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…

US military preparing options for response if Assad uses chemical weapons

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford said he and the White House maintain a “routine dialogue” about military options for a response to Syria using chemical weapons in an expected assault on Idlib. Mr Dunford said no final decision has been made about whether use of chemical weapons would trigger a US…

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…

Trump Backflips Over “Misspoken” Presidential Election Comments

Donald Trump has backtracked on comments over Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US presidential election, after facing bipartisan criticism over the remarks made during a news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The US President said that he had “misspoken” during the joint conference on Monday (local time) and had meant to say that he…

South Syrian rebels surrender

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has secured a major victory with south Syrian rebels agreeing to a ceasefire set up by Russia, surrendering the province of Deraa to the government. The victory means that the Syrian government has regained control of the Nassib border crossing, an important part of the border with Jordan. The rebels have…

Ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort jailed

Paul Manafort, campaign chairman for the Trump election campaign, has been jailed awaiting trial for witness tampering. Mr Manafort was charged with witness tampering as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the US election. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked his bail in Washington, sentencing him to jail after…

Bishop says Russia should pay compensation for MH17

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said that Russia should pay compensation to the families of 38 Australian victims of the shooting down of flight MH17. The official investigation by Dutch investigators has blamed the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight on the Russian 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied Russian involvement,…

Ex-spy Sergei Skripal released from hospital after poisoning

Former spy Sergei Skripal has been released from Salisbury Hospital, where he has been recovering from a military-grade nerve-agent attack for more than two months. Mr Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were both found unconscious on a bench after an attack using nerve agents associated with the Soviet Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May has…