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.
Ukraine's Brigadier General said Russian forces have increased air strikes on Ukrainian military positions and infrastructure as Ukrainian troops send reinforcements to Pisky.
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.
Biden condemned the murders of four Muslim men in New Mexico as authorities link the killings to hate crimes in the area.
Malaysian foreign minister Saifuddin Abdullah has called on the ASEAN countries to also engage with the junta's rivals, including the shadow government.
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.
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.
G7 foreign ministers have demanded Russia to return complete control of the Zaporizhzhia power plant to Ukraine.
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.
The Latvian parliament voted on a resolution to designate Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and urged the West to impose tougher sanctions.
The Swedish government has agreed to extradite a Turkish national wanted for bank card fraud as part of its agreement with Turkey over NATO.
Populist Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr called on the judiciary to dissolve parliament by the end of next week.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the West to impose a blanket travel ban on all Russians for one year.
Iran confirms Qatar Emir's upcoming visit
Iran’s foreign ministry this week confirmed the upcoming visit of Qatar’s Emir to Tehran to discuss key issues. The trip also comes as Qatar reportedly looks to provide a middle ground between Iran and the West to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
Reuters reports Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh Monday confirmed the upcoming visit of the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in a news conference. No specific date was disclosed.
“The visit of the Emir of Qatar to Tehran is on the agenda and includes bilateral, regional, and international issues. After this trip, Iran’s President will travel to a Gulf country,” said Khatibzadeh during a news conference this week.
This follows another report by the outlet Sunday that the Qatari Emir will be visiting Tehran before traveling to Germany, the United Kingdom, and other European countries. The efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal along with energy security in Europe are said to be on the agenda of the Emir’s visit to Europe, according to a source.
The source also said the Emir’s trip will look to bring a middle ground for all parties involved in the 2015 nuclear deal, which the US withdrew from in 2018 but looks to return under President Joe Biden. This also follows the stalled indirect talks between Tehran and Washington over Iran’s demand that its Revolutionary Guard be removed from the “foreign terrorist organization” designation.
Iranian state media outlets also reported that the Emir’s trip was also meant to follow up on the agreement made with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Doha back in February.
Previously, the Swedish foreign ministry announced Friday last week that Iran has detained a Swedish national, days after the country advised against unnecessary travel to Iran, citing security reasons. This is the latest strain on relations between the two countries.
This follows the trial of a former Iranian official in Sweden on charges of war crimes related to the mass execution and torture of political prisoners at an Iranian prison facility back in the 1980s. The trial ended Wednesday last week, with the verdict expected in July.