Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu said China is using its military drills as a game-plan for a potential invasion.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the incoming members of the Cabinet and new officials under the ruling Liberal Democratic Party must "review" their ties to the Unification Church.
The Latvian parliament voted on a resolution to designate Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and urged the West to impose tougher sanctions.
Malaysian foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah has called on the ASEAN countries to also engage with the junta's rivals, including the shadow government.
Kim claimed "victory" over the pandemic as his sister, Kim Yo-jong, blamed the outbreak from the leaflets sent across the border from South Korea.
Pelosi praised the Senate's passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and said she will urge the House to pass the legislation as it is.
Populist Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called on the judiciary to dissolve parliament by the end of next week.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the West to impose a blanket travel ban on all Russians for one year.
Biden condemned the murders of four Muslim men in New Mexico as authorities link the killings to hate crimes in the area.
G7 foreign ministers have demanded Russia to return complete control of the Zaporizhzhia power plant to Ukraine.
Kyiv has called to make the area around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility a demilitarized zone as it trades blame with Moscow for shelling the plant.
The Swedish government has agreed to extradite a Turkish national wanted for bank card fraud as part of its agreement with Turkey over NATO.
The British defense ministry said in its bulletin that Russian forces are likely using anti-personnel mines in the Donbas region, which would lead to many casualties.
Afghanistan: Taliban release five detained UK nationals after reaching agreement with officials
This week, Taliban and UK officials announced the insurgent group would be releasing five British nationals who were detained in Afghanistan after reaching an agreement. The nationals were released over the weekend.
Officials from the insurgent group and from the UK announced the release of five British nationals who were arrested and detained in Afghanistan. The release took place Sunday, after officials from both sides held a series of meetings, according to Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement Monday.
“A number of British nationals were released, who were arrested about six months ago for violating the laws and traditions of the Afghan people,” said Mujahid, but did not disclose which laws the UK nationals broke or further explain why they were detained for months.
The statement said that the five UK nationals pledged to respect the laws, traditions, and culture of Afghanistan and promised never to violate such laws again. London confirmed the release of five people but also did not disclose their names or details on when they were arrested and on what charges they were arrested for.
“Pleased the UK has secured the release of 5 British nationals detained in Afghanistan. They will soon be reunited with their families. I am grateful for the hard work of British diplomats to secure this outcome,” tweeted UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
In a separate statement, the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office said the five citizens were not involved in the country’s work in Afghanistan and traveled to the country against the advice of the UK government.
Among those who were released is journalist, and businessman Peter Jouvenal. Jouvenal’s family issued a statement saying that he was detained for more than six months after getting stopped in December last year.
In other related news, Afghanistan’s disaster management authority reported that around 280 people were killed and over 200 others were injured after a powerful earthquake hit parts of southern Afghanistan.
Most of the confirmed deaths came from the eastern province of Paktika, where 255 people were killed, according to interior ministry official Salahuddin Ayubi Wednesday.
25 people were killed, and 90 were taken to the hospital for treatment in Afghanistan’s Khost province. Ayubi said the numbers would likely increase over time due to some of the villages affected are in remote areas in the country.