Taiwan's defense ministry said it would dispatch the appropriate forces to respond to possible threats in light of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
Counter-demonstrations from pro-Iran parliamentary factions fuel tensions as supporters of Iraqi Shia leader al-Sadr continue their sit-in protests.
Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
Former German Chancellor and friend to Vladimir Putin, Gerhard Schroeder said Moscow wants a "negotiated solution" to the war, with the possibility of a ceasefire.
The regional governor said Ukrainian forces successfully recaptured 53 villages in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
Ukraine's strike on Russian ammunition trains has rendered the rail link from Crimea to Kherson not operational, says the UK.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
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.
Kyiv said it was forced to abandon territories deemed defensive positions as Russian forces gear up for new offensive in the south.
The UK defense ministry said in an intelligence update that Russian forces are still focusing their tactical assault in the Bakhmut area of eastern Ukraine.
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 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
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.
New Kevin McCarthy tapes 'a bombshell', says former Trump administration official
New audio recordings of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s private comments have surfaced following the previous tapes showing his condemnation of Donald Trump after the riots. A former Trump administration official described the new recording as a “bombshell,” questioning the timing of the information.
In a panel discussion on MSNBC’s “Deadline” this week, host Nicolle Wallace discussed the new recordings that revealed McCarthy’s thoughts on possible invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office after the riots. In the recording, McCarthy expressed concern that invoking the 25th Amendment would take a while to be in effect.
McCarthy, in the tape, said that what Trump did was “atrocious and totally wrong.”
The audio was released by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns following the release of their book “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.”
Wallace noted that based on the recording, McCarthy knew Trump was responsible for trying to overturn the 2020 elections and needed to be held accountable. McCarthy later walked back his stance following a visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
Former Trump administration official Miles Taylor, who is now among the staunch critics of the former president, called the new recording a “bombshell.” Taylor previously served as the Trump DHS Chief of Staff.
“I’m neither a lawyer or a prosecutor but the operative questions here are ‘What did they know and when did they know it?’ Because a crime happened here. This was a crime scene. This is a crime scene against democracy. Kevin McCarthy is a witness to one of the biggest political crimes perpetrated in this country,” said Taylor.
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren also ripped into McCarthy’s previous comments that were recorded and played. Warren called McCarthy “a liar and a traitor” and said that the contrasting statements made by Republican leaders in Congress in public and private are the “illness” that is rampant in the GOP today.
Warren added that GOP lawmakers are very aware that what happened on January 6 was an attempt to “overthrow” the government, yet they are focused on “how to make the 2020 election different.”