Trump jokes with Putin at G20: ‘Don’t meddle in the election, please’

Donald Trump began his meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit by treating the serious nature of Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign as a joking matter. The first encounter between Mr Trump and Mr Putin since special counsel Robert Mueller found Russia engaged a "systematic" operation to sway the election was more jovial than confrontational. But…

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US urged to investigate whether ticks were developed as biological weapons amid rise in Lyme disease

The Pentagon has been asked to examine whether ticks and other insects were experimented on as potential biological weapons, after a US politician demanded the US military give answers. Chris Smith, a Republican congressman for New Jersey, tabled a vote – passed last week – which compels the Pentagon inspector general to investigate. Mr Smith…

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Australia to create new Pacific military unit to counter Chinese regional influence

Australia will create a new military unit dedicated to training and assisting Pacific allies, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said on Tuesday, as Canberra accelerates plans to undercut Chinese influence in the region. Australia, which long enjoyed virtually unchecked influence in the Pacific, and its Western allies worry that the region has edged closer to China in…

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Chinese court jails veteran human rights activist Huang Qi for 12 years

A Chinese court has jailed a veteran human rights activist known for running a website tracking abuse accusations and helping victims of a 2008 earthquake in the southwestern province of Sichuan. The province’s Mianyang Intermediate People’s Court handed down the 12-year sentence on Monday after it "determined that Huang Qi is guilty of deliberately leaking state secrets" and was…

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