Jim Mannion

Trump lawyer attacks Mueller report as ‘calumny, lies and distortion’

Rudy Giuliani mounted a combative defence of Trump in Sunday talk show appearances, taking aim at Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators

Trump says doesn’t want to hear ‘suffering’ Khashoggi tape

Trump says he has been fully briefed on an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder but does not want to listen to it himself

Trump: I’m not a racist

Senator David Purdue, a Republican from Georgia, called charges that Trump is racist "ridiculous".

Chavez suffers lung woes as aides allege ‘psychological war’

Venezuela's government accused opposition leaders of waging a "psychological war" to destabilise the country, as Hugo Chavez battles a lung infection.

Obama vows to keep military ‘strongest on the planet’

Barack Obama rode a wave of anti-war sentiment to the White House but he vowed on Monday to maintain ''the strongest military on the planet''.

US military HQ in Africa put on the back burner

Controversy surrounding the United States military's new Africa Command has forced the Pentagon to put plans for establishing a headquarters in the continent on a slow track.

Drug traffickers shift to semi-submersibles

Drug traffickers have shifted to semi-submersible craft and other smaller, harder-to-detect boats to elude surveillance, causing a sharp drop in cocaine seizures last year, United States officials said on Monday. Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the message was ''loud and clear''.

Russia threatens to leave missile treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened on Friday in talks with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to abandon a key nuclear-missile treaty, while also telling Washington to freeze plans for a European anti-missile shield. The Kremlin leader said the Cold War-era INF treaty limiting Russian and US short- and medium-range missiles was outmoded.

US to test 700-tonne explosive

The United States military plans to detonate a 700-tonne explosive charge in a test called ''Divine Strake'' that could send a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas. ''I don't want to sound glib here but it is the first time in Nevada that you'll see a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas since we stopped testing nuclear weapons,'' said James Tegnelia, head of the Defence Threat Reduction Agency.

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