San Francisco moves to ban e-cigarettes until health effects known

San Francisco moves to ban e-cigarettes until health effects known

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Anti-vaping activists say young people are deliberately targeted with flavoured products Officials in San Francisco have proposed a new law to ban e-cigarette sales until their health effects are evaluated by the US government. The law appears to be the first of its kind in the US and seeks […]

Gallery drops opioid-producing donor

Gallery drops opioid-producing donor

Image copyright AFP Image caption The redevelopment of the National Portrait Gallery is due to be finished in 2023 A £1m donation to the National Portrait Gallery has been withdrawn because the potential donors are alleged to have fuelled the US opioid crisis. The Sackler Trust, run by the family that owns Purdue Pharma, seller […]

Amnesty International says US air strikes ‘killed Somali civilians’

Amnesty International says US air strikes ‘killed Somali civilians’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US has been using manned aircraft, as well as Reaper drones, such as the one pictured here, over Somalia Amnesty International says US air strikes have been killing civilians in Somalia, in a possible violation of international humanitarian law. The rights group said it had recorded 14 civilian […]

Mike Trout set for sport’s biggest deal

Mike Trout set for sport’s biggest deal

Mike Trout has been in Major League Baseball All-Star team in every season since 2012 Baseball star Mike Trout is reportedly set to agree the most lucrative deal in sport – a 12-year extension worth $430m (£324m) with the Los Angeles Angels – on the eve of the new season. According to ESPN, the contract […]

Weedkiller glyphosate a ‘substantial’ cancer factor

Weedkiller glyphosate a ‘substantial’ cancer factor

Image copyright AFP A US jury has found that one of the world’s most widely-used weedkillers was a “substantial factor” in causing a man’s cancer. Pharmaceutical group Bayer had strongly rejected claims that its glyphosate-based Roundup product was carcinogenic. But the jury in San Francisco ruled unanimously that it contributed to causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in […]

Lawsuit as unvaccinated teen banned by US school in outbreak

Lawsuit as unvaccinated teen banned by US school in outbreak

Image copyright Bill Kunkel An unvaccinated Kentucky teenager is suing after his Catholic school excluded him amid a chickenpox outbreak that has sickened at least 32 pupils. Jerome Kunkel, 18, has not contracted the virus, but he has been banned by Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy in Walton. His lawsuit argues the vaccine […]

Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump swap football shirts

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is visiting US President Donald Trump at the White House. Mr Trump said the two countries had “never been closer” in the Oval Office, where the two leaders exchanged football shirts featuring each other’s names. Mr Bolsonaro has been nicknamed “Trump of the Tropics” for his controversial comments. The far-right former […]

Supreme Court sides with Trump on immigration detention

Supreme Court sides with Trump on immigration detention

Image copyright Reuters The Supreme Court has given the Trump administration an immigration policy victory by ruling criminal noncitizens can be detained at any time. The 5-4 ruling states federal officials may detain convicted immigrants indefinitely after they finish serving prison time, even years after. Advocates had argued the law only allowed for detention immediately […]

Three dead in record flooding in US Midwestern states

Three dead in record flooding in US Midwestern states

Image copyright Nebraska DOT Thawing snowpack and heavy rains have brought historically high flooding to several Midwestern states and have led to thousands of evacuations. Three people have died, including a man who officials say was trying to rescue strangers from freezing flood waters. Record-breaking flooding in at least five states has led to emergency […]

Michael Wernick: Trudeau loses top civil servant in crisis

Michael Wernick: Trudeau loses top civil servant in crisis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Top Canadian public servant Michael Wernick to resign Canada’s top public servant has announced he will step down over his handling of a political crisis that has embroiled PM Justin Trudeau. Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick said “recent events” led him to conclude he must retire before the upcoming general […]