Trump denies he was briefed on Russia-Taliban bounty intelligence Jun 29, 2020 0 1024 12345 AFPWashingtonUS President Donald Trump denied on Sunday being briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan.The report by the New York Times sparked renewed questions about Trump’s reluctance to confront Russia over behaviour that, if accurate, would represent a serious national security challenge. In a pair of early-morning tweets, Trump angrily slammed the report as “probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax.”“Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an ‘anonymous source’ by the Fake News @nytimes,” he wrote. “Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us....”“Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration.”The Times, citing anonymous officials, said Trump was briefed on the US intelligence findings in March, but has not decided how to respond.According to the report, US intelligence had concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan. RELATED ARTICLES Poles vote in high numbers in presidential election amid coronavirus pandemic Jun 29, 2020 0 644 Low turnout as France votes in local polls Jun 29, 2020 0 666 Global COVID-19 infection cases surpass 10 million Jun 29, 2020 0 256 Russian mining giant admits waste ‘violations’ at Arctic plant AFP Moscow A Russian mining giant behind an enormous Arctic fuel spill last month said on Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby tundra. Norilsk Nickel .. Trump ouster will not mend trans-Atlantic ties: Germany’s Maas DPA Berlin The ouster of US President Donald Trump in November elections would not suffice in mending diplomatic relations between Washington and Berlin, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told DPA in an interview .. No COVID-19 deaths for first time in Madrid since onset of pandemic MADRID: Spain’s capital Madrid said on Sunday that they had recorded no deaths as a results of the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the first such occurrence since the start of the pandemic. “Great news - yesterday .. UK could lock down city of Leicester after virus surge London The central English city of Leicester could be the country’s first to face a local lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases, the UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Sunday. The Midlands city recorded 658 new .. Democrats slam Trump as White House downplays spike in virus cases WASHINGTON: The number of coronavirus cases continued to spike across much of the United States on Sunday as the White House downplayed the severity of new outbreaks and sought to deflect responsibility on to local .. Trump tweets -- then deletes -- video of supporter yelling ‘white power’ WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday shared a video of a stand-off between anti-Trump protesters and his supporters in which a man chants “white power” -- before deleting it amid an outcry. “Thank you to the ..