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.
Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
The regional governor said Ukrainian forces successfully recaptured 53 villages in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
Ukraine's strike on Russian ammunition trains has rendered the rail link from Crimea to Kherson not operational, says the UK.
Many Afghans were reportedly surprised to know about the strike on the al Qaeda leader, amidst a reluctance to speak out under the Taliban.
Iran's nuclear agency has started adding fuel to its centrifuges amidst a proposal to start a new round of talks in Vienna.
The GCHQ alerted the Conservative Party of cyber hackers potentially changing votes, delaying the start of voting.
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.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
The 10-member bloc has expressed frustration with the junta's non-compliance to the peace plan, according to Malaysia's foreign minister.
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.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
Donald Trump humiliation: Barack Obama privately slams ex-POTUS, according to new book
Former President Barack Obama was mostly silent about his immediate successor Donald Trump, even as he was subject to Trump’s attacks on social media. However, Obama did not shy away from criticizing Trump in private, according to a new book.
According to the book by Edward-Isaac Dovere, “Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Donald Trump,” Obama did not mince words when it came to criticizing his immediate successor, who had pushed birther conspiracies about him throughout his campaign. In excerpts of the book that were obtained by The Guardian, Obama had called Trump a “f***ing lunatic,” as well as a “racist, sexist pig,” a “madman,” and a “corrupt motherf***er.”
One of the reasons that Trump drew the ire of Obama was when the former president learned that Trump was speaking to world leaders without any of his aides present. This included Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“‘He’s a madman,’” said the former president according to Dovere. “More often: ‘I didn’t think it would be this bad,’ Sometimes: ‘I didn’t think we’d have a racist, sexist pig.’ Depending on the outrage of the day...a passing ‘that f***ing lunatic’ with a shake of his head.”
In other news, Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed that the US does not plan on purchasing Greenland, following the proposal made by Trump during his term. This follows Trump’s comments in 2019 along with his economic advisers that he was considering the possibility of purchasing Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory. At the time, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen pushed back against Trump, saying that it was “absurd.”
Blinken was visiting Greenland after he attended a meeting of the Arctic Council in Iceland, in an effort to reaffirm ties between Washington, Greenland, and Denmark. Greenland’s Foreign Minister Pele Broberg said that there was some speculation regarding Greenland due to its strategic importance. However, Broberg clarified, saying that Blinken’s visit was not a “real estate deal.”
“A real estate deal means land with nothing on it, nobody on it. Secretary Blinken has made clear that he’s here for the people living in the Arctic, for the people living in Greenland,” said Broberg.