Why is ‘pettifogging’ suddenly in the news?

Why is ‘pettifogging’ suddenly in the news?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is presiding over the impeachment trial One word On the first day of the Trump impeachment trial, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts uttered the word "pettifogging" to illustrate a point. What does this archaic word mean and where did it…
Democrats on the attack – against each other

Democrats on the attack – against each other

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From left to right: former Vice President Joe Biden and Senators Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders at an MLK Day rally Until recently, the biggest disputes among the candidates have been policy-related. But now, the attacks are getting personal.Even a casual observer of the string of Democratic debates…
Protester ‘paid’ to appear at Huawei hearing

Protester ‘paid’ to appear at Huawei hearing

Image copyright Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Image caption A small group of people were holding placards in support of Meng Wanzhou outside court on Monday A Canadian actor said she was unwittingly hired to protest in support of a Huawei executive fighting extradition to the US. Julia Hackstaff told local media she thought she…
Virus-hit Chinese city to shut public transport

Virus-hit Chinese city to shut public transport

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's online health editor talks us through what we know about the virusWuhan, a Chinese city of nearly nine million people, is to temporarily shut public transport amid a virus outbreak.Those living in the city have been advised not to leave, in a week when millions…
‘Go outside’: Macron confronts Israeli security

‘Go outside’: Macron confronts Israeli security

French President Emmanuel Macron has berated Israeli security for not leaving a Jerusalem basilica while on a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. Mr Macron accused officers of violating rules that prevent them from entering the Crusader-era Church of St Anne, which is considered French territory.The incident was reminiscent of one involving the late…
Opening arguments presented in Trump impeachment trial

Opening arguments presented in Trump impeachment trial

Posted at 18:0218:02House impeachment manager: 'The facts are damning'Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesIn anticipation of today's proceedings, House impeachment manager Adam Schiff has told reporters he would start by laying out the timeline and facts behind the impeachment inquiry. "We believe we will make an overwhelming case for the president's conviction," Schiff said. "The facts are…
Harvey Weinstein trial begins in New York

Harvey Weinstein trial begins in New York

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Harvey Weinstein arrives at court in New York on Wednesday Harvey Weinstein's trial is set to begin in earnest, with the former Hollywood producer facing the possibility of life behind bars.Mr Weinstein faces five charges, including rape and sexual assault, relating to two unnamed accusers.The 67-year-old denies the charges. He…
UN experts demand phone hack probe of Saudi prince

UN experts demand phone hack probe of Saudi prince

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ties between Jeff Bezos and Mohammed bin Salman soured after Jamal Khashoggi's murder UN human rights experts have demanded an immediate investigation into allegations Saudi Arabia's crown prince hacked Amazon boss Jeff Bezos' phone.They said Mohammed bin Salman should also be investigated for "continuous, direct and personal efforts to…
Monty Python star Terry Jones dies aged 77

Monty Python star Terry Jones dies aged 77

Image copyright Getty Images Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, his agent has said.A statement from his family said: "We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones."Terry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of…
Storm Gloria floods major river delta in Spain

Storm Gloria floods major river delta in Spain

Image copyright copernicus ems Image caption Before and after: EU satellite photos show the Ebro delta last week (left) and flooded on Tuesday A storm surge on the east coast of Spain has swept 3km (two miles) inland, devastating rice paddies in the Ebro river delta south of Barcelona.Storm Gloria began wreaking havoc on Monday…