Secretary of State Antony Blinken held calls with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, condemning the launch that marked the fifth test in 10 days.
Zelenskyy said Ukraine's successes so far are not just limited to the recapturing of Lyman in Donetsk.
Opposition leader Keir Starmer calls for the government to recall parliament and scrap plans for tax breaks.
The acting Afghan commerce and industry minister said Russia will supply Afghanistan with gasoline, gas, diesel, and wheat as part of its provisional deal.
Despite no imminent invasion, China is also trying to normalize its increased military activities near the island, says Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
The Iranian-American national convicted of spying charges was allowed release from prison on a one-week furlough.
The Labor Party has pledged to put up a publicly-owned energy firm if elected, to better solve rising energy bills.
Thousands of Russians that reported for enlistment were sent back as they were deemed unfit for duty, according to the Khabarovsk regional governor.
Dozens were also injured in clashes with security protests as demonstrators marked the third anniversary of the 2019 protests.
The White House announced during its summit on hunger, nutrition, and health that the private sector has made $8 billion in pledges to combat the issue.
Ukrainian troops collected the bodies of their fallen comrades but did not initially remove Russian soldiers right away.
Kyiv said personal sanctions are not enough to punish Russia for staging sham referendums to annex parts of Ukraine.
US-based Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad said the ongoing protests are a "result of 40 years of women fighting back."
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine's reclaiming of Lyman shows that Ukrainian forces are making progress in pushing back Russians.
The opposition Labor Party maintains its lead over the Conservative Party in recent polls, the latest Opinum survey showing a 19-point lead.
EU has urged the new Italian government to stick to its reform plans as the bloc's executive approved additional funding.
Joe Biden touts deficit reduction, blasts GOP in remarks
US Republicans have often cited fiscal responsibility in their criticisms of President Joe Biden and his legislative efforts. Biden pushed back this week, touting the decrease in the country’s deficit which increased during his immediate predecessor Donald Trump’s administration.
During his remarks this week, Biden touted that the country’s deficit reduced under his administration so far. The US leader noted that revenue has increased as the country’s economy starts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden also pointed out that the deficit was never reduced under Trump.
“The bottom line is the deficit went up every year under my predecessor, before the pandemic, and during the pandemic. And now it’s gone down both years since I’ve been here,” said Biden.
The US leader also targeted the 11-point economic platform of GOP Senator Rick Scott that would raise taxes on 75 million Americans. Most of these Americans affected also make less than $100,000 a year. Scott is the head of the Republican efforts to get GOP candidates elected to the Senate.
Aside from touting the deficit reduction, Biden then sharply criticized Trump’s “MAGA” political movement that the GOP has since embraced.
MAGA is short for “Make America Great Again,” a slogan used by Trump during his presidential campaigns. Biden said the MAGA Republicans protect billionaires at the expense of the working class while only verbally pushing for fiscal responsibility.
The US leader cited the controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law in Florida, which would ban public school teachers from classroom instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity.
“What are the next things that are going to be attacked? Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history,” said Biden.
Biden previously took jabs at the GOP, his critics at Fox News, Trump, and his approval ratings during the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The US leader touched on the tapes of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy privately condemning Trump following the January 6 riots.
“There’s nothing I can say about the GOP that Kevin McCarthy hasn’t already put on tape,” said Biden, who also poked fun at the anti-Biden phrase often used by Trump supporters.
“Republicans seem to support one fella, some guy named Brandon,” said Biden. “He’s having a really good year. I’m happy for him.”
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