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# US

Last year
# Midterms
Republicans win 218th seat to claim slim majority in US House
The result is far short of the sweeping victory Republicans predicted.
# Artemis
NASA successfully launches new powerful rocket heading for the Moon
It was third time lucky for NASA after two previous launch attempts were canceled for technical reasons.
# US
Donald Trump launches 2024 bid to return to the White House
The announcement comes just a week after an underwhelming midterm showing for Republicans.
# US
Walmart offers to pay $3.1 billion to settle opioid lawsuits
The proposal follows similar announcements earlier in November from the two largest US pharmacy chains, CVS Health and Walgreen Co.
# mid-terms
Trump follower Kari Lake loses Arizona governor race as Republicans close in on House control
Lake, a former TV anchor, had been seen as one of Trump’s most reliable picks.
# US
Virginia suspect now in custody as two university shootings leave seven dead in the US
The suspect is believed to be one of the college’s students.
# g20 in bali
Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping agree that nuclear weapons should never be used
The pair held their first face-to-face talks since Biden took office.
# COP27
Joe Biden tells COP27 that the 'very life of the planet' is at stake in climate crisis
The US president told the summit that every country needs to “step up” and “renew and raise our climate ambitions”.
# rarity
US women suffer first home defeat in over five years
Germany ended their 71-match home unbeaten streak, which included 64 victories and seven draws.
# US
Homes evacuated as Tropical Storm Nicole batters Florida
Officials in Daytona Beach Shores deemed multiple multi-story coastal residential buildings unsafe and went door-to-door telling people to leave.
GOP 'Red Wave' fails to materialise but control of US Congress still unclear
Joe Biden’s party defeated Republicans in several key races, defying expectations of a Republican surge.
Joe Biden’s party defeated Republicans in several key races, defying expectations of a Republican surge.
In one of the most bitterly-fought races Democrat John Fetterman flipped a senate seat for Pennsylvania.
Republicans held on to governors’ mansions in Florida, Texas and Georgia.
Ron DeSantis wins big in Florida as Donald Trump takes aim against him in pre-2024 threat
US Midterms: These are the big winners so far
# Ransomware
National cyber security centre join forces with international teams to fight ransomware hackers
The meeting in the White House in Washington DC was attended by the States cyber security officials.
# California
Singer Aaron Carter dies aged 34
The brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Cater was found dead this morning.
# Weapons
North Korea fires ‘more than 20’ missiles, including one close to South Korean territory
South Korea issued an air raid alert amid the escalated hostilities in the region.
# US
Suspect in assault at Nancy Pelosi home had shared conspiracy theories online
The man denied the results of the 2020 election and defended former president Donald Trump
Intruder shouted 'Where is Nancy?' before assaulting Pelosi's husband in their home
The US Speaker of the House of Representatives was not in her home at the time.
# Harvey Weinstein
Dancer in Weinstein film tells court he sexually assaulted her
Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to four counts of rape and seven other counts of sexual assault.
# North Korea
North Korean nuclear test would meet 'unprecedented' response: US, Japan, South Korea
Seoul and Washington have repeatedly warned that Pyongyang could be close to testing an atomic bomb for the first time since 2017.
# harvey weinstein trial
Woman tells LA court ‘Harvey Weinstein rape filled her with guilt'
The woman was the first of eight accusers set to testify in Los Angeles where the 70-year-old is on trial for rape and sexual assault.
# Huawei
Chinese officers charged in plot to obstruct US Huawei probe
Washington has long accused Beijing of meddling in US political affairs and stealing secrets and intellectual property.
# Washington DC
Investigators demand Trump testifies about US Capitol Hill riot
Lawmakers say the former president was the “central cause” of a coordinated effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
# Streets of philadelphia
'Every single vote matters': Biden travels to Philly as activists hit local bars ahead of the midterms
With polling less than three weeks away, it’s all to play for in Pennsylvania.
# Court
Trump to testify in defamation case against him after claiming writer lied by saying he raped her
E. Jean Carroll, 78, alleges that Trump raped her in the changing room of a New York department store.
# Connecticut
Police officer wounded in apparent ambush shot and killed attacker
Two other police officers were killed in the attack.
# missile tests
North Korea says recent tests were 'tactical nuclear' drills
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared the country an “irreversible” nuclear power.
# Connecticut
Jury yet to reach verdict in Alex Jones' Sandy Hook defamation trial
The jury must decide how much Jones and his company Free Speech Systems should pay to relatives of eight Sandy Hook victims.
# Texas
Uvalde school district suspend entire police force following outrage over officer
It follows the hiring of a former state trooper who was part of the police response during the shooting at Robb Elementary School in May.
# New York
First witness in Kevin Spacey trial claims sexual abuse by actor
Andrew Holtzman was called to testify by lawyers for actor Anthony Rapp.
# Connecticut
Closing arguments held in Alex Jones’ Sandy Hook defamation trial
The trial will determine how much Jones and his company, Free Speech Systems, should pay for claiming the school shooting was a hoax.
# US
Joe Biden pardons thousands for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana
The US President also urged governors to extend the clemency to the far bigger number of people
# US
Bodies of kidnapped California family including baby found in orchard
The announcement came after authorities released surveillance video of a man kidnapping eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri.
# Court
Scrubs co-executive producer charged with 18 counts of sexual assault
Eric Weinberg is said to have ‘relied on his Hollywood credentials’ to lure young women to photo shoots where he allegedly assaulted them.
# Halyna Hutchins
Alec Baldwin reaches settlement with family of cinematographer killed on film set
The actor fatally shot Halyna Hutchins with a prop gun during a rehearsal for “Rust” in New Mexico last October.
# US
Trump asks Supreme Court to intervene over classified documents seized in Mar-a-Lago raid
A US court last month allowed the Justice Department to resume its use of the documents as part of its ongoing criminal investigation.
Tributes paid to country music pioneer Loretta Lynn, who has died aged 90
A family statement shared online said the songwriter died peacefully in her sleep this morning.
# Trump
Donald Trump files $475-million lawsuit against CNN for alleged defamation
Trump at a rally in Michigan last weekend.
# United Nations
US asks UN Human Rights Council to debate rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region
A UN report on Xinjiang published last month cited possible crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims in the region.
# Ukraine
Drone attack hits Ukraine as US warns Russia of ‘consequences’ over nuclear weapons
A massive fire and explosion was caused in the port of Odessa.
# risk of recession
'Certainly a risk' of US recession, says US Treasury Secretary
Janet Yellen added that ‘we’ve got a good strong labor market, and I believe it’s possible to maintain that.’
# out of court
Judge dismisses Donald Trump’s Russia probe suit against Hillary Clinton and FBI
US District Judge Donald Middlebrooks said Trump’s lawsuit contained ‘glaring structural deficiencies’ .