Trump blames bad Russia ties on FBI ‘witch hunt’

US President Donald Trump, left, chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting on November 11, 2017 in Danang, Vietnam. (AFP)
Updated 16 July 2018
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Trump blames bad Russia ties on FBI ‘witch hunt’

  • ‘Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!’
  • US special prosecutor Robert Mueller last week indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking computer servers belonging to Trump’s 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton

HELSINKI: US President Donald Trump set the scene for his summit with Vladimir Putin on Monday by blaming the chill in relations with Moscow on the investigation into Russian interference in his election victory.
“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” Trump tweeted, referring to US special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probe.

Last week, Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking computer servers belonging to Trump’s 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton and her Democratic Party, then leaking private emails to damage her campaign.
Trump has furiously denied his campaign colluded in the alleged interference, and has generally denounced the special investigation as a “witch hunt” promoted by his enemies to delegitimize his victory.
At the same time, the US leader has promised to bring up the issue on Monday at his summit with Putin in Helsinki.


Several blasts heard in Afghan capital Kabul

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Several blasts heard in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL: Several explosions were heard in the diplomatic district of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, but there was no immediate information on casualties, Reuters witnesses and a security official said.
A security official said the explosions were caused by rockets fired from outside the city.
Taliban insurgents rejected on Monday an Afghan government peace offer for a cease-fire and vowed to continue its attacks against the government and its foreign allies.