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US Navy ship and oil tanker collide near Singapore

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:56:55 GMT

A search for the Navy sailors is under way after the ship and an oil tanker collide near Singapore.

Eclipse spectacle set to grip US public

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:47:02 GMT

Skywatchers in the US prepare for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918.

How to tell if your eclipse glasses are safe

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:21:48 GMT

How tell if your solar eclipse glasses are safe - according to Nasa scientists.

Jerry Lewis: Will his infamous 'lost' film ever be seen?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:58:32 GMT

Twitter users hope The Day the Clown Cried may be released in the wake of the comic's death.

Joss Whedon's ex-wife says he had 'multiple affairs' and questions his feminist ideals

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:55:03 GMT

Kai Cole, the Avengers director's ex-wife, says he "never conceded the hypocrisy of... preaching feminist ideals".

Leo Varadkar and Justin Trudeau take part in Montreal Pride Parade

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:17:06 GMT

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar began his visit to Canada by taking part in the Montreal Pride Parade.

Lost WW2 warship USS Indianapolis found after 72 years

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:49:01 GMT

The warship's sinking, weeks before WW2's end, remains the worst US naval loss at sea in history.

US comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies aged 84

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:37:14 GMT

The family of Dick Gregory, who satirised racism with his stand-up, announce his death aged 84.

Boston march against right-wing rally draws thousands

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:12:31 GMT

Anti-racism protesters converge on the "Free Speech" rally featuring right-wing speakers.

US-South Korea hold military drills amid tension

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:48:00 GMT

Pyongyang has already lashed out at the annual drills, saying they were "adding fuel to the fire".

Trumps to skip Kennedy honours to avoid 'distraction'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:01:48 GMT

The couple will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors to avoid political distraction, officials say.

Oxford University employee charged with Chicago murder

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 01:41:35 GMT

Oxford University employee Andrew Warren is one of two men charged with killing a 26-year-old hair stylist.

Steve Bannon vows to 'go to war' for Trump agenda

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:43:41 GMT

The fired Trump strategist pledges to fight for the agenda that he says won the US presidency.

'It's shocking'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:34:54 GMT

The display of Nazi symbols is illegal in Germany - so how do Germans respond to Charlottesville?

'Right thing to do'

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:39:27 GMT

An anti-racism protester explains why she protected Trump supporters in a tense protest.


Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:43:57 GMT

Thousands are flocking to the little town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in the US, to watch Monday's solar eclipse.

Chop and change

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:24:58 GMT

In less than seven months, President Donald Trump's White House inner circle has transformed.

Graven images

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:26:01 GMT

Trump's argument that the removal of Confederate statues is a slippery slope to changing history has recharged the perennial debate about America's tormented racial legacy.


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:36:44 GMT

Astronomer Glenn Schneider has spent his life chasing solar eclipses around the world and has been in the path of totality 33 times.

The eyes have it

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:16:16 GMT

A few tips on the rare cosmic event, which last stretched across the US coast to coast 99 years ago.

Swastika avenue

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:48:20 GMT

Page Blaswell couldn't believe her eyes when she drove past a home flying a Nazi flag in North Carolina.

‘Guinea pigs'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:32:09 GMT

The Tennessee county started offering time off inmate sentences in exchange for birth control

Reality Check

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:38:24 GMT

The figure was widely quoted when President Trump announced plans to ban transgender military personnel, but is it right?

Island warrior

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:20:21 GMT

A self-styled "island warrior" in Guam has a plan in the event of a North Korean attack on his home.

Licence to kill cubs?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:05:49 GMT

Trump is once again allowing hunters in Alaska to shoot bear cubs and hibernating bears, but is this as bad as it sounds?

'Tiffany' rings cost Costco $19.4m

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:31:23 GMT

The US wholesaler faces a big damages bill for selling "Tiffany" rings not made by the jeweller.

Trump orders review of China's trade practices

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:45:35 GMT

The president asks the top US trade official to review China's approach to intellectual property.

Merck chief Ken Frazier resigns from Trump council

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:20:12 GMT

Ken Frazier resigns from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council over Charlottesville.

US Navy ship: sleeping area and communication equipment damaged

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:40:51 GMT

The guided missile destroyer USS John S McCain was sailing east of Singapore when a collision with a Liberian-flagged tanker occurred.

Trump and Charlottesville: 'Amoral' president stuns world

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:49:04 GMT

Former US defence secretary William Cohen and presidential adviser Ron Christie condemned Mr Trump's reaction to a white supremacist rally.

Boston demonstrations: How the day unfolded.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:31:21 GMT

Tens of thousands of people were in the US city to oppose a right-wing rally.

Top tips: Watching a total solar eclipse

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:38:25 GMT

Ahead of Monday's eclipse in the US, here are four tips from the Faroe Islands, which experienced one in 2015.

Forklift truck used to steal ATM in Arkansas

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 09:58:06 GMT

Police in Arkansas are hunting thieves who stole the cash machine from a bank's drive-through area.

What Trump said versus what I saw

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:31:01 GMT

The BBC's Joel Gunter was in Charlottesville and assesses the president's claims about the violence.

Meet the eclipse-chasing couple

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:27:18 GMT

Now Sharon and Billy Hahs are preparing for one in their own backyard.

Google and UC Berkeley to create movie from eclipse images

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 02:10:08 GMT

The pictures of the total solar eclipse will also be used to study the Sun's outermost atmosphere.

Charlottesville: John Boyega and Kathryn Bigelow react

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:03:52 GMT

The actor, who stars in a new film on Detroit's 1967 unrest, notes parallels with recent clashes.

Charlottesville: Heather Heyer's mother pays tribute at vigil

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:48:14 GMT

Heather Heyer's mother pays tribute to her daughter at a vigil in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump: 'What about alt-left violence in Charlottesville?'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:53:40 GMT

The US president doubled down on his belief that "both sides" were to blame for the violent clashes.