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Joe Biden: Donald Trump's cynicism is unbounded

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's "cynicism is unbounded", US Vice-President Joe Biden has said.

Speaking at the Democratic National Convention, Mr Biden launched a scathing attack on the billionaire tycoon, accusing of him of being inconsiderate and out of touch with ordinary Americans.

"His lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in a phrase I suspect he's most proud of having made famous: "You're fired."

"How can there be pleasure in saying you're fired? He's trying to tell us he cares about the middle class - give me a break.

"That's a bunch of malarkey. He has no clue about what makes America great. Actually he has no clue period."

In contrast, the vice-president sought to recast the image of Mrs Clinton as a remote establishment figure by maintaining that she could relate to the problems of ordinary citizens.

Hillary understood that for years, millions of people went to bed staring at the ceiling, thinking 'oh my god, what if I get breast cancer or he has a heart attack, I will lose everything, what will we do then?'

– US Vice-President Joe Biden

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Russia 'cannot be allowed to redraw map of Europe'

US Vice President Joe Biden has said Russia cannot be allowed to redraw the map of Europe.

Speaking at the European Council in Brussels, Biden said Ukraine "is fighting for their very survival right now."

US President Joe Biden speaking in Brussels. Credit: APTN

"President Putin continues to call for new peace plans as his troops roll through the Ukrainian countryside and he absolutely ignores every agreement that his country has signed in the past and he has signed recently - including in Minsk," the Vice President said.

This is the moment where the United States and Europe must stand together, stand firm. Russia cannot be allowed to redraw the map of Europe, because that is exactly what they are doing".

US and European leaders to discuss potential 'costs' for Russia

US Vice President Joe Biden will discuss the situation in Ukraine with European leaders in Brussels on Friday, including the possibility of imposing "additional costs" on Russia.

Vice President Biden will also discuss options for helping Ukraine in its armed conflict with rebels, including security and financial aid.

He is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a security conference in Munich.

Gun shots fired from vehicle near US VP Joe Biden's home

Gun shots were fired from a passing vehicle near the home of US Vice President Joe Biden's house, the Secret Service has told CNN.

Mr Biden and his wife, Dr Jill Biden, were not at the home in Greenville, Delaware, at the time.

Secret Service spokesperson Robert Hoback said: "A vehicle drove by the vice-president's residence at a high rate of speed and fired multiple gun shots."

US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr Jill Biden, were away from their home in Greenville, Delaware, when the incident happened. Credit: REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Mr Hoback said the shots were heard by Secret Service officials at Mr Biden's home at around 8.25pm local time last night and were being investigated.

He said they were fired on the public road, beyond the residence's security perimeter and a few hundred yards from the building.

Biden joins selfie craze with photo of him and Obama

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Credit: Instagram/Joe Biden.

Joe Biden has joined in with the selfie craze with none other than Barack Obama.

The US Vice President posted the photograph - taken in the back of the presidential limousine- on Instagram with the message: "Found a friend to join my first selfie on Instagram, Thanks for following and stay tuned. VP."

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Joe Biden to travel to Kiev as crisis in Ukraine escalates

US Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Kiev in a show of support for Ukraine's new government, the White House announced.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Credit: Reuters

Pro-Russian gunmen took control of a city in eastern Ukraine today as Kiev prepared troops to tackle what it called an "act of aggression by Russia", pushing the conflict between the neighbours into a dangerous new phase.

Mr Biden will travel to Ukraine on April 22 to meet with government officials and civil society groups ahead of the Ukrainian presidential election in May.

Biden speaks to Ukraine president about clashes

US Vice President Joe Biden has spoken to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich today by phone, the White House announced.

The scene tonight at Kiev's central Independence Square, where protesters have gathered. Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

This is the latest in a series of calls between the two men since clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police erupted in the capital Kiev.

Blair and Biden pay tribute to Sharon at memorial

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US vice president Joe Biden have paid homage to Ariel Sharon at his state funeral service in Jerusalem.

Family members walk behind the flag-draped coffin of Ariel Sharon during a memorial ceremony at the Knesset, Israel's parliament. Credit: Reuters
US vice president Joe Biden speaks in front of the coffin of Ariel Sharon during the memorial service. Credit: Reuters
Israeli army officers salute the coffin of Ariel Sharon. Credit: Reuters
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