Outgoing President Barack Obama says Chelsea Manning served a tough prison sentence

Outgoing President Barack Obama says Chelsea Manning served a tough prison sentence

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday 18 January that former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had served a tough prison term and his decision to commute her 35-year sentence to about seven years served would not signal leniency toward leakers of US government secrets.Obama told his final news conference as president that he felt it made sense to commute Mannings sentence because she went to trial and took responsibility for her crime. Manning gave classified information to anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks in 2010. She received a very disproportionate sentence relative to what other leakers had received, Obama said, adding that he felt very comfortable that justice has been served. Jan 19, 2017
Outgoing President Barack Obama says contructive US-Russia relations are in the worlds interest

Outgoing President Barack Obama says contructive US-Russia relations are in the worlds interest

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday 19 December it is in the worlds interest for the United States and Russia to have a constructive relationship, but Russias return to an adversarial spirit under President Vladimir Putin made that difficult. I think that it is in Americas interest, in the worlds interest, that we have a constructive relationship with Russia, Obama said in a news conference on Wednesday (January 18) two days before handing over the presidency to Donald Trump. Obama also stressed sanctions on Russia were because of encroachments on Ukraines sovereignty and independence. Jan 19, 2017
What does Donald Trump's transition period indicate about his presidency?

What does Donald Trump’s transition period indicate about his presidency?

Since his surprise election win on 8 November 2016, Donald Trump has been busy preparing for life as US president. Ahead of his inauguration on 20 January, IBTimes UK spoke to Professor Michael Cornfield from George Washington University in Washington DC about the transition period and what it indicates about the next four years of Trumps presidency. Jan 19, 2017
Stoke-on-Trent by-election: What you need to know

Stoke-on-Trent by-election: What you need to know

Tristram Hunt announced on 13 January that he is to quit as a Labour MP to take on a new role as director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Hunts decision means Labour will be defending the seat they have controlled since 1950. But Stoke-on-Trent voted overwhelmingly to Leave the EU, leaving Labours Jeremy Corbyn to battle UKIP who finished second in the constituency in 2015. Jan 18, 2017
Copeland by-election: What you need to know

Copeland by-election: What you need to know

Labour MP Jamie Reed announced his retirement on 21 December 2016, triggering a by-election in his constituency of Copeland. The former shadow health minister is going to take up a job in the nuclear industry as Head of Development and Community Relations at Sellafied Ltd, a power plant in his constituency. Jan 18, 2017
Ex Apprentice candidate Summer Zervos sues Donald Trump for defamation

Ex Apprentice candidate Summer Zervos sues Donald Trump for defamation

One of about a dozen women who previously accused President-elect Donald Trump of making unwanted sexual advances, filed a lawsuit against him in New York on 17 January. Summer Zervos alleges that Trump made false and defamatory statements about her in rejecting the accusation, causing her emotional and economic harm. The one-time contestant on Trumps reality television show The Apprentice is focused on a stream of denials Trump aimed at her and other women accusers last October, just weeks before the 8 November presidential election, when Zervos and others accused him of making unwanted sexual advances. The lawsuit says Trump kissed Zervos without her consent at his office in New York in December 2007, and later at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California, kissed her, touched her breast and tried to get her to lie on a bed during a meeting about a possible job. Jan 18, 2017