Turkish lira continues to slide under US pressure

US President Donald Trump’s continued sanctions on Turkey over the imprisonment of an American pastor has seen the Turkish lira fall another three percent, continuing its rapid downward trend. The Turkish sovereign debt rating has been lowered even further by Standard & Poor in response, dropping a step closer to being rated “junk”. Mr Trump…

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…

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…

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…

Trump seeks ‘Arab Nato’ to counter Iran

The Trump administration is attempting to facilitate a security and political alliance between six Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan as a counter to the influence of Iran in the region. The White House wants to help establish greater coordination on missile defence, military training, counter-terrorism, as well as strengthening regional economic and diplomatic ties…

Trump to announce Supreme Court pick July 9, has shortlist ready

US President Donald Trump has said that he will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court on July 9, and that he has a shortlist of about five candidates. The nominee will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the decision is likely to have a decades-long impact. Mr Trump has been secretive about…

US Government to start detaining children alongside parents

The US government said in a court filing that it has the right to detain children with their parents when caught illegally entering into the US while they face their immigration proceedings. Previously children were released from custody after 20 days due to a 1997 court settlement known as the Flores agreement, which was interpreted…

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…