Low to medium risk of Russian invasion of Ukraine in next few weeks, says US General

WASHINGTON, April 16 ― There is a “low to medium” risk that Russia will invade Ukraine over the next few weeks, the top US general in Europe said yesterday, in the first such military assessment amid mounting concern about Russian troop movements toward Ukraine’s borders. Air Force General Tod Wolters declined to explain the intelligence driving his assessment, which does not suggest that the US military expects a Russian invasion at this point, but he is not ruling one out or playing down the risk. But, in testimony before a House of… Read More

Honduran president’s brother sentenced to life in prison in U.S. for drug trafficking

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Tony Hernandez, a former Honduran congressman and brother of the sitting president, was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for drug trafficking by a U.S. judge on Tuesday. Hernandez, 42, was convicted on the drug charges and related weapons charges in October 2019. Hernandez will also be forced to pay $138.5 million in forfeiture, which prosecutors in their sentencing memo here wrote was “blood money” from drug trafficking. “This is state-sponsored drug trafficking and this is exactly the type of conduct the government should be targeting, because… Read More

Joe Biden sworn in as US president, says ‘democracy has prevailed’

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK — Joseph R. Biden Jr. is being inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president. But after weeks of tension and a violent attempt to block certification of his election by predecessor Donald Trump, he inherits a country that is as divided politically and racially as it is hurting from the effects of COVID-19. Here are the latest developments during Biden’s first 100 days in office, as his administration attempts to fulfill his electoral promise: “Help is on the way.”

US Congress votes to override Trump’s veto of massive defence bill

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 — The US Congress has voted to override President Donald Trump’s veto of a US$740.5-billion defence policy bill, Xinhua news agency reported. The Republican-led Senate voted 81 to 13 in a rare New Year’s Day session on Friday to join the House, controlled by Democrats, in overriding Trump’s veto, making the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021 a law. It is the first time one of Trump’s vetoes has been surmounted. The president vetoed last week the NDAA, which authorises appropriations through September 2021 and sets… Read More