White House blocks Flynn document request

White House blocks Flynn document request

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Congressman Jason Chaffetz said there could be ‘repercussions’ if Flynn broke the law The White House has told a US congressional committee it will not comply with a request to release files related to a controversial former aide. The House Oversight Committee is looking into payments to fired National […]

Beyonce to offer US college scholarships to female students

Beyonce to offer US college scholarships to female students

Beyonce has announced she will be offering four US students scholarships to mark a year since her album release. The singer is commemorating the release of Lemonade by giving college places in the creative arts, music, literature and African-American studies. In a statement on her website, Beyonce said the scholarships are designed to “encourage and […]

Has the US started a lumber trade war with Canada?

Has the US started a lumber trade war with Canada?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Softwood lumber is used mainly in homebuilding The United States is slapping hefty new tariffs on the import of Canadian softwood lumber. The US Commerce Department says that Canada is improperly subsidising its exports of the forestry product. This is just the latest volley in the long-running lumber trade […]

Shea Moisture apology after ad backlash and Chinese navy poster criticised

Shea Moisture apology after ad backlash and Chinese navy poster criticised

Image copyright Facebook/SheaMoisture Image caption African-American customers lambasted Shea Moisture’s recent ad, forcing the company to apologise A hair company issues an apology after its ad prompted an online backlash from its African-American customers, and Chinese social media users criticise their defence ministry for an “unpatriotic” poster. Upset over Shea Moisture ad Shea Moisture – […]

North Korea tensions: US submarine arrives in South Korea

North Korea tensions: US submarine arrives in South Korea

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The USS Michigan, which has made a port call in Busan, is a nuclear-powered submarine A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier […]

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 […]

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 […]

Arkansas set for rare US double execution

Arkansas set for rare US double execution

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jack Jones (L) and Marcel Williams Arkansas will become the first US state in 17 years to hold two executions on the same day, if two inmates are put to death as planned on Monday evening. Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are seeking stays of execution on grounds […]

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 […]