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…

Russian bombers intercepted by US fighter jets in international air space near Alaska

A pair of US fighter jets have reportedly intercepted two Russian bombers flying in international airspace near Alaska. The two Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers were inside an ‘Air Defense Identification Zone’ about 320km off Alaska’s west coast, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Andrew Hennessy, a Canadian Army Major. They entered the zone…

Chemical weapons inspectors finish mission in Syria

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspectors have finished investigating in the Syrian town of Douma, where they were collecting eyewitness accounts of an alleged attack that occurred last month. Findings from the investigation could take at least three to four weeks, however, as the analysis process now takes place in OPCW laboratories…

Republican led House Intelligence Committee clears Trump on Russia

The Republican led US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has cleared Trump of collusion with Russia in its report into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The report found that while there was evidence that Russia had attempted to interfere in the election, there was no evidence that anyone in the Trump team had attempted…

DNC launches lawsuit targeting Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and Russia

The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and the Russian Government. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, alleges a conspiracy between high level Trump campaign members and the Russian government and spies to defeat the Democrat campaign. DNC Chairman Tom Perez released a statement alleging collusion…

UK claims Russia spied on Sergei and Yulia Skripal for at least five years

Britain’s national security adviser, Mark Sedwill, claimed Russian intelligence had been spying on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia for at least five years prior to the nerve agent attack in March in a letter to NATO. Mr Sedwill submitted the letter to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday, including the…