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.
Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
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.
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.
The regional governor said Ukrainian forces successfully recaptured 53 villages in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
Many Afghans were reportedly surprised to know about the strike on the al Qaeda leader, amidst a reluctance to speak out under the Taliban.
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 agency has started adding fuel to its centrifuges amidst a proposal to start a new round of talks in Vienna.
US Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
The 10-member bloc has expressed frustration with the junta's non-compliance to the peace plan, according to Malaysia's foreign minister.
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.
US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said both countries are pursuing economic cooperation to counter China's growing influence in the area of semiconductors.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
Russia-Ukraine conflict: UK PM Boris Johnson, Volodymyr Zelenskyy discussed sending long-range arms to Ukraine forces
Russia continues its assault on Ukraine as Moscow seeks to take control of several parts of Ukraine. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently discussed the possibility of providing Ukraine’s armed forces with long-range weapons.
A spokesperson for Johnson’s office said Thursday that Johnson and Zelenskyy discussed potentially sending long-range weapons for Ukraine’s armed forces. Certain regions of Ukraine remain bombarded with Russian rockets, trapping civilians in the midst of evacuation efforts.
“The leaders discussed developments on the battlefield and the Ukrainian armed forces’ requirements, including the provision of longer-range weaponry to prevent the bombardment of civilians,” said the spokesperson.
The call between the two leaders came two days after Johnson delivered a virtual address to Ukraine’s lawmakers, praising the country’s continued efforts to resist Russia. The British leader described the country’s efforts in the war as “Ukraine’s finest hour,” referencing a phrase made by Winston Churchill during World War II.
“This is Ukraine’s finest hour that will be remembered and recounted for generations to come,” said Johnson, who added that Ukraine’s resistance has refuted the myth that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s forces were invincible. Johnson said that Putin was “sowing the seeds of catastrophe for himself and for his country” in his war with Ukraine.
Many countries sought to punish Russia by imposing severe sanctions, including the seizure of assets owned by Russian oligarchs who benefited from Putin’s regime or have ties to the Russian leader. One recent capture was of a yacht belonging to oligarch Suleiman Kerimov by Fijian authorities at the request of the US, according to the Justice Department.
The seizure of the yacht was announced Thursday and marks the latest move by Washington and its allies to increase the pressure on Moscow. A court in Fiji ruled Thursday that the US could seize Kerimov’s super-yacht weeks after Fijian law enforcement impounded the yacht.
“The Justice Department will be relentless in our efforts to hold accountable those who facilitate the death and destruction we are witnessing in Ukraine,” said DOJ Attorney General Merrick Garland in a statement.
Kerimov was designated by the US Treasury Department as belonging to a group of oligarchs who benefited from the Russian government “through corruption” and “malign activity,” said the DOJ.