The discussions to revive the nuclear deal resumed Thursday last week, with officials seeing signs of a possible agreement soon.
The Latvian parliament voted on a resolution to designate Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and urged the West to impose tougher sanctions.
Populist Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called on the judiciary to dissolve parliament by the end of next week.
Johnson spoke to his UAE counterpart where they spoke about the importance of cooperation between the two countries especially surrounding Ukraine and other global issues.
Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu said China is using its military drills as a game-plan for a potential invasion.
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.
A bombing in the western district in Kabul led to eight dead and 22 wounded, with Islamic State claiming responsibility.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss reiterated the G7 stance that China resolve disputes around Taiwan peacefully.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the incoming members of the Cabinet and new officials under the ruling Liberal Democratic Party must "review" their ties to the Unification Church.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the West to impose a blanket travel ban on all Russians for one year.
Pyongyang is holding two meetings of its parliament, with the recent meeting reviewing its anti-epidemic policy.
Kim claimed "victory" over the pandemic as his sister, Kim Yo-jong, blamed the outbreak from the leaflets sent across the border from South Korea.
Ukraine accused Russia of firing rockets from the captured nuclear plant with the knowledge that Ukrainian forces cannot strike back as the strike killed 13 in the area of Marhanets.
Nancy Pelosi's House majority likely to expand following New Mexico special elections
The Democratic Party now has a majority of both the House and Senate chambers following Joe Biden’s election victory and the Georgia runoffs. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may likely see her party’s majority grow following the New Mexico special elections.
This week is a special election in New Mexico where Pelosi may see another Democrat added to the majority. The special election in Democratic-leaning Albuquerque’s 1st District is between state Democratic Rep. Melanie Stansbury and state Republican Senator Mark Moores. This was due to Deb Haaland vacating the seat to become President Joe Biden’s Interior Secretary.
Stansbury is highly favored to win the special election over Moores, and her election would give Pelosi a 220th vote in the Democratic caucus, filling in one of five vacated seats. Three of those seats were recently occupied by Democrats. As the district leans towards Democratic along with Stansbury’s fundraising and lack of significant spending by out of state political groups adds to her advantage in the special election.
During the 2020 election, New Mexico’s 1st district voted 60 percent to 37 percent for Biden over Donald Trump. This was despite the Democratic party maintaining an edge down-ballot. Ben Ray Lujan and Haaland having a narrow victory for their election and reelections respectively.
Nevertheless, Stansbury has an edge to overcome any possible underperformance which can happen to the party that controls the White House in special elections.
Meanwhile, Pelosi has ruled out having Biden establish a commission that would look into the events of January 6. This follows the recent Senate vote that led to the failure of the passage of the bipartisan proposal as not enough Republican Senators joined the Democratic lawmakers in voting for the bill. Pelosi cited that having a presidential commission to study the insurrection would be unworkable.
The House Speaker laid out four other options following the Senate vote last week. Six GOP Senators voted in support of the bipartisan proposal, but under filibuster rules, they were not able to make it to the threshold number of votes needed for the proposal to pass. Members of both parties have since continued to do a deep investigation into the insurrection.