Trump defends alleged hush money payments as ‘simple private transaction’

U.S. President, Donald Trump, on Monday defended hush money payments reported by his former lawyer a day after Democrats said the U.S. president could face impeachment and jail time. Trump, in early morning tweets, said Democrats were wrongly targeting “a simple private transaction”. The tweet came after court filings last week drew renewed attention to six-figure […]

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Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn arrested over ‘misconduct’

Carlos Ghosn, the chairman of Japanese car giant Nissan, has been arrested over claims of financial misconduct. Mr Ghosn, a towering figure in the car industry, will be sacked from the firm after a board meeting on Thursday, the firm’s chief executive said. He has been accused of “significant acts of misconduct”, including under-reporting his […]

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Kim Jong Un tests ‘high-tech’ weapon in message to the US

North Korea has tested a “newly developed ultramodern” weapon in an event supervised by leader Kim Jong Un, state media said Friday, amid faltering nuclear disarmament negotiations with the United States. Very little is known about the weapon or whether it is even new, but the test is the latest sign that Pyongyang is prepared […]

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Iran sanctions: Rouhani defiant as US re-imposes measures

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to “break” swingeing sanctions re-imposed by the US targeting core parts of the economy. The Trump administration is restoring all sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal in a bid to pressure Iran. They will hit oil exports, shipping and banks, and make it difficult to do business with […]

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Bahrain opposition leaders get life term over Qatar spying case

Bahrain’s appeals court has sentenced three senior members of the country’s opposition movement to life in prison over charges of spying for neighbouring Qatar, according to a statement from the public prosecutor. The verdict against Sheikh Ali Salman, who headed the now-outlawed al-Wefaq movement, as well as Sheikh Hassan Sultan and Ali al-Aswad came on Sunday, […]

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Turkey, US lift sanctions on officials after pastor’s release

Turkey has lifted sanctions on two top United States officials, in a move that came minutes after Washington removed two Turkish ministers from its sanctions list. The Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday the sanctions on Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which included a travel ban into the country and freezing of assets […]

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Pelosi subpoena threat ‘illegal,’ Trump says, will take to Supreme Court

President Donald Trump — in an exclusive interview with The Washington Times on Thursday — denounced House Minority Leader Nancy’s threat to subpoena the president if Democrats win Congress — calling the threat ‘illegal,’ before vowing to take the fight to the Supreme Court. Pelosi, 78, made the comment during a CNN campaign forum last week. “Subpoena power is […]

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Saudi king and crown prince meet murdered journalist’s family

Saudi King Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received family members of murdered Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The royals greeted the journalist’s sons, Salah and Sahel, at the Yamama Palace in Riyadh. A friend of the Khashoggis has told The Associated Press […]

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US President Donald Trump vows to “build up” nuclear arsenal

US President Donald Trump has vowed to “build up” his country’s nuclear arsenal “until people come to their senses”. His comments came as he accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which he has said wants the US to abandon. The INF, signed in 1987 by then-US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet […]

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World’s oldest shipwreck’ from 400BC revealed on Black Sea bed

Scientists combing the depths of the Black Sea were already excited, having found the remains of ships dating back several centuries during their three-year expedition. But then they discovered, lying on its side on the sea bed, a vessel so old that its design had previously been seen only on ancient Greek pottery. The Greek […]

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