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.
Ukraine's Brigadier General said Russian forces have increased air strikes on Ukrainian military positions and infrastructure as Ukrainian troops send reinforcements to Pisky.
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.
G7 foreign ministers have demanded Russia to return complete control of the Zaporizhzhia power plant to Ukraine.
Malaysian foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah has called on the ASEAN countries to also engage with the junta's rivals, including the shadow government.
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.
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.
The British defense ministry said in its bulletin that Russian forces are likely using anti-personnel mines in the Donbas region, which would lead to many casualties.
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.
The discussions to revive the nuclear deal resumed Thursday last week, with officials seeing signs of a possible agreement soon.
Pyongyang is holding two meetings of its parliament, with the recent meeting reviewing its anti-epidemic policy.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss reiterated the G7 stance that China resolve disputes around Taiwan peacefully.
Melania Trump reportedly not interested in becoming FLOTUS again
Former first lady Melania Trump has mainly stayed out of the public eye since leaving Washington DC back in January. Contrary to the buzz being created by her disgraced husband Donald Trump about a 2024 run, Mrs. Trump is reportedly not interested in becoming first lady for the second time.
CNN reports that the former first lady is not interested in returning to the White House contrary to her husband nor would she be interested in helping him with his political ambitions. This comes amidst the conspiracies by right-wing figures that her husband may get reinstated as president. Speaking with Kaitlan Collins, Kate Bennett revealed Mrs. Trump’s disinterest in her husband’s political ventures.
“Not unlike 2016, Melania has no intention really of joining the campaign or being a prolific presence. I’ve spoken to people who said that she’s not really even interested in being in the White House again, going through being first lady again,” said Bennett. “We know she’s an extremely private person and that being in the public eye wasn’t necessarily something she wanted to do in the first place.”
When Collins asked whether this was not a conversation that was brought up between the couple, Bennett said that despite the assumption that the Trumps do not speak to each other and live very separate lives, they still consult with each other. Bennett cited the instance during the former president’s 2016 campaign that Mrs. Trump would be asked if she would be willing to go to campaign rallies and events. The former first lady would often turn down the requests that aides of the Trump campaign stopped asking moving forward.
In other news, a Slovenian filmmaker couple is looking to make a documentary on the former first lady in the hopes of breaking through her mysterious nature. Jurij Gruden and Tanja Gruden, seek an answer to their question of why Mrs. Trump is not proud of her Slovenian heritage. The couple has noted that Mrs. Trump is so far the most famous figure in the history of their country.
According to the Grudens, the media outlets around the world, have never really understood the enigma behind the former first lady, who is often away from the public eye after her time as a fashion model. “She remains one of the most photographed people in the world. Whether you like her or not, she attracts attention,” said Mrs. Gruden.