Trump cabinet choices advance despite Democrats’ efforts

Trump cabinet choices advance despite Democrats’ efforts

Image copyright AFP Image caption Republican Senator Orrin Hatch (right) was angry at Democrats’ “obstruction” Republicans on a US Senate committee have forced through approval of President Donald Trump’s nominees for health and treasury secretaries, despite a Democratic boycott. Republicans changed the rules in order to allow Mr Trump’s picks to go ahead. The next […]

Transgender mayor Jess Herbst makes official history for Texas

Transgender mayor Jess Herbst makes official history for Texas

Image copyright Facebook/Jess Herbst Image caption Jess Herbst shared a photo from 1977 to compare it with how she looks now on Facebook The mayor of a small town in Texas has become the first transgender elected official in the state’s history, local media report. Jess Herbst, who became mayor of New Hope last May, […]

Johnny Depp’s money worries blamed on $2m-a-month lifestyle

Johnny Depp’s money worries blamed on $2m-a-month lifestyle

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The star is accused of spending $18m on a luxury yacht and $30,000 a month on wine Johnny Depp’s financial troubles are caused by a lavish $2m-a-month lifestyle, say the business managers he is suing for mismanaging his earnings. They claim he spent more than $75m (£59.6m) on 14 […]

Quebec mosque shooting leaves community ‘reeling’

Media captionQuebec mosque attack: ‘We cannot let the racists win’ The shock from Sunday night’s deadly the Quebec mosque shooting is slowly waning. Now, the community is turning to introspection. Questions are being raised in the province around radicalisation and whether there is a climate of intolerance that needs to be addressed. On Monday, Alexandre […]

Supreme Court choice Neil Gorsuch draws Democrat opposition

Media captionDonald Trump picks Neil Gorsuch as US Supreme Court nominee Leading Democrats have come out in staunch opposition to Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the vacant position on the Supreme Court. President Trump named the Colorado appeals court judge on Tuesday to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer […]

Dakota pipeline: US Army to allow work on final section

Dakota pipeline: US Army to allow work on final section

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protests to stop the pipeline have been going on for months The US Army has been ordered to allow the construction of the final section of a controversial oil pipeline. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven said the Army Corps of Engineers had been directed to allow work under Lake Oahe, […]

Trump picks Neil Gorsuch as nominee for Supreme Court

Media captionPresident Donald Trump: “Was that a surprise? Was it?” President Donald Trump has nominated Colorado federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for the US Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, the 49-year-old would replace the vacancy left on the court by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The upper chamber’s Democratic leader has already […]

Slain Florida priest begs mercy from beyond grave for accused

Slain Florida priest begs mercy from beyond grave for accused

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Father Rene Robert wrote a plea in 1995 on behalf of whoever killed him A Florida priest murdered last year has appealed from beyond the grave for his alleged killer to be shown mercy. Reverend Rene Robert enshrined his opposition to the death penalty in a letter he wrote 22 […]

Trump cabinet: Democrats boycott health and treasury picks

Trump cabinet: Democrats boycott health and treasury picks

Image copyright Reuters and Getty Images Image caption Democrats say they want more information on Tom Price and Stephen Mnuchin Democrats on the US Senate Finance Committee are boycotting votes for two of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, forcing a postponement. They said they wanted more information about the financial activities of health nominee Tom […]

Trump sacks defiant acting attorney general Sally Yates

Trump sacks defiant acting attorney general Sally Yates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sally Yates refused to enforce Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban. Sally Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president’s executive order. A White […]