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XXXTentacion: Controversy rages after rapper’s shooting death

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Before his death the 20-year-old found fame online, racking up hundreds of millions of streams The killing of US rapper XXXTentacion has set social media ablaze: vicious arguments have broken out about how to memorialise such a problematic figure, as fans pore over conspiracy theories about the perpetrator and even […]

New Jersey school sued over bullied girl’s suicide

Image copyright Mallory’s Army/Facebook Image caption Mallory had faced months of cyber-bullying from her classmates The parents of a 12-year-old girl who took her own life are suing the school district in the US state of New Jersey, saying it failed to prevent bullying. Dianne and Seth Grossman say the school ignored repeated complaints that […]

Former WWE wrestler star Vader dies at 63

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Leon White pictured with his son Jesse in 2004; Jesse also became wrestler under the name Jake Carter Former US professional wrestling superstar Leon White – better known as Vader by his fans – has died aged 63. His son tweeted: “Around a month ago my father was diagnosed […]

Canadians able to buy recreational cannabis in October

Image copyright Reuters Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that recreational use of cannabis will be legalised on 17 October, later than initially expected. Parliament passed a law legalising recreational marijuana on Tuesday but it still needs to be implemented. The law was expected to go into effect on 1 July, but the bill […]

US quits ‘biased’ UN human rights council

Media captionHaley: Council has been a protector of human rights abusers The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a “cesspool of political bias”. The “hypocritical and self-serving” body “makes a mockery of human rights”, said US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley. Formed in 2006, the Geneva-based council […]

Migrant children: Republicans scramble as US border crisis grows

Media captionThe sound of migrant children separated from parents Republicans are scrambling to draft a bill to address the growing outcry over the policy of separating migrant families at the US-Mexico border. President Donald Trump told a group of House Republicans he would back any immigration bill they passed, a White House spokesman said. The […]

US quits ‘biased’ UN human rights council

Media captionHaley: Council has been a protector of human rights abusers The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a “cesspool of political bias”. The “hypocritical and self-serving” body “makes a mockery of human rights”, said US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley. Formed in 2006, the Geneva-based council […]

Canada legalises recreational cannabis use

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Senate passed the bill, with 52 votes in favour and 29 against Canada has passed a landmark law that legalises the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. The Cannabis Act passed its final hurdle on Tuesday in a 52-29 vote in the Senate. The bill controls and regulates how the […]

Trump defends separating immigrant families amid outcry

Media captionThe sound of migrant children separated from parents US President Donald Trump has defended his policy of splitting up families entering the US illegally, defying a growing chorus of condemnation. Speaking at a business convention, Mr Trump said children had to be taken away if their parents were jailed for illegally crossing the US […]

US quits ‘biased’ UN human rights council

Media captionHaley: Council has been a protector of human rights abusers The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The body is “hypocritical and self-serving” and “makes a mockery of human rights”, said Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN. Ms Haley last year accused the council of “chronic anti-Israel […]