Trump signs executive order to weaken Obamacare

Image copyright Reuters US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order allowing the sale of health insurance plans that are exempt from some Obamacare regulations. The order directs federal agencies to consider easing rules allowing small businesses and some individuals to buy cheaper plans with fewer benefits. Consumers could also buy short-term policies that […]

Harvey Weinstein: Matt Damon denies ‘killing’ 2004 story

Image copyright REX/Shutterstock Image caption Damon worked with Weinstein on films including Good Will Hunting Actor Matt Damon has denied trying to “kill” a story about Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour when it was investigated by a reporter 13 years ago. Sharon Waxman has said she looked into rumours that an employee of Weinstein in Italy was […]

Harvey Weinstein: Paltrow and Jolie say they were victims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Harvey Weinstein, the Oscar-winning film producer, has been accused of sexually assaulting three women Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are the latest actresses to allege they were victims of sexual harassment at the hands of producer Harvey Weinstein. Both said the incidents happened early in their careers. They join […]

Las Vegas shooting: Police in major switch of timeline

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The attack, carried out from the Mandalay Bay hotel, killed 58 people The gunman behind last week’s Las Vegas massacre shot a security guard six minutes before the attack, police say, in a striking change to the timeline. Police initially said the guard interrupted Stephen Paddock as the attack was […]

Can we tell if Donald Trump has a high IQ?

Image copyright AFP Question: How often does President Trump talk about IQ? Answer: All the time. When Mr Trump recently boasted that his IQ was higher than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s, it fit a pattern. In 2013, he tweeted that his IQ was “much higher” than Barack Obama and George W Bush. He has […]

California fires: Thirteen dead in wine country

Media captionFire survivor: ‘I don’t have any neighbours anymore.’ At least 13 people have now died in fast-spreading fires that are ravaging parts of California’s wine region. A state of emergency was declared in northern areas after mass evacuations, with 2,000 structures destroyed. About 20,000 people fled from Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties in response […]

Trump defends Pence NFL protest walkout amid claims of stunt

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Vice-President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence have attended Colts games in the past US President Donald Trump has defended the vice-president amid claims his walkout at an NFL game during national anthem protests was a stunt. He tweeted: “The trip by @VP Pence was long planned. He is […]

Trump wall: New proposal ties Dreamer plan to border clampdown

Image copyright AFP Image caption Dreamer supporters rallied outside Trump Tower in New York last week The White House has tied any new deal on young undocumented immigrants to a clampdown on illegal immigration, including a border wall with Mexico. US President Donald Trump is asking for funding for the wall, speedier deportations and the […]

Harvey Weinstein sacked after sexual harassment claims

Image copyright AFP Harvey Weinstein, the Oscar-winning film producer accused of sexually harassing female employees, has been fired by the board of his company. One of the biggest producers in Hollywood, Mr Weinstein was behind films including Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech and Pulp Fiction. The Weinstein Company directors said that “in light of […]