Donald Trump calls for “immediate trial” for impeachment

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump responded to the impeachment vote on this week, and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s delay in handing the impeachment to the Senate until she finds out how Republicans would manage the proceeding, by calling for an immediate Senate trial on Twitter. In the same series of tweets,…

US and China announce “phase one” trade deal

By Helene Fung  US President Donald Trump and Chinese officials announced the breakthrough in their trade war. Mr Trump tweeted: “We have agreed to a very large phase one deal with China.” He also said that Chinese officials have “agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of agricultural product, energy and manufactured goods, plus…

White House admits Ukraine aid was “favour for a favour”

By Helene Fung The White House has back-flipped after weeks of denial, and finally admitted that military aid to the Ukraine was withheld to pressure them to investigate alleged Democrats wrongdoing in the 2016 US election (an allegation which has since been debunked). Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff,acknowledged in a press conference…

Turkey agrees to temporary ceasefire in Syria

By Helene Fung Turkey agreed to a five-day ceasefire in Syria to let Kurdish-led troops withdraw, a deal brokered at a meeting between a high-level US delegation and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. The deal to suspend military operations for 120 hours essentially gave Turkey what they wanted in the first place –…

US and North Korea nuclear talks broke down 

By Helene Fung North Korean and US officials on Saturday met for new nuclear talks in Stockholm after months of deadlock and Pyongyang’s defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile this week; but talks have broken down.  The North Korean negotiator, Kim Miyong-Gil, said through an interpreter that the talks in Stockholm had “not fulfilled…

Whistle-blower alleges Donald Trump made a troubling promise to foreign leader

By Helene Fung The Washington Post reports that a US intelligence official filed a formal whistle-blower report with the inspector general of the intelligence community on the 12th of August, alleging that US President Donald Trump made a troubling “promise” to an unidentified foreign leader. Adam Schiff, chairman of the US House Intelligence Committee from…

Trump to tackle mass shootings by building more mental institutions

By Helene Fung US President Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday (local time) that culprits behind mass shootings earlier this month in Ohio and Texas were mentally ill, and that his party does not “want to have insane people dangerous people, really bad people having guns.” Mr Trump said that America needs more mental institutions…