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Trump aide urges Taiwan to ‘fortify’ against Chinese attack

A top White House official on Friday urged Taiwan to build up its military capabilities to protect against a possible invasion by China, saying Beijing would have that ability in 10 to 15 years. President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told the Aspen Security Forum that a missile attack by China, which regards Taiwan as a rebel province, would be much too destructive. ADVERTISEMENT...

Brazilian senator allied to Bolsonaro caught hiding money ‘between buttocks’

A Brazilian senator allied to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was caught hiding money in his underwear during a police investigation into the diversion of public funds for fighting the coronavirus, local media reported on Thursday. Federal officers raided the home of Chico Rodrigues in the northern state of Roraima on Wednesday as part of a corruption probe. ADVERTISEMENT They found 30,000 reales ($5,300) in cash, part...

CNN drops bombshell on investigation into Egypt backing Trump in 2016

CNN dropped a bombshell report on Wednesday as Americans are voting in more than 40 states. “For more than three years, federal prosecutors investigated whether money flowing through an Egyptian state-owned bank could have backed millions of dollars Donald Trump donated to his own campaign days before he won the 2016 election,” CNN reported, based on “multiple sources familiar with the investigation.” ADVERTISEMENT “The investigation, which...

NASA announces eight-nation space coalition under ‘Artemis Accords’

NASA announced on Tuesday that eight countries have signed an international agreement called the Artemis Accords that outlines the principles of future exploration of the Moon and beyond. The treaty paves the way for its founding members — Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, Britain and the United States — to participate in NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to return humans to Earth’s...

Top US general: Afghanistan withdrawal still ‘conditions-based’

The US withdrawal of more troops from Afghanistan will depend on a reduction in violence and other conditions agreed in February with the Taliban, the Pentagon’s top general said in an interview broadcast Monday. Five days after President Donald Trump said he wants US forces “home by Christmas,” Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley stressed to NPR radio that pulling out the final 4,500 troops...
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