Cuba’s Raúl Castro hands over power to Miguel Díaz-Canel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Miguel Díaz-Canel had been widely expected to take over from Raúl Castro Miguel Díaz-Canel has been sworn in as Cuba’s new president, replacing Raúl Castro who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006. It is the first time since the revolution in 1959 that a Castro is not […]

Prince death: No criminal charges to be filed

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prince was found dead at his Minneapolis-area estate in April 2016 No criminal charges will be brought over the death of US musician Prince in April 2016, prosecutors say. The singer, 57, died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, an opioid many times more powerful than heroin. Prosecutors […]

Cuba nominates Castro replacement Miguel Díaz-Canel

Image copyright AFP Image caption Miguel Díaz-Canel (left) has served as vice-president to Raúl Castro (right) Cuba’s parliament has picked Miguel Díaz-Canel as the sole candidate to succeed Raúl Castro, 86, bringing the family’s decades-long rule to an end. Raúl Castro took over as president from his ailing brother Fidel in 2006. The National Assembly, […]

Southwest pilot’s ‘nerves of steel’ credited for safe landing

Image copyright Facebook/MidAmerica Nazarene Image caption Mrs Shults (left) flew fighter jets in the US Navy A pilot who safely landed a Southwest Airlines passenger plane after a jet engine ripped apart mid-air has been praised as a hero by passengers. Tammie Jo Shults steered Flight 1380 to a Philadelphia airport in the incident on […]

Turkey’s President Erdogan calls snap election in June

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Erdogan spent 11 years as prime minister before becoming Turkey’s first directly elected president in 2014 Turkey will hold snap presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 June, brought forward by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from November 2019. He has run Turkey since 2002 and will seek five more years […]

‘Total con job’: Trump lashes out over Stormy Daniels sketch

Image copyright ABC News Image caption A sketch of the man who threatened Ms Daniels in 2011 was revealed on the US talk show Donald Trump has tweeted to dismiss a sketch of a man who the adult film actress Stormy Daniels said threatened her on the president’s behalf. President Trump claimed the man was […]

Sandy Hook parents sue radio host Alex Jones for defamation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The lawsuits were filed in Texas, where Mr Jones lives and works Three parents whose young children were killed in a school shooting in 2012 have sued right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation. Mr Jones has long claimed on his radio show and InfoWars website that the Sandy […]

Philadelphia jet in emergency landing as engine ‘explodes’

Media captionVideo shows exploded plane engine A US passenger jet has made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after part of the covering on its left engine got ripped off. A window and part of the fuselage were also damaged, officials say. The Southwest Airlines plane was flying from New York’s La Guardia airport to Dallas, […]

IMF predicts stronger growth but warns of risks

Image copyright Getty Images The International Monetary Fund has forecast that 2018 will be the strongest year for global growth since 2011. In its new assessment of the World Economic Outlook, the IMF predicts growth this year and next of 3.9%. However, it warned that performance could be curtailed by trade barriers. For the UK, […]

Cryptocurrency billionaire dies at 54

Image copyright PA Image caption Banking tycoon Matthew Mellon, pictured here in 2007, died in Mexico The US billionaire Matthew Mellon, who made a fortune in digital currency, has died at the age of 54, his family says. Mr Mellon had struggled with drug addiction, and a family representative said he died at a rehabilitation […]

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