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US attorney general faces contempt vote

Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement on Monday: "Congress must see the full report and underlying evidence to determine how to best move forward with oversight, legislation, and other constitutional responsibilities.

An algorithm wipes clean the criminal pasts of thousands

This month, a judge in California cleared thousands of criminal records with one stroke of his pen. He did it thanks to a ground-breaking new algorithm that reduces a process that took months to mere minutes. The programmers behind it say: we’re just getting started solving America’s urgent pr...

US to end Iran oil sanctions exemptions

However, six-month waivers from economic penalties were granted to the eight main buyers of Iranian crude - China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy and Greece - to give them time to find alternative sources and avoid causing a shock to global oil markets.

US Secretary o...

Hunt for gunman in Dutch city of Utrecht

A gunman has opened fire inside a tram and at several other locations in the Dutch city of Utrecht, authorities say.

Several people have been injured and one is feared to have died, media reports say.

Police say the gunman is still at large. Trains and trams have stopped runnin...

Death metal inspires joy not violence

"Many people enjoy sad music, and that's a bit of a paradox - why would we want to make ourselves sad?" he asked. "The same can be said of music with aggressive or violent themes. For us, it's a psychological paradox - so [as scientists] we're curious, and at the same time we recognise that vi...

'No vaccine, no school' in Italy

Under Italy's so-called Lorenzin law - named after the former health minister who introduced it - children must receive a range of mandatory immunisations before attending school. They include vaccinations for chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

On Monday - the last day for...

Japan probe touches down on asteroid

"After the Rosetta mission, it's now clear that most of Earth's water did not come from comets in the early days of the Solar System. We believe carbon-rich (C-type) asteroids may have significant amounts of water locked up in their rocks. It's possible such asteroids may have brought to Earth...

Are we on the road to civilisation collapse?

This article is part of a new BBC Future series about the long view of humanity, which aims to stand back from the daily news cycle and widen the lens of our current place in time. Modern society is suffering from “temporal exhaustion”, the sociologist Elise Boulding once said. “If one is ment...

US states sue Trump over border wall

"We're suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states. For most of us, the office of the presidency is not a place for theatre," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

With a comfortable m...

'Childbirth left me with PTSD'

In a statement, NHS England said: "Any form of mental ill-health during pregnancy, labour or early parenthood is of real concern, but great strides have been made in improving mental health support for new mums with 7,000 more women receiving treatment last year.

America colonisation ‘cooled climate’

"The Great Dying of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas led to the abandonment of enough cleared land that the resulting terrestrial carbon uptake had a detectable impact on both atmospheric CO₂ and global surface air temperatures," Alexander Koch and colleagues write in their paper publish...

N Korea ambassador to Italy 'disappears'

South Korea's spy agency says that the top diplomat fled Pyongyang's Rome embassy with his wife.

The announcement follows unconfirmed reports that Pyongyang's top diplomat in Italy had sought asylum from an unidentified Western country.

Jo Song-gil, the acting North Korean amba...

White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta

Press secretary Sarah Sanders says the White House is suspending Jim Acosta's access.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders says a reporter's access was removed because he put "his hands on a young woman".

Mr Acosta, chief White House correspondent for CNN, was called a "rude, terrible...

Yoga gunman 'posted misogynist videos'

A gunman who killed two women at a Florida yoga studio had previously posted misogynistic and racist videos online, it has emerged.

Scott Paul Beierle, 40, had also been accused of harassing women and grabbing their bottoms, police say.

Beierle killed Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and ...

Niels Högel: German ex-nurse admits killing 100 patients

An ex-nurse in Germany has admitted at the start of his trial that he murdered 100 patients, making him one of the world's most prolific serial killers.

Detectives say Niels Högel administered fatal doses of medication to the people in his care - causing cardiac arrest - at two hospita...

Blow for Merkel in German election

The main parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition lose votes in a regional election in Hesse.

Her centre-right CDU party and the centre-left SPD were each 10% down on the previous election in Hesse state.

SPD leader Andrea Nahles said the federal government's poor perfor...

Trump attacks 'media hostility' after mail bombs

The US president was speaking after a series of suspect packages were sent to high-profile figures.

In scripted remarks at a Wednesday night rally in Wisconsin, the president vowed to catch the perpetrator, while calling on the media to end "constant negative and oftentimes false attac...

How the Finnish survive without small talk

Their desire for avoidance is a predisposition so common that it’s become hard-baked into Finnish culture.

I met my now best friend Hanna a few years ago during my first visit to Helsinki, on a coffee date set up out of desperation. Without any acquaintances in the city, I just wanted ...

Floor collapse injures 30 at US university

Dramatic footage showed a large section of the floor give way during a party in South Carolina.

At least 30 people were injured when a floor collapsed at a party at Clemson University, South Carolina.

The Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity annual homecoming party was just getting start...

Turkey 'to reveal all' on Khashoggi death

Turkey has vowed to reveal all details about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after Saudi Arabia admitted for the first time he had been killed in its consulate in Istanbul.

"Turkey will never allow a cover-up," a ruling party spokesperson said.

Saudi Arabia suggested...

Your US mid-term elections daily digest

The fallout from a bitter Texas debate and what one tiny donation means - it’s your mid-terms roundup.

The US mid-term elections in just under three weeks' time will help define the rest of Donald Trump's presidency.

Americans will vote for members of both chambers of Congress,...

Turkey 'has recording proving Saudi murder'

Turkish officials have audio and video evidence that shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured and killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the BBC has been told.Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, has not been seen since he entered the building on 2 October...