Russia to Expel US Diplomats
In response to the US sanctions, the Kremlin on Friday announced it would expel 10 US diplomats and blacklist eight current and former US officials, including FBI Director Christopher Wray, Susan Rice, and John Bolton.
Biden Condemns Iran's Decision
US President Joe Biden on Friday condemned Iran’s decision to begin enriching uranium at 60 percent purity. Speaking at a press conference, Biden said the new enrichment levels were unhelpful for the ongoing talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal.
Russia, Libya Relations
Russia has welcomed the prospect of renewed military cooperation with Libya as Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu hosted Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah. Shoigu said he considers the visit to be the 'first step towards resuming full-scale cooperation between the defense ministries of the two countries.'
EU Travel 'Vaccine' Pass
Plans for an EU vaccine pass to open up summer travel moved a step closer to reality. The pass will show that a traveller has either received a COVID-19 vaccine, tested negative for the virus or recovered from the disease.
Chicago Calls For Police Reform
A video of police shooting the 13-year-old, Adam Toledo, in Chicago in March was released on Thursday, setting off a fresh round of consternation over police conduct. Overnight, protesters took to the steets of Chicago demaning police reform.