'Say that again' - Trump invites Putin to White House to surprise of US National Intelligence Director

US President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House.

Trump’s failure back up claims from US intelligence agencies came as he met President Putin in Helsinki. Source: 1 NEWS

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today that President Donald Trump has asked national security adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to Washington the US autumn.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats was surprised to learn of the invitation, which comes after Trump and Putin met in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.

A moderator at the Aspen Security Forum, where Coats was speaking in Colorado today, broke into their conversation to describe the invitation.

"Say that again," Coats said, cupping his ear.

He took a deep breath and continued, "OK."

Then he smiled and said, "That's going to be special."


Beaming Prince Harry in beautiful reunion with 98-year-old war widow Daphne

A beaming Duke and Duchess of Sussex thrilled thousands of fans outside the Sydney Opera House today during their first meeting with the general public since the former Meghan Markle's newly announced pregnancy.

The royal couple also chatted with 98-year-old war widow Daphne Dunne whom Harry hugged as they chatted.

It was the third time that they had met since Harry's eye caught sight of a Victoria Cross medal on her chest during a Sydney visit in 2015.

Britain's Prince Harry, left, talks with Australian war veteran Daphne Dunne during a visit to the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, in May 2015. Source: Associated Press

Dunne explained that her first husband Albert Chowne had been given the highest award in the British honours system after he died in Papua New Guinea in 1945.

Britain's Prince Harry, right, meets Daphne Dunne, 97, left, during a rainy walk in Sydney, Australia, last year. Source: Associated Press

Prince Harry and Meghan spent longer than the 20 minutes allocated in their schedule to speak to and shake hands with as many well-wishers as possible.

Meghan, wearing a beige trench coat over a sleeveless cream dress by Australian designer Karen Gee, accepted cards and flowers from an enthusiastic crowd.

It was the third time that they had met since Harry's eye caught sight of a Victoria Cross medal on her chest during a Sydney visit in 2015. Source: Associated Press


Prince Charles says he toasted news of Harry and Meghan's baby 'several times'

Britain's Prince Charles said on Tuesday he had happily toasted the news another royal baby was on the way.

The Prince of Wales was asked about becoming a grandfather again during a tour of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

He declared the 30-year-old single malt whisky produced in his honour "sweet" and "frightfully good."

The exclusive whisky will be bottled and sold for charity to mark the Prince's 70th birthday.

The Prince of Wales was clearly delighted by news of his fourth grandchild as he spoke to reporters while on a tour of a distillery in Scotland. Source: Associated Press



Trump attacks Stormy Daniels as 'horseface', with the porn actress hitting back at the president, calling him 'tiny'

President Donald Trump is insulting the physical appearance of porn actress Stormy Daniels, calling her "Horseface" in a tweet about a recent legal ruling.

A federal judge dismissed Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Mr Trump.

Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and sued him in April. The defamation lawsuit came after Trump tweeted about a composite sketch of a man Daniels says threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair. He called it a "total con job."

The judge on Tuesday said Trump's tweet was a "hyperbolic statement" protected under the First Amendment.

President Trump tweeted: "Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer."

Daniels hit back on Twitter, calling him Tiny a tweet.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present your president. In addition to his … umm … shortcomings, he has demonstrated his incompetence, hatred of women and lack of self control on Twitter AGAIN! And perhaps a penchant for bestiality. Game on, Tiny.”

Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti called Trump's comments "outrageous."

Trump has a history of derogatory comments about women's appearances.

The book will include details about her alleged affair, and non-disclosure agreement.
Source: 1 NEWS

Aussie PM reportedly open to accepting New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees from Nauru

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is reportedly open to accepting New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees from Nauru if parliament signs off on a "lifetime ban" bill.

Under the bill, any refugee settled in a third country would be banned from entering Australia even under a tourist or business visa. The legislation has been stuck since November 2016.

"(It) is opposed by the Labor Party and the Greens and crossbench senators, which is preventing that protection being put in place and I would urge them to reconsider their position on that," Mr Morrison said.

The ban would prevent refugees who came by boat and settled in New Zealand from ending up in Australia. Fairfax Media says the government may put the bill to the vote this week.

The development comes as Labor drafted legislation in response to growing concerns by Australian doctors about the care provided to children and their families on Nauru.

They want to speed up the medical transfers of these refugees to Australia.

Three Liberal MPs have also taken the extraordinary step of demanding the prime minister get children off the Pacific island, citing serious fears about their health.

New Zealand will spend $3 million on essential services for refugees in Manus Island and Nauru detention centres. Source: 1 NEWS