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U.S. shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other

U.S. shutdown: Trump and Democrats blame each other

Recriminations have begun over the failure of the United States Senate to pass a new budget and prevent the shutdown of many federal services. A bill to fund the federal government for the coming weeks did not receive the required 60 votes by the deadline of midnight on Friday. President Trump accused the Democrats of […]

USA – Flu season in the United States gets worse

USA – Flu season in the United States gets worse

NEW YORK — The flu season in the United States is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. “This is a season that has a […]

USA – parents arrested after siblings found shackled and malnourished

USA – parents arrested after siblings found shackled and malnourished

PERRIS — From the outside, the brown-and-beige four-bedroom home looked fairly orderly. The couple who owned it had purchased the house new in 2014 and soon arrived in this Los Angeles suburb with their 12 children. They lived there quietly for at least three years and had another baby. Then on Sunday, one of the […]

USA – School board gets death threats after teacher’s arrest    

USA – School board gets death threats after teacher’s arrest     

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana school board’s office went on temporary lockdown after getting death threats from around the world in response to widely viewed video of a teacher screaming while being handcuffed at a school board meeting. The threats have come from as far away as South America, Australia and England, as well as […]

UNITED STATES – Trump calls himself a ‘stable genius’

UNITED STATES – Trump calls himself a ‘stable genius’

US President Donald Trump has rejected questions raised over his mental health in a bombshell book, describing himself as a “very stable genius”. Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House suggests even those close to Trump have questioned his capability. The US president has dismissed the book, calling Wolff a “loser”. […]

USA/ISRAEL – Following Trump’s lead

USA/ISRAEL – Following Trump’s lead

JERUSALEM – Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “several countries” are considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem in the wake of US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the city as the capital of Israel. Speaking exclusively to CNN a day after the United Nations Assembly voted against Trump’s move, Netanyahu said the US decision […]

USA – ‘Chop him up’

USA – ‘Chop him up’

BOSTON – Alexa MacPherson says very little about Cardinal Bernard Law’s death — or the Catholic Church’s plans for a full cardinal’s funeral — gives her peace of mind. MacPherson, a Boston-area native who says she is a survivor of sexual abuse by a priest, says Law deserves no such dignity as the funeral that […]

USA – Michigan doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

USA – Michigan doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

GRAND RAPIDS — A former elite sports doctor whose sexual assault cases have rocked Michigan State University and the group that trains US Olympic gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography. It’s the first of three prison sentences for Dr Larry Nassar, who will […]

USA – Trump victory as Senate backs tax overhaul

USA – Trump victory as Senate backs tax overhaul

US senators have passed a sweeping tax cuts bill, paving the way for Donald Trump’s first big legislative victory. The package would mark the biggest tax overhaul since the 1980s. It was passed by 51 votes to 49, after a series of amendments in a marathon session. Democrats complained it only benefited the wealthy and […]

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