Sebastian Smith

US government shutdown extends into next week

After convening for just a few minutes following the Christmas break, the Senate adjourned, deciding to renew budget deliberations only next Wednesday

Americans start voting in midterm verdict on Trump rule

At stake are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, 36 governor's posts and seats across the US

Trump hits election trail threatening troop surge on Mexico border

Trump hopes to fire up core Republican voters and spur the party to retain dominance of both chambers of Congress.

Nikki Haley resigns as Trump’s UN ambassador

​Nikki Haley is the latest departure from President Donald Trump's national security team

Trump: Kavanaugh sex assault allegations ‘totally political’

Brett Kavanaugh's once straightforward progress to the nation's highest court has been hit by two bombshell accusations of sexual misconduct

Brazil’s Lula spends first day of 12-year prison sentence

Lula was found guilty last year of taking a luxury apartment as a bribe from a construction company

Marielle Franco character assassination campaign begins

Marielle Franco was killed in an apparent organised hit, prompting tens of thousands of Brazilians to protest. Then came the character assassination.

Merriment and misery: How the world kicked off 2013

From a million people who celebrated in New York's Times Square to a deadly stampede in Cote d'Ivoire, we look at the events that brought in 2013.

Putting a price on despair

A version of <em>The Scream</em>, one of the world's most famous paintings, is expected to fetch at least $80-million at an auction next month.

Violence dogs Occupy Wall Street anniversary

New York police arrested protesters celebrating the six-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street near the stock exchange over the weekend.

Clooney calls attention to Sudanese conflict

Actor and activist George Clooney has reiterated his calls for attention to the war between Sudan and newly-independent South Sudan.

First Native American saint stirs pride

The 17th-century figure, Kateri Tekakwitha, makes history when the Vatican canonises her but joy is mixed with painful memories for indigenous tribes.

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