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Dozens of people were thrown into the waters as the pleasure boat sank within minutes of impact

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...ime on Monday. Dozens of people were thrown into the waters as the pleasure boat sank within minutes of impact. The ferry was able to reach Lamma and disembark its passengers as it was taking on water. The government has confirmed that 37 people died – 32 adults and five children. More than 100 people were injured. The number of people missing is unknown. Police have arrested three crew memb...

Republicans have cancelled vote on John Boehner’s fiscal cliff Plan B, less than two weeks before a deadline for budget reform

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...by less than 0.5%. John Boehner said he had been unable to garner sufficient votes to secure passage of the bill. Although it would have ensured a tax cut for 99.8% of Americans, it would have imposed a rise on those earning more than $1 million. He said in a statement that the bill “did not have sufficient support from our members to pass”. Shortly after, the White House said Presiden...

President Barack Obama shared a meal with politicians, journalists and stars at the 98th annual White House Correspondents' Dinner

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...dog Bo Obama were allowed another four terms in office. “America’s dogs can’t afford four more years of Obama – that’s 28 years for dogs.” The video finished with the slogan: “I’m an American, and dog gone it, I ride on the outside. (Paid for by the Wolf Pack of America.).” President Barack Obama shared a meal with politicians, journalists and stars at the 98th annual White House Correspondents&#...

Sanford Ziff, 86, married Baroness Beatrice Clancy, 68

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Sanford Ziff, a Miami millionaire philanthropist and the founder of Sunglass Hut is hoping to scrape his recently-deceased wife’s name off of the city’s Ballet Opera house in order to make room for the name of his new younger wife. Sanford Ziff, 86, and he and his wife of 15 years, Dolores, were well-known for their charitable giving throughout Miami. Just months after Dolores died th...

President Barack Obama is to have lunch at the White House with defeated Republican election rival Mitt Romney

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...te dining room at the White House, and the press will not be permitted to cover the lunch, the White House said on Wednesday. President Barack Obama is to have lunch at the White House with defeated Republican election rival Mitt Romney The meeting comes as Barack Obama and the Democrats negotiate with congressional Republicans over the impending “fiscal cliff” – a combination o...

After David Petraeus hearing on Friday, it emerged that unclassified talking points prepared by the CIA for use by lawmakers about Benghazi attack originally pointed specifically to al Qaeda involvement

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The White House did not heavily alter talking points about the attacks on US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, an official said on Saturday. “If there were adjustments made to them within the intelligence community, that’s common, and that’s something they would have done themselves,” Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, told reporters. “The only edit … made by the...

US house prices rose 12.4 percent over the 12 months to the end of July 2013

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...Reserve decided to maintain its effort to boost the economy, which involves buying $85 billion worth of assets every month. That scheme, known as quantitative easing (QE), is credited with boosting the housing market last year by driving down mortgage rates to record lows. However, David Blitzer from S&P Dow Jones Indices said that effect had worn off. US house prices rose 12.4 percent over t...

Barack Obama supports a plan to raise taxes on families earning more than $250,000

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Republicans in the US House of Representatives are blocking a bill that would prevent a tax increase on the first $250,000 of income earned by all Americans, President Barack Obama said on Saturday. The Democratic-controlled Senate has approved the measure, but Barack Obama said House Republicans have “put forward an unbalanced plan that actually lowers rates for the wealthiest Americans”. Barack...

The US government begins a partial shutdown after the Republican-led House of Representatives refused to approve a budget for next year

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The US government begins a partial shutdown after the Republican-led House of Representatives refused to approve a budget for next year. A midnight deadline passed without agreement despite a last-gasp appeal by President Barack Obama. More than 700,000 US government workers face unpaid leave with no guarantee of back pay once the deadlock is over. Republicans have insisted on delaying President...

The White House has threatened to veto the controversial CISPA due to go before the House of Representatives this week

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The White House has threatened to veto the controversial Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) due to go before the House of Representatives this week. The US government wants more privacy protections in the CISPA. After failing to pass through the Senate last year, the bill has already had several amendments. Intended to protect corporate networks from cyber-attacks, CISPA allows...

President George W. Bush was given a series of direct warnings throughout 2001 about the possibility of a terrorist attack by Al Qaeda

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Former US President George W. Bush was given a series of direct warnings throughout 2001 about the possibility of a terrorist attack by Al Qaeda – but failed to take them seriously, it was claimed today. On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it has been reported that the White House received multiple briefs between May and August 2001 about an attack with explosives and numerous casu...

Peter Jones, the former drummer of Australian rock band Crowded House, has died at the age of 45

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Peter Jones, the former drummer of Australian rock band Crowded House, has died at the age of 45. According to newspaper reports, the Liverpool-born musician, a former schoolteacher, had been suffering from brain cancer. A statement published on the Antipodean band’s website read: “We are in mourning today for the death of Pete Jones. “We remember him as a warm-hearted, funny an...

Washington authorities are investigating a report that gunshots were fired near the White House on Friday

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...s still at large, NBC Washington reported. Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said two cars were seen leaving the area. Edwin Donovan also said witnesses heard shots and saw the cars racing on Constitution Avenue toward 17th Street. One of the vehicles was abandoned at 23rd and Constitution. Washington authorities are investigating a report that gunshots were fired near the White House on Fri...

