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.…

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South Korea’s ex-president imprisoned for corruption

Park Guen-hye, South Korea’s former president, has been sentenced to 24 years in jail for abuse of power and coercion charges, and ordered to pay $21.9m in damages. Park has refused to attend court sessions since October last year, citing health issues. She claims she is the target of ‘political revenge’, and has accused the…

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French Gendarme dies after trading place with hostage

French Gendarme, Arnaud Beltrame, has died after voluntarily taking the place of a hostage during a supermarket siege by an Islamic terrorist. Mr Beltrame died from gunshot wounds he sustained after being shot inside the Super U supermarket in Trebes in the southwest of France, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb confirmed. “Dead for his country. France…

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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…

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