A huge explosion has hit Kabul’s diplomatic area and the presidential palace. Several people were killed and at least 60 taken to hospitals after a powerful explosion rocked the Afghan capital near the German and Iranian embassies, according to local sources. Eyewitnesses on social  media said the blast was so strong it blew off all windows and doors on nearby buildings.

Over in Kurdistan, the Turkish government has plans to open its second consular office in Duhok which will issue visas like the representative office in Erbil. The chief for Kurdistan Region- Turkey’s relations on Tuesday said that the new office in Duhok will enjoy the same authorities that the general consulate in Erbil has. Construction for the new office will begin in the nearby future.

Finally, Ariana Grande has called on her celebrity friends to join forces with her for a benefit concert honoring the victims and families of the Manchester terrorist attack. “One Love Manchester” will take place on Sunday June 4 at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. Coldplay, Katy Perry, Pharrell, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan and Take That will also take the stage. The concert will raise money for those affected by the suicide bombing that took place following Grande’s concert last week.