New York: James Marion Sims statue removed from Central Park

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The statue was removed after a review of “hate symbols” in the city New York has removed a statue of a controversial 19th Century doctor from the city’s Central Park. James Marion Sims, described as the “father of gynaecology”, performed medical experiments on enslaved black women using no anaesthetic. […]

Trump says US officials talking to N Korea ahead of Kim summit

Media captionTrump takes credit for the success of the Winter Olympics in South Korea US officials have held direct talks with North Korea on setting up a historic summit with its leader, President Donald Trump has announced. “We have had direct talks at… extremely high levels,” he said, adding that five locations were being considered […]

Trump and Japan’s Abe meet over North Korea and global trade

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Trump and Mr Abe (file picture) have met before but this time the stakes are higher US President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet shortly to discuss North Korea and trade, with both men battling pressure at home. The Japanese leader’s visit to the Mar-a-Lago retreat […]

Southwest Airlines incident: Jet makes emergency landing in Philadelphia

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, […]

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 […]

‘Hey Starbucks, is it my skin colour?’

Brandon Ward, a black customer denied access to a toilet in a California Starbucks, films Weston, a white customer, who was given the code before purchasing a drink. The coffee chain has called another incident at a Philadelphia store “reprehensible”. ‘Hey Starbucks, is it my skin colour?’

Stephon Clark: Video shows police waited in medical response

Image copyright Facebook / CBS Image caption Stephon Clark had two children under the age of three Sacramento police waited nearly five minutes to give medical aid to Stephon Clark, a black man who was shot dead by officers, new footage shows. Fifteen hours of video was released by police showing officers debating whether to […]

Sean Hannity unmasked as Trump lawyer’s mystery client

Image copyright Twitter/ Sean Hannity Image caption Sean Hannity (left) and Michael Cohen A Fox News host is the mystery third client of US President Donald Trump’s lawyer, a court has heard. A judge ruled that Michael Cohen, the president’s personal attorney, must reveal the link to Sean Hannity. Hannity, a vocal Trump advocate who […]

NYT and New Yorker win joint Pulitzer for Weinstein exposé

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Harvey Weinstein fell from his position of power in Hollywood after a series of sexual harassment allegations The New York Times and New Yorker magazine have won a joint Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood. The reports brought down film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has […]

Starbucks: Philadelphia arrests of black men ‘reprehensible’

Media captionStarbucks staff to get ‘unconscious bias’ training Starbucks’ CEO has apologised for the “reprehensible” arrest of two black men for trespassing while waiting for a friend at the cafe. In an interview on Monday, Kevin Johnson said the Philadelphia branch manager who called police on the two men last week has now left the […]