Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
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.
Counter-demonstrations from pro-Iran parliamentary factions fuel tensions as supporters of Iraqi Shia leader al-Sadr continue their sit-in protests.
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.
British foreign secretary Truss said the public wants the government to focus on other key issues instead of taxes on foods deemed unhealthy.
The Senate near-unanimously approved the accession of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance this week.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
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.
The Taliban's envoy to the UN said the insurgent group was not aware that Ayman al Zawahiri was residing in Kabul.
Ukraine's strike on Russian ammunition trains has rendered the rail link from Crimea to Kherson not operational, says the UK.
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.
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 regional governor said Ukrainian forces successfully recaptured 53 villages in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
The GCHQ alerted the Conservative Party of cyber hackers potentially changing votes, delaying the start of voting.
Many Afghans were reportedly surprised to know about the strike on the al Qaeda leader, amidst a reluctance to speak out under the Taliban.
Joe Biden says COVID-19 surge solved at state-level, pledges federal support
The US is bracing for a rising number of cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. During a meeting with the state governors, US President Joe Biden said that the response to the surge could only be done at a state level but has pledged federal support.
This week, Biden pledged federal support to the state governors who are struggling with the rising Omicron variant cases in their respective states. However, the US leader said that keeping the pandemic would be under the control of the states. Biden said that there is no “federal solution” to curb the pandemic and that the surge is solved at a state level.
When pressed on whether he agrees with the advised recommendations for shortened quarantine periods, Biden said that he relies on his medical team. “I get a recommendation, I follow it.”
“My message to the governors is simple: If you need something, say something,” said Biden during his remarks at the meeting. “We’re going to have your back any way we can.”
Biden also reiterated the promise he made last week of distributing 500 million COVID-19 home test kits. The US leader also reiterated his promises of supporting more vaccination and testing sites as well as deploying 1,000 military medical professionals to assist hospital staff all over the country.
The Biden administration has repeatedly stressed that Americans should be extra careful, especially during the 2021 holiday season, in order to protect their families from getting infected.
In other related news, Biden has signed a $770 billion defense bill into law that overwhelmingly passed both the House and Senate for the fiscal year 2022. The latest NDAA bill is five percent more military spending compared to 2020, following a compromise met by Congressional Democrats and Republicans after getting stalled by disputes over policies related to China and Russia.
The latest NDAA includes a 2.7 percent increase in pay for troops, added aircraft, and Navy ship purchases, as well as strategies to deal with geopolitical threats such as China and Russia. $300 million would be allocated to the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative that will support Ukraine’s armed forces. $4 billion would be invested into the European Defense Initiative and $150 million for Baltic Security Cooperation.