Russian warships hold largest military exercises since Soviet Union

Russian warships held drills as part of one of the largest Russian military exercises in 40 years, since the height of the Soviet Union. The Vostok-2018 drills, held around the Bering Sea separating Russia and Alaska, have 300,000 troops, more than 1,000 military aircraft and two naval fleets involved. With tensions between Russian and the…

Russia undermining North Korea sanctions, says Pompeo

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has accused Russia of undermining the international sanctions on North Korea. Mr Pompeo said the sanctions are necessary to maintain pressure on North Korea to convince Pyongyang to stop its nuclear program and give up its nuclear weapons. “Russia has actively attempted to undermine the U.N. Security Council resolutions,…

Manafort pleads guilty, will cooperate with Russia probe

Photo: Special Counsel Robert Mueller US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort said he will cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the 2016 election, after he pled guilty to federal crimes. Mr Trump’s lawyer in the Russia probe and former New York city mayor, Rudy Giuliani, claimed that Manafort “knows nothing…

Five dead after Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

Photo Courtesy: national oceanic and atmospheric administration, NOAA Five people have died after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Residents of western North Carolina have been warned they may see flooding and landslides, with some weather models predicting more than 50 inches of rain for parts of North Carolina.…

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…

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…

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…

US Consultant agrees to aid Mueller investigation after guilty plea

An American political consultant with ties to Konstantin Kilimnik and a Ukrainian political party has pled guilty to failing to register as an agent of foreign interests, agreeing to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. W. Samuel Patten, 47 admitted to procuring $US50,000 from a Ukrainian politician to fund US President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, in…

China using LinkedIn to spy on US government officials

China is using fake LinkedIn profiles in attempts to get close to Americans with access to state and commercial secrets, according to a Reuters report quoting the US counter-intelligence Chief, William Evanina. According to Mr Evanina, China is using LinkedIn to contact thousands of members at a time, but he refused to comment on the…