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Fukushima: Japan lifts tsunami alert after 7.4 quake
Japan has lifted the tsunami advisories issued after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit its eastern coast. The quake struck near Fukushima at about 06:00 local time (21:00 GMT Monday), triggering initial warnings of 3m (9.8ft) high waves. The waves which eventually hit the coast were much smaller. Thousands were asked to evacuate the area and minor injuries were reported. An earthquake and tsunami struck the area in 2011 killing 18,000 people. That quake, one of the most powerful ever recorded, ...
Kanye West taken to LA hospital following disturbance call
US rapper Kanye West has been taken to hospital following an emergency services call, media reports say. A police spokesperson told the BBC they had received a "disturbance call" on Monday afternoon, but did not name the singer. The disturbance was later deemed a medical incident, he said, and the fire department responded. A spokesman for the LA Fire Department said an unnamed man had been taken to hospital for "further assessment". "At 13:20 Pacific Time, the Los Angeles Fire Department re...
Donald Trump: US to quit TPP on first day in office
President-elect Donald Trump says the US will quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on his first day in the White House. He made the announcement in a video messageoutlining what he intends to do first when he takes office in January. The TPP trade deal was signed by 12 countries which together cover 40% of the world's economy. Mr Trump also pledged to reduce "job-killing restrictions" on coal production and stop visa abuses. But there was no mention of repealing Obamacare or bu...
France Sarkozy: Ex-president exits after defeat
French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been knocked out the contest for a centre-right presidential candidate and signalled his withdrawal from politics. Admitting defeat, Mr Sarkozy endorsed Francois Fillon, a moderate who finished first in Sunday's first round, according to near-complete results. Alain Juppe, who like Mr Fillon is an ex-prime minister, finished second. They will face each other in a run-off next Sunday. The winner will compete in next year's presidential election. The win...
Obama says he may comment as citizen on Trump's presidency
US President Barack Obama has said he may speak out after leaving office if he feels his successor Donald Trump is threatening core American values. By convention, former presidents tend to leave the political fray and avoid commenting on their successors. Mr Obama said he would give Mr Trump time to outline his vision but added that, as a private citizen, he might speak out on certain issues. Mr Trump spent the weekend interviewing candidates for top jobs in his cabinet. "I want to be respe...
Trump election: Baltic warning over Russian move on Nato
Lithuania has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin may test Nato in the weeks before Donald Trump becomes US president. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said he was "very afraid" for the Baltics, as well as the Syrian city of Aleppo. Nowhere is the troubled transition of Donald Trump being watched more carefully than in the Baltic states. Lithuania believes its dark view of Russian intentions is justified by its geography and its history. Once part of the Soviet Union, it is now a ...
US election: Clinton wanted to curl up after Trump win
Hillary Clinton has laid bare her disappointment at her election defeat to Donald Trump in her first public appearance since she lost a week ago. The Democratic candidate said she had wanted to "curl up with a good book and never leave the house again". But in a speech at a children's charity she urged the audience to fight for American values and "never give up." Mrs Clinton won the popular vote but was beaten to the presidency in the all-important US electoral college. "Now I will admit co...
Jeremy Clarkson accuses airport worker of barring him from flight
An airport worker kept Jeremy Clarkson off a UK-bound flight because of a Top Gear special, it has been reported. The ex-Top Gear host claimed Stuttgart Airport worker Manuel Pereira had said he was from Argentina as he stopped him boarding a flight in Germany on Monday. Top Gear's Argentina special prompted protests over a car number plate that appeared to refer to the Falklands War. A spokesman for Stuttgart Airport told the BBC Mr Clarkson and his team had missed several calls for their fl...
Mayor resigns over Michelle Obama 'ape in heels' post
The mayor of a town in the US state of West Virginia has resigned after she was caught up in a controversy over racist comments about Michelle Obama. Beverly Whaling had appeared to applaud a Facebook post referring to Mrs Obama as an "ape in heels". She wrote that the post had made her day, but later said she was referring to the election outcome. A petition calling for the mayor's resignation had gathered over 170,000 signatures. Ms Whaling was the mayor of the town of Clay, which has a po...
Donald Trump denies transition disarray after sackings
US President-elect Donald Trump has defended his handling of the transition to the White House, amid reports of disarray in his team. Mr Trump tweeted that the process of selecting his new cabinet and other positions was "very organised". US media say two senior members of the transition team working on national security have been forced out. Mr Trump, a property tycoon and Republican outsider, won an unexpected victory against Hillary Clinton. He has already replaced New Jersey Go...
Michelle Obama 'ape in heels' post causes outrage
A racist Facebook post about Michelle Obama has caused a major controversy involving a town mayor in the US state of West Virginia. Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who runs a local non-profit group in Clay County, referred to the first lady as an "ape". "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified first lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing a Ape in heels," she said. Local mayor Beverly Whaling responded with "just made my day Pam". Ms Whaling is mayor of the town of Clay, whic...
Russian Economy Minister Ulyukayev charged with $2m bribe
Russia's Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev has been accused of taking a bribe to endorse a state takeover. Russia's main anti-corruption body, the Investigative Committee (SK), said he received a payment of $2m (£1.6m). Mr Ulyukayev is the highest-ranking Russian official held since the 1991 coup attempt in what was then the USSR. The SK said he had "threatened" to create obstacles for Rosneft's operations when it took a 50% stake in another state oil company, Bashneft. According ...
Trump election: Priebus and Bannon given key roles
US President-elect Donald Trump has awarded key roles in his incoming team to a top Republican party official and a right-wing media chief. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be his chief of staff. In this role, he will set the tone for the new White House and act as a conduit to Congress and the government. Stephen Bannon, from the Breitbart News Network, will serve as Mr Trump's chief strategist. Mr Bannon stepped aside as executive chairman of Breitb...
Trump: Obamacare key provisions to remain
US President-elect Donald Trump has said he is open to leaving intact key parts of President Barack Obama's healthcare bill. Mr Trump, who has pledged to repeal the 2010 law, said he will keep the ban on insurers denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. He told the Wall Street Journal that he also favoured allowing young adults to be insured on their parents' policies. "I like those very much," Mr Trump said of the two pillars of the bill. It was his meeting with Mr Obama on Thursday th...
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