Natalie Portman may have bared all in her previous campaigns for Christian Dior, but she is covering up in her latest advert for the French fashion house

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...ous campaigns for Christian Dior, but she is covering up in her latest advert for the French fashion house. Natalie Portman, 31, is the epitome of demure chic in the gorgeous shoot and is seen softly gazing at the camera while wearing a white knitted jumper. In another shot, the actress is pictured looking especially casual in a simple dark grey top and artfully worn in jeans. But it’s not all abo...

Rights activists say Chen Guangcheng slipped out of his home in Dongshigu town in Shandong province on Sunday

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Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer and one of China’s best known dissidents, has escaped from the house arrest. Rights activists say Chen Guangcheng slipped out of his home in Dongshigu town in Shandong province on Sunday. Chen Guangcheng’s exact whereabouts cannot be verified at the moment but human rights campaigners said they believe he has fled from Shandong province. He has been under hou...

Strain etched on his face, Barack Obama watched as the raid to kill Osama Bin Laden played out on a television in front of him

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...d children. They then ran to meet their colleagues at the main building, firing two bullets into one of Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguards who was brandishing a gun. Five minutes later, a Chinook landed by the compound and more commandos flooded into the compound. The commanding officer went to view Osama Bin Laden’s corpse before confirming via satellite phone to the White House “Gero...

Pervez Musharraf has been released from house arrest and is free to move around the country

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...xit control list and cannot leave the country. It is also unclear if Pervez Musharraf will leave the house because of threats to his life. Pervez Musharraf’s seven-month house arrest was unprecedented in a country which has been ruled by the military for more than half of its history. Speaking on Monday, his lawyer said Pervez Musharraf had no intention of leaving Pakistan. He has consistent...

Chen Guangcheng is having a check-up at a Beijing hospital after he left US embassy

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...high-profile figure and international rights groups have frequently expressed alarm at the treatment of him and his family. He was placed under house arrest in 2010 after spending more than four years in jail for disrupting traffic and damaging property. Chen Guangcheng exposed how local authorities in Linyi, in Shandong province, forced thousands of women to have abortions or be sterilized as par...

The Mashco-Piro is one of around just 100 known uncontacted tribes and its members live a traditional life in the Peruvian forests and have little or no outside contact with the world

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...or a bow-and-arrow attack which left a forest ranger wounded in October. One of the images was taken by a bird watcher in August. The other two were taken by Spanish archaeologist Diego Cortijo on November 16, six days before Flores was killed. Diego Cortijo, a member of the Spanish Geographical Society, was visiting Nicolás “Shaco” Flores on an expedition in search of petroglyphs and said clan me...

Four more crew members from Sewol ferry have been arrested, bringing the total number detained to 11

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Four more crew members from Sewol ferry that sank last week have been arrested by the South Korean authorities, bringing the total number detained to 11. Police have also raided offices of companies linked to the ferry’s owners. Search teams are continuing to recover bodies from the submerged hull of the passenger ferry. One survivor has described taking the agonizing decision to save himse...

Malaysia Airlines officials defended their handling of the notification of family members on the presumed final fate of missing Flight MH370

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Malaysia Airlines officials defended their handling of the notification of family members on the presumed final fate of missing Flight MH370. At a press conference held in Kuala Lumpur airport, Malaysia Airlines Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya first gave his condolences to the family members of the passengers and noted: “It must be remembered that 13 of our own colleagues were also on board.&...

Hector Xavier Monsegur, the suspected leader of the hacking group Lulzsec has pleaded guilty to carrying out high profile attacks on several companies while other members of the group have been arrested

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Hector Xavier Monsegur, the suspected leader of the hacking group LulzSec has pleaded guilty to carrying out high profile attacks on several companies while other members of the group have been arrested, US law enforcement official says. Hector Xavier Monsegur had been charged with conspiracy to engage in computer hacking according to unsealed court papers filed in Manhattan. The charges were fil...

Nelson Mandela's coffin began the journey by air and road to his ancestral home at Qunu

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...lti-faith service and a musical tribute. Afterwards, Nelson Mandela’s coffin began the journey by air and road to his ancestral home at Qunu. It is being accompanied by family members and officials. At least 100,000 people saw the former South African president’s body lying in state in Pretoria over the last three days, but some had to be turned away. The 95-year-old former leader died...

Ed Klein claims Hillary Clinton does have the White House in her sights for 2016 but only if her health holds out

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Controversial author Ed Klein claims Hillary Clinton does have the White House in her sights for 2016 but only “if her health holds out”. Ed Klein claims the Secretary of State, now 64, is planning to take time off to “get back into shape” but – in comments that are unlikely to be welcomed by Hillary Clinton – remarked that she looks “overweight” and “very tired’. The author – t...

Elida-Marie Caraballo, 19, said she would visit “Uncle Ariel” with her cousin Arlene

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...visit “Uncle Ariel” with her cousin Arlene Elida-Marie Caraballo’s mother, Elida, 44, is the sister of Ariel Castro’s common-law-wife Grimilda Figueroa who died last year of a brain tumor the family say was brought on by vicious beatings by Castro. The couple bought the house where the three women were held captive, built in 1950, in 1992 and raised their four young children there until they spli...