Former German Chancellor and friend to Vladimir Putin, Gerhard Schroeder said Moscow wants a "negotiated solution" to the war, with the possibility of a ceasefire.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
Iran's nuclear agency has started adding fuel to its centrifuges amidst a proposal to start a new round of talks in Vienna.
Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
The Taliban's envoy to the UN said the insurgent group was not aware that Ayman al Zawahiri was residing in Kabul.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
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.
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.
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.
US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said both countries are pursuing economic cooperation to counter China's growing influence in the area of semiconductors.
The GCHQ alerted the Conservative Party of cyber hackers potentially changing votes, delaying the start of voting.
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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.
US Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
Iran: IRGC strikes 'terrorist positions' in Erbil
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran carried out a strike this week in an area of the neighboring country Iraq. The IRGC reportedly shelled areas in Erbil, citing that there were bases of terrorists in the area.
The semi-official Tasnim news outlet reported that the IRGC opened fire on the northern Kurdish region of Iraq Wednesday. No casualties have been reported so far from the attack. The IRGC website said its ground forces took down an Erbil-based “terrorist team” in Iran the day before, and five members of its team were arrested in Baneh, which is close to the western border that Iran shares with Iraq.
This follows a previous strike by the IRGC back in March, when it launched a ballistic missile at an area in Erbil, claiming that there was an Israeli “strategic center.” The IRGC also warned that any attacks by Israel would be responded to accordingly. The missile launch followed Israel’s killing of two IRGC members in Syria during an air raid.
There were also reports of an Israeli attack on a base in western Iran, reportedly targeting Iranian drones. The reports were unconfirmed. The Iranian foreign ministry at the time said that Tehran will not tolerate attacks from its neighbor.
Back in April, Iraqi foreign minister Fuad Hussein and parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi led delegations to Iran to meet with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.
This week, Iran has confirmed that the European Union’s representative for the months-long discussions to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, Enrique Mora, is visiting Tehran in an effort to find a compromise to reach an agreement. Mora is the deputy secretary-general of the European External Action Service.
“Considering the EU’s role in exchanging viewpoints between Tehran and Washington, Enrique Mora’s trip to Tehran can be regarded as a new step for constructive negotiations surrounding the few but important remaining issues,” reported Nournews, an outlet that is affiliated with Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.
Among the outstanding issues was the designation of the IRGC to the US Foreign Terrorist Organization list. Tehran has demanded to take the IRGC off the designation.