The Austrian foreign ministry said the referendums in occupied territories are illegitimate and will not be recognized along with Russia's annexation.
Russian police have arrested at least 750 individuals protesting against Putin's mobilization order.
US-based Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad said the ongoing protests are a "result of 40 years of women fighting back."
The EU's executive said the members states must have a common policy on requests by Russians to enter the EU.
VP Kamala Harris said China has undermined the international rules-based order and that the US will continue to support Taiwan and oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo.
Kyiv said personal sanctions are not enough to punish Russia for staging sham referendums to annex parts of Ukraine.
The EPA has launched the Office of Environmental Justice and Civil Rights aimed at helping minorities disproportionately affected by water and air pollution.
The Labor Party has pledged to put up a publicly-owned energy firm if elected, to better solve rising energy bills.
Two lawmakers briefed by the South Korean intelligence agency said Pyongyang may carry out its nuclear test between October 16 and November 7
The Malaysian Prime Minister also expressed disappointment over the lack of progress on the ASEAN five-point peace plan.
Harris and Kishida stressed the importance of peace and stability in the contested waterway that China claims sovereignty over.
Washington is reportedly in discussions with Australia over the building the latter's first nuclear-powered submarines, according to Western officials familiar with the matter.
Opposition leader Keir Starmer calls for the government to recall parliament and scrap plans for tax breaks.
us Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the additional aid would boost humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan and in neighboring countries.
Afghanistan: Taliban arrest Afghan fashion model, three colleagues for 'insulting' Islam, Quran
This week, the Taliban insurgent group arrested and detained a male Afghan fashion model and his three colleagues. The group accused the model and his colleagues of disrespecting Islam and the holy book Quran.
In videos shared by the insurgent group, Afghan model Ajmal Haqiqi was arrested by the Taliban, appearing in handcuffs in the videos shared by the group’s intelligence agency on Twitter Tuesday.
In a video that has circulated, Haqiqi was seen laughing at his colleague Ghulam Sakhi, who uses his speech impediment in his humor, reciting verses from the Quran in Arabic in a comical tone.
The Taliban later released a video of Haqiqi and his colleagues wearing the Afghan prison uniforms and apologizing to the Taliban government and the religious scholars.
“No one is allowed to insult Quranic verses or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad,” said the caption of the post that featured the video.
The human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday issued a statement, calling for the insurgent group to release Haqiqi and his colleagues “immediately and unconditionally.”
To note, the group has recorded several arbitrary arrests and detentions by the Taliban, which often come with coerced statements in an effort to quash dissent in the country and discourage others from expressing their stances.
Samira Hamidi of Amnesty International’s South Asia campaign condemned the arrests, saying that in detaining Haqiqi and his colleagues, the insurgent group has made “a blatant attack on the right to freedom of expression.” Hamidi also criticized the Taliban’s “continued censorship of those who wish to freely express their views.”
Meanwhile, Germany’s top diplomat Annalena Baerbock said Tuesday during her visit to Pakistan that the Taliban will be the cause of Afghanistan’s “downfall” and bring added suffering and hunger.
In a joint press conference with her Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Baerbock said that any economic aid to the insurgent group should be accompanied by improvements in human rights.
Baerbock said the Taliban is “leading the country into a downfall” and that Afghan parents “do not know how to feed their children. Girls are deprived of their right to education. Women are almost excluded from participation in public life. Dissenting voices are brutally suppressed. The economy is grinding to a halt.”
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