Trump reaped over $100 million through fraud, New York says as trial starts

A defiant Donald Trump attacked New York’s attorney general and the judge overseeing his civil fraud trial as it began on Monday, with a state lawyer accusing the former president of generating more than $100 million by lying about his real estate empire. Attorney General Letitia James is seeking at least $250 million in fines, a permanent ban against Trump and his sons Donald Jr and Eric from running businesses in New York and … Read more

Is the US strategy of engaging China working?

Early in the Biden administration, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken vowed that the United States would only hold talks with China if they led to “tangible outcomes” to resolve disputes between the strategic rivals. Two-and-a-half years later, that approach appears to have changed. Since the start of the summer, the administration has embarked on … Read more

Russian parliament to look at revoking ratification of nuclear test ban treaty: Speaker

Russia on Friday indicated it was moving swiftly towards revoking its ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty after President Vladimir Putin held out the possibility of resuming nuclear testing. Putin on Thursday said Russia’s nuclear doctrine – which sets out the conditions under which he would press the nuclear button – did not … Read more

China says Israel acting ‘beyond scope of self-defence’

Israel’s actions in Gaza have gone “beyond the scope of self-defence” and the Israeli government must “cease its collective punishment of the people of Gaza”, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in remarks published Sunday. Wang’s remarks, made on a call to his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Saturday, came as Israel … Read more