Obama condemns killings of NY police

President Obama says "there is no justification" for the shooting dead of two policemen in New York, amid tension over police tactics in the city.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 5:47 am

US insists North Korea behind hack

The US says North Korea must admit "culpability" for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after North Korea suggests a joint inquiry into the attack.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 2:27 am

Muhammad Ali down with pneumonia

Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 11:19 pm

VIDEO: Two NY police officers shot dead

Two New York City police officers have been shot dead by a lone gunman in what appears to be an ambush, as Alpa Patel reports

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 8:32 pm

VIDEO: Fixing bones with a household drill

Safe surgery with a DIY essential

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 8:09 pm

The family with 34 children - and counting

The family with 34 children - and they're adding two more

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 8:04 pm

Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 5:46 pm

Teaching winter to new US refugees

How refugees in the northern US learn to walk on ice

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:07 pm

Michael Phelps admits drink-driving

US swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, gets a one-year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 3:54 pm

Blackberry in revenue slide

Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 2:57 pm

'Stephen Colbert' now belongs to the ages

Comedian Stephen Colbert defeats death, sings with celebrities and rides off with Santa Claus in the final episode of his Comedy Central show, while writers ponder his legacy.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 11:48 am

'Stephen Colbert' now belongs to the ages

Reflections on Stephen Colbert’s legacy

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 11:48 am

LA River's flood role is 'paramount'

Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 10:27 am

Plea by parents of Aurora accused

The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 10:19 am

VIDEO: Cubans react to 'sweeping change'

World leaders have welcomed a historic move by the US to end more than 50 years of hostility towards Cuba and restore diplomatic relations, but, what does it mean for Cubans?

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 9:50 am

US church crash claims fourth victim

A young boy has become the fourth fatality after a motorist slammed into a crowd in front of a California church.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 9:04 am

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:05 am

Killing of top Taliban 'ineffective'

A secret CIA report released by Wikileaks says strikes against Taliban leaders have had little impact on the group.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 8:33 pm

Should students carry guns on campus?

The battle for guns at university

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 7:45 pm

Two US states sue over marijuana

Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 3:53 pm

'Slenderman' accused to stand trial

Both girls accused of stabbing a Wisconsin classmate in order to please an online fictional character are competent to stand trial, a judge says.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 3:46 pm

Viewpoint: Obama secures Latin legacy

Cuba policy secures Obama a Latin legacy

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 12:53 pm

A comedy of terrors - in four acts

How a satirical film was forced off screen is no laughing matter

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 12:18 pm

US-Cuba deal has vocal critics

Will critics torpedo US-Cuba deal?

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 11:07 am

US boy's 1944 conviction overturned

A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago.

Posted by on 18 December 2014 | 4:13 am