US government shutdown: How did we get here again?

US government shutdown: How did we get here again?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Monuments and parks closed for more than two weeks in 2013 Outsider observers would be forgiven for being a little mystified at news that the US is – yet again – days away from a potential government shutdown. What is going on? When is the deadline? A spending bill […]

New Orleans removes first of four Confederate statues

New Orleans removes first of four Confederate statues

Media captionConfederate monuments being removed in New Orleans Masked New Orleans workers in bullet-proof vests have removed a Confederate monument that officials said was a symbol of the US South’s racist past. Watched by police snipers, the statue was gone before dawn in a stealthy operation designed to foil protests. The statues will be relocated […]

Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson

Peggy Whitson has broken the record for the cumulative time a US astronaut has spent in space. On her 534th day not on Earth, she got a call from President Trump. When she revealed details about what she has to do in space, he responded: “Better you than me.” Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson

Arkansas set for rare US double execution

Arkansas set for rare US double execution

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jack Jones (L) and Marcel Williams Arkansas will become the first US state in 17 years to hold two executions on the same day, if two inmates are put to death as planned on Monday evening. Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are seeking stays of execution on grounds […]

North Korea nuclear: White House calls Senate to briefing

North Korea nuclear: White House calls Senate to briefing

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kim Jong-un, here visiting a pig farm, has vowed to continue missile tests In an unusual move, the entire US Senate is being called to the White House for a briefing on North Korea. Washington has become increasingly concerned at North Korean missile and nuclear tests and threats to its […]

Astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks new space record

Astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks new space record

Peggy Whitson has broken the record for most days in space by a US astronaut. Dr Whitson already holds records for the most spacewalks carried out by a woman astronaut and is the first woman to command the International Space Station (ISS) twice. Now she’s beaten the record previously set by Jeff Williams, who had […]

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Vinson battle group was conducting exercises with the Japanese navy in the Philippine Sea on Sunday North Korea is “ready to sink” a US aircraft carrier heading for the peninsula, state media have said. A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned that the USS Carl Vinson could be […]

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Vinson battle group was conducting exercises with the Japanese navy in the Philippine Sea on Sunday North Korea is “ready to sink” a US aircraft carrier heading for the peninsula, state media have said. A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned that the USS Carl Vinson could be […]

North Korea ‘detains American citizen’

North Korea ‘detains American citizen’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tension is high following a massive military parade and missile test An American citizen has been detained in North Korea as he tried to leave the country, South Korean media say. The man was identified only by his surname, Kim. He becomes the third American to be detained by the […]

Ilie Nastase repeatedly asked if I was a virgin, says Pam Shriver

Ilie Nastase repeatedly asked if I was a virgin, says Pam Shriver

Pam Shriver, pictured interviewing Venus Williams, has made a post-playing career in the media Former US Open finalist Pam Shriver claims Romania Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase – who is banned from his team’s tie against Great Britain – made inappropriate comments to her as a teenage star of the women’s tour. Shriver, 54, said […]