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.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
The head of Ukraine's war crimes department said the department is probing almost 26,000 potential war crime cases, with 135 people charged.
The regional governor said Ukrainian forces successfully recaptured 53 villages in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
The Senate near-unanimously approved the accession of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance this week.
The 10-member bloc has expressed frustration with the junta's non-compliance to the peace plan, according to Malaysia's foreign minister.
The Taliban's envoy to the UN said the insurgent group was not aware that Ayman al Zawahiri was residing in Kabul.
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.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
Counter-demonstrations from pro-Iran parliamentary factions fuel tensions as supporters of Iraqi Shia leader al-Sadr continue their sit-in protests.
US Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
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.
British foreign secretary Truss said the public wants the government to focus on other key issues instead of taxes on foods deemed unhealthy.
Joe Biden inauguration: POTUS-elect will no longer take Amtrak to ceremony out of security concerns
President-elect Joe Biden is known for his preference of taking the Amtrak train from his home in Delaware and to Washington over the years. However, in his upcoming inauguration, Biden may not be able to take the train to the Capitol out of security concerns.
Officials familiar with the transition plans revealed to CNN that Biden will not be taking the Amtrak from his home to Washington for his inauguration. The decision for Biden not to take the train to the inauguration also comes in light of the security concerns following the riots at the Capitol last week. Warnings from the FBI of possible armed riots in time for Biden’s inauguration have also led to increased security surrounding the establishment. Even as Biden previously instructed his team to carry on with the inauguration planning, with his plans to go to the Capitol via Amtrak still in place, security has doubled down, which led to Biden foregoing his plans to go by train.
Biden was briefed by officials from the Secret Service, the FBI, and members of his National Security team on Wednesday. The briefing was centered on the possible violence that would be a repeat of the siege by pro-Trump rioters last January 6. Crowds of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, some carrying Confederate flags as they looked for lawmakers in an attempt to undermine the formal counting of electoral votes.
The president-elect’s team is coordinating with outgoing Trump administration officials for information on the possible threat as well as security measures to implement on the day itself. Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris will still be taking their oaths outdoors.
While Biden will be sworn in as the new president next week, his dog Major Biden is also going to receive an inauguration of his own. Aptly named “Indoguration,” Major will be taking his own oath on Sunday, January 17, hosted by the Delaware Humane Association, where Biden got him. The German Shepherd would also be the first shelter dog in the White House.
Major’s “indoguration” on Sunday also serves as a virtual fund-raiser for the DHA in partnership with Pumpkin Pet Insurance.