Tearful Joe Biden awarded freedom medal by Obama

Media captionObama-Biden ‘bromance’ ends in tears and laughter President Barack Obama has awarded an emotional and surprised Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honour. Mr Obama praised his vice-president for his “faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and your lifetime of service”. The award comes as […]

US man pays tax bill using five wheelbarrows of coins

US man pays tax bill using five wheelbarrows of coins

Image copyright DAVID CRIGGER/BHC Image caption Nick Stafford purchased five wheel barrows to transport his tax payment A US businessman in dispute with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has paid his $3,000 tax bill using five wheelbarrows containing 300,000 coins. Nick Stafford from Cedar Buff, Virginia, delivered so many coins that the DMV’s automated […]

US tanks and troops arrive in Poland

More than 80 tanks and hundreds of armoured vehicles have arrived in Poland, as part of the largest US military reinforcement of Europe in decades. Russia has said it views the move as a threat to its own security. Defence correspondent Jonathan Beale reports. US tanks and troops arrive in Poland

US watchdog to probe FBI Clinton email actions

US watchdog to probe FBI Clinton email actions

Image copyright AP Image caption Comey’s intervention late in the campaign sparked Democratic protests A US government watchdog has launched an investigation into actions taken by the FBI during the election campaign. FBI director James Comey’s decision to reopen an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server 11 days before the election shook up the race. […]

Helicopter rescue for snowbound islanders

The Greek air force has taken six people trapped in heavy snow on Skopelos in the Aegean Sea to the island’s port. The tourist island has been one of the hardest hit by the cold snap, leaving villages cut off and affecting power and water supplies. Helicopter rescue for snowbound islanders

Whales help solve human menopause mystery

A 40-year study of a population of killer whales off the US Pacific coast has helped British researchers to solve an evolutionary mystery – why killer whales and humans are two of only three species that go through what we call menopause – stopping reproduction part-way through their lives. By examining a record of every […]

Gambia crisis: Nigerian MPs back asylum for Jammeh

Gambia crisis: Nigerian MPs back asylum for Jammeh

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Jammeh is accused of leading a repressive regime Nigerian MPs have voted to give The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh asylum if he accepts his defeat in elections and gives up power. The “clock is ticking fast” and efforts to end the crisis in The Gambia should intensify, the lawmakers […]

Kenyan boy Kelvin Muriuki goes to school in helicopter

Kenyan boy Kelvin Muriuki goes to school in helicopter

Image copyright The Samaritans Image caption Kelvin’s annual school fee is $530 (£430) A poor 14-year-old boy in Kenya has been flown to school in a helicopter after air force veterans offered to pay for his secondary education. Kelvin Muriuki was top of his class in 2016, but poverty forced him to go and work […]

Idris Elba auctions himself for Africa

Idris Elba auctions himself for Africa

Image copyright Omaze.com Image caption The winning bidder is promised “delicious conversation and great food” Luther actor Idris Elba has put himself up for auction as a Valentine’s date to raise money for charity. In an online video, he offers bidders a “romantic evening” involving cocktails, food and “whatever your heart desires”. “I’ll let you […]