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.…

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…

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…

Pennsylvania school district plans to use rocks to stop shooters

The Blue Mountain School District has armed its teachers and students with buckets of rocks as part of a security plant to defend against shooters. All schools within the district, northwest of Philadelphia, has a 19kg bucket of river stones as a last resort to use in case of an attack. “We always strive to…

Elon Musk deletes Tesla Facebook pages as user data scandal continues

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk had the Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages deleted as part of the #deletefacebook campaign. Sparked by a series of tweets between Mr Musk and Brian Acton, cofounder of Whatsapp, regarding the campaign, a twitter user challenged Mr Musk to delete his Facebook pages. “I didn’t realise there was one.…

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…

Sweet victory for David Honey in Cottesloe by-election

Dr David Honey has won the Cottesloe by-election with a positive swing towards him, hitting 59% of the vote. Colin Barnett held the seat with 56% in the last election. In his victory speech Dr Honey paid tribute to the legacy and influence of Colin Barnett, before touching on a range of issues he hopes…

Sweden to support US-North Korea talks

Sweden has pledged its support to help the US and North Korea in efforts to create a productive dialogue between the nations. Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom said the “security situation (on) the Korean Peninsula is of interest to the whole world”, and that Sweden is happy to help the two countries meet. Sweden’s Pyongyang…

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe fired two days before retirement

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired Andrew McCabe from his former position as FBI Deputy Director, just two days before he was eligible to retire. Mr McCabe, who would have been eligible to retire on his 50th birthday in two days, was heavily involved in the investigations into Hillary Clinton and Russia’s role in…

Russian ties with west strained following nerve agent attack

Russia is facing more backlash after an alleged military grade nerve agent attack on British soil, with the UK, US, Germany and France releasing a joint statement blaming Moscow for the attack. Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66 and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, were the targets of the attack, which used a nerve agent developed…