers in a week, and comes as the Taliban contend with a growing security threat from other militant groups.

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Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

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A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

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Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."