Republican tax bill: House passes plan to Senate for final vote

Republican tax bill: House passes plan to Senate for final vote

Media captionPaul Ryan’s exuberant gavelling reflects how long he’s pushed for tax reform The Republican-controlled Congress is expected to confirm the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax system in more than three decades. The House of Representatives approved the legislation comfortably on Tuesday, but the vote is likely to be closer in the Senate. […]

Mexico bus crash: Tourists killed in Quintana Roo state

Mexico bus crash: Tourists killed in Quintana Roo state

Image copyright EPA Image caption The bus had been taking tourists to Mayan ruins at Chaccobén A bus carrying tourists from a cruise ship has overturned in south-eastern Mexico, killing at least 12 people, officials say. Another 18 people were injured in the crash between Mahahual and Cafetal in Quintana Roo state. The bus was […]

Canada couple forced to spend Christmas apart after 70 years

Canada couple forced to spend Christmas apart after 70 years

Image copyright Facebook/ Dianne Phillips Image caption Herbert and Audrey Goodine say goodbye for the first time in 73 years An elderly Canadian couple is heartbroken after learning that they will be separated for the first time in seven decades a week before Christmas. Herbert Goodine, 91, was told he must leave the long-term care […]

Virginia woman mauled to death by her dogs, police say

Virginia woman mauled to death by her dogs, police say

Image copyright CBS Image caption Tonka and Pacman have since been put down Police in rural Virginia have released disturbing details about a woman who they say was killed by her two dogs while taking them for a walk last week. Four days after Bethany Stephens, 22, was found, police held a second press conference […]

Chile election: conservative Piñera leads in vote count

Chile election: conservative Piñera leads in vote count

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sebastián Piñera (L) and Alejandro Guillier were almost neck and neck in the opinion polls In Chile, conservative candidate Sebastián Piñera has a clear lead in the presidential run-off with most votes counted. He is up against Alejandro Guillier, who has been endorsed by the current socialist President Michelle Bachelet. […]

Austrian far right to return to coalition under conservative Sebastian Kurz

Austrian far right to return to coalition under conservative Sebastian Kurz

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Kurz said his goal was to form a government with a solid majority Austria’s conservative People’s Party has agreed a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party. The deal comes two months after a parliamentary election which the People’s Party won but without an overall majority. At just 31, the […]

France Millas train crash: Children killed as bus cut in two

France Millas train crash: Children killed as bus cut in two

Media captionFootage of emergency vehicles at the scene of the crash A train and a school bus have collided near Perpignan in southern France, killing at least four children, the interior ministry says. Another 20 people were hurt, many of them seriously, in the accident on a railway crossing between Millas and Saint-Féliu-d’Amont. The students […]

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52bn

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52bn

Media captionAndrew Neil tells us five things the $52.4bn (£39bn) tie-up could mean. Walt Disney has agreed to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s business for $52.4bn (£39bn), in a deal both companies said position them to compete in the rapidly changing media industry. The purchase includes Fox’s film and television studios, as well […]

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Putin announces Russian troop withdrawal from Syria during visit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Putin announced the move at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Syria Russia has begun withdrawing some of its troops from Syria, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday. President Vladimir Putin ordered the partial withdrawal during an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday. Russian support has been crucial […]

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over

Iraq declares war with Islamic State is over

Image copyright AFP Image caption Recapturing Mosul was the bloodiest conflict – for both combatants and civilians Iraq has announced that its war against so-called Islamic State (IS) is over. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a conference in Baghdad that Iraqi troops were now in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border. The border zone contained […]

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