Australian politician ‘targeted by massage scam’ at New York hotel

Image copyright ABC/Justin Huntsdale Image caption Gareth Ward says he was the victim of a blackmail attempt in the US An Australian politician has said he was targeted by a blackmail scam after booking a massage to a New York hotel. Gareth Ward, a New South Wales assembly member, said he was confronted by two […]

Houston flood: Chemicals released from Arkema plant

Media captionA team of volunteer rescuers set out to reach a man spotted clinging to a tree in Hardin Country, Texas Chemicals have been released into the atmosphere from a flood-damaged plant near the storm-hit US city of Houston, local officials say. Earlier, black smoke was seen issuing from the Arkema chemical plant at Crosby. […]

Court blocks Texas law punishing ‘sanctuary cities’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrators against SB4 gathered outside a court hearing in June A US federal judge has halted a new Texan immigration law on “sanctuary cities” just two days before it is scheduled to go into effect. The bill aimed to force local law enforcement to obey requests from immigration officers to […]

Pentagon raises Afghanistan troop estimate to 11,000

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Trump has committed to stepping up US engagement in Afghanistan. The Pentagon says there are about 11,000 US troops currently deployed in Afghanistan – a significantly higher number than was previously disclosed. Officials say the new tally includes temporary and covert units as well as regular forces. It […]

North Korea: Talking is not the answer, says Trump

Media captionFootage of a missile being launched over northern Japan was broadcast on state-run television US President Donald Trump has said that “talking is not the answer” in dealing with North Korea’s military operations. “The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years,” he wrote on Twitter. But […]

Kent Heckenlively, US ‘anti-vaxxer’, denied Australian visa

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Childhood vaccinations are crucial to preventing diseases, experts say A US author who bills himself as the “world’s #1 anti-vaxxer” has been denied a visa to enter Australia for a speaking tour. Kent Heckenlively had planned to visit Australia in December to call for a five-year ban on vaccinations. […]

Female Witchsy founders use fictional male to beat sexism

Female Witchsy founders use fictional male to beat sexism

Image copyright Witchsy Image caption Kate Dwyer (left) and Penelope Gazin, co-founders of Witchsy Two female US entrepreneurs have revealed that they created an imaginary male co-founder to dodge sexism and make setting up their company easier. Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer of online art marketplace Witchsy said male developers responded better to emails signed […]

Houston floods: ‘Worst not yet over,’ says Texas governor

Media captionThe numbers behind Storm Harvey Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said that “the worst is not yet over” for the south-east of the US state, after devastating Tropical Storm Harvey. He said rain continues to fall and flooding in certain areas may last another week. More than 20 people are reported dead, and large […]

Trump: ‘It’s time’ for tax reform

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US President Donald Trump made the case for tax reform in a speech in Missouri on Wednesday US President Donald Trump said “it’s time” for US lawmakers to act on tax reform, increasing pressure on Congress as he seeks to make good on one of his biggest campaign promises. […]

Houston reels as Storm Harvey bears down on Louisiana

Media captionThe numbers behind Storm Harvey Tropical Storm Harvey has made landfall again in the US state of Louisiana after hovering in the Gulf of Mexico. Flash-flood warnings have been issued for the state’s south. The storm, which previously reached hurricane status, has dumped record rainfall in the region. Large parts of the Texas city […]

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