Virginia Republican in blackface scandal

Image copyright Getty Images Virginia Republicans claimed the moral high ground this week as a blackface scandal left the state's Democratic leadership on the brink of implosion. But now a racist college publication has returned…

Man jailed for smuggling drugs in puppies

Image copyright DEA Image caption The puppies were raised on a farm in Colombia by the veterinarian drug trafficker A Colombian veterinarian has been sentenced to jail after admitting to smuggling drugs into the US…

Saudis curtailed Khashoggi probe – UN

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard visited the consulate where Jamal Khashoggi was killed Saudi Arabia "seriously curtailed and undermined" Turkey's ability to investigate the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a UN expert…

Valentine roach revenge for spurned lovers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption What would your cockroach be called? A zoo in the US state of Texas is celebrating Valentine's Day by inviting visitors to name cockroaches after their ex-partners. In an…

US court stays execution over imam row

Image copyright Alabama Dept of Corrections via AFP A federal appeals court has blocked the execution of a Muslim inmate in Alabama after the state refused to allow his imam to be present at his…

Cindy McCain sorry for trafficking claim

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mrs McCain, right, with her family at a 2010 Republican event Cindy McCain, the widow of former US Senator John McCain, has apologised after police disputed her claim that…

Oldest elephant in captivity dies at 88

Image copyright STR/AFP/Getty Image caption Dakshayani, pictured here in 2016, lived at the Chengalloor Mahadeva Temple in southern Kerala state Dakshayani, thought to be the world's oldest elephant in captivity, has died at the age…

Ex-nuns share stories of Church abuse

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pope Francis said the Church was aware of the abuse and was "working on it" A day after Pope Francis publicly admitted for the first time that clerics had sexually…