USA & CANADA

Trump Russia: Steve Bannon refuses to answer at Congress hearing

Steve Bannon, ex-chief strategist to US President Donald Trump, has refused to answer a broad range of questions at a committee hearing probing alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mr Bannon had been called to testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for Mr Trump. He was questioned behind closed doors on Tuesday ...

Read More »

California mudslide toll rises to 20, as search continues

Officials have identified 20 victims following flash floods and mudslides that hit Santa Barbara County in California on Tuesday. The body of 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa was found on Saturday afternoon, local officials said. Mr Sutthithepa’s six-year-old son and 79-year-old father-in-law, Richard Loring Taylor, were found deceased on Tuesday. His two-year-old daughter, Lydia, is still missing. The body of 25-year-old Morgan ...

Read More »

The missing – consequences of Trump's immigration crackdown

In a rural county that voted for Trump, people are shocked to see friends deported and schoolmates disappear. Now a community is coming to terms with the economic and emotional consequences. Video by the BBC’s Franz Strasser. This story is part of the BBC’s coverage of President Trump’s first year, with reporting from across the US and perspectives from all ...

Read More »

Car hurled into upper floor of California building

A speeding car in California was hurled into the upper floor of an office building after it hit a road divider, reports say. The crash, which left one half of the vehicle hanging out of the building, occurred early on Sunday morning. Both people in the car survived the crash but suffered minor injuries, according to police. Police told US ...

Read More »

Hawaii alert: Employee who sent missile warning reassigned

The unnamed employee who mistakenly sent a missile alert which caused panic in the US state of Hawaii on Saturday has been temporarily reassigned to other duties, a US official has said. People across the state received text messages warning of an imminent attack. The US media regulator says the mistake was “absolutely unacceptable”. Hawaii did not have “reasonable safeguards ...

Read More »

Donald Trump denies being a racist after reported crude remark

Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump has denied that he is racist, after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word “shithole” to describe African nations. Mr Trump reportedly used the term last week during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on immigration reform. He has now told reporters: “I am not a racist. ...

Read More »

Donald Trump in excellent health – White House doctor

Donald Trump is in “excellent health”, his White House doctor has announced after he underwent his first medical check-up since becoming US president. Ronny Jackson said in a brief statement that Friday’s three-hour examination of the 71-year-old, conducted by military doctors, had gone “exceptionally well”. He promised further details on Tuesday. No psychiatric tests were planned but a recent controversial ...

Read More »

Chelsea Manning: Ex-army leaker to run for US senate

Chelsea Manning, the former US intelligence analyst who was jailed for leaking classified documents, is seeking the Democratic Party nomination to run for the US senate in Maryland. In 2013 Manning was sentenced to 35 years after being found guilty of 20 charges, including espionage. But former US President Barack Obama commuted her sentence. The 30-year-old, previously known as Bradley ...

Read More »

Hawaii missile false alarm triggers shock, blame and apologies

Media playback is unsupported on your device Residents and visitors in Hawaii have been recalling the shock of a false missile alarm, with many saying they thought they were going to die. The alert of an incoming ballistic missile was sent wrongly on Saturday morning by an emergency system worker. Victims of the ordeal spoke of hysteria and panicked evacuations. ...

Read More »

US landmark swept away to Canada after 'bomb cyclone'

A historic building in the US has become the subject of an international dispute after it was swept away to a Canadian island during a blizzard. McCurdy’s Smokehouse in Lubec, Maine, is the last traditional herring facility in the US and is on the National Register of Historic Places. But last week’s “bomb cyclone” tore one of the five buildings ...

Read More »