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.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
The Taliban's envoy to the UN said the insurgent group was not aware that Ayman al Zawahiri was residing in Kabul.
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.
Kyiv said it was forced to abandon territories deemed defensive positions as Russian forces gear up for new offensive in the south.
British foreign secretary Truss said the public wants the government to focus on other key issues instead of taxes on foods deemed unhealthy.
The GCHQ alerted the Conservative Party of cyber hackers potentially changing votes, delaying the start of voting.
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.
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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.
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.
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 Senate near-unanimously approved the accession of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance this week.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
US VP Kamala Harris visits Highland Park following mass shooting
The United States has faced another mass shooting during its fourth of July celebrations this week. Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Highland Park in Illinois, where the latest mass shooting took place.
Harris visited the city in Illinois where a gunman, Robert Crimo III, fatally shot at least seven people during a fourth of July parade that was taking place. Harris was accompanied by Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider, and Democratic state Senator Julie Morrison.
“There’s a lot of healing that’s going to have to happen that is both physical and emotional. There’s no question that this experience is something that is going to linger in terms of the trauma,” Harris told the press. “I’d like to urge all the families and all the individuals to seek the support you so rightly deserve.”
“We’ve got to be smarter as a country in terms of who has access to what – and in particular assault weapons. We have to take this stuff seriously. And seriously as you are because you have been forced to take it seriously. The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this can happen anywhere, in any peace-loving community,” said Harris.
President Joe Biden signed into law a major gun safety legislation last month, the first major piece of legislation on gun control that was passed in decades.
The suspect of the mass shooting, Crimo, would likely face a mandatory life sentence and would likely be pressed with additional charges, according to Lake County State Attorney Eric Rinehart.
In other related news, Biden and Harris also spoke with the wife of WNBA basketball player Brittney Griner, who is being detained in Russia on cannabis charges amidst Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and pleaded with the Biden administration for help.
In a readout of the call that was released by the White House Wednesday, Biden assured Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, that he would provide all the assistance that is needed and that his administration is doing everything it can to be able to bring Griner along with other Americans who are currently detained in Russia.