Chilean writer Isabel Allende has warned that "the values and principles that sustain our civilisation are under siege". Speaking at the National Book Awards, the author of The House of the Spirits spoke
A "hotspot" is melting the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet at the South Pole. The area affected is three times that of Greater London. Scientists suspect a combination of unusually radioactive rocks and
Conservation efforts appear to be paying off for some of the world's most charismatic animals, according to new assessments for the extinction Red List. Prospects look better for the mountain gorilla,
CNN has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration after the White House suspended the credentials of one of its senior journalists. Its chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, had his press
When America's powerful pro-gun group told doctors to mind their own business, the response was swift, furious and viral. "Unless you've had someone's heart stop beating in your hands, you don't get to
Tributes are being paid to American writer and former president of Marvel Comics Stan Lee, who has died at the age of 95. In 1961, Lee created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics, and went on to create
Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to hospital. Why did the news send many Americans into a tizzy? On Wednesday evening, Justice Ginsburg fell in her office at the
A United States judge has blocked the construction of a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to the US. The judge in the state of Montana said the Trump administration had "discarded" facts when it the
When Phil Hatfield was watching his six-year-old son play football, he could not resist giving him a "helping" hand. Little did he know the moment would be seen by more than 18 million people. The video
The youngest woman ever elected to Congress has a problem - she can't afford her rent. That is until she starts her new job in January. After telling the New York Times she's waiting for her first paycheck
Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron have both said Europe should pay more of its defence costs, a day after the US president lambasted the idea of a European army. Mr Trump is in Paris ahead of marking
At least 11 people have died in the most destructive wildfires ripping through north and south California. More than 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to avoid three major blazes in state.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders volunteer, is the youngest woman ever to win a seat in Congress. The 29-year-old, a Bronx native from a Puerto Rican family, a
The White House has suspended the credentials of CNN's chief White House correspondent hours after a testy exchange with President Donald Trump. Jim Acosta was asking a question at a news conference on
Samsung has unveiled a folding handset at an event in San Francisco. It described its Infinity Flex Display as "the foundation of the smartphone of tomorrow" and said it intended to start production within
The Democrats have taken control of the US House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump. A Democratic majority in the lower chamber for the first time in
Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates had his hands full on-stage in Beijing on Tuesday, showing a jar of human faeces. The stunt was part of his speech at the Reinvented Toilet event
The Democrats' hopes of winning control of the US Senate have been dealt a blow in the mid-term elections. A Donald Trump Republican ally is projected to unseat an incumbent in Indiana, but Democratic
Take a good, long look at the image above. On the face of the wave, veined as it is with tiny lines of white, there's one thin line that stands out from the rest. There, streaking diagonally in the center
Illinois lawmakers have voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, affirming equal rights for women and putting the legislation just one state away from potentially being adopted by the U.S. Constitution.
Mario Segale, who inspired the plucky plumber Mario — one of the most recognizable characters in the world, let alone in video games — has died at age 84. Segale was Nintendo's landlord outside Seattle
UK scientists have demonstrated the practicality of counting whales from space. The researchers, from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), have been using the highest resolution satellite pictures available.
The deadly synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, the killing of two African-Americans in Kentucky and the wave of improvised explosive devices aimed at critics of President Trump all happened just within past
The world has seriously underestimated the amount of heat soaked up by our oceans over the past 25 years, researchers say. Their study suggests that the seas have absorbed 60% more than previously thought.
India has unveiled the world's tallest statue, which cost 29.9bn rupees (£330m; $430m) to build. The 182m (600ft) high structure in the western state of Gujarat is a bronze-clad tribute to independence
Germany's Angela Merkel has said she will step down as chancellor in 2021, following recent election setbacks. "I will not be seeking any political post after my term ends," she told a news conference
Inside a notorious Chinese labour camp, a dissident smuggled an SOS letter into the Halloween decorations he was forced to manufacture. Years later, a woman in the US opened a box of fake tombstones and
A chronology of major air disasters since 1998: 2018 18 May A Boeing 737 passenger plane crashes shortly after take-off from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, killing 112 people. One passengers
A parade was held in Mexico City on Saturday evening to honour the start of the annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. It is only the third time a parade like this has been held in Mexico's
A man accused of groping a woman on an aircraft has told US police that President Donald Trump had said it was OK to grab women. The man was charged in New Mexico with "abusive sexual contact" after he