US imposes sanctions on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro

US imposes sanctions on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is now subject to a US asset freeze The US government has branded Venezuela’s President Nicol├ís Maduro “a dictator” and frozen any US assets, after he held a controversial poll to elect a constituent assembly. Under the sanctions, US firms and individuals are banned from doing […]

Niagara Falls: Officials explain why the water turned black

Niagara Falls: Officials explain why the water turned black

Image copyright Rainbow Air Inc Image caption It was initially feared the black discharge was an oil leak Mystery surrounding a foul-smelling black cloud that appeared in water at the base of the Niagara Falls on the US-Canadian border has been explained. Experts say the discharge – which at one point was feared to be […]

Sam Shepard: US actor and playwright dies aged 73

Sam Shepard: US actor and playwright dies aged 73

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sam Shepard wrote more than 40 plays in his career US actor and playwright Sam Shepard has died at the age of 73. Shepard wrote more than 40 plays and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for Buried Child in 1979. He went on to be nominated for the […]

Olympic Games: Los Angeles announces intention to host in 2028

Olympic Games: Los Angeles announces intention to host in 2028

Paris lost out to London in the race for the 2012 Games, while Los Angeles hosted the Games in 1932 and 1984 Los Angeles has announced its intention to host the 2028 Olympic Games, leaving Paris to stage the 2024 edition. In June, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to name hosts for successive Games […]

Nashville mayor’s son dies of apparent overdose

Nashville mayor’s son dies of apparent overdose

Image copyright Facebook/Mayor Megan Barry Image caption Megan Barry describes her only child, Max, as “a kind soul full of life” Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has said her 22-year-old son died of what appeared to be a drug overdose, according to a family statement. Max Barry “suffered from an overdose and passed away” in Denver […]

Russia’s Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff to be cut

Russia’s Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff to be cut

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Putin said he did not expect an improvement in relations between Moscow (above) and Washington “anytime soon” Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to cut staff was made on Friday, but […]

Russia’s President Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff to leave

Russia’s President Putin orders 755 US diplomatic staff to leave

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ejections will bring the embassy numbers in Moscow and Washington to 455 Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to expel staff was made on Friday, but Mr Putin has now confirmed […]

North Korea: US says ‘no value’ in UN security council meeting

North Korea: US says ‘no value’ in UN security council meeting

Media captionThe US B-1 bombers were joined by South Korean and Japanese planes The US says it will not call for a UN Security Council meeting over North Korea’s missile tests because it would produce “nothing of consequence”. Such a meeting would send a message to North Korea that the international community was unwilling to […]

Ohio boa constrictor: Firefighters kill snake ‘stuck to woman’s face’

Ohio boa constrictor: Firefighters kill snake ‘stuck to woman’s face’

Media captionThe 911 call was released by Lorain County police in Ohio Firefighters in the US state of Ohio have rescued a woman who telephoned 911 in terror, pleading, “Oh, please! I have a boa constrictor stuck to my face!” “Ma’am, you have a what?” the operator replied. “You’re outside with a boa constrictor stuck […]

Honolulu bans texting while crossing streets in bid to curb injuries

Honolulu bans texting while crossing streets in bid to curb injuries

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mobile phones have contributed to thousands of injuries in the US since 2000 Honolulu has become the first major US city to ban pedestrians from looking at mobile phones, texting or using digital devices while crossing the road. The measure, which will take effect in Hawaii’s largest city in […]