USA & CANADA

Drone collides with commercial aeroplane in Canada

A drone has collided with a commercial aircraft in Canada, the first such incident in the country, according to the Transport Ministry. The drone struck one of the plane’s wings, while six passengers and two crew members were aboard. The aircraft sustained only minor damage and was able to land safely, the Canadian transport minister said. Earlier this year, Canada ...

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Harvey Weinstein: Film company in talks over possible sale

The film production company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who is facing a number of sexual assault allegations, is in talks over a possible sale. The Weinstein Company said it had entered a preliminary deal with US private equity firm Colony Capital. Mr Weinstein, 65, was fired by the board of his company earlier this month, and was later expelled by ...

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Ahmad Khan Rahimi found guilty of New York bombing

A 29-year-old New Jersey man has been convicted on all charges of planting two bombs on New York City streets last year, injuring dozens of people. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, an Afghan-born US citizen, left two devices in Manhattan on 17 September 2016. The first bomb on West 23rd Street in Chelsea blew up injuring more than 30 people, and the ...

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Boy survives 100ft Niagara Falls tumble in photo op mishap

A 10-year-old boy is in hospital after falling about 30 metres (100ft) over the railing at Niagara Falls into a gorge below. Police told the BBC the boy was sitting on the railing so his mother could take a picture on Sunday. He apparently lost his balance and plummeted backwards, striking his head. A helicopter took the boy, whose injuries ...

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US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl admits desertion

Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan for five years, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. The 31-year-old Army sergeant entered his plea on Monday before a military judge at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Idaho native’s lawyers have argued he cannot get a fair trial following criticism from Donald Trump ...

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Trump drug czar nominee accused of hindering opioid crackdown

US President Donald Trump’s nominee for drug czar is accused of helping relax enforcement on pharmaceutical firms blamed for fuelling the opioid crisis. Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino pushed a bill that reportedly stripped a government agency of the ability to freeze suspicious painkiller shipments. His co-sponsor on the act was Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. Both their states have been ravaged ...

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Trump denigrates Obama over false fallen soldier claim

[unable to retrieve full-text content]The president falsely claimed his predecessor had not called the families of fallen US soldiers. Click here to Read from the source

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California wildfires: Death toll rises as blazes continue

Media playback is unsupported on your device Forty people have died and hundreds are still missing in California after six days of wildfires that have devastated swathes of countryside and destroyed thousands of homes. California’s governor said it was “one of the greatest tragedies” the state had ever faced. More than 10,000 firefighters are battling 16 remaining blazes. Winds of ...

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