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Iran

UN nuclear watchdog head leaves Iran after failing to reach deal on inspections (Jordan Williams, The Hill)

The head of the United Nations’s nuclear watchdog left Iran after failing to reach a deal on inspections of Tehran’s nuclear activities.

Rafael Grossi, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in a news conference on Wednesday that negotiations between his agency and Tehran have been “inconclusive.”

UN nuclear watchdog head leaves Iran after failing to reach deal on inspections | TheHill

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia says prime minister has arrived on front lines to take charge of troops (Olafimihan Oshin, The Hill)

Ethiopia’s government said its prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has arrived on the front lines to take charge of troops amid the ongoing conflict with Tigray fighters, The Associated Press reported.

A government spokesperson confirmed to the newswire that Abiy arrived at the battlefront on Tuesday, while his own spokesperson, Billene Seyoum, denied a request for details on his current location.

Ethiopia says prime minister has arrived on front lines to take charge of troops | TheHill

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Mexico USA

Migrants in US-bound caravan say they’ll accept deal for Mexican visas (Rafael Bernal, The Hill)

Thousands of migrants who had organized a U.S.-bound caravan have taken a deal to disband their group in exchange for visas to stay in Mexico, according to a report by Reuters.

The caravan had recently left the southern Mexican city of Tapachula, traveling as a group to defend themselves against criminals and potential harassment from authorities. The migrants, traveling by foot, had walked about 30 miles from Tapachula to the town of Mapastepec, both in the hot and humid coastal region of the southern state of Chiapas.

Migrants in US-bound caravan say they’ll accept deal for Mexican visas | TheHill

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Colombia FARC USA

Rubio: Dropping FARC from terrorist list threatens Colombians, US security (Mychael Schnell, The Hill)

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Wednesday said that removing the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) would threaten Colombians and U.S. security.

Rubio: Dropping FARC from terrorist list threatens Colombians, US security | TheHill

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USA

Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future (Peter Fenn, The Hill)

Democracy is on life support, and voters know it.

It isn’t just about the inflated, angry rhetoric or the videos depicting grotesque violence directed from one Member of Congress to another. It isn’t just about the violent attack on the Capitol and the organized attempt at insurrection on Jan. 6. Or even the rise in violent incidents over the past few years, as horrendous as all this has been.

Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future | TheHill

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USA

New White House office to coordinate climate change policies (Zack Budryck, The Hill)

The White House is set to create a new division of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) that will coordinate federal climate change policy.

The Biden administration will appoint Sally Benson, a professor of energy engineering at Stanford University, to head the newly created division, according to The Washington Post, which was the first to report the news. The Hill has confirmed the creation of the division.

New White House office to coordinate climate change policies | TheHill

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Israel USA

Israel signals confidence in its relationship with Biden (Laura Kelly, The Hill)

Israeli officials are feeling confident about where they stand in Washington nearly one year into the Biden administration.

President Biden took office promising to recenter the U.S. in its relationship with Israel following overt favoritism during the Trump administration and outright antagonism between former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Democratic President Barack Obama.

Israel signals confidence in its relationship with Biden | TheHill

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China Russia USA

Space Force general: ‘We’re not as advanced as the Chinese or the Russians’ with hypersonic missiles (Brad Dress, The Hill)

American hypersonic missile capabilities are “not as advanced” as those of China or Russia, Space Force General David Thompson said Saturday at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, signaling that the U.S. is behind in developing the newest and most cutting-edge weaponry.

Space Force general: ‘We’re not as advanced as the Chinese or the Russians’ with hypersonic missiles | TheHill

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USA

Biden asks for probe of potential ‘illegal conduct’ on gas prices (Rachel Frazin, The Hill)

President Biden is asking the head of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look into whether oil companies are illegally increasing prices as consumers face high prices at the pump.

“The Federal Trade Commission has authority to consider whether illegal conduct is costing families at the pump. I believe you should do so immediately,” Biden wrote in a letter to FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan.

“Prices at the pump have continued to rise, even as refined fuel costs go down and industry profits go up,” he added. “In the last month, the price of unfinished gasoline is down more than 5 percent while gas prices at the pump are up 3 percent in that same period. This unexplained large gap between the price of unfinished gasoline and the average price at the pump is well above the pre-pandemic average.”

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