Mum who accidentally smothered baby sues hospital for $8.6m

Mum who accidentally smothered baby sues hospital for $8.6m

Image copyright Google A US mother who accidentally smothered her newborn son as she slept is suing the hospital where his death occurred for $8.6m (£6.6m). Monica Thompson says nurses were negligent in allowing her to breastfeed her four-day-old baby, Jacob, while sedated and without supervision. According to the lawsuit, nurses brought Mrs Thompson’s son […]

Trump declares US opioid pain drugs national emergency

Trump declares US opioid pain drugs national emergency

Media caption“We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis” The crisis over the US addiction to painkillers – opioids – is a national emergency, says President Donald Trump. “It’s an emergency, it’s a national emergency. We are going to spend a lot […]

Swift praised for ‘gutsy’ testimony

Swift praised for ‘gutsy’ testimony

Image copyright Reuters Image caption “I know exactly who did this,” Swift told the court Taylor Swift has been praised for her “sharp, gutsy and satisfying” testimony over allegations of sexual assault. The pop star claims former radio DJ David Mueller groped her while posing for a photo at one of her concerts in 2013 […]

Venezuela’s Maduro wants ‘personal conversation’ with Trump

Venezuela’s Maduro wants ‘personal conversation’ with Trump

Media captionNicolás Maduro on the BBC: “What would the Queen, my friend, say?” Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he wants a face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump. He told the newly elected constituent assembly that he wanted “a personal conversation” when the two leaders attended the UN General Assembly in New York next […]

CNN cuts ties with Jeffrey Lord over ‘Sieg Heil’ jibe

CNN cuts ties with Jeffrey Lord over ‘Sieg Heil’ jibe

Image copyright Getty Images CNN has parted company with a conservative commentator after he tweeted a Nazi salute at a prominent liberal critic. Jeffrey Lord tweeted “Sieg Heil” in response to an exchange with the head of Media Matters for America. He later said his comment had been misunderstood and that he was mocking fascists. […]

North Korea: US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis

North Korea: US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis

Media captionMattis: “The tragedy of war is known… it would be catastrophic” US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said America still hopes to solve the North Korea crisis using diplomacy. After days of fiery rhetoric from both the US and North Korea, Mr Mattis said war would be “catastrophic” and that diplomacy was gaining results. […]

Canada military builds refugee camp for refugees from US

Canada military builds refugee camp for refugees from US

Image copyright AFP The Canadian military is building a camp to house the growing number of refugees crossing the US border, officials have said. The camp would house up to 500 asylum seekers in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, near Plattsburgh, New York. The construction begins about a week after Montreal turned its Olympic Stadium into a shelter […]

Mystery as US expels two Cuban diplomats

Mystery as US expels two Cuban diplomats

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Two Cuban diplomats have been asked to leave the US Washington has expelled two Cuban diplomats after US embassy staff in Havana suffered mysterious physical symptoms, the US state department said. It was not immediately clear what had happened, with spokeswoman Heather Nauert saying there were no “definitive answers […]

North Korea ‘considering missile strike on US Guam base’

North Korea ‘considering missile strike on US Guam base’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Pacific island of Guam is home to the US Air Force’s Andersen air base North Korea has said it is considering carrying out missile strikes on the US Pacific territory of Guam. The North’s official news agency said it was considering a plan to fire medium-to-long-range rockets at Guam, […]

Obama treasury secretary: Financial risks ‘substantial’

Obama treasury secretary: Financial risks ‘substantial’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jack Lew was a financial adviser to President Obama at the start of the crash Jack Lew, former US treasury secretary, has told the BBC the world remains at risk from financial threats. He says loosening regulation would not be a good idea: “We should not disarm at a […]