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Lisa Montgomery: Judge halts execution of only woman on US death row

A US judge has granted a stay of execution to Lisa Montgomery – just hours before the only woman on America’s federal death row was due to be given a lethal injection. Judge James Hanlon said a competency hearing should be held first. Montgomery’s lawyers had argued she was mentally …

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FBI fears armed protests by Trump supporters ahead of Biden inauguration

US security officials have warned of possible armed protests being held across the country in the days before Joe Biden is sworn in as president. There are reports of armed groups planning to gather at all 50 state capitols and in Washington DC in the run-up to his 20 January …

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Michael Apted: TV documentary pioneer and film-maker dies aged 79

FILM DIRECTOR  Michael Apted, best known for the Up series of TV documentaries following the lives of 14 people every seven years, has died aged 79. He also directed Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorillas In The Mist and the 1999 Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. The original 7 Up …

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Democrats in Congress kick off efforts to drive Trump from office after violence at Capitol

Congressional Democrats on Monday begin their drive to force President Donald Trump from office, kicking off a week of legislative action that could end with a vote that would make him the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week, …

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Indonesia Sriwijaya Air crash: Distraught relatives await news

RELATIVES OF  the passengers and crew on board the ill-fated Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 are facing an agonising wait as authorities search for the wreckage. Sixty-two people were on board the passenger plane which plunged into the sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta on Saturday. There appears to …

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Biden to nominate Merrick Garland as attorney general

President-elect Joe Biden has decided to nominate Judge Merrick Garland as attorney general, people familiar with the matter tell CNN, a long-awaited decision that moved toward completion Wednesday as it became apparent that Democrats were on the brink of winning control of the Senate. The announcement of the attorney general, …

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Coronavirus variants and mutations: The science explained

The rapid spread of coronavirus variants has put the world on alert and triggered a new lockdown in the UK. What are these variants and why are they causing concern? All viruses naturally mutate over time, and Sars-CoV-2 is no exception. Since the virus was first identified a year ago, …

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Georgia election: Democrats on course for Senate control

The Democratic Party of US President-elect Joe Biden is on the verge of taking control of the Senate as results come in from two elections in Georgia. Raphael Warnock, a pastor from Atlanta, is projected to have won one of the seats. The other is on a knife-edge. If the …

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Deadly flash floods tear through Bolivia’s Sucre city

FLASH FLOODS  have killed at least four people in the Bolivian city of Sucre, police say. Following a heavy hailstorm which lasted about half an hour, some of the city’s steep streets became fast-flowing rivers. Water rushed down the streets dragging along cars, buses and market stalls. The worst affected …

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Georgia Senate election: Control of Congress up for grabs

The US state of Georgia is going to the polls in a vote that will decide whether President-elect Joe Biden’s Democrats control the Senate. Mr Biden’s party needs to win both the state’s runoff elections to gain full control of Congress and with it the power to push forward his …

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