U.S Senate votes to punish Russia and Iran over election interference, aggression

The U.S Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to place new sanctions on Iran and Russia, setting up a possible confrontation with the Trump administration as it attempts to improve relations with Moscow.

Republican and Democratic senators said the sanctions, approved by a vote of 98-2, are needed to punish Iran for its recent flurry of ballistic missile tests and human rights abuses and to show Russia that its interference in last year’s presidential election and its aggression in Syria will not be tolerated. Voting no were Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

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Oil prices tumble amid uncertainty over implementation of OPEC deal

Due to pressure from high global inventories and doubts about OPEC’s ability to implement agreed production cuts, oil prices dropped to six-week lows on Thursday.

Brent crude oil fell 30 cents to $46.70 a barrel, its weakest since May 5 and just above six-month lows.

It, however, recovered a little to trade around $46.90, according to Reuters.

United States’ light crude was down 25 cents at $44.48, also not far off six-month lows, the news agency added.

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Daily Mail to pay Melania Trump damages over modelling claims

Melania Trump [Photo: The New York Times]

Britain’s Daily Mail agreed on Wednesday to pay Melania Trump an undisclosed sum and issue an apology after the news group published an article about her previous professional work as a model.

She had filed a $150 million lawsuit against the Daily Mail’s owner in New York claiming the article had cost her millions of dollars in potential business.

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Trump supports former NSA’s decision to seek immunity over Russia probe

Michael Flynn

U.S. President Donald Trump has supported the decision of his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony in congressional probes of possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Mr. Trump, in a tweet on Friday, emphasised that the decision to probe the sacked adviser is a witch-hunt and excuse by the Democrats and the media to justify the defeat of Democratic Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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U.S. says policy of ‘strategic patience’ with North Korea over

Rex Tillerson [Photo: The New Yorker]

The U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea has ended, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in South Korea on Friday, adding that military action would be “on the table” if North Korea elevated the threat level.

Mr. Tillerson began his first Asian visit as secretary of state in Japan on Wednesday and will travel to China on Saturday with a main focus on finding a “new approach” on North Korea after what he described as two decades of failed efforts to denuclearize the insular nation.

“Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures.

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Interpol goes after North Koreans over Kim Jong Nam’s murder

Late, Kim Jong Nam

Interpol has issued a “red notice”, the closest to an international arrest warrant, for four North Koreans wanted in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, Malaysia’s Police Chief said on Thursday.

The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, was murdered on February 13, when Malaysian police said two women smeared super toxic VX nerve agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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North Korea dispatches high-level delegation to Malaysia over killing

Kim Jong Nam, North Korea Kim Jung Un's half brother [Photo credit: CNN.com]

Pyongyang on Tuesday sent a high-level delegation to Malaysia seeking the body of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Nam was killed on February 13 in Kuala Lumpur’s international airport.

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U.S. Chinese aircraft have ‘unsafe’ encounter over South China Sea

Overland Aircraft

Chinese and U.S. military aircraft flew within 300 metres of each other near contested territory in the South China Sea, the US military publication Stars and Stripes reported Friday.

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Trump hands over businesses to sons Don, Eric

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Incoming U.S. President, Donald Trump, announced on Tuesday that he would be leaving his businesses before his inauguration on January 20, 2017, to concentrate on the presidency.

Mr. Trump, in his announcement on Tuesday, said his two sons, Don and Eric, would manage them, with other executives.

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