The Austrian foreign ministry said the referendums in occupied territories are illegitimate and will not be recognized along with Russia's annexation.
Two lawmakers briefed by the South Korean intelligence agency said Pyongyang may carry out its nuclear test between October 16 and November 7
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."
Officials from both sides agreed to meet for the first time in seven months to resume talks on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
VP Kamala Harris said China has undermined the international rules-based order and that the US will continue to support Taiwan and oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo.
Thousands of Russians that reported for enlistment were sent back as they were deemed unfit for duty, according to the Khabarovsk regional governor.
The opposition Labor Party maintains its lead over the Conservative Party in recent polls, the latest Opinum survey showing a 19-point lead.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine's reclaiming of Lyman shows that Ukrainian forces are making progress in pushing back Russians.
Zelenskyy signed the decree that would leave the door for dialogue with Russia but ruled out talks with Vladimir Putin.
The Labor Party has pledged to put up a publicly-owned energy firm if elected, to better solve rising energy bills.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said NATO remains in support of Ukraine despite Putin's attempts to deter the alliance in his latest escalatory moves.
Dozens were also injured in clashes with security protests as demonstrators marked the third anniversary of the 2019 protests.
Interior minister Suella Braverman is set to propose a ban preventing migrants that cross the Channel to seek asylum.
Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer discuss potential legislative moves to tackle rising gas prices, inflation
Rising gas prices, as well as inflation, are two ongoing issues that Congress is looking to address in the hopes of alleviating such issues. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer this week to discuss possible legislative moves to tackle the increasing gas prices and inflation.
Bloomberg reports Pelosi and Schumer met to discuss possible legislation to lower the cost of gasoline, according to a Democratic aide, as the issue puts the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate on the line in the upcoming midterm elections.
The Democratic leaders are looking to pass legislation that would target gas prices by the end of May, but with the evenly-divided Senate, the support of Republican lawmakers is needed. The GOP is pushing for the expansion of fossil fuel production, which progressive Democrats are opposed to.
There is also the issue of inflation, which Republicans are looking to blame Democrats for in the upcoming races in November. The Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation, which will be released Friday, is estimated to have increased to 6.7 percent in March compared to last year.
The top Senate Democrat talked about moving a bill that would bolster the Federal Trade Commission’s ability to stop gas price manipulation this week. House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries also told reporters that the House hopes to vote on legislation for gas prices in the coming weeks.
In other related news, Pelosi has invited Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to address a joint session of Congress on May 17. In her letter to Mitsotakis extending the invitation, the top House Democrat noted the influences of the Ancient Greeks on the ideals of liberty and democracy on the US Founding Fathers when they drafted the Constitution. The US and Greece remain key allies for shared democratic values and mutual security.
“It is our great privilege to host you for this belated celebration of the Greek bicentennial which we had to, unfortunately, delay last year due to the pandemic,” said Pelosi in her letter.
Pelosi also noted the importance of the transatlantic alliance to the future of world freedom amidst a time when democracy and autocracy are evidently at odds.
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