Trump defends aide accused of domestic abuse, wishes him well

US President Donald Trump praised Rob Porter, the White House aide who resigned this week amid allegations of abuse by his two former wives. Mr Trump stressed that Mr Porter maintains his innocence, and wished him well. “He says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that…

Trump Orders Washington Military Parade Similar to Bastille Day Event

Donald Trump has ordered White House officials and the Pentagon to plan a military parade in Washington similar to the Bastille Day parade he saw while in Paris in July. The U.S. President said wanted a parade that would see soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the streets of Washington , according to The Washington…

SpaceX Rocket Blasts Off in Successful Launch

SpaceX has launched its new rocket into space becoming the most powerful currently in use. The Falcon Heavy rocket blasted off on its first test flight towards Mars from the same launch pad used by NASA in Florida 50 years ago that sent men to the moon. “The mission went as well as one could…

Trump Calls for Unity in Maiden State of the Union Address

Donald Trump has called for unity in his maiden State of the Union Address, calling on Republicans and Democrats to work together in “building a safe, strong and proud America”. The US President said he was “extending an open hand” as a unifying figure, urging both sides to come together to build the nation. “Tonight,…

US TV crew tries to sneak fake bomb through Newark airport

Nine people have been arrested after a film crew in the US tried to sneak a fake bomb through a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport. The group claimed to be working for a television network, testing the effectiveness of the TSA at detecting threats. Some of the group tried to get through the…

Trump Lashes Out Against Immigrants in Foul-Mouthed Tirade

Donald Trump has hit out in frustration at immigrants coming to the U.S., during a meeting with bipartisan senators on immigration protections. The President lashed out when politicians suggested reinstating protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan deal, according to the Washington Post. “Why are we having…

China, Russia accused of illegally selling North Korea oil

China has denied reports it sold oil products to North Korea, while Russia has been accused of doing the same in a report by Reuters. China vetoed US efforts to have the UN blacklist six ships accused of illegal trade with North Korea, five of which were mainland China or Hong Kong owned. Mr Trump…

Myanmar Rejects Claims of Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar claims the United States’ (U.S.) declaration the country is carrying out ethnic cleansing was “without any proven facts”. Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s spokesperson Zaw Htay said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “failed to mention” Muslim militants’ alleged killings of Hindus and other innocent civilians, after attaching the label to a military…

Bowe Bergdahl dishonourably discharged but not prison sentence

US soldier Bowe Bergdahl has received a dishonourable discharge for abandoning his post in Afghanistan in 2009 after facing military court. He has managed to avoid a prison sentence for desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy though. The military judge ordered that Mr Bergdahl be demoted from sergeant to private, and be fined $1000 a…

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…