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Hurricane Harvey’s high winds make landfall in Texas

Hurricane Harvey’s high winds make landfall in Texas

Media captionParts of the central Texas coast have been battered by hurricane winds Hurricane Harvey has made landfall in Texas with winds of up to 130mph (215 km/h) battering coastal areas. The storm, which has even stronger gusts, is the most powerful to hit the US mainland for 12 years. Up to 40in (1m) of […]

President Trump pardons controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Trump pardons controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Joe Arpaio appeared at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies during his presidential bid US President Donald Trump has pardoned ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had been convicted of criminal contempt. Mr Arpaio, 85, was found guilty after he defied a court order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected immigrants. He was […]

Trump restores military ban on transgender people

Trump restores military ban on transgender people

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters rallied outside a US army career centre in New York in June US President Donald Trump has signed a memo reinstating a ban on transgender people serving in the military, which was lifted under Barack Obama. The memo also halts the use of government funds for sex-reassignment surgery for […]

San Francisco rally is cancelled by right-wing group

San Francisco rally is cancelled by right-wing group

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The barriers will no longer be needed at Crissy Field in San Francisco A “free speech” rally due to be held by right-wing groups in the city of San Francisco on Saturday has been cancelled by its organisers, citing security fears. The group Patriot Prayer said it would instead hold […]

Hurricane Harvey will be major disaster: Texas governor

Hurricane Harvey will be major disaster: Texas governor

Media captionParts of the central Texas coast have been battered by hurricane winds Texas is facing a “very major disaster” as Hurricane Harvey approaches its coastline, the state’s governor says. Harvey, currently a category three storm in the Gulf of Mexico, will make landfall on Texas’ central coast late on Friday or early on Saturday. […]

California ready for weekend of politically charged protests

California ready for weekend of politically charged protests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Crissy beach is a popular summer weekend spot in San Francisco Two California cities are bracing for protests by right-wing groups this weekend amid fears of clashes with left-wing counter-demonstrators. San Francisco’s mayor is urging residents to boycott a “free speech” rally in the city on Saturday. A “No […]

Is Canada’s official residence in Ireland haunted?

Is Canada’s official residence in Ireland haunted?

Image copyright PMO via Getty Images Image caption Kevin Vickers was Sergeant-at-Arms in Canada’s House of Commons before being appointed ambassador Canada’s ambassador to Ireland is concerned about ghosts. Specifically, Ambassador Kevin Vickers is worried about a spirit that might be haunting Canada’s official residence in Dublin. In a recent Facebook post, the ambassador describes […]

Hurricane Harvey: Texas braces for massive storm

Hurricane Harvey: Texas braces for massive storm

Media captionForecasters have labelled Harvey a “life-threatening storm” Texas is bracing itself for Hurricane Harvey, which may be the worst storm to hit the US mainland in 12 years. Harvey, currently a category two storm in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to make landfall on Texas’ central coast late on Friday or early Saturday. […]

Trump economic aide Gary Cohn chides him on Charlottesville

Trump economic aide Gary Cohn chides him on Charlottesville

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cohn was present at the news conference in which Trump defended ‘both sides’ US President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser has criticised the White House’s response to a far-right rally this month in Virginia. National Economic Council director Gary Cohn told the Financial Times the administration “must do better” […]

Toronto orchestra closed after fat-shaming singers

Toronto orchestra closed after fat-shaming singers

Image copyright Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras / Vimeo Image caption Victoria Leone performing with the Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras in Toronto A Toronto orchestra has shut down after “fat-shaming” volunteer singers who wore body-hugging dresses. The Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras asked women who were not “fit & slim” to use loose dresses that hide their “dietary indulgences”. Many […]