The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
The current chair of the ASEAN bloc said Myanmar would not be represented in the upcoming summit this week, following the junta's decline of the proposal to send a non-political envoy.
Many Afghans were reportedly surprised to know about the strike on the al Qaeda leader, amidst a reluctance to speak out under the Taliban.
The regional governor said Ukrainian forces successfully recaptured 53 villages in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
Iran's nuclear agency has started adding fuel to its centrifuges amidst a proposal to start a new round of talks in Vienna.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
US Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
The 10-member bloc has expressed frustration with the junta's non-compliance to the peace plan, according to Malaysia's foreign minister.
US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said both countries are pursuing economic cooperation to counter China's growing influence in the area of semiconductors.
The UK defense ministry said in an intelligence update that Russian forces are still focusing their tactical assault in the Bakhmut area of eastern Ukraine.
Taiwan's defense ministry said it would dispatch the appropriate forces to respond to possible threats in light of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit.
Senate Democrats are waiting for a go signal from the parliamentarian on whether to proceed with budget reconciliation on the energy, climate, and tax bill.
The GCHQ alerted the Conservative Party of cyber hackers potentially changing votes, delaying the start of voting.
Joe Biden endorsed by nearly 500 former top military and national security officials
Since the report from the Atlantic revealing Donald Trump’s disparaging comments regarding fallen military officials, the relationship between Trump and the military has since gone under strain. As the weeks narrow down until the November elections, hundreds of former top military officials and former national security officials have publicly announced their support for former vice president Joe Biden.
USA Today reports that 489 former military officials and national security officials from both parties have released a statement announcing their endorsement for Joe Biden this week. These former officials have now banded together under the bipartisan group National Security Leaders for Biden. The group includes former Defense secretaries from the Obama-Biden administration Chuck Hagel, Ash Carter, and Lou Panetta, as well as former Navy Secretary and NASA chief Sean O’Keefe from the George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations. Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice is also included, as well as former secretary of state John Kerry and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Retired Air Force General Paul Selva who also served in the Trump administration as a vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until 2019 is among the retired military officials included in the statement. The statement also criticizes Trump without mentioning him directly.
“Joe Biden has the character, principles, wisdom, and leadership necessary to address a world on fire. That is why Joe Biden must be the next President of the United States; why we vigorously support his election; and why we urge our fellow citizens to do the same,” wrote the group.
As mandated, both candidates have already assembled their respective transition teams in case Biden wins in November for a seamless hand over of power. However, Biden’s transition team faces many threats, from the former vice president’s possible defeat, Trump’s refusal to leave office should Biden win the presidency, and the pandemic, which has forced them to operate differently compared to previous transition teams.
“We are preparing for this transition amid a backdrop of a global health crisis and a struggling economy. This is a transition like no other, and the team being assembled will help Joe Biden meet the urgent challenges facing our country on day one,” said former Delaware Senator Ted Kaufman, who is also a co-chair of the Biden transition team, in a statement.