The UK defense ministry said in its intelligence update, Russian forces are reorienting its positions in southern Ukraine as separatists continue to bombard the Donbas region.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss reiterated the G7 stance that China resolve disputes around Taiwan peacefully.
Populist Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called on the judiciary to dissolve parliament by the end of next week.
House Democrats unanimously passed the Inflation Reduction Act, marking another legislative achievement under the Biden administration.
The Latvian parliament voted on a resolution to designate Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and urged the West to impose tougher sanctions.
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.
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.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the West to impose a blanket travel ban on all Russians for one year.
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.
North Korea criticized UN chief Antonio Guterres' support for its denuclearization, calling the comments biased.
Harris discussed the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade with leaders of colleges and universities, stressing the impact on college-age women and its connection with increased incidents of sexual assault.
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.
In a letter to colleagues, Pelosi said the House will pass the Senate-approved Inflation Reduction Act on Friday.
US calls Taiwan Strait an international waterway in another pushback to China
The US has echoed the response Taiwan has given to China over its comments on sovereignty over the Taiwan Strait. Washington pushed back on China’s claims over the Taiwan Strait, saying the body of water was an international waterway.
The US has also pushed back on China’s sovereignty claims over the Taiwan Strait. Beijing has often been angered by the passage of foreign ships into the Strait. In response to Reuters, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price reiterated that the Taiwan Strait is an international waterway and is therefore subject to international law.
“The Taiwan Strait is an international waterway, meaning that the Taiwan Strait is an area where high seas freedoms, including freedom of navigation and overflight, are guaranteed under international law,” said Price, adding that there is an interest in “abiding peace and stability” in the region, that the US considers being important for “security and prosperity in the broader Indo-Pacific region.”
Price also stressed Washington’s concerns about Beijing’s “aggressive rhetoric and coercive activity regarding Taiwan,” and the US will continue to transit in areas where international law permits, including the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou also called China’s claims of sovereignty a “fallacy.” Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-Chang also said the Taiwan Strait was not China’s “inland sea.”
“China’s ambition to swallow up Taiwan has never stopped or been concealed; the Taiwan Strait is a maritime area for free international navigation,” Su told reporters.
Taiwan has repeatedly maintained that China has no authority to speak for the island or claim sovereignty over the democratically-governed nation and that the Taiwanese people are the only ones who can decide their own future.
China has not ruled out using force to attempt to reunify the island, which it claims as part of its territory. Beijing has engaged in a pressure campaign to get the island nation to accept China’s sovereignty, but Taiwan has resisted.
Taiwan’s lead negotiator on trade told Reuters this week that a possible invasion of Taiwan by China would affect global trade much more than the war in Ukraine, as it would result in a shortage of semiconductor chips.
While Taiwan has not reported signs of a possible invasion by China, Taipei has raised its alert levels since the war in Ukraine started.