Christine Blasey Ford: Kavanaugh accuser ‘faces death threats’

Image copyright Researchgate.net/ Getty Image caption Christine Blasey Ford says Brett Kavanaugh attacked her when he was a teenager The woman who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her will not testify to the Senate next week, says her lawyer. Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney told CNN her client has been […]

US surgeon and girlfriend suspected of multiple drug rapes

Image copyright Police handout Image caption Cerissa Riley and Grant Robicheaux may have met victims at music festivals, prosecutors say A California surgeon and his girlfriend have been charged with two sexual assaults, and investigators suspect there could be “hundreds” more victims. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, allegedly attacked two women […]

Sesame Workshop says Bert and Ernie are ‘best friends’ and not gay

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bert, left, and his roommate of 49 years, Ernie The organisation behind Sesame Street has denied co-habiting duo, Bert and Ernie, are gay, following comments by one of the show’s writers. Mark Saltzman said his writing about the room-mating couple was based on his relationship with film editor Arnold […]

China hits back at Trump with tariffs on $60bn of US goods

Image copyright Getty Images China has hit back at President Donald Trump by imposing new trade tariffs on $60bn of American goods. It comes after the US slapped duties on $200bn of Chinese imports on Monday, escalating its trade war with Beijing. China will target American goods such as liquefied natural gas, which are produced […]

McDonald’s workers strike over sexual harassment policy

Image copyright Getty Images Staff at McDonald’s restaurants in 10 US cities will walk out on Tuesday over claims the fast food giant is not doing enough to prevent sexual harassment. The strike comes after 25 women filed complaints against the chain, alleging it failed to enforce company rules against abuse. The women said they […]

Kavanaugh and accuser to testify in Senate

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prof Ford says Brett Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to take off her clothes The Senate has scheduled a public hearing on a sex assault claim against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for next week. Judge Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says he attacked […]

US imposes new $200bn tariffs on China

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Suitcases, handbags, toilet paper and wool are included in the latest tariffs The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) worth of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing. The higher import taxes will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US […]

US slashes number of refugees to 30,000

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Trump administration has pursued tight restrictions on immigration The US says it will cap the number of refugees allowed into the country next year at a near record low of 30,000. It compares with a 45,000-refugee limit set by President Donald Trump for 2018 and 50,000 the year […]

Florence death toll rises to 31 as flooding continues

Media captionHundreds rescued in deadly Florence floods As flooding continues to inundate North Carolina, the death toll from Florence has risen to at least 31, with 24 deaths confirmed in North Carolina. The state’s governor, Roy Cooper, said on Monday that the “epic storm” was still an immediate danger as rivers reach major flood levels. […]

US border agent Juan David Ortiz ‘confesses to murders’

Image copyright Getty Images A US border agent has confessed to the murders of four women and the assault of a fifth, police records say. Juan David Ortiz, a Border Patrol supervisor, was arrested in Laredo, Texas after the assault victim escaped and alerted the authorities. Police said the murdered women worked as prostitutes, and […]