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Robert Mueller (left) was appointed in May 2017 to investigate Russian efforts to tip the 2016 presidential election in US President Donald Trump's favour.
Robert Mueller (left) was appointed in May 2017 to investigate Russian efforts to tip the 2016 presidential election in US President Donald Trump's favour.PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, REUTERS

Trump suggests Mueller is behind Russia probe leaks

American President Donald Trump suggested Saturday (June 2) that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is deliberately leaking to the press documents about his probe into possible collusion with Russia.

"There was No Collusion with Russia (except by the Democrats). When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end? So bad for our Country," Trump tweeted after the investigation passed its one-year mark last month.

"Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media? Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?"


Vietnam couple stabbed to death in Las Vegas hotel: Police

A Vietnamese tourist couple has been found stabbed to death in their room at the Circus Circus hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, police in the US gambling center said.

"As a result of our initial processing of the room, we are able to confirm that it is definitely a double homicide," Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant Ray Spencer told reporters late Friday (June 1).

The killings happened overnight Thursday to Friday, he said.


Tennis: Serena Williams roars on to set up French Open showdown with Maria Sharapova

There was no messing around for Serena Williams on Saturday (June 2) as she took only 75 minutes to knock out German 11th seed Julia Goerges 6-3 6-4 at the French Open and set up a heavyweight fourth-round showdown with Maria Sharapova.

Just seven matches into her comeback following a maternity break, Williams impressed all those watching on the 10,000-seater Suzanne Lenglen Court - including former boxing champion Mike Tyson - by pulverising her opponent.

After she broke for a 3-1 lead with a blazing crosscourt winner, tremors were felt all around the arena as Williams smashed the ball away with all her might to wrap up the opening set.


US millionaire built deadly secret tunnels over 'North Korea' fear

A US millionaire is to appear in court on Friday (June 1) charged in the murder of a man recruited to build tunnels at his home near the US capital for protection against North Korea, reports say.

Daniel Beckwitt, a conspiracy theorist and millionaire stock trader, has posted a US$100,000 (S$133, 840) bond and will be released from detention on Monday morning, WRC-TV said.

Beckwitt, 27, is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death in September 2017 of Askia Khafra, 21.


Solidarity in euro zone should not lead to debt union: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared on Saturday (June 2) to rule out debt relief for Italy, saying in a newspaper interview that the principle of solidarity among members of the euro zone should not turn the single currency bloc into a debt-sharing union.

Merkel made the remarks in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung when asked about a media report that the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and far-right League had planned to ask the European Central Bank to forgive 250 billion euros (S$350 billion) of Italian debt.

She said that while solidarity among members of the single currency bloc was important that principle "should not lead to a debt union." An Italian governing coalition of two parties generally seen as hostile to the euro took power on Friday, calming markets that had been spooked by the possibility of a new election that might have effectively become a referendum on whether to leave the single currency.