China claims no cause to panic as trade war tensions escalate

China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, said the escalating tensions between Beijing and Washington were “no cause to panic”. He also warned China will remain defiant to Washington’s attempts to pressure China on trade. US President Donald Trump accused China of attempting to interfere with the upcoming November 6 midterm elections due to his trade policies…

FBI to investigate Kavanaugh, delaying confirmation by one week

US President Donald Trump has relented to intense pressure, including from moderate Republicans, and ordered a one-week FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Mr Trump addressed the announcement on Twitter, appearing confident Mr Kavanaugh will be cleared. “Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,”…

US warns Assad against delaying process to end Syrian war

US special representative for Syria, Jim Jeffrey, declared that the US will impose sanctions to pursue “a strategy of isolation” with its allies if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad holds up the political process aiming to end the Syrian war. Mr Jeffrey warned that Washington would work with allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East…

US planning actions in response to Venezuelan crisis

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US is planning a series of actions designed to put pressure on the Venezuelan government. “You’ll see in the coming days a series of actions that continue to increase the pressure level against the Venezuelan leadership folks, who are working directly against the best interest…

Iranian foreign minister call Trump threat to international peace

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif labelled US President Donald Trump and his administration a threat to the Middle East and global peace in a statement on Twitter. “It is true that there is a real threat to our region and to international peace and security: that threat is the Trump administration’s sense of entitlement…

May hits ‘impasse’ with UN in Brexit negotiations

British Prime Minister Theresa May has hit an ‘impasse’ in her negotiations with the European Union on Brexit. Ms May challenged the EU to come up with its own Brexit plan after they rejected her “Chequers” plan. The EU wants Ms May to relent on her position on trade and customs arrangements for the UK…

White House optimistic about China trade despite no date for talks

China has cancelled upcoming trade talk with the US according to a Wall Street Journal report, as a trade war between the two nations continues to develop. China announced an additional $US60 billion of US products to be subject to import tariffs in response to a US announcement of $US200 billion of Chinese good to…

Russian warships hold largest military exercises since Soviet Union

Russian warships held drills as part of one of the largest Russian military exercises in 40 years, since the height of the Soviet Union. The Vostok-2018 drills, held around the Bering Sea separating Russia and Alaska, have 300,000 troops, more than 1,000 military aircraft and two naval fleets involved. With tensions between Russian and the…

Russia undermining North Korea sanctions, says Pompeo

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has accused Russia of undermining the international sanctions on North Korea. Mr Pompeo said the sanctions are necessary to maintain pressure on North Korea to convince Pyongyang to stop its nuclear program and give up its nuclear weapons. “Russia has actively attempted to undermine the U.N. Security Council resolutions,…

Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with Russia probe

Photo: Special Counsel Robert Mueller US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort said he will cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election, after he pled guilty to federal crimes. Mr Trump’s lawyer in the Russia probe and former New York city mayor, Rudy Giuliani, claimed that Manafort “knows nothing…