The discussions to revive the nuclear deal resumed Thursday last week, with officials seeing signs of a possible agreement soon.
Kyiv said it was forced to abandon territories deemed defensive positions as Russian forces gear up for new offensive in the south.
The Senate near-unanimously approved the accession of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance this week.
A bombing in the western district in Kabul led to eight dead and 22 wounded, with Islamic State claiming responsibility.
The head of Ukraine's war crimes department said the department is probing almost 26,000 potential war crime cases, with 135 people charged.
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.
Taiwan's defense ministry detected 66 warplanes and 14 warships conducting activities in the Strait over the weekend.
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.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
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.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
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.
Foreign secretary Liz Truss may fast-track her plan to introduce tax cuts should she win the race in September.
Joe Biden nominates Shalanda Young for OMB director
There are still spots in US President Joe Biden’s administration that have yet to be filled. In his second attempt to fill in a key role in his White House, Biden nominated Shalanda Young to lead the Office of Management and Budget.
In a video posted Wednesday, Biden announced that he would be nominating Young to become the director for the White House Office of Management and Budget. Young is currently serving as the office’s acting director, and if confirmed, she would become its permanent director. Biden also nominated nonprofit executive Nani Coloretti to become the deputy director of the office, which is in charge of overseeing how taxpayer money is being spent as well as advising the president on the federal budget.
Young spent most of her career as a staff director for the House Appropriations Committee. She will be the second person Biden has nominated for the role after withdrawing his nomination of Neera Tanden for the job, whose social media comments garnered criticism from senators during her hearing.
Young has received bipartisan support in her confirmation as the OMB acting director. During her hearing in March, she received a 63-37 vote to secure her confirmation. Over a dozen Republicans voted to confirm Young for the post.
Should Young be confirmed to be the permanent director, she would make history as the first Black woman to lead the OMB and the third woman ever to lead the office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also praised Biden’s decision to nominate Young in a statement.
In other related news, this week also marks the Thanksgiving holidays, and as many are spending the season with their families for the first time again since the pandemic, Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden sent out a special Thanksgiving message. The Bidens said that the Thanksgiving season is a time to appreciate what people have and also take a moment to remember those who died from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we give thanks for what we have, we also keep in our hearts those who we lost and those who have lost so much. And those who have an empty seat at their kitchen table or their dining room this year because of the virus or another cruel twist of fate or accident. We pray for them,” said the US leader in his remarks.