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.
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.
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.
Iran's nuclear agency has started adding fuel to its centrifuges amidst a proposal to start a new round of talks in Vienna.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
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.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
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.
US Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
Ukraine's strike on Russian ammunition trains has rendered the rail link from Crimea to Kherson not operational, says the UK.
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.
NATO in talks to set up naval base in Albania, says PM
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Friday last week that they were having discussions with NATO about building a naval base at a port that is under construction on the Adriatic Coast for the alliance.
This also comes at a time when the alliance’s leaders are focused on bolstering their security also as Russia continues to wage war on Ukraine.
Speaking at a news conference last week, Rama said that Albania is in discussions with the alliance to set up a naval base at Porto Romano, which is also close to the town of Durres and is seen as the biggest port of Albania. Rama said the base would be co-financed by NATO and Albania. Albania became a NATO member country in 2009.
“We will soon go back to Brussels to continue our discussions regarding our proposal…for the installation of a NATO naval base in the new port in Durres,” said Rama.
This follows Rama’s comments back in May that his government was offering the alliance the Pashaliman naval base that is around 200 kilometers south of Tirana. Pashaliman was set up by Russia as a submarine base in the 1950s to host 12 submarines close to Vlore, the area where the Adriatic and Ionian Seas meet.
NATO is currently reconstructing the Kucova Air Base, which is 80 kilometers south of Tirana, to be used by the alliance.
The ongoing war in Ukraine has led Sweden and Finland to seek membership in the alliance, which was signed off by the 30 member countries during the Summit last week in Madrid. The 30 countries under the alliance signed the accession protocol Tuesday for Finland and Sweden, which would allow the two countries to join once their respective parliaments ratify the decision.
Finland and Sweden’s accession into the alliance also marks the most significant expansion since the 1990s.
“This is truly a historic moment,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg with the foreign ministers of the two countries. “With 32 nations around the table, we will be even stronger.”
Helsinki and Stockholm can now participate in NATO meetings and have access to intelligence with the protocol but will not be included in the defense clause until ratification, which may take up to a year.