Obama reminded at youth event: ‘I’m old’

Former US President Barack Obama could not help a rueful smile when a panellist in Chicago told him he was in eighth grade – about 13-15 years old – when America’s first black president was elected. In his first public appearance since leaving the White House, Mr Obama joked “I’m old!” during the discussion on […]

Arkansas set for rare US double execution

Arkansas set for rare US double execution

Image copyright AFP Image caption Jack Jones (L) and Marcel Williams Arkansas will become the first US state in 17 years to hold two executions on the same day, if two inmates are put to death as planned on Monday evening. Lawyers for Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are seeking stays of execution on grounds […]

Astronaut Peggy Whitson breaks new space record

Peggy Whitson has broken the record for most days in space by a US astronaut. Dr Whitson already holds records for the most spacewalks carried out by a woman astronaut and is the first woman to command the International Space Station (ISS) twice. Now she’s beaten the record previously set by Jeff Williams, who had […]

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

North Korea ‘ready to sink’ US aircraft carrier Vinson

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Vinson battle group was conducting exercises with the Japanese navy in the Philippine Sea on Sunday North Korea is “ready to sink” a US aircraft carrier heading for the peninsula, state media have said. A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun newspaper warned that the USS Carl Vinson could be […]

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Happy Days actress Erin Moran dies at 56

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Erin Moran also starred in a spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi US actress Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie in 1970s sitcom Happy Days, has died, aged 56. Police said an emergency team in Indiana responded to a call on Saturday afternoon and found her dead. The cause […]

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

Image copyright ESA A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve. Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary in Canada spotted the feature in photos shared on a Facebook group. He did not recognise it as a catalogued phenomenon and although the group […]

Ilie Nastase: Romania captain is suspended after behaviour at Fed Cup

Ilie Nastase: Romania captain is suspended after behaviour at Fed Cup

Nastase had also made derogatory comments about Serena Williams’ unborn child Romania captain Ilie Nastase has been suspended by the International Tennis Federation over the incident that left Johanna Konta in tears on Saturday. In Konta’s Fed Cup match against Sorana Cirstea, Nastase was sent off after swearing at the umpire and abusing Konta and […]

US to honour ‘dumb’ Australia migrant deal

US to honour ‘dumb’ Australia migrant deal

Image copyright EPA Image caption Vice-President Mike Pence (l) with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull The United States has confirmed it will be going through with a migrant resettlement plan made with Australia. US President Donald Trump once called the deal, which was agreed under his predecessor, “dumb“. The agreement allows for up to 1,250 […]

American Airlines suspends employee after clash over pram

American Airlines suspends employee after clash over pram

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption American Airlines said it was “disappointed” by the actions of the employee American Airlines has removed an employee from duty after an ugly clash over a baby’s pram in San Francisco. A passenger who uploaded video of the aftermath of the incident said a mother had been struck with […]