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China convicts US woman Sandy Phan-Gillis for spying

China convicts US woman Sandy Phan-Gillis for spying

Image copyright SaveSandy.org Image caption Phan-Gillis (C) travelled to China to promote business opportunities in her hometown of Houston A Chinese court has convicted American businesswoman Sandy Phan-Gillis for spying and ordered her deportation. Phan-Gillis was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a court in Nanning, but it is unclear if […]

Trump immigration court defeat is ‘bananas’, says White House

Trump immigration court defeat is ‘bananas’, says White House

Image copyright Reuters Image caption San Francisco officials announce the lawsuit against the White House in January The White House has labelled “bananas” a ruling that blocks President Donald Trump’s order barring funding for cities that shelter illegal immigrants. A San Francisco judge has placed January’s executive order in limbo, but the White House is […]

US judge blocks Trump’s threat to withhold city funding

US judge blocks Trump’s threat to withhold city funding

Image copyright Reuters Image caption San Francisco officials announce the lawsuit against the White House in January A US judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s order barring federal funding for cities that provide safe harbour to illegal immigrants. So-called sanctuary cities have been warned they could lose millions in grant money if they do not […]

Trump backs down on border wall funding

Trump backs down on border wall funding

Media caption‘Build that wall’ says border resident Donald Trump has indicated he will ditch plans to find cash for his border wall in this week’s spending bill. The president’s close adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said funding for the wall would be left out of a budget measure that must pass by Friday. Building the wall, paid […]

Obama criticised for ‘$400,000 Wall Street speech’

Obama criticised for ‘$400,000 Wall Street speech’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Obama made his first public remarks since leaving the White House on Monday Former US President Barack Obama is being criticised for reportedly agreeing a $400,000 (£310,000) fee for a speech to a Wall Street bank. The 44th president has accepted an offer to speak at a healthcare […]

Fitbit contradicts husband’s story of wife’s murder – police

Fitbit contradicts husband’s story of wife’s murder – police

Image copyright Connecticut State Police Image caption Mr Dabate is currently free after posting a one million dollar bail A cheating US husband has been charged with killing his wife after police said data from her wearable fitness tracker contradicted his version of events. Richard Dabate, 40, claimed to have seen Connie Dabate shot to […]

US embassy ‘promotes Trump’s Florida resort’

US embassy ‘promotes Trump’s Florida resort’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Trump hosted his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the resort earlier this month Democrats have criticised a blog post on the website of the US embassy in London about President Donald Trump’s luxury Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The blog, published on 5 April, details the history of the 114-room […]

US government shutdown: How did we get here again?

US government shutdown: How did we get here again?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Monuments and parks closed for more than two weeks in 2013 Outsider observers would be forgiven for being a little mystified at news that the US is – yet again – days away from a potential government shutdown. What is going on? When is the deadline? A spending bill […]

Ontario to try giving poor a basic income

Ontario to try giving poor a basic income

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a basic income pilot project in three communities across the province. Canada’s largest province is experimenting with giving poor people a basic income with no strings attached. The three-year study will test whether this basic income is better than current social welfare programmes. Randomly […]

Happy Days actress Erin Moran ‘died from cancer’ at 56

Happy Days actress Erin Moran ‘died from cancer’ at 56

Image copyright AF archive / Alamy Stock Photo Image caption Moran (bottom left) with the cast of Happy Days, a huge TV hit for 10 years US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, “likely” died from cancer at age 56, according to a county coroner. An autopsy reveals […]