The Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council said it has no authority to dissolve parliament and cannot interfere in legislative and executive decisions.
The Latvian parliament voted on a resolution to designate Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and urged the West to impose tougher sanctions.
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.
Malaysian foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah has called on the ASEAN countries to also engage with the junta's rivals, including the shadow government.
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.
The Swedish government has agreed to extradite a Turkish national wanted for bank card fraud as part of its agreement with Turkey over NATO.
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.
House Democrats unanimously passed the Inflation Reduction Act, marking another legislative achievement under the Biden administration.
Suu Kyi was sentenced to six more years in prison by the junta court, as the court found the ousted leader guilty of four out of six corruption charges.
Ukraine accused Russia of firing rockets from the captured nuclear plant with the knowledge that Ukrainian forces cannot strike back as the strike killed 13 in the area of Marhanets.
The UK defense ministry said in its intelligence update, Russian forces are reorienting its positions in southern Ukraine as separatists continue to bombard the Donbas region.
Greece's finance minister announced the country would be exiting the enhanced surveillance framework after 12 years.
In her meeting with a delegation of US lawmakers, President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan remains committed to a stable Taiwan Strait.
Populist Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called on the judiciary to dissolve parliament by the end of next week.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned that Russian soldiers who attempt to attack from the facility or attack the facility would become targets of Ukrainian forces.
Capitol insurrection: DOJ will not defend GOP Rep. Mo Brooks against Jan. 6 lawsuit
One of the figures that have been caught up in the long-ranging case surrounding the Capitol insurrection is Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, who was seen at the rally of disgraced former President Donald Trump hours before the riots. This week, the Justice Department refused to defend Brooks in a lawsuit stemming from the insurrection.
Reuters reports that in a court filing made Tuesday, the DOJ said that it will not defend Brooks in a lawsuit filed against him by Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell. The lawsuit filed by Swalwell alleged that Brooks was also involved in the conspiracy to instigate the insurrection that left five people dead and dozens of police officers severely injured.
Brooks demanded that the DOJ represent him in the suit, citing that he would be covered by the Westfall Act, which protects federal employees from being sued or actions they have taken as part of their jobs. However, the DOJ said that Brooks’ appearance at the rally on January 6 was a campaign activity and is not part of his duties as a congressman. The House of Representatives Counsel has also refused to defend Brooks.
The DOJ’s refusal to defend Brooks in the lawsuit suggests that it may do the same for Trump, whose refusal to accept his election loss and constant peddling of the false election fraud claims culminated in the riots. Trump is also one of the defendants in Swalwell’s lawsuit.
“Members of Congress are subject to a host of restrictions that carefully distinguish their official functions on the one hand, and campaign functions on the other,” said the DOJ in the filing. “Inciting or conspiring to foment a violent attack on the United States Congress is not within the scope of employment of a Representative -- or any federal employee -- and thus is not the sort of conduct for which the United States is properly substituted as a defendant under the Westfall Act.”
The House Select Committee tasked with investigating the Capitol insurrection held its first hearing this week with some of the injured police officers. With the committee holding subpoena powers, former federal prosecutor Nick Ackerman said that any politician that worked with the right-wing militias during the attack should be worried.
Ackerman explained on MSNBC that if there are House members that coordinated with right-wing extremist groups Three Percenters, the Proud Boys, or the Oath Keepers, they would be exposed and prosecuted.