International: US & Canada

Obama To Request $1.8bn To Fight Zika

Monday, February 8, 2016 The Obama administration has said it will ask the US Congress for $1.8bn ( 1.25bn) in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus. The virus, which is transmitted primarily through mosquitoes, has spread rapidly through the Americas. It has been linked to a condition called microcephaly, ...

Crane Collapses In New York City, Killing At Least One Person

Friday, February 5, 2016 A large construction crane has collapsed in lower Manhattan in New York City, killing one person and injuring at least two others. The Fire Department of New York confirmed the fatality and is on the scene responding to the accident. The collapse happened along Broadway early on Friday ...

Rand Paul Drops Out Of White House Race

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Republican Senator Rand Paul has dropped out of the race for US president after a disappointing fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses. Mr Paul often clashed with his Republican rivals over their hawkish views on foreign policy and their support of government surveillance. He ended his ...

How Big Winners Like Donald Trump Bounce Back From A Loss

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Donald Trump told everyone he was a winner 8211; just like some sports stars do before a big match. So how do braggadocio winners deal with losing? Not long after early results from the Iowa caucuses started coming in late Tuesday night, the internet lit up with the news that Donald Trump 821 ...

With All Iowa Votes In, Clinton Takes Lead

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Hillary Clinton appeared to squeak past insurgent rival Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa's presidential vote, according to results Tuesday, redeeming a crushing loss here in 2008 but revealing the shortcomings of a candidate who once seemed invincible. Results from Iowa's Democratic Party, announcing ...

Republican Rivals Mock Trump Over No-Show

Saturday, January 30, 2016 Donald Trump loomed large over the final Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses, despite not being on stage. His absence was mocked by his rivals, who tried to fill the space vacated by Mr Trump rsquo;s boycott by attacking each other on immigration and other issues. Mr Trump decided to wi ...

Winners And Losers Of Republican Debate

Saturday, January 30, 2016 So this is what a Republican debate would have looked like in an alternate universe, where Donald Trump was still a reality show celebrity and a failed steak salesman . With a few notable exceptions, all the candidates kept their balance and stayed on their talking points. It rsquo;s as if the un ...

US Economic Growth Slows Sharply

Saturday, January 30, 2016 The US economy grew at an annualised rate of 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the same quarter a year ago, official figures show. The rate of growth marks a sharp slowdown from the 2% growth recorded in the previous quarter. The US Commerce department said one reason for the sl ...
Joseph Fiennes has admitted he was “shocked” to be cast as Michael Jackson in a TV programme for Sky Arts.

Joseph Fiennes ‘Shocked’ To Be Cast As Michael Jackson

Thursday, January 28, 2016 The actor plays the singer in the comedy about a supposed road trip taken by Jackson, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor after the 9/11 terror attacks. Some fans have reacted angrily to the casting, but Fiennes said he thought Jackson was 8220;probably closer to my colour than his original ...

Zika Virus ‘Likely To Spread Across Americas’ Says WHO

Monday, January 25, 2016 The Zika virus is likely to spread across nearly all of the Americas, the World Health Organization has warned. The infection, which causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headache, has already been found in 21 countries in the Caribbean, North and South America. It ha ...

US Snowstorm: Millions Prepare For Huge Blizzard

Saturday, January 23, 2016 A huge blizzard bearing down on the US east coast is expected to dump near-record levels of snow on Washington and the Mid-Atlantic region. More than 50 million people have been warned of a ldquo;potentially paralysing storm rdquo; late on Friday that will bring 24in (60cm) of snow within ...

Bill Cosby Wins Defamation Case

Friday, January 22, 2016 Bill Cosby has won a legal case against a woman who sued him for defaming her, when he denied her allegations of sexual assault. A Pittsburgh federal judge dismissed the case ldquo;with prejudice rdquo; meaning it cannot be amended and refiled. Renita Hill filed the claim saying she ha ...

Barack Obama Says People ‘Short-Changed’

Thursday, January 21, 2016 US President Barack Obama has pledged his support to the Michigan city beset by a water contamination crisis, saying Flint had been ldquo;short-changed rdquo;. Speaking from nearby Detroit, he said: ldquo;If I were a parent up there, I would be beside myself that my kid rsquo;s health co ...
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