Iran's nuclear agency has started adding fuel to its centrifuges amidst a proposal to start a new round of talks in Vienna.
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.
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.
Ukraine's strike on Russian ammunition trains has rendered the rail link from Crimea to Kherson not operational, says the UK.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, who was implicated in the ongoing Jan. 6 probe, was revealed to have violated ethics rules in his previous government post.
Kyiv said it was forced to abandon territories deemed defensive positions as Russian forces gear up for new offensive in the south.
The 10-member bloc has expressed frustration with the junta's non-compliance to the peace plan, according to Malaysia's foreign minister.
Many Afghans were reportedly surprised to know about the strike on the al Qaeda leader, amidst a reluctance to speak out under the Taliban.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell welcomed the decision by the Kosovo government to delay the requirement of Serbs in its northern area to register for license plates in the country.
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.
The Senate near-unanimously approved the accession of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance this week.
In Congress, the name of a bill may have nothing to do with what's in it - it's all about salesmanship
US House passes bill helping veterans exposed to burn pits
This week, the US House of Representatives took up a bill that would provide healthcare for veterans who have been exposed to burn pits and their after-effects. The House passed the legislation in a bipartisan vote and will move towards the Senate.
The US House has approved legislation called the Honoring Our PACT Act Thursday, which will provide healthcare and benefits to veterans who have been exposed to toxic burn pits. The bill was approved on a bipartisan vote of 256-174, with 34 Republicans voting with all Democratic representatives in support of the bill. 174 Republicans voted no.
The bill would designate 23 respiratory illnesses and cancers as linked to toxic exposures related to military burn pits and exposures to airborne hazards. The Veterans Affairs Department currently decides the claims on a case-to-case basis, except for those who filed for asthma, rhinitis, or sinusitis. The bill was authored by California Democratic Rep. Mark Takano.
The push to pass the bill was boosted during US President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address earlier this week. Biden called on Congress to pass legislation that would care for veterans who would be exposed to burn pits to end up suffering or dying from severe diseases linked to it.
“I’m calling on Congress: Pass a law to make sure veterans devastated by toxic exposures in Iraq and Afghanistan finally get the benefits and comprehensive health care they deserve,” said Biden during his address. The US leader recalled the memory of his late son Beau Biden, who died in 2015 from brain cancer, saying that while it is not clear if exposure to the burn pits was the cause of his illness, he was “committed to finding out everything we can.”
Meanwhile, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she is in favor of banning Russian oil shipments to the US, which could further isolate Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and his regime as Russia continues to go on the offensive against Ukraine.
Despite the sets of sanctions targeted at Russia, the US leader has apparently been reluctant to curb the oil shipments from Russia or impose energy sanctions that could reduce the supply of oil in the midst of rising gas prices. However, Pelosi’s support for the idea that already has Republicans on board and a growing number of Democratic lawmakers.