US stories

Below is a selection of US stories I have covered over the years.

US launches military strikes in Iraq and Syria in response to fatal drone attack

The US has launched its “retaliatory” air strikes in Iraq and Syria after the fatal drone attack in Jordan which killed three American troops, officials have said.

The strikes were launched on Friday evening, just under a week after Sgt William Rivers, 46, specialist (Spc) Kennedy Sanders, 24, and Spc Breonna Moffet, 23, were killed and around 40 others were left injured when a drone hit a US military desert outpost in Jordan.

In a statement, President Joe Biden remained defiant in the decisio

Donald Trump 'destroyed reputation' of writer E Jean Carroll, lawyer says

Donald Trump “used the world’s biggest microphone” to “destroy” the reputation of writer E. Jean Carroll, a US court has heard.

Shawn Crowley said the former US president launched verbal attacks against her over four days in June 2019 after Ms Carroll wrote in a memoir that Trump had sexually abused her in a dressing room of a luxury department store in the 1990s.

The lawyer, who represents Ms Carroll, gave the comments during her opening statement of a civil defamation case held at Manhattan’

Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for second time

The website said in a statement that it plans to agree to the offer at 54.20 dollars (£47.23) per share, the same price Mr Musk previously put forward.

A spokesperson for Twitter said: “We received the letter from the Musk parties which they have filed with the SEC. The intention of the company is to close the transaction at 54.20 dollars per share.”

Lawyers for Mr Musk said it was due to the platform “not complying with its contractual obligations” surrounding the deal, namely giving him enou

Assange seeks 'last minute' Trump pardon

Stella Moris is appealing to US President Donald Trump in a tweet for him to pardon Julian Assange.

In a video posted to Twitter, Moris said Trump could still "do the right thing" despite having already left the White House for the last time.

"Mr President, Julian is in prison right now, he could die there. This may be his only chance," she said.

In her plea, she made reference to former president Barack Obama's decision to pardon whistle-blower Chelsea Manning before he left office.

"How ca

Trump 'did photo op with former owner of destroyed Kenosha shop - after current one refused'

Donald Trump staged a photo opportunity with a former storekeeper during his visit to Kenosha after the current owner of the destroyed business refused to take part, it has been claimed.

The US president toured the Wisconsin city on Tuesday after protests in recent days turned violent.

People have been demonstrating for days in Kenosha after Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer on 23 August.

Mr Blake survived the shooting but has bee

Russia 'trying to denigrate Joe Biden' in bid to meddle in US election, says top security official

Russia is attempting to discredit Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the US election, America's counterintelligence chief has said.

William Evanina, director of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said officials were also concerned about "ongoing and potential activity by China and Iran" in relation to the election.

He accused the Kremlin of conspiring against Mr Biden's bid for the White House, while Beijing and Tehran are said to want Donald Trump voted

Donald Trump: Theresa May told she was 'weak' during phone call with president, report claims

Donald Trump "bullied and demeaned" Theresa May during phone calls when she was the prime minister, a report has claimed.

The US president is said to have told Mrs May she was "weak" and "lacked courage" during her tenure, while allegedly telling German Chancellor Angela Merkel she was "stupid".

The details of the conversations have been published by Carl Bernstein, one of two former Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate Scandal, on CNN.

He spoke to White House and intelligence of

Doorbell video shows delivery driver praying for ill baby at risk of COVID-19

An Amazon delivery driver has been filmed praying for an ill baby while dropping off parcels to his family home in the US.

Footage taken from Raquel Pearson's doorbell security camera shows the driver, known only as Monica, dropping off a parcel at the property in Idaho before stepping back and bowing her head.

She then remains quiet for a few moments before making a sign of the cross and rushing back to her delivery van.

Mrs Pearson, the mother of the youngster, called Lucas, posted the foot