The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington opposes any effort to unilaterally change the status quo on Taiwan and that the US policy has not changed.
Former German Chancellor and friend to Vladimir Putin, Gerhard Schroeder said Moscow wants a "negotiated solution" to the war, with the possibility of a ceasefire.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
Kyiv said it was forced to abandon territories deemed defensive positions as Russian forces gear up for new offensive in the south.
US Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
Counter-demonstrations from pro-Iran parliamentary factions fuel tensions as supporters of Iraqi Shia leader al-Sadr continue their sit-in protests.
The Senate near-unanimously approved the accession of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance this week.
The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards showed support for the Islamic Jihad, condemning the recent Israeli raid on Gaza.
The bloc's foreign ministers agreed on banning Myanmar's ruling generals from attending meetings until the junta shows progress on the peace plan.
The White House said it was discussing pushing the bill banning assault weapons to top lawmakers in another step further from the recent legislation addressing gun violence.
British foreign secretary Truss said the public wants the government to focus on other key issues instead of taxes on foods deemed unhealthy.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
Iran: Former nuclear program chief hints initial plans to develop nuclear bombs
This week sees Iran and world powers meet in an effort to restart talks regarding the nuclear deal despite little expectation of any breakthrough. Iran’s former head of the nuclear program recently suggested that the Islamic nation was really set on developing its own nuclear arsenal.
Ahead of the talks that would be taking place in Vienna this week, the former chief of Iran’s nuclear program, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, suggested to the Islamic Republic News Agency that Iran has created a kind of system that would allow them to develop nuclear weapons. Abbasi-Davani also said that Israeli spy agency Mossad was responsible for killing his former colleague, scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Fakhrizadeh was assassinated on November 27 last year.
Abbasi-Davani explained that while Iran’s stance on nuclear weapons is based on the fatwa by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei banning nuclear weapons, he said that Fakhrizadeh created a kind of system with a concern of the defense of the country. To note, the fatwa issued by Khamenei states Iran’s stance that its nuclear program is used for peaceful purposes.
“Although our stance on nuclear weapons based on the supreme leader’s explicit fatwa regarding nuclear weapons being forbidden is quite clear, Fakhrizadeh created this system and his concern wasn’t just the defense of our own country,” said Abbasi-Davani.
Iran was angered when the US under Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018. In response, Tehran has proceeded with enriching uranium, breaching the terms in the nuclear deal. The recent talks in Vienna are the first time since Iran elected its new president, Ebrahim Raisi, back in August.
The talks this week also come at the same time Israel’s foreign affairs minister Yair Lapid and Britain’s foreign secretary Liz Truss have recently announced a “memorandum of understanding” aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining any nuclear weapons. The agreement would facilitate both countries to work closer on key issues such as defense, trade, and cybersecurity.
“We believe that a democracy rooted in freedom -- which empowers citizens with the opportunity to innovate, create, and fulfill their dreams -- is the finest form of government,” the two officials wrote in a joint piece on the Telegraph.