Faces to follow as Putin begins fourth Kremlin term

Vladimir Putin, predictably re-elected to a fourth term in the Kremlin, has kept the possible reshuffle of his inner circle a mystery. From prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, long rumoured to be in the firing line, to veteran foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, here are the members of Putin’s inner circle to follow as the Russian leader […]

Russia rejects Britain’s ultimatum, wants access to nerve agent

Russia on Tuesday rejected Britain’s demand that Moscow provide an explanation over the poisoning of an ex-double agent and said London should provide Moscow with access to the nerve agent. “Before giving ultimatums it’s better to honour your own obligations on international law,” Lavrov told reporters, referring to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Russia’s top diplomat […]

Five dead in New York river helicopter crash

Five people have died after a helicopter owned by a tour group plunged into Manhattan’s East River, police said on Monday. The red chopper, which is owned by tourism group Liberty, was carrying six people including the pilot when it crashed into the river near the upscale Upper East Side neighborhood shortly after 7:00 pm […]

China’s Xi allowed to remain ‘president for life

China has approved the removal of term limits for its leader, in a move that effectively allows Xi Jinping to remain as president for life. The constitutional changes were passed by China’s annual sitting of the National People’s Congress yesterday. The vote was widely regarded as a rubber-stamping exercise. Two delegates voted against the change […]

Trump and Kim to hold historic meeting

President Donald Trump has agreed to a historic first meeting with Kim Jong Un in a stunning development in America’s high-stakes nuclear standoff with North Korea. Standing in front of the White House, South Korean National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong announced the first ever meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader, which […]