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US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGovernment workers on what happens during a shutdown The US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. It was unclear which way the vote would go as the midnight deadline approached, with Republicans and Democrats split on key […]

New Zealand debates access to dead sea life footage

New Zealand debates access to dead sea life footage

Image copyright New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries New Zealand’s fishing industry has found itself at odds with conservationists over whether or not the public should be allowed to see the realities of commercial fishing. In the waters around New Zealand – as many countries – animals including sea birds, dolphins, penguins and sea lions are […]

Huge Brazil rubbish dump closes after six decades

Huge Brazil rubbish dump closes after six decades

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The site has been processing more than 1,000 tonnes of rubbish every day One of the biggest rubbish dumps in South America has closed in Brazil after almost 60 years. The Estructural dump in the country’s capital, Brasilia, had processed more than 1,000 tonnes of rubbish every day. But its […]

How can parents torture their children?

How can parents torture their children?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShackled siblings: What we know about their lives David and Louise Turpin stand accused of holding their 13 children in shackles at their California home. The allegations of torture seem impossible to comprehend next to the family photos circulated in the press that show the smiling group […]

US musician Tom Petty died of 'accidental drug overdose'

US musician Tom Petty died of 'accidental drug overdose'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tom Petty died in October aged 66 US musician Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose after taking various painkillers, according to a statement issued by his family. Petty “suffered from many serious ailments…most significantly a fractured hip”, the statement said. Family members say they believe he was overusing […]

Trump vows abortion opposition in speech to March for Life

Trump vows abortion opposition in speech to March for Life

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has become the first sitting president to speak live via video to the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally in Washington. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W Bush delivered remarks at the march at least twice during their tenure, speaking via telephone broadcast. In a speech at […]

Trump travel ban: Supreme Court to rule on legality

Trump travel ban: Supreme Court to rule on legality

Image copyright AFP Image caption The first iteration of the travel ban was met by protests across the US The US Supreme Court has agreed to decide the legality of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban, which targets people from six Muslim-majority countries. The court is due to hear arguments in April and will rule […]

Las Vegas shooting: Police say gunman's girlfriend won't face charges

Las Vegas shooting: Police say gunman's girlfriend won't face charges

Image caption Stephen Paddock smuggled more than 20 weapons into the hotel overlooking the Las Vegas Strip Police say they do not expect to file charges against the girlfriend of a gunman who killed 58 people in Las Vegas in October. Marilou Danley, girlfriend of gunman Stephen Paddock, had previously been named a person of […]

Colombia says 550,000 Venezuelans have fled to the country

Colombia says 550,000 Venezuelans have fled to the country

Image copyright AFP Image caption The main border crossing links Cucuta in Colombia to San Antonio de Tachira in Venezuela Colombia says the number of Venezuelans fleeing a severe economic crisis to live in Colombia has increased by 62% in the last six months. Migration officials say more than 550,000 Venezuelans are now living in […]

Chicago West: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name daughter

Chicago West: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name daughter

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kardashian West was told there could be health risks if she got pregnant again Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have named their new-born daughter, delivered by surrogate on Monday, Chicago West. Kardashian West said that not carrying the child herself was “so hard”, but that the couple had […]

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