The EPA has launched the Office of Environmental Justice and Civil Rights aimed at helping minorities disproportionately affected by water and air pollution.
Harris and Kishida stressed the importance of peace and stability in the contested waterway that China claims sovereignty over.
China's continued cooperation with Russia and its conduct toward its neighbors and the South China Sea make the Communist nation a security threat, says NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
A spokesperson for British PM Liz Truss said the government must control immigration in a way that also works for the country.
Kyiv said personal sanctions are not enough to punish Russia for staging sham referendums to annex parts of Ukraine.
Authorities searched a yacht in northern Germany as part of its probe on Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov.
EU has urged the new Italian government to stick to its reform plans as the bloc's executive approved additional funding.
The agency has approved EV charging station plans for all 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.
The Malaysian Prime Minister also expressed disappointment over the lack of progress on the ASEAN five-point peace plan.
us Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the additional aid would boost humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan and in neighboring countries.
Kyiv has reduced the Iranian embassy's staff and revoked the accreditation of its ambassador to Ukraine.
The EU's executive said the members states must have a common policy on requests by Russians to enter the EU.
Iran summoned the British and Norwegian ambassadors to explain the "hostile" and "interventionist" stances of the media's coverage of Mahsa Amini's death
UN human rights envoy for Myanmar Tom Andrews warned countries not to take any measures that would legitimize the junta's planned elections.
Joe Biden invites Taiwan to democracy summit
US President Joe Biden has sought to uphold the importance of democracy and is set to stress this point when he hosts an international conference on the issue. Biden sparked criticism from China following the announcement that Taiwan was invited to participate.
Biden has invited Taiwan alongside over 100 nations to participate in the virtual democracy summit in December. The summit was a campaign pledge that Biden is looking to make good on. Biden has also made the importance of democracy a key value of US foreign policy.
The conference will take place from December 9 to December 10 and will be held virtually rather than in person. The guest list was published on the State Department’s website Tuesday and has since been a subject of scrutiny, especially as the island nation was included on the list, sparking outrage from China. China and Russia, known for having authoritarian governments, are expectedly not on the list.
Taiwan has thanked Biden for the invitation, saying that this is an opportunity for the island nation’s democratic government to show off its credentials on the world stage.
“Through this summit, Taiwan can share its democratic success story,” said Taiwan’s Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang.
This invitation to Taiwan comes at a time when China is engaging in a pressure campaign to get the island nation to submit to its sovereignty, claiming that Taiwan is a breakaway province. Beijing has vowed to reunify Taiwan with the mainland but has been met with resistance from its democratic government. Only 15 nations recognize Taiwan as its own country.
In other related news, Biden released a statement commenting on the recent verdict of the trial on the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed in 2020. Arbery’s murder came as the US faced civil unrest in 2020 due to the Black Lives Matter protests. Arbery’s killers were all convicted by the jury in Georgia.
“Ahmaud Arbery’s killing -- witnessed by the world on video -- is a devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country. Mr. Arbery should be here today, celebrating the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbery. Nothing can bring Mr. Arbery back to his family and to his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this horrible crime will be punished,” said Biden.
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