Kuwait, US, Britain urge quick solution to Gulf crisis

Kuwait, the United States and Britain Monday called on all sides in the Gulf crisis to resolve their dispute through dialogue and expressed “deep concern” over the continued rift.Their call was issued in a joint statement following talks between US Sec…

July 10, 2017

Unwell Walesa a no-show at Polish anti-govt protest

Around 2,000 people on Monday took part in an anti-government street protest in Warsaw, though Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa was unable to attend because of health problems. The demonstration was held in opposition to a monthly march carried out by g…

July 10, 2017

One step closer to a gonorrhoea vaccine?

A discontinued vaccine against a bacteria that causes brain inflammation also shielded people against gonorrhoea, the first drug ever to offer such protection against the sexually transmitted disease, researchers said Tuesday.Using a condom or abstaini…

July 10, 2017

Swiss court rules for Becker in debt case

A Swiss court has rejected a 36.5-million-euro claim against tennis legend Boris Becker by a former business partner, according to a judgment published Monday.Swiss businessman Hans-Dieter Cleven claimed the German former world number one owed him 40 m…

July 10, 2017

Five things to know about the crisis in Venezuela

Venezuela has been rocked by more than 100 days of protests against President Nicolas Maduro, during which 91 people have been killed. Here are five key things you should know about the crisis, the worst in decades to grip the South American oil produc…

July 10, 2017

Trump son met Russian to get dirt on Clinton

Donald Trump’s eldest son on Monday admitted meeting a Russian lawyer to get dirt on his father’s 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, thrusting the White House deep into another Russia-related scandal.

Trump junior confirmed reports that he was on the trail of damaging information on the Democrat vying to become America’s first woman president, when he met Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.

“Obviously, I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent,” Trump’s son said in a tweet, claiming that it “went nowhere” but he “had to listen.”

The FBI and Congress are investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential vote.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a mass effort to tilt the election in Trump’s favor, including hacking and leaking embarrassing emails from Democrats.

The New York Times reported that Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, two of Trump’s most trusted campaign officials, were also at the meeting last year.

Veselnitskaya is not well known in Russia, but represented the son of a senior Russian official who was involved in a major fraud probe that had international repercussions.

In a statement to the Times, the younger Trump said the lawyer “stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs Clinton.”

“It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information,” he said, adding that the lawyer then began discussing the adoption of Russian children by American couples under a program Putin had suspended.

The meeting took place at a pivotal point in the 2016 campaign, after Trump had shocked Republicans with a string of primary victories and Clinton had all-but secured the Democratic nomination.

US officials have sought to distance the president himself from the encounter.

“The president was not aware of and did not attend the meeting,” Mark Corallo, a spokesman for President Trump’s private lawyer, told AFP.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump had only learned of the meeting “in the last couple of days.”

Donald Trump junior’s meeting has already drawn the attention of Congressional investigators.

“Our intelligence committee needs to interview him and others who attended the meeting,” said Republican Senator Susan Collins.

A spokesperson for Kushner did not respond to request for comment.

The Kremlin said it “did not know who” Veselnitskaya was. “We can’t be aware of all the meetings Russian lawyers have abroad,” said spokesman Dmitri Peskov.

– ‘Brilliant’ –

President Trump has repeatedly decried allegations of collusion as “fake news” and equivocated about whether Russia tried to interfere in the election.

During a meeting with Putin on Friday on the margins of the G20 summit in Germany, Trump raised the issue of election interference before turning to other subjects.

“I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election,” Trump later said. “He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion…”

That meeting in Hamburg is raising yet more Russia-related problems for the White House.

Scrambling for concrete victories to take away from the controversial two-hour-plus sit-down, the White House hailed deals establishing a joint “cyber unit” and a ceasefire in southern Syria.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claimed Trump was “brilliant” during the meeting and said the cyber unit would “make sure that Russia and nobody else interferes in any democratic elections.”

No details of the plan were provided, however, and it appeared to quickly unravel when Trump himself questioned if it would come into effect.

“The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t — but a ceasefire can, & did!” he tweeted.

The internationally brokered ceasefire in southern Syria has brought quiet to most of the three provinces covered — Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida.

But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, reported a government assault on Sweida province, just 24 hours into the truce, in addition to scattered violations recorded elsewhere.

Syrian state media claimed the Sweida assault was targeted against the Islamic State group.

July 10, 2017

MtGox CEO goes on trial in Japan over missing Bitcoins

The former CEO of collapsed Bitcoin exchange MtGox goes on trial Tuesday in Tokyo over the disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the virtual currency from its digital vaults.Frenchman Mark Karpeles — once the high-flying head of th…

July 10, 2017

Three cups of coffee a day keep the doctor away: studies

Coffee addicts and aficionados often say drinking the bitter liquid makes life worth living, but the habit may also help them live longer, according to two major international studies Monday.Experts cautioned, however, that the US and European reports,…

July 10, 2017

Sale, Scherzer to pitch MLB All-Star Game

Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer have been chosen as the starting pitchers for Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Miami.Sale becomes the first pitcher to make back-to-back All-Star appearances following his start …

July 10, 2017

Boxing star Floyd Mayweather seeks delay on 2015 tax bill

Floyd Mayweather has asked US authorities for more time to pay his 2015 tax bill, the year of his money-spinning mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao, filings showed Monday.Mayweather, who is coming out of retirement to fight UFC star Conor McGregor next mon…

July 10, 2017

Militants kill six Hindu pilgrims: police

Militants killed six Hindu pilgrims and wounded 14 others Monday in Indian-administered Kashmir, police told AFP, after their bus came under attack. India’s Central Reserve Police Force, which provides security for the two-month long annual pilgrimage,…

July 10, 2017