Sunday, 19 Jan 2020

Americas

Joe Biden says video released by Bernie Sanders campaign is 'a lie'

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – Mr Joe Biden accused Mr Bernie Sanders’ campaign of releasing what he called a “doctored video” purporting to show the former vice-president agreeing with Republican proposals to privatise Social Security. “It’s simply a lie, that video is a lie,” Mr Biden said at a campaign event in Indianola, Iowa, on Saturday (Jan […]

Simpsons actor says he will no longer voice Apu

The voice actor who plays the Indian character Apu in The Simpsons has said he is stepping down from the role, following years of controversy. White actor Hank Azaria has performed the voice of the Indian convenience store owner since the character was created in 1990. But the character has been accused of reinforcing racial […]

A look at Trump's impeachment defence team

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump plans to add former independent counsel Ken Starr and celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz to his defence team for the Senate impeachment trial that gets underway in earnest next week, turning to two veterans of politically charged legal cases to secure his acquittal. The built-out team, which will be led […]

Deaf boy, 2, signs ‘I love you’ to his mum in supermarket for the first time

The incredible moment a deaf boy learnt to say 'I love you' in sign language while shopping in a supermarket was captured on camera. Two-year-old PJ was born with a genetic disorder called Treacher Collins syndrome which can cause deformities of the facial and bone structure, causing his ears to be underdeveloped at birth. Mum […]

Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr to defend Trump

US President Donald Trump’s defence team in his Senate trial will include special prosecutors from President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. He will be represented by Ken Starr and Robert Ray, who investigated Mr Clinton, and Alan Dershowitz, whose past clients include OJ Simpson. White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Mr Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow will […]

Georgia: Man on death row has his sentence changed – hours before execution

A prisoner’s life was spared just hours before his scheduled execution – with his sentence changed to life without parole. Jimmy Fletcher Meders was meant to receive the lethal injection at 7pm on Thursday, but the Georgia state board of pardons granted him clemency at about 1pm. He is the sixth Georgia death row inmate […]

Huawei exec Meng Wanzhou set to fight Canada court battle against US extradition

OTTAWA (AFP) – A Canadian court on Monday (Jan 20) will consider a US request to hand over Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou, whose arrest 13 months ago on fraud charges plunged Canada-China relations into a deep freeze. The extradition hearing comes after Beijing detained two Canadians and blocked billions of dollars worth of Canadian […]

South Carolina woman pleads guilty to poisoning husband with eye drops

YORK (AP) – A South Carolina woman pleaded guilty to fatally poisoning her husband by putting eye drops into his water for days. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Lana Sue Clayton, 53, pleaded guilty on Thursday (Jan 16) to voluntary manslaughter and tampering with a food or drug, news outlets reported. York […]

EU trade chief calls Trump 'obsessed', questions US-China deal

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – The European Union’s new trade chief pulled no punches on an inaugural visit to Washington, saying President Donald Trump’s tariff threats amount to short-sighted electioneering and warning him about widespread economic damage from protectionism. Mr Phil Hogan said Mr Trump’s “America First” agenda has helped bring about “a high-pressure crisis moment for […]