US charges Russians with tampering in US election, Trump claims vindication

US special counsel Robert Mueller has charged 13 Russians and three Russian companies with attempting to influence the 2016 election campaign. Three Russian companies were also charged as part of the espionage conspiracy, which utilised social media trolling and other methods in an attempt to “sow discord in the US political system, including the 2016…

Stopgap bill ends second US Government shutdown this year

A stopgap funding bill was passed by the US House of Representatives and Senate, and signed into law by President Donald Trump in order to end the second government shutdown this year. Despite holding a majority in the House, the Republicans were unable to pass the bill due to 67 dissenting Republicans, including Rand Paul,…

Nunes memo released, claims FBI bias against Trump

The controversial Nunes memo has been released, alleging an abuse of power by the FBI in the investigation into Russia and the 2016 federal election. The document was released with Trump’s approval, despite a warning from the Department of Justice that it was a “reckless” act. The memo claims that the FBI relied on information…

US Government shuts down as negotiations falter

A government shutdown has occurred in the US as President Donald Trump and the Republicans fail to reach a funding agreement with the Democrats. A stopgap bill that would approve funding through to February 16 was blocked earlier in the Senate, where it lost 50-48, short of the 60 votes needed to pass. High level…

Trump extends Iran deal, issues allies ultimatum to ‘fix’ it

US President Donald Trump has signed sanction waivers, upholding Washington’s commitments to former president Barack Obama’s deal with Iran. He did, however, issue a warning that he still wants to see the deal “fixed”. “Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal,” Mr Trump said in…

Trump denies controversial remarks, stands by criticism of immigration plan

US President Donald Trump has denied using the word “shithole” to describe Haiti and other African countries, after receiving strong global and domestic condemnation. US Democratic Senator Dick Durbin told reporters that Mr Trump used “vile, vulgar” language, including the word “shithole” to describe African countries when discussing an immigration plan at a White House…

Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI about Russia contact

Michael Flynn, former US national security adviser and a senior member of the Trump campaign team, admitted that he gave false statements to the FBI about contact with Russia’s ambassador at the time, Sergei Kislyak. Mr Flynn has agreed to cooperate with the investigation into alleged interference in the 2016 election by the Russians. The…

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…