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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

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.

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