OPINION: Donald Trump’s Big Gamble On North Korea

Only time will tell us whether the meeting between Kim Jong-Un and Donald Trump was a success for those of us living in Australia. Most of us want to see fewer nuclear weapons in the world and in our region and, if their number can’t be reduced, less of a threat that those missiles will…

High Level US-North Korea Summit Could Be Delayed: Trump

Donald Trump has claimed there is a “substantial chance” its historic diplomatic meeting between the US and North Korea will be delayed if it chooses not to engage in denuclearisation. The US President said hosting South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House there were doubts that the summit would happen, but the North…

North Korea Calls Off South Korea Talks, Threatens to Cancel US Summit

North Korea has cancelled high-level talks scheduled for Wednesday with South Korea, following joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the exercises, called “Max Thunder” air combat drills involving US stealth fighters and B-52 bombers were a “provocation” angering the North Korean government.…

Former US First Lady Barbara Bush Dies at 92

Picture Courtesy: Bush Presidential Library Former United States first lady Barbara Bush has passed at the age of 92. A statement from the Office of George H.W. Bush confirmed Mrs Bush’s death on Wednesday, calling her a “fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other.” “Laura, Barbara, Jenna and I are sad, but our…

US sanctions Putin’s allies over election meddling, ‘malign activity’

The United States are imposing heavy sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s allies as Washington seeks to put pressure on Russia for election meddling and other “malign activity”. The sanctions will freeze the assets US assets of seven Russian oligarchs, including close associate of Mr Putin aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska, and 17 Russian government officials.…

Police Identify YouTube Shooter Who “Hated” the Company

A woman who went on a shooting rampage at the headquarters of YouTube has been identified as a user who was disgruntled over the video-sharing website’s policies that limited her audience. San Bruno Police Department identified the woman as 39-year-old San Diego resident Nasim Najafi Aghdam in a statement. They said Ms Aghdam approached an…

Three Wounded, Suspect Dead in YouTube Shooting

A woman has shot three people at YouTube’s headquarters in California before killing herself, police said. Police confirmed the woman wounded the three people before taking her own life at the San Bruno offices, in what was believed to be a domestic violence related incident. Officers did not identify the suspect but said the 30-year-old…

Kim Jong-un Meets Xi Jinping in Beijing in First Known Foreign Trip

Kim Jong-Un has made a surprise visit to China, confirmed as his first known foreign trip since assuming power. The North Korean leader made unofficial the trip at China’s request and met Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he discussed giving up the country’s nuclear weapons, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Xinhua reported Mr…

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces plan to ban bump stocks

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a plan to legally recognise bump stocks as “machine guns”, effectively making them illegal. The plan seeks to put into law US President Donald Trump’s pledge to make bump stocks illegal, made in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting. “Since the day he took office, President Trump…