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US election 2016: Trump mic malfunctioned, debate organisers confirm

Media captionKey moments from the Clinton-Trump debate Organisers of Monday’s White House debate have confirmed Donald Trump’s roundly mocked complaint that his microphone was defective. The Commission on Presidential Debates said “there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio”. After the forum in New York, the Republican candidate said his microphone was “terrible” and crackled. The […]

US election 2016: Trump accused of Cuba embargo breach

US election 2016: Trump accused of Cuba embargo breach

Image copyright Getty Images Hillary Clinton says presidential rival Donald Trump appears to have violated US laws, after a report said he broke a trade embargo with Cuba. Newsweek reports that Mr Trump’s company secretly conducted business in Cuba, violating the US trade embargo against the country. The company allegedly spent at least $68,000 (£52,300) […]

Hoboken train station crash: One dead and dozens hurt in New Jersey

Media captionNew Jersey train crash: Footage from inside station A woman has been killed and 108 other people injured, some of them critically, after a commuter train crashed into a railway station in the US state of New Jersey. The train reportedly went through ticket barriers and into the reception area of Hoboken station. Images […]

US band The Slants sues so it can trademark ‘offensive’ name

US band The Slants sues so it can trademark ‘offensive’ name

Image copyright AP Image caption The Slants claim they are “reappropriating” the offensive term An Oregon band’s bid for the right to trademark their “offensive” name has reached the US Supreme Court. The case was brought to the Supreme Court by The Slants after their trademark was refused because the name is disparaging to Asian-Americans. […]

9/11 lawsuits bill causes Saudi Arabia ‘great concern’

9/11 lawsuits bill causes Saudi Arabia ‘great concern’

Image copyright AP Image caption Thousands of people died on 11 September 2001 in the largest terror attack ever on US soil Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry has said it is a matter of “great concern” that 9/11 relatives in the US may be able to sue the kingdom for damages. On Wednesday the US Congress […]

Hoboken station crash: New Jersey train disaster ‘kills one’

Media captionNew Jersey train crash: Footage from inside station At least one person has been killed and dozens injured, some of them critically, after a commuter train crashed into a railway station in the US state of New Jersey. The train reportedly went through ticket barriers and into the reception area of Hoboken station. Images […]

Johnson fails to name a foreign leader

Johnson fails to name a foreign leader

Image copyright MOLLY RILEY/Getty Images US presidential hopeful Gary Johnson made headlines earlier this year when he asked “What is Aleppo?” in a TV interview with MSNBC. Now he has failed to name a single acting foreign leader in a TV interview on Wednesday evening, blaming an ‘Aleppo moment’. On Wednesday’s broadcast, he is asked: […]

Gay pride flag launched into space ‘to spread peace’

Gay pride flag launched into space ‘to spread peace’

Media captionThe balloon travelled 21.1 miles (34.1km) into space The rainbow flag that symbolises gay pride has been sent into space for the first time via a high-altitude balloon. Planting Peace, a US-based non-profit group that seeks to “spread peace in a hurting world”, launched the flag near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 17 August. The balloon […]

Obama: Congress veto override of 9/11 lawsuits bill ‘a mistake’

Obama: Congress veto override of 9/11 lawsuits bill ‘a mistake’

Image copyright Reuters US President Barack Obama has said Congress made a “mistake” by overriding his veto and pushing through a bill that allows legal action against Saudi Arabia over the 9/11 attacks. He said the bill would set a “dangerous precedent” for individuals around the world to sue the US government. Wednesday’s vote was […]

California ends statute of limitations for rape over Cosby case

California ends statute of limitations for rape over Cosby case

Image copyright AP Image caption Many rape victims can wait years before they come forward California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation ending the US state’s 10-year statute of limitations on rape. The move was prompted by decades-old allegations made by multiple women against actor Bill Cosby. The change means that from January 2017 there […]