Top Democrats asks US spy chiefs for briefing on Russia bounty reports Jun 30, 2020 0 1791 12345 AFPWashingtonTop Democrats on Monday called on the heads of the intelligence services to brief Congress on reports that Russia paid bounties to Taliban-linked militias to kill US soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.An explosive New York Times report, citing anonymous officials, said US President Donald Trump had been told about findings, which he has denied.Both Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, called for an urgent briefing on the reports.“So there will be a briefing today,” Kayleigh McEnany, the White House spokeswoman, said on the Fox News channel as concern around the reports grew.“I think it will clear up a lot of the false reporting from ‘The New York Times.’ The president has made clear that he’s never been briefed,” she said.The US news outlet Politico said the briefing would be held in the White House, but Pelosi’s office said they had not received an invite.In a letter released earlier and addressed to John Ratcliffe, the Director of National Intelligence, and CIA director Gina Haspel, Pelosi said, “The questions that arise are: was the president briefed, and if not, why not, and why was Congress not briefed.” The Times report, which has been confirmed by several American and British media outlets, said that US intelligence concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan.The rewards were purportedly incentives to target US forces as Trump tries to withdraw troops from the conflict-torn country -- one of the militants’ key demands -- and end America’s longest war. RELATED ARTICLES End of the line for France’s oldest nuclear plant Jun 30, 2020 0 556 WHO says pandemic ‘not even close’ to over as death toll tops 500,000 Jun 30, 2020 0 132 France’s ex-PM Fillon gets two-year term in fake job scandal Jun 30, 2020 0 554 Duda wins Polish presidential vote, but now faces tough run-off WARSAW: Incumbent President Andrzej Duda won the first round of Poland’s presidential election at the weekend, but will face a tough run-off against Warsaw’s liberal mayor in a deeply polarised country. According to .. Greece launches online virus questionnaire for tourists ATHENS: Tourists travelling to Greece will be required from Wednesday to complete an online questionnaire 48 hours in advance to determine whether they need to be tested for coronavirus. Over the weekend the Greek .. Merkel stresses German-French unity in post-corona EU recovery MESEBERG: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed German-French unity in reconstructing the EU economy following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron near Berlin. “When Germany and France are .. EU countries vote on border reopening ‘safe list’ AFP Brussels EU member states are still struggling to approve a list of “safe countries” from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with the issue now being put to a vote, diplomats said on Monday. EU envoys on Friday .. Shooting at Seattle protest site kills one DPA SEATTLE One person was killed and another was wounded early on Monday morning when they were shot in the protest area known as CHOP, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighbourhood. Seattle police tweeted that the shooting ..