Four dead, including two police officers, in Canadian shooting

Four people, two of them police officers, were killed in a shooting in a shooting in Fredericton in eastern Canada. A suspect is in custody being treated for serious injuries according to local police. Reports say the shooting took place at an apartment complex, with nearby facilities closed and a lockdown imposed for resident before…

Trump tariffs putting economic pressure on Turkey

US President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum have had a dramatic effect, with the Turkish lira dropping up to 18%. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hit back at Mr Trump, saying the tariffs were against World Trade Organisation rules. Mr Erdogan urged Turkish people to sell their gold and US dollars in a…

China defends Iranian ties as Trump, Macron discuss Iran

China has defended economic ties with Iran, saying their business and energy ties do not affect the interests of any other countries. This comes after US President Donald Trump announced that companies will doing business with Iran will be blocked from doing business with the US. China has criticised the US for unilateral sanctions against…

Turnbull talks tax, GST relief at WA state Liberal conference

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has addressed the West Australian state Liberal Conference today, speaking about the GST, Mr Turnbull claimed to have delivered on a promise to reform the GST, saying he achieved a “long term reform”. This is in reference to a plan that would see the federal government add money into the GST…

Chinese state media defends retaliatory tariffs on US

China’s state media defended retaliatory tariffs placed on $US60 billion worth of US goods by the Chinese government, saying they show “rational restraint”. “China’s countermeasures are rational,” said commentary in the Global Times, a tabloid run by the official state media. “China will not rush to compete with U.S. numbers.” The Chinese finance ministry announced…

US to provide nearly $300 million in security for Southeast Asia

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pledged close to $300 million in additional security funding for Southeast Asia, seeking to bolster the region against Chinese attempts to strengthen its interests in the area. Mr Pompeo announced the funding during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Singapore. “As part of our commitment…

US Federal Judge orders Trump administration to reinstate DACA

A US federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration must fully reinstate, including allowing new applications, the DACA program, which protects young immigrants that were brought to the US as children from being deported. US District Judge John Bates has stayed the order until August 23rd to give the administration time to decide if…

Pompeo confident North Korea will end nuclear program

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed optimism about North Korea ending its nuclear program within the timeline set in an agreement between the two countries. “I’m optimistic that we will get this done in the timeline and the world will celebrate what the U.N. Security Council has demanded,” Pompeo said. “The work has…

Trump denies knowledge that son met with Russians

US President Donald Trump has denied knowledge that his son, Donald Trump Jr, had met with Russians during the 2016 election campaign. Mr Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was cited by CNN as saying that Mr Trump had known about the meeting in advance. The meeting was supposedly to try and get compromising information on…

Putin offers for Trump to be his guest in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would like to have US President Donald Trump as his guest in Moscow. The White House has welcomed the idea, despite the unease caused by the meeting between the two in Helsinki, which caused Mr Trump some trouble back home. Mr Putin extended the invitation while he was on…