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…

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Former Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos sentenced to 14 days in prison

George Papadopoulos, a former campaign aide for the Trump 2016 campaign, has been sentenced to 14 days in prison on charges of lying to federal agents investigating collusion between the campaign and Russia. The prosecution claims that Mr Papadopoulos lied to investigators about his contact with Russians during the campaign “to minimize both his own…

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South Korean President pushing for North Korean denuclearisation before 2019

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is continuing to push for “irrevocable progress” in North Korean denuclearisation by the end of the year, preparing for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The focus of the Pyongyang summit between the two Korean leaders will be on achieving denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. South Korea’s…

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