North Korea reportedly launched two cruise missiles from its western area of Onchon this week, according to the South Korean military.
In what would be her first visit to Japan as vice president, Kamala Harris will be attending the state funeral of former PM Shinzo Abe in September.
In a victory for activists, a high court in Hong Kong overturned a ruling by the lower court that blocked open reporting of pre-trial proceedings of a landmark national security case.
The bloc's ambassador to the Pacific Islands said the EU is looking to become an economic and strategic partner in the region.
Former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani said the Afghan government was not included in the peace process talks between the US under the Trump administration and the Taliban.
The Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council said it has no authority to dissolve parliament and cannot interfere in legislative and executive decisions.
In a letter to colleagues, Pelosi said the House will pass the Senate-approved Inflation Reduction Act on Friday.
The former adviser to ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Sean Turnell, pleaded not guilty to the charges of violating the state secrets law.
Marking the anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, President Yoon Suk-yeol urged both countries to overcome historical disputes.
Iran's foreign ministry said it is ready to exchange prisoners with the US as it calls on Washington to release detained Iranians.
Taiwan's foreign ministry expressed its thanks to the US for maintaining peace and security in the Taiwan Strait amidst tensions with China.
A Taiwanese air force official said the footage of Penghu Islands shown by the People's Liberation Army was exaggerated.
The German prosecutor-general's office confirmed reports that it dismissed a legal complaint against Scholz.
The insurgent group declared Monday a 'day of victory' marking one year since the West withdrew from Afghanistan.
Ukraine and Russian-installed officials in occupied parts have traded accusations over the shelling near the Zaporizhzhia facility.
US calls Taiwan Strait an international waterway in another pushback to China
The US has echoed the response Taiwan has given to China over its comments on sovereignty over the Taiwan Strait. Washington pushed back on China’s claims over the Taiwan Strait, saying the body of water was an international waterway.
The US has also pushed back on China’s sovereignty claims over the Taiwan Strait. Beijing has often been angered by the passage of foreign ships into the Strait. In response to Reuters, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price reiterated that the Taiwan Strait is an international waterway and is therefore subject to international law.
“The Taiwan Strait is an international waterway, meaning that the Taiwan Strait is an area where high seas freedoms, including freedom of navigation and overflight, are guaranteed under international law,” said Price, adding that there is an interest in “abiding peace and stability” in the region, that the US considers being important for “security and prosperity in the broader Indo-Pacific region.”
Price also stressed Washington’s concerns about Beijing’s “aggressive rhetoric and coercive activity regarding Taiwan,” and the US will continue to transit in areas where international law permits, including the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou also called China’s claims of sovereignty a “fallacy.” Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-Chang also said the Taiwan Strait was not China’s “inland sea.”
“China’s ambition to swallow up Taiwan has never stopped or been concealed; the Taiwan Strait is a maritime area for free international navigation,” Su told reporters.
Taiwan has repeatedly maintained that China has no authority to speak for the island or claim sovereignty over the democratically-governed nation and that the Taiwanese people are the only ones who can decide their own future.
China has not ruled out using force to attempt to reunify the island, which it claims as part of its territory. Beijing has engaged in a pressure campaign to get the island nation to accept China’s sovereignty, but Taiwan has resisted.
Taiwan’s lead negotiator on trade told Reuters this week that a possible invasion of Taiwan by China would affect global trade much more than the war in Ukraine, as it would result in a shortage of semiconductor chips.
While Taiwan has not reported signs of a possible invasion by China, Taipei has raised its alert levels since the war in Ukraine started.