The Taliban's envoy to the UN said the insurgent group was not aware that Ayman al Zawahiri was residing in Kabul.
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.
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.
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.
Many Afghans were reportedly surprised to know about the strike on the al Qaeda leader, amidst a reluctance to speak out under the Taliban.
US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said both countries are pursuing economic cooperation to counter China's growing influence in the area of semiconductors.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
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.
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.
The GCHQ alerted the Conservative Party of cyber hackers potentially changing votes, delaying the start of voting.
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.
Counter-demonstrations from pro-Iran parliamentary factions fuel tensions as supporters of Iraqi Shia leader al-Sadr continue their sit-in protests.
The Senate near-unanimously approved the accession of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance this week.
US Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
British foreign secretary Truss said the public wants the government to focus on other key issues instead of taxes on foods deemed unhealthy.
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Capitol insurrection: Federal judge blasts DOJ for not demanding enough restitution from rioters being charged
Hundreds of people who took part in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol remain awaiting trial, detained, or have been released under certain conditions. However, a federal judge has questioned why the federal law enforcement officials are not demanding enough compensation in damages caused by the rioters.
During a hearing for alleged insurrectionist Wes Croy, who was pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge for unlawful picketing, Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell reportedly questioned why the feds are not seeking more restitution to compensate for the damages caused by the rioters. The insurrection left damage to certain areas of the Capitol, including a broken window.
“Why is it limited to $1.5 million in damage to the Capitol itself, when the cost of the riot to taxpayers is half a billion?” Judge Howell reportedly said during the hearing. Howell also questioned why the cost of deploying the DC National Guard was not included in the damages the feds are seeking from the insurrectionists, according to NBC4 Washington reporter Scott McFarlane.
Howell then ordered prosecutors to include their explanation in the sentencing memo for Croy. To note, a report by the Washington Post revealed that the DOJ defense attorneys are generally seeking to require $2,000 in damages for each felony case and $500 in each misdemeanor case. Ryan J. Reilly, a reporter for HuffPost who was also present during the hearing, also recalled Howell being “aghast” at the government’s approach to the cases related to the January 6 insurrection.
Five people were killed as a result of the pro-Trump insurrectionists’ efforts to derail Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. The insurrectionists were also targeting then-VP Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Recently, an insurrectionist from New Hampshire pleaded guilty for his involvement in the January 6 riots, according to the DOJ. Navy veteran and Trump supporter Ryder Winegar, who reportedly could not take Trump’s loss very well, left threatening voicemails to lawmakers on December 16, demanding to overturn the now-former president’s loss.
Winegar pleaded guilty to six counts of threatening members of Congress and one count of transmitting threatening communications across state lines. In a news release by the Justice Department, Winegar identified himself by name or by his phone number. The voicemails threatened to hang the members of Congress who did not “get behind Donald Trump.”