Natalie Portman to boycott Israeli award ceremony due to Netanyahu speech

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend an Israeli awards ceremony in her honour because she doesn’t want to be seen in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ms Portman refused to attend the Genesis Prize ceremony where Netanyahu was set to speak in protest against “recent events” in Israel. “My decision not to…

Prince Charles approved as heir to Commonwealth

Picture Courtesy: Clarence House Prince Charles has been approved as the next leader of the Commonwealth by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). At the opening ceremony Queen Elizabeth II, who has led the group since succeeding her father in 1952, expressed her “sincere wish” to have Prince Charles take over her role. Though…

US, Japan, welcome North Korean announcement to halt nuclear tests

The US, Japan and China have all welcomed the announcement by North Korea that nuclear tests will be halted and scrap its nuclear site. US President Donald Trump celebrated the development on denuclearisation on Twitter. “North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good…

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…

NASA’s ‘TESS’ spacecraft to launch for new planets on Monday

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is set to take off on Monday in a search for new planets near the closest and brightest stars. “The mission is expected to catalog thousands of planet candidates and vastly increase the current number of known exoplanets,” NASA said in a press release. “TESS will find the most…

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…

Trump’s lawyer’s privacy claims over evidence attacked

A US prosecutor has attacked claims by Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, that many of the materials seized by the FBI this week from his office and home should remain private. Invoking attorney-client privilege, Mr Cohen argued that the materials seized as part of a criminal investigation contained sensitive material from his…

US, Britain, France Syrian air strike hits research centre

Picture Courtesy: US Air Force A joint air strike against Syria performed by the US, Britain and France has hit a Damascus scientific research facility and arms depots in the Homs area according to state media. The Russian ambassador, Anatoly Antonov to the United States has warned that there will be consequences for the strike,…

Virgin launches first rocket since 2014 crash

Virgin Galactic have successfully launched their rocket-powered SpaceShipTwo in their first rocket-powered flight since the 2014 crash that killed one pilot. The spacecraft, VSS Unity, reached 1.87 times the speed of sound on a supersonic test flight after being launched from its White Knight 2 mothership. The new model spaceship features safety upgrades implemented after…