US shutdown: Politicians work to agree stopgap funding deal

US shutdown: Politicians work to agree stopgap funding deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Donald Trump has called off a trip to his Florida golf club this weekend until a deal can be struck Last-ditch efforts are being made in Washington to prevent a shutdown of the US government. With a Senate vote due shortly before the Friday midnight deadline, Republicans leaders are […]

Pope Francis warns of threat to Amazon peoples on Peru visit

Pope Francis warns of threat to Amazon peoples on Peru visit

Media captionIndigenous people gathered to see the Pope Pope Francis has used a visit to Peru to sound a stark warning about the pressure on the Amazon and its peoples posed by business interests. He told indigenous people in the small town of Puerto Maldonado that the region had never been so threatened. Tribal elders […]

Mattis: US national security focus no longer terrorism

Mattis: US national security focus no longer terrorism

Media captionMr Mattis said China and Russia posed a major threat to US security US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said competition between great powers, not terrorism, is now the main focus of America’s national security. The US faced “growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia”, he said, unveiling the national […]

Workers cleared over Canada rail disaster

Workers cleared over Canada rail disaster

Media captionHow the Lac-Megantic train disaster unfolded A Canadian jury has found three former rail workers not guilty of criminal negligence for their connection to the Lac-Megantic disaster five years ago. On 6 July 2013, a runaway train filled with petroleum crude oil derailed in the small eastern Quebec town. Forty-seven people were killed in […]

Turpin case: California couple deny torturing ‘shackled siblings’

Turpin case: California couple deny torturing ‘shackled siblings’

Media captionDavid Turpin (R) and his wife Louise Turpin (L) deny charges of torture The parents accused of holding their 13 children in shackles at a California home have pleaded not guilty. David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, are facing charges of torture, abuse and false imprisonment. They were arrested after their daughter escaped […]

North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with ‘clear eyes’

North Korea crisis: South to continue talks with ‘clear eyes’

Media captionSouth Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha: “We understand North Korea better than anybody” South Korea says it will continue high-level talks with North Korea with “clear eyes” amid global warnings that Pyongyang might be playing for time to continue its nuclear-arms programme. “We have to make the most” of the opportunity, South Korean Foreign […]

Trump Russia: Bannon ‘ordered to testify to grand jury’

Trump Russia: Bannon ‘ordered to testify to grand jury’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Steve Bannon (centre) attended a House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting on Tuesday Steve Bannon, former chief strategist to US President Donald Trump, has been summoned to testify before a grand jury, US media report. He was reportedly subpoenaed by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who is leading an […]

Shackled children found in Perris, California home

Shackled children found in Perris, California home

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The parents are held on charges of torture and child endangerment Two parents have been arrested in California after police found 13 people allegedly being held captive at their home, including some “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks”. David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, […]

Venezuela helicopter attack: Pilot Oscar Pérez in bloody siege

Venezuela helicopter attack: Pilot Oscar Pérez in bloody siege

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Oscar Pérez was wanted for using a stolen helicopter to throw grenades at government buildings Two police officers and several “terrorists” have been killed in an operation to capture a helicopter pilot accused of leading an armed rebellion in Venezuela last year, officials say. Venezuelan forces surrounded a house in […]

Biles ‘abused by gymnastics doctor’

Biles ‘abused by gymnastics doctor’

Biles won four gold medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016 Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles says she was sexually abused by former Team USA gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar. In an emotional statement, Biles, a star of the Rio Games, said she would not let Nassar “steal my love and joy”. Nassar was jailed […]

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