Gulf crisis: Close up to stricken oil tanker with the US Navy

The US military says one of the oil tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman last week was damaged by a mine resembling those used by the Iranian security forces. The attack was the second such incident in the strategic shipping lane in a month. Tehran has denied any involvement. The BBC was one of […]

Joe Biden under fire for segregationist senators remarks

Image copyright Getty Images Former US Vice-President Joe Biden has come under fire after recalling his working relationship in the 1970s with segregationist senators as “civil”. “He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me ‘son,’” he said referring to one of the southern Democrats at a fundraising event on Tuesday night. His comments were […]

Senate leader dismisses slave reparations as US hearing begins

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHer ancestors enslaved mine. Now we’re friends A top Republican has scotched calls to compensate US slaves’ descendants, as the first congressional hearing on the issue in a decade is held. US Senate leader Mitch McConnell said “no one currently alive was responsible for that” in reference […]

Trump: ‘A nation must care for its own citizens first’

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When They See Us: Trump stands by 1989 Central Park Five comments

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMr Trump is asked if he will apologise to the Central Park Five US President Donald Trump has stood by his comments about five men who were wrongly convicted for the brutal rape of a jogger in Central Park in 1989, saying they had “admitted their guilt”. […]

‘Her ancestors enslaved mine. Now we’re friends’

Phoebe Kilby discovered her ancestors were slave-owners and she wanted to pay reparations. Through an organisation called Coming To The Table, she found her linked descendant Betty Kilby, and asked if they could meet. This video is part of Crossing Divides, a BBC season bringing people together in a fragmented world. For more stories go […]

Patrick Shanahan: Trump says his choice for Pentagon chief is out

Image copyright Getty Images US President Donald Trump has announced his choice for defence secretary has withdrawn, shaking up the Pentagon at a time of rising Middle East tensions. He tweeted that Patrick Shanahan has pulled out of consideration “so that he can devote more time to his family”. Mr Shanahan, who will be replaced […]

Why are US tourists dying in Dominican Republic?

Image copyright Family handout Image caption The family of Joseph Allen, 55, say he was in good health when he died A New Jersey man has become at least the eighth US tourist to die in the Dominican Republic in a string of deaths the FBI is investigating. Relatives of Joseph Allen, 55, say he […]

Gay Hell: US town re-named to protest LGBT flag ban

Image copyright Elijah Daniel Image caption YouTuber Elijah Daniel welcomes you to Gay Hell Welcome to Gay Hell, Michigan. A tiny town with a new name and a new owner. YouTuber Elijah Daniel, 25, is making waves on social media this week after announcing that he’s buying the small American town Hell and re-naming it […]

Panic amid Toronto Raptors victory parade gunfire

Four people were wounded in a shooting in Toronto during a crowded victory rally for the Toronto Raptors basketball team, police say. Thousands of sports fans were packed into the city centre in Nathan Phillips Square when shots rang out, sending many scurrying for cover. The event, attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was […]

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