Aretha Franklin: Tributes flow in for Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin: Tributes flow in for Queen of Soul

Media captionSister Sledge and the Rev Jesse Jackson are among those who have paid tribute Aretha Franklin Tributes are pouring in from the worlds of entertainment and politics for Aretha Franklin, the US singer known as the Queen of Soul, who has died at 76. Franklin performed at inauguration events for three US presidents and […]

Google employees criticise ‘censored China search engine’

Google employees criticise ‘censored China search engine’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new search app would block search terms like human rights and religion Hundreds of Google employees have written to the company to protest against plans to launch a “censored search engine” in China. They said the project raised “urgent moral and ethical questions” and urged the firm to […]

Pope Francis on side of victims of ‘predator’ priests in US

Pope Francis on side of victims of ‘predator’ priests in US

Media caption“It’s your word against God’s” Pope Francis is on the side of victims of more than 300 “predator” priests in the US accused of abusing children in one state, the Vatican says. In a statement, it said the Church wanted to listen to the victims to “root out this tragic horror”. This comes after […]

Trump’s ‘dirty war’ on media draws editorials in 300 US outlets

Trump’s ‘dirty war’ on media draws editorials in 300 US outlets

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Boston Globe made a plea for editorial unity last week More than 300 news outlets have launched a campaign to counter US President Donald Trump’s attacks and promote a free press. The Boston Globe made the call last week for a nationwide denouncement of the president’s “dirty war” against […]

Four shot in argument at Walmart checkout near Philadelphia

Four shot in argument at Walmart checkout near Philadelphia

Image copyright Montgomery County District Attorney Four people were shot and several more injured when a gunman opened fire by the checkout of a Walmart during an argument with another customer. Police say Keenan Jones, 30, fired at least 10 shots, some indiscriminately, as shoppers ran for cover during the fracas in the Philadelphia suburbs. […]

Threats to transgender student shut Oklahoma school

Threats to transgender student shut Oklahoma school

Image copyright CBS An Oklahoma school has reopened after violent threats against a 12-year-old transgender student prompted its closure for two days. Achille Public Schools, near the Texas border, were shut as local police investigated the threats made in a parents’ private Facebook group. Bryan County Sheriff Johnny Christian said some of the comments came […]

US honeymooner stabs three in Irish bar

US honeymooner stabs three in Irish bar

Image caption Nicholas Keith Warner had been due to return to the US from his NI honeymoon on Wednesday An American electrical engineer on honeymoon has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder three men in County Antrim. Nicholas Warner, 31, from Summerville in South Carolina, walked into court using crutches having allegedly broken […]

Pennsylvania priests ‘abused thousands of children’

Pennsylvania priests ‘abused thousands of children’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Archbishop Donald Wuerl sent a letter to Pennsylvania priests warning them of “profoundly disturbing” details in the report The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released a grand jury report detailing sex abuse in the Catholic Church, naming over 300 accused clergymen. The landmark grand jury investigation found more than 1,000 […]

Christine Hallquist: First transgender governor nominee picked

Christine Hallquist: First transgender governor nominee picked

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Christine Hallquist is the first transgender person to win a major party nomination for governor A former energy executive in Vermont has taken a major step towards becoming the first ever transgender governor of a US state. Christine Hallquist defeated three other candidates, including a 14-year-old boy, to win the […]

Pennsylvania priests ‘abused thousands of children’

Pennsylvania priests ‘abused thousands of children’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Archbishop Donald Wuerl sent a letter to Pennsylvania priests warning them of “profoundly disturbing” details in the report The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released a grand jury report detailing sex abuse in the Catholic Church, naming over 300 accused clergymen. The landmark grand jury investigation found more than 1,000 […]