Pregnant North Dakota woman’s boyfriend finally meets baby after her death

Image copyright Courtesy Fargo Police Department Image caption Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, was found dead in Red River The boyfriend and parents of a pregnant woman whose body was found in a river have been allowed to see the baby they believe to be hers, US media report. Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, was eight months pregnant when she […]

Air Transat probed after flights delayed for hours on Ottawa runway

Image copyright PA The Canadian Transportation Agency is holding an inquiry into two Air Transat flights held on the tarmac at Ottawa for hours in conditions passengers called “deplorable”. The flights from Brussels and Rome were diverted on 31 July amid bad weather in Montreal and Toronto. The flights were stranded for between five and […]

US orders Russia to close consulate and two annexes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The San Francisco consulate is one of four in the US Russia has been ordered to close its San Francisco consulate and two trade missions in response to “unwarranted” Russian action, the US has said. The consulate, and annexes in New York and Washington, must close by Saturday. The […]

Houston flood: More fires expected at stricken Arkema plant

Media captionThere is a fire at the Arkema plant A senior executive of the company which owns a flood-damaged chemical plant near the storm-hit US city of Houston says more fires and possibly explosions are expected at the site. Arkema’s Richard Rennard said people should stay away from the area as more chemicals could degrade […]

Hurricane Harvey: US petrol prices rise as key pipeline shut

Image copyright Getty Images US petrol prices have risen after a key network of pipelines was shut in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, sparking fears of a squeeze on fuel supplies to major US cities. The hurricane has already forced the closure of nearly a quarter of US oil refining capacity. Colonial Pipeline said it […]

Marvel star slates ‘racist’ Hollywood over name change

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chloe Bennet: “Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese” Chloe Bennet, who stars in TV series Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, has said she had to change her name from Chloe Wang in order to make it in Hollywood. The actress praised Ed […]

Australian politician ‘targeted by massage scam’ at New York hotel

Image copyright ABC/Justin Huntsdale Image caption Gareth Ward says he was the victim of a blackmail attempt in the US An Australian politician has said he was targeted by a blackmail scam after booking a massage to a New York hotel. Gareth Ward, a New South Wales assembly member, said he was confronted by two […]

Houston flood: Chemicals released from Arkema plant

Media captionA team of volunteer rescuers set out to reach a man spotted clinging to a tree in Hardin Country, Texas Chemicals have been released into the atmosphere from a flood-damaged plant near the storm-hit US city of Houston, local officials say. Earlier, black smoke was seen issuing from the Arkema chemical plant at Crosby. […]

Houston flood: ‘No way to prevent’ chemical plant blast

Media captionPeople formed a human chain to rescue an elderly man A chemical plant near the flooded US city of Houston is expected to explode and catch fire in the coming days. During heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, the Arkema plant at Crosby lost the ability to refrigerate chemical compounds that need to be kept […]

Court blocks Texas law punishing ‘sanctuary cities’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrators against SB4 gathered outside a court hearing in June A US federal judge has halted a new Texan immigration law on “sanctuary cities” just two days before it is scheduled to go into effect. The bill aimed to force local law enforcement to obey requests from immigration officers to […]