North Korea ‘detains US citizen Kim Hak-song’

Image copyright PUST Image caption Kim Hak-song is said to have worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology North Korea says it has detained a US citizen on suspicion of “hostile acts” against the state. Kim Hak-song worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and was held on 6 May, […]

Canada considers retaliation for US tariff on softwood lumber

Image copyright Reuters Image caption British Columbia is Canada’s biggest logging province Canada is considering multiple trade actions against the US in response to tariffs on softwood lumber. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday he was considering banning US coal exports in response to the “unfair” tax on Canadian lumber. The government is also […]

Texas policeman charged with murder over teenage death

Image copyright European Photopress Agency A police officer has been charged with murder after shooting a teenager who was a passenger in a car as it drove away from a house party in Dallas. Roy Oliver opened fire on the vehicle, killing Jordan Edwards, 15, with a single bullet in the head on Saturday. Police […]

Angella Reid fired as White House chief usher

Image copyright CBS Image caption Reid travelled to Wisconsin to select the 2016 White House christmas tree The Trump administration has fired the White House chief usher, who is responsible for the management of the building and its staff. Angella Reid was the first woman and second African-American to serve in the position after a […]

Trump’s Army Secretary nominee Mark Green withdraws

Image copyright Tennessee General Assembly President Donald Trump’s pick for Army Secretary has withdrawn his nomination amid backlash over his past controversial remarks. Mark Green said his nomination had become a distraction due to “false and misleading attacks” against him. The president’s second pick for the post has outraged Democrats and some Republicans after his […]

US soldier killed in mission against Somalia’s al-Shabab

Image copyright AFP Image caption Al-Shabab fighters perform military drills at a village about 25km outside Mogadishu in 2011 A US soldier has been killed in Somalia during operations against al-Shabab militants, the American military says. Two other US servicemen were injured in Thursday’s incident, about 40 miles (64km) west of the capital Mogadishu, near […]

US jobs growth accelerates in April

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The US hospitality industry was one of the drivers behind the stronger than expected jobs figures US jobs growth staged a bigger recovery than expected in April as businesses added 211,000 posts. Figures from the US Department of Labour also showed the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.4%, compared with […]

Travyon Martin to receive honorary college degree

Image copyright Getty Images Florida Memorial University will award a posthumous degree to Trayvon Martin, five years after the black teen was shot dead by a neighbourhood watchman. The teen’s parents will accept a degree in aeronautical science on his behalf on 13 May. The university said it wants to honour the 17-year-old’s ambition to […]

Air duct-crawling Kentucky students caught trying to steal exam

Image copyright PA A University of Kentucky student in the US has been charged with burglary after crawling through air ducts to steal an exam paper from the tutor’s office. Henry Lynch II’s luck ran out when his tutor, who had been working extremely late, surprised him – and an accomplice – when he came […]

Obamacare is ‘dead’ says Trump after healthcare victory

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There were slaps on the back from a triumphant Republican leadership President Donald Trump has declared Obamacare “dead” after the Republican healthcare bill was narrowly passed by the lower chamber of Congress. The 217-213 vote marked his first legislative victory and goes some way to keeping a key campaign promise […]

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