Month: January 2019

Polar vortex brings deadly cold snap to US states

Media playback is unsupported on your device Cities are all but shutting down across the US Midwest as the region shivers in a deadly cold snap known as a polar vortex. At least seven people have been killed in several states as a result of the arctic weather. Temperatures fell to -30C (-22F) in Chicago […]

Trump tells US spy chiefs: ‘Go back to school’

President Donald Trump has called US intelligence agencies “naive” on Iran and also dismissed their assessment of the threat posed by North Korea. “Be careful of Iran. Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” Mr Trump tweeted. The testy response came after a US intelligence report said Iran was not making nuclear weapons. It also […]

Saudi Arabia ends major anti-corruption campaign

Saudi Arabia says it has ended its anti-corruption drive, launched in 2017, that saw hundreds of princes, tycoons and business chiefs rounded up. More than $100bn (£76bn) in assets – including property and cash – has been recouped by the state, officials in the Gulf kingdom say. They say settlements were reached with 87 individuals […]

Facebook users continue to grow despite privacy scandals

Facebook users have continued to rise despite a series of data privacy scandals and criticism over its attempt to stem toxic content. The social media giant said the number of people who logged into its site at least once a month jumped 9% last year to 2.32 billion people. Fears the firm’s scandals could put […]

TV producer fired calling NFL’s Tom Brady a ‘known cheater’

A TV producer in Pittsburgh has been fired for labelling New England quarter-back Tom Brady a “Known Cheater” during a news broadcast. Mike Telek, 27, told US media that the stunt, in which the words appeared at the bottom of the screen, was just meant as “a little wink for fans”. “The graphic that appeared […]

Sarah Sanders says ‘God wanted Trump to be president’

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has told a religious television network that God “wanted Donald Trump to become president”. Ms Sanders made the claim in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), saying it was the reason Mr Trump was in office. The press secretary also said it was “very hard” to take […]

Bastia attack: Gunman found dead in police raid

A lone gunman has “committed suicide” after killing one person and injuring five others in Bastia on the French island of Corsica. France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said his body was found after a police raid. The suspect fired onto the street at around 16:25 local time (15:45 GMT) in Bastia’s Montesoro neighbourhood. The motive […]

Mystery illness sees Canada halve its Cuba embassy staff

Canada will cut its embassy staff in Cuba by up to half after a mystery illness affected another person there, authorities in Ottawa have said. Medical testing after the reappearance of unusual symptoms in November saw a 14th Canadian affected. Canada’s foreign office said the number of staff will now be cut by up to […]

Trump-backed factory ‘reconsidered’

Foxconn, which raised hopes of a US manufacturing revival by announcing a new factory in Wisconsin, is now reconsidering its plans. The Taiwanese manufacturing giant no longer expects to make liquid crystal display panels at the Wisconsin plant, a company official told Reuters. It plans to hire mostly engineers and researchers not manufacturing workers. The […]

Emiliano Sala: Missing Cardiff striker’s former club Nantes pay tribute

Nantes players wore shirts bearing the name of former team-mate Emiliano Sala during their first match since the Argentine striker went missing. Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were on board a light aircraft that disappeared over the Channel Islands on 21 January. Emotional tributes were paid to Sala, 28, before Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Saint-Etienne […]