• 21 Jul 2018

    The FBI is reported to have a tape recording of Trump talking to his former lawyer Michael Cohen – just two months before he became President – about paying hush money to a Playboy model he was alleged to have had an affair with. Today the President described it an “inconceivable that a lawyer would…

  • 20 Jul 2018

    Welcome to the White House, Vladimir Putin. That came as a total surprise to his top security officials, as Donald Trump issued an impromptu invitation to the Russian President to visit Washington. After a week of daily conflicting statements, Mr Trump declared the two leaders “get along well”, although he insisted if things went wrong…

  • 19 Jul 2018

    French prosecutors are investigating one of President Macron’s leading officials, who attacked May Day protesters in Paris wearing a police helmet. Alexandre Benella was caught on video dragging a woman down the street, and hitting and stamping on a young man. He was suspended for two weeks following the incident. But opposition MPs are now demanding…

  • 19 Jul 2018

    Police are believed to have identified several suspects behind the Novichok attack on the former spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury earlier this year. According to reports on the US network CNN, they are thought to be members of the Russian military intelligence service who travelling under different identities. The reports come as…

  • 19 Jul 2018

    The Israeli parliament has approved a highly controversial law to define the country as a Jewish nation state – and remove Arabic as an official language. Critics called it an “evil law” which turned Arabs and other minorities into second class citizens. It’s likely to face a challenge at the Supreme Court, but Israel’s prime…

  • 13 Jul 2018

    The President’s visit started amid controversy after his Sun newspaper interview blasting Theresa May, the London mayor Sadiq Khan – and claiming immigration meant Europe was “losing its culture.” Later came the apology, of sorts: Mr Trump stood side by side with the Prime Minister lavishing praise on her, saying “she’s a terrific woman, she’s doing a…

  • 13 Jul 2018

    As he prepares to meet Vladimir Putin on Monday, President Trump has doubled down his attack on America’s NATO allies and now the European Union too. Then his day got even more complicated by the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents accused of hacking the Democratic party during the 2016 election.

  • 13 Jul 2018

    Trump undermines May then praises her to the heights

    In searing heat on the lawns of Chequers, Donald Trump laid it on with a trowel to Theresa May. We are becoming used to the sequence of offence given greatly, accusations that he’s been misunderstood and then proclamations that he reveres the individual in question. We got an Olympic class display of those skills today…

  • 13 Jul 2018

    How should Theresa May handle Donald Trump?

    How to handle Donald Trump? What tactics work? How do you get the best out of him? Is there any relationship worth pursuing given how quickly he spins round and contradicts himself? If you’re part of the traditional liberal West, will he always undermine you? The grin/grimace and bear it approach has been tested to…

  • 12 Jul 2018

      Almost a week after Theresa May’s showdown at Chequers that led to David Davis, Boris Johnson and various others you probably haven’t heard of quitting, the Government’s Brexit White Paper has been revealed, detailing Britain’s negotiating position for life after we leave the EU. Theresa May declared it “absolutely delivers on the Brexit we…

  • 11 Jul 2018

    Jacob Rees-Mogg chairs the European Research Group of Eurosceptic Conservative MPs.

  • 11 Jul 2018

    It is only 20 feet high, filled with helium and will only fly for two hours. But the Trump baby blimp has divided opinion on this side of the pond almost as much as the visit of the US President himself. The balloon was the brainchild of an environmental protester and only got off the…

  • 11 Jul 2018

    The dozen boys and their football coach’s ordeal began two and a half weeks ago when they first became trapped in the flooding caves. It took nine days before they were found deep below ground, cowering on a mud shelf. They finally began to be brought out on Sunday and today we saw the first…

  • 11 Jul 2018

    The UK has announced that it will send 440 more troops to serve in Afghanistan, bringing the total number of its troops there to more than a thousand. The government made the announcement ahead of discussion at NATO about its military deployments in Afghanistan, which continues to be plagued by Taliban attacks. The extra troops…

  • 11 Jul 2018

    The coffee had barely been poured at breakfast when Donald Trump launched his first blistering attack on his allies. They were expecting him to lambaste them for how little he feels they are contributing to NATO’s military might compared to the United States. More of a surprise was when he said Germany was “totally controlled…