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Trump inauguration boycott grows 16 January 2017 WASHINGTON - The number of Democratic members of Congress saying they will boycott Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday has increased to 26. Many have cited as a reason the president-elect's recent attack on civil rights icon and fellow congressman John Lewis. Mr Trump lashed out at Mr Lew...
Icy storm lashes France, Germany 13 January 2017 LONDON - An icy storm has been lashing parts of western Europe, causing power cuts in many homes, felling trees and disrupting some rail services. In France power cuts affected more than 237,000 homes as the storm swept across Normandy and regions north of Paris. In Dieppe, on the coast, wi...
'Clinton will never run for office again' 9 January 2017 WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton will never run for office again after losing the US presidential election to Donald Trump in November after the most divisive campaign in memory, a confidante of the Democrat said on Sunday. "I think she's going to figure out ways to help kids and families," Neera ...
Putin 'sought to help' Trump in US vote 7 January 2017 MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Donald Trump win the presidential election, a US intelligence report says. The unclassified report says the Russian leader "ordered" a campaign aimed at influencing the election. Moscow has not commented, but Russia has previously den...
Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats 30 December 2016 LONDON - The Obama administration on Thursday announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians. US intelligence services believe Russia ordered cyber-attacks on the Democrati...
Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use 24 December 2016 NEW YORK - A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization. Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protect...
Man gets $75 after 31-year wrong imprisonment 23 December 2016 NEW YORK - A Tennessee man who served 31 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit is petitioning the State to compensate him $1 million for the years of his life that were taken away. All he's gotten so far is $75. In October 1977 a Memphis woman was raped in her home by two intruders. She l...
Putin's Russia used Syria as live-fire training: US 22 December 2016 NEW YORK - The US army's commander in Europe has accused Russia of using its military campaign in Syria as a "live-fire training opportunity". Lt Gen Ben Hodges said Russia's "disregard for civilian casualties... is not the conduct of a nation that wants to be treated like a superpower". Ru...
Trump adds yet another billionaire to his team 20 December 2016 WASHINGTON - US president-elect Donald Trump's band of billionaires keeps growing. The latest addition to his team of ultra-rich administration officials is Vincent Viola, a New York businessman and NHL owner who was announced Monday as Trump's pick for secretary of the Army. The civilian p...
Obama warns Putin 17 December 2016 WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has said that he ordered Russia's Vladimir Putin to "cut it out" in a conversation about email hacking ahead of the US election. Implying that the Russian president knew about the hacks, Mr Obama said: "Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin." ...
Man jailed over Trump death plot 14 December 2016 LONDON - A British man has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison over his attempt to grab a gun in a bid to kill Donald Trump. Michael Sandford, 20, pleaded guilty in September to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function. He was accus...
Marine Le Pen: No free school for foreigners 8 December 2016 PARIS - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called for an end to free education for foreign children. In a speech in Paris, the National Front's candidate in the 2017 presidential race next spring said she had nothing against foreigners. [GoogleAd] "But I tell them: if you come to ...
Trump names defence secretary 2 December 2016 WASHINGTON - US President-elect Donald Trump has named Gen James Mattis, a former marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as his defence secretary. "He's our best," Mr Trump said, as he announced his pick in a speech in Ohio. Gen Mattis, who is known as "Mad Dog", was an outspoken critic...
Brazil football team in plane crash 29 November 2016 RIO DE JANEIRO - A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia, officials say. Reports say there are six survivors. The plane reported electrical problems. The chartered aircraft, flying from Bolivia, was...
Mayor resigns over Michelle Obama 'ape in heels' post 16 November 2016 NEW YORK - The mayor of a town in the US state of West Virginia has resigned after she was caught up in a controversy over racist comments about Michelle Obama. Beverly Whaling had appeared to applaud a Facebook post referring to Mrs Obama as an "ape in heels". She wrote that the post had m...
Trump makes two key appointments 14 November 2016 WASHINGTON - US President-elect Donald Trump has awarded key roles in his incoming team to a top Republican party official and a conservative media chief. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be his chief of staff. In this role, he will set the tone for ...
Thousands join US anti-Trump protests 10 November 2016 CHICAGO - Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of several US cities to protest against the election of Donald Trump. Many shouted the slogan "Not my president". Others burned orange-haired effigies of the businessman. Mr Trump will become the 45th US president after securing...
Trump elected U.S. president 9 November 2016 WASHINGTON - Donald Trump has been elected United States of America president.    
My wife will never run for office: Obama 30 October 2016 WASHINGTON - She might be the breakout star of this year's campaign trail, but First Lady Michelle Obama won't be making the jump from surrogate to candidate. That's according to her husband, who firmly told a radio show his wife "will never run for office." "She is as talented and brillian...
Syria rebels 'in push to break Aleppo siege' 28 October 2016 ALEPPO - Rebels in Syria have announced a big offensive aimed at breaking the government siege of east Aleppo. A UK-based monitoring group said the rebels had fired "hundreds" of missiles into western Aleppo, killing at least 15 civilians. They are also reported to have targeted al-Nayrab m...
Indonesia to castrate paedophiles 19 October 2016 JAKARTA - Indonesia could "wipe out" paedophilia with its new policy of chemical castration, President Joko Widodo has told the BBC. He said Indonesia respected human rights but there would be "no compromise" when it came to punishing such sexual crimes. Indonesia passed controversial laws ...
'Trump women accusers lying' 18 October 2016 NEW YORK - Melania Trump has insisted that her husband is a "gentleman" and that the women who allege that he sexually assaulted them are lying. She also said that lewd comments Donald Trump made about women that were caught on videotape were unacceptable but did not represent the man she know...
Hundreds dead in Haiti storm disaster 7 October 2016 PORT AU PRINCE - The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade - has soared to more than 300, officials say. Some 50 people were reported killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone. The nearby city of Jeremie saw 80% of its building...
Trump's fortune drops $800m in one year 29 September 2016 HARARE - "Part of the beauty of me is that I'm very rich," Donald Trump once said, but according to Forbes magazine he's much less rich than a year ago. The business magazine has reappraised the Republican White House hopeful's personal wealth and found it has haemorrhaged $800m since 2015. ...
US accuses Russia of 'barbarism' in Syria 26 September 2016 ALEPPO - The US ambassador to the UN has accused Russia of "barbarism" over the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Samantha Power said Russia had told the council outright lies about its conduct in Syria. She said Russia and the Syrian ...