Trump heads to Japan to meet with Abe, discuss North Korea

US President Donald Trump is set to visit Japan and meet with Japanese President Shinzo Abe as the first part of his five-nation visit to Asia. The trip aims to present a united front with the US and its Asian allies in the region, including Japan and South Korea, against North Korea in the face…

Republicans seek to remove Mueller from Russia investigation

Three Republican lawmakers have introduced a resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference during the 2016 election. They claim that there is a conflict of interest, as Mr Mueller was director of the FBI when approval was given for an agreement granting a Russian company access to US uranium. Approval…

Cuba blames crickets for “sonic attacks” on US embassy

Cuba has responded with an official explanation to the alleged sonic attacks that caused the US to withdraw most of its diplomats last month, blaming cicadas and crickets. A half hour special, titles Alleged Sonic Attacks, was broadcast in Cuba, claiming that sufficiently loud insect noises can result in “hearing loss, irritation and hypertension” after…

Trump refuses to certify Iran deal

US President Donald Trump has refused to certify that Tehran is complying with the Iran deal in a move that has been expected for weeks. He announced the new strategy in a speech saying the US will take a stronger stance to ensure that Iran never acquires nuclear weaponry. “Our policy is based on a…

Senator Corker accuses Trump of ‘castrating’ Tillerson

Republican Senator Bob Corker has unleashed against President Donald Trump, accusing him of “castrating” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Mr Corker criticised Mr Trump for undermining the ability of Mr Tillerson to negotiate on behalf of the administration, and described the White House as an “adult day care centre”. “You cannot publicly castrate your own…

Trump administration cuts access to free contraceptives under ACA

The Trump administration on Friday removed the mandate for employers to provide access to birth control without a co-pay as part of their requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new rules allow a significant number of employers to claim religious or moral beliefs to avoid coverage of contraceptives. The move has been met…

Trump to announce new Iran strategy next week

US President Donald Trump is set to withdraw his endorsement of the nuclear deal his predecessor, Barack Obama, negotiated. Saying the deal does not in America’s national security interests, Mr Trump will reportedly release a new strategy for dealing with Iran. “He’s looking at all of the bad behaviour of Iran, not just the nuclear…

US Health Secretary Tom Price quits over travel expenditure abuse

US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has resigned after sparking a scandal by using private and military jets billed to the taxpayer. Price has cost the US taxpayers more than $US1 million in less than eight months taking trips to Europe, Africa and Asia on military aircraft as well as more than two…