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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 […]

Gay pride flag launched into space ‘to spread peace’

Gay pride flag launched into space ‘to spread peace’

Image copyright YouTube/PlantingPeace Image caption The non-profit group wants gay people to feel safe in every corner of the universe 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”, […]

South Carolina school shooter kills dad before rampage

South Carolina school shooter kills dad before rampage

Image copyright AP Image caption Police arrived less than ten minutes after emergency services were called, they say A teenager killed his father before going to a nearby primary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, police say. The suspect was arrested after wounding two boys and a female […]

US election 2016: Clinton gathers Republican endorsements

US election 2016: Clinton gathers Republican endorsements

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mrs Clinton has received several endorsements from typically Republican-leaning newspapers Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has received another endorsement from a leading Republican, two days after the first presidential debate. On Wednesday she was endorsed by John Warner, a five-time Virginia senator. She was also backed by the Arizona Republic […]

Congress rejects Obama veto of Saudi 9/11 lawsuits bill

Congress rejects Obama veto of Saudi 9/11 lawsuits bill

Image copyright Getty Images Congress has voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabian officials. In the first veto override of his presidency, the Senate voted 97-1 and the House of Representatives 348-77, meaning the bill becomes law. Mr Obama told CNN […]

Two children shot in South Carolina school

Two children shot in South Carolina school

Image copyright AP Image caption Armed police were seen on the roof of the school Two children and a teacher have been injured in a shooting at a primary school in Townville, South Carolina. A teenage suspect is in custody, and police say that all children are now safe. The students have been relocated to […]

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ‘laughed about Bridgegate’

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ‘laughed about Bridgegate’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Christie has repeatedly denied knowing anything about the lane closures New Jersey Governor Chris Christie laughed about his staff closing part of a bridge in 2013 over a mayor who refused to endorse him, a court heard. He was told about the political revenge plot at a 9/11 memorial […]

Presidential debate: Trump-Clinton showdown breaks TV record

Media captionKey moments from the Clinton-Trump debate The presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was watched by 84 million people on US TV, breaking a previous record set 36 years ago. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan’s debate in 1980 drew 80.6 million viewers. The viewing figures only count those who watched the debate […]

Wells Fargo chief forfeits $41m amid corruption probe

Image copyright AFP Wells Fargo chief executive John Stumpf will forfeit $41m (£31.5m) in bonuses as the bank tries to stem a scandal over its sales practices. The bank has launched an investigation into how more than two million deposit and credit card accounts were opened without customers’ permission. The bank said Mr Stumpf would […]