Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the West to impose a blanket travel ban on all Russians for one year.
The Swedish government has agreed to extradite a Turkish national wanted for bank card fraud as part of its agreement with Turkey over NATO.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the incoming members of the Cabinet and new officials under the ruling Liberal Democratic Party must "review" their ties to the Unification Church.
Pelosi praised the Senate's passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and said she will urge the House to pass the legislation as it is.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss reiterated the G7 stance that China resolve disputes around Taiwan peacefully.
Johnson spoke to his UAE counterpart where they spoke about the importance of cooperation between the two countries especially surrounding Ukraine and other global issues.
G7 foreign ministers have demanded Russia to return complete control of the Zaporizhzhia power plant to Ukraine.
Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu said China is using its military drills as a game-plan for a potential invasion.
The Latvian parliament voted on a resolution to designate Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and urged the West to impose tougher sanctions.
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.
Biden condemned the murders of four Muslim men in New Mexico as authorities link the killings to hate crimes in the area.
Kim claimed "victory" over the pandemic as his sister, Kim Yo-jong, blamed the outbreak from the leaflets sent across the border from South Korea.
Malaysian foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah has called on the ASEAN countries to also engage with the junta's rivals, including the shadow government.
Harris discussed the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade with leaders of colleges and universities, stressing the impact on college-age women and its connection with increased incidents of sexual assault.
Afghanistan: Taliban bans forced marriage for women
One of the reforms being asked of the Taliban by the international community is equal rights for women and girls in Afghanistan. In a recent announcement, the insurgent group has declared a ban on forcing women to go into a marriage.
Al Jazeera reports that the Taliban’s reclusive leader Hibatullah Akhunzada issued a decree banning forced marriage for women in Afghanistan. The decree was announced last week by the group’s chief, who is believed to be in Kandahar. The insurgent group said regarding the ban that women should not be considered “property” and must consent to be married.
Both men and women should be equal, said the decree, and that “no one can force women to marry by coercion or pressure.” While the decree did not mention a minimum age limit to marry, they noted that widows will now be allowed to remarry 17 weeks after their husband’s death, after which she is free to choose her husband. This is a break from a longtime tribal tradition of a widow marrying one of her husband’s brothers or relatives after his death.
The Taliban’s leaders have ordered the Afghan courts to treat women fairly, especially widows who are seeking inheritance as next of kin. The insurgent group has also asked its government ministers to spread awareness of women’s rights in the country. This marks a significant step forward regarding women’s and girls’ rights in Afghanistan.
It remains to be seen if this step also extends to the aspects of education and work.
Meanwhile, Qatar’s foreign minister reiterated the nation’s stance of continuing to work with the insurgent group. In a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said that Qatar would work with Turkey and Taliban officials in making sure that Afghanistan’s international airport in Kabul remains operational.
Both ministers met as part of the annual Qatar-Turkey Strategic Dialogue.
Cavusoglu said that Turkey is looking to work towards “peace and stability” in Afghanistan, urging the international community to engage with the insurgent group and calling on them to “differentiate” the humanitarian and the political side to the situation. Cavusoglu added that Turkey is cooperating with Qatar to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.