FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe quits ahead of agency review

FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe quits ahead of agency review

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The president complained that Mr McCabe’s wife had received donations from “Clinton Puppets” The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s deputy director, whom US President Donald Trump repeatedly accused of political bias, has resigned. Andrew McCabe was pressured to quit by FBI Director Christopher Wray in advance of an inspector general report […]

Irish abortion referendum: Vote to be held in May

Irish abortion referendum: Vote to be held in May

Media captionIrish PM on abortion: ‘We cannot continue to export our problems’ The Irish government has agreed to hold a referendum at the end of May on whether to reform the country’s near-total ban on abortion. The vote will decide whether to repeal a constitutional amendment that effectively bans terminations. Currently abortion is only when […]

India estimates 21 million of its girls are ‘unwanted’

India estimates 21 million of its girls are ‘unwanted’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Indian society should reflect upon its preference for sons, report authors said The desire among parents in India to have sons instead of daughters has created 21 million “unwanted” girls, a government report estimates. The finance ministry report found many couples kept on having children until they had a boy. […]

Canada ‘serial killer’ faces more charges

Canada ‘serial killer’ faces more charges

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Bruce McArthur was arrested on 18 January Canadian police say they are in the midst of an “unprecedented” investigation as they search for more victims of an alleged serial killer. Self-employed Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur, 66, currently faces five counts of first-degree murder. Three of those charges are linked to […]

US ends ban on refugees from ‘high-risk’ countries

US ends ban on refugees from ‘high-risk’ countries

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced refugees will face “risk-based” assessments A US ban on refugees from 11 “high-risk” countries has been lifted but any who seek to enter the country will face new security measures, officials say. They will undergo risk-based assessments before admission, says Homeland Security […]

USA Gymnastics board to quit over Larry Nassar abuse

USA Gymnastics board to quit over Larry Nassar abuse

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nearly 160 women have accused Nassar of sexual abuse The entire USA Gymnastics (USAG) board has said it will comply with a US Olympic Committee’s (USOC) ultimatum to resign over an abuse scandal. The USOC earlier said the 18-member board must step down by 31 January or lose status as […]

Death of Stalin: Russian cinema drops film under pressure

Death of Stalin: Russian cinema drops film under pressure

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The cinema was packed for the banned film’s first screening in Moscow A Russian cinema has stopped screening UK comedy The Death of Stalin, which was earlier banned by the government. Moscow’s Pioneer Cinema said it had been forced to act for “reasons beyond our control” and promised to refund […]

Rescuers search for Kiribati ferry with 50 people on board

Rescuers search for Kiribati ferry with 50 people on board

Image caption The ferry left the island of Nonouti ahead of a 260km (160 miles) journey to Betio. Rescuers are searching for a ferry with an estimated 50 people on board after it went missing in the Kiribati Islands. The MV Butiraoi departed from Nonouti island on 18 January on a voyage that was expected […]

US shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

US shutdown ends as Congress passes bill

Media captionWhite House and Chuck Schumer trade barbs over shutdown The US government partial shutdown is ending after Republicans and Democrats voted to approve a temporary funding bill. Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats agreed to back the bill if Republicans would address a programme that shields young immigrants from deportation. Democrats refused to vote for […]

Pope Francis sorry for upsetting abuse victims

Pope Francis sorry for upsetting abuse victims

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Pope made the apology while flying back to Rome after his visit to Chile and Peru Pope Francis has apologised for remarks he made last week in Chile defending a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse. He said he realised his words hurt many, but repeated his belief […]

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