Julian Assange: Sweden Drops Rape Investigation

Sweden’s director of public prosecutions has decided to drop the rape investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Marianne Ny said his arrest warrant was being revoked as it was impossible to serve him notice of his alleged crimes. Mr Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, fearing extradition to Sweden […]

Trump: Firing FBI Chief ‘Eased Pressure’

Trump: Firing FBI Chief ‘Eased Pressure’

US President Donald Trump told Russian officials that firing FBI director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him, US media report. The New York Times, citing a document summarising last week’s meeting, says he called Mr Comey a “real nut job”. Mr Comey had been running an inquiry into possible collusion between Russia and Donald […]

Trump ‘Shared Secret Info With Russia’

Trump ‘Shared Secret Info With Russia’

President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about so-called Islamic State (IS) to Russia’s foreign minister, sources have told US media. The information came from a partner of the US which had not given permission for it to be shared with Russia, says the Washington Post. Mr Trump received Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office […]

Microsoft: Cyber-Attack a ‘Wake-Up Call’

A cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake-up call”, Microsoft says. It blamed governments for storing data on software vulnerabilities which could then be accessed by hackers. It says the latest virus exploits a flaw in Microsoft Windows identified by, and stolen from, […]

Senate Demands Ex-Trump Adviser’s Papers Over Russia Inquiry

Senate Demands Ex-Trump Adviser’s Papers Over Russia Inquiry

A US Senate panel investigating Russian interference in last year’s election has issued a formal demand for documents from President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser. Michael Flynn has failed to voluntarily co-operate with the investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee says. He was forced to resign in February after failing to disclose the content of […]

French Election: Macron Defeats Le Pen to Become President

French Election: Macron Defeats Le Pen to Become President

Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has decisively won the French presidential election, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Mr Macron won by 66.06% to 33.94% to become, at 39, the country’s youngest president. Mr Macron will also become the first president from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic’s foundation in 1958. He […]

Pope Angered by America’s ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ Name

Pope Angered by America’s  ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ Name

Pope Francis has criticised the naming of the US military’s largest non-nuclear explosive ever used in combat as “the mother of all bombs”. “I was ashamed when I heard the name,” the pontiff told an audience of students at the Vatican. “A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device […]

North Korea Claims CIA Plotted To Kill Kim Jong-un

North Korea Claims CIA Plotted To Kill Kim Jong-un

North Korea has accused US and South Korean agents of plotting to kill its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un. A North Korean referred to only as “Kim” was paid to carry out an attack with biochemical substances, the ministry of state security said. The plot was foiled, it said, but gave no details on the fate […]

Trump: Obamacare Is Dead

Trump: Obamacare Is Dead

President Donald Trump has declared Obamacare “dead” after the Republican healthcare bill was narrowly passed by the lower chamber of Congress. The 217-213 vote marked his first legislative victory and goes some way to keeping a key campaign promise to roll back his predecessor’s law. Democrats say the American Health Care Act will leave millions […]

US Missile System ‘Operational’ in S Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is “operational” in South Korea. A spokesman said the system was now able to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the South. But officials have told reporters that full operational capability is still some months away. Tensions have been rising around the Korean peninsula, with […]

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