Trump speaks with Taiwan’s leader, risking diplomatic dispute with China

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, transition officials say, breaking decades of diplomatic protocol in a move that is likely to infuriate China. Trump congratulated Tsai for becoming [...]

Former NFL star Joe McKnight killed in New Orleans shooting

Joe McKnight, who previously played for the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs, has died in an apparent road rage shooting just outside New Orleans, his friends and relatives say. He was 28 years old. The incident happened at about 2:40 [...]

Small earthquake causes mine collapse in Poland, killing at least 2

At least two people have been killed after a small 4.4-magnitude earthquake caused a mine collapse in southwestern Poland, local officials say. Six others remain missing and the death toll is expected to rise. The earthquake, which happened [...]

Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia, killing 76

A chartered plane carrying Brazilian football team Chapecoense has crashed in northwest Colombia, killing at least 76 people, local officials say. Only five people, including three football players, are believed to have survived. The accident [...]

Death toll from ‘thunderstorm asthma’ in Australia rises to 8

The death toll in the Australian state of Victoria from a rare phenomenon called "thunderstorm asthma" has risen to at least 8. More than 8,500 people were treated at area hospitals, including one who remains in a critical condition. The incident [...]

Donald Trump declared winner in Michigan, recount expected

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has been declared the winner of Michigan's 16 electoral votes, marking the first time in nearly 3 decades that a Republican candidate has won the state, officials say. A request for a recount is expected later [...]

Collapse at power plant in China’s southeast kills at least 40

At least 40 workers have been killed after scaffolding collapsed inside a cooling tower that is under construction at a power plant in southeast China, local officials say. A number of other workers remain trapped. The accident happened at [...]

Bridge damaged by Hurricane Matthew collapses in Cuba, killing 4

A bridge that was damaged when Hurricane Matthew swept through eastern Cuba has collapsed, killing four workers who were undertaking repairs, Canadian mining company Sherritt International reported on Wednesday. The accident happened on Tuesday [...]

Trump selects Governor Nikki Haley to serve as UN ambassador

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he intends to nominate South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, which is a cabinet-level position. Haley, who is 44 [...]

Verrückt water slide to close permanently after fatal accident

Verrückt, the world's tallest and fastest water slide which opened at the Schlitterbahn resort in Kansas City just two years ago, will close permanently after a young boy was killed in a gruesome accident earlier this year. The accident happened [...]