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.
Pelosi praised the Senate's passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and said she will urge the House to pass the legislation as it is.
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.
Taiwanese foreign minister Joseph Wu said China is using its military drills as a game-plan for a potential invasion.
Biden condemned the murders of four Muslim men in New Mexico as authorities link the killings to hate crimes in the area.
Populist Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called on the judiciary to dissolve parliament by the end of next week.
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.
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.
Kyiv has called to make the area around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear facility a demilitarized zone as it trades blame with Moscow for shelling the plant.
A bombing in the western district in Kabul led to eight dead and 22 wounded, with Islamic State claiming responsibility.
The Swedish government has agreed to extradite a Turkish national wanted for bank card fraud as part of its agreement with Turkey over NATO.
Malaysian foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah has called on the ASEAN countries to also engage with the junta's rivals, including the shadow government.
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.
Joe Biden calls on Congress for three-month federal gas tax suspension
In an effort to ease the rising gas prices, US President Joe Biden is looking for more options to address the ongoing issue. Biden this week, called on Congress to authorize a three-month suspension of the federal gas tax.
CNN reports Biden called on Congress Wednesday to take action in suspending the federal gas tax as he looks for more options to address the issue. The suspension would last for three months until the end of September.
The US leader cited that it was necessary to provide some relief to the public, although the measure might not be enough to resolve the problem.
“By suspending the 18-cent gas tax, federal gas tax for the next 90 days, we can bring down the price of gas and give families just a little bit of relief,” the US leader said in his remarks at the White House.
“I fully understand that a gas tax holiday alone is not going to fix the problem,” Biden continued. “But it will provide families some immediate relief, just a little bit of breathing room as we continue working to bring down prices for the long haul.”
The US leader’s call for a suspension or a federal gas tax holiday would unlikely pass Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped short of endorsing the move in a statement issued after Biden’s comments.
Biden also called on the states to take action by removing their own taxes on gas and diesel. The US leader told oil refining companies to increase capacity ahead of the meeting this week with administration officials.
In other related news, Biden on Tuesday nominated Arati Prabhakar as the new White House Science Adviser. If confirmed by the Senate, Prabhakar would be the first woman of color and first immigrant to be in the position.
Prabhakar would lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House, replacing Eric Lander, who resigned in February over violating the Biden administration’s workplace policy.
In the post, Prabhakar would tackle issues such as climate change and physical sciences. Prabhakar would also play a big part in the Cancer Moonshot 2.0 initiative that aims to cut the cancer death rate by half over the next 25 years.