- The Latest: Walcott completes hat trick for Arsenal
- Streets calm after 71 arrested in Cleveland protests
CLEVELAND (AP) — The streets returned to calm Sunday after police arrested dozens of demonstrators overnight when protests grew increasingly aggressive in the wake of a patrolman's acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects.
- Local elections in Spain test upstart parties' voter appeal
MADRID (AP) — Spaniards were voting Sunday in local elections that could see two upstart parties end nearly four decades of dominance by the ruling conservative Popular Party and its rival, the center-left Socialists.
- Carter says Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue after Ramadi
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama administration official of the U.S. effort to bolster Iraqi forces to retake their territory from extremist militants.
- 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in car crash
New York (AFP) - Nobel prize-winning US mathematician John Nash, famously portrayed in the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was killed with his wife Alicia in New Jersey when a taxi they were riding in crashed, police said Sunday.
- Rosberg wins Monaco GP after crash hampers Hamilton
- Iraqi lawmaker slams US criticism of Iraqi military
BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says U.S. military commanders are pointing fingers for their own failure to properly support the Iraqi military in the fight against the Islamic State group.
- Pentagon says Iraqi forces 'failed to fight' in Ramadi
Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, and said the troops lacked the will to defend themselves. Islamic State jihadists took control of the strategic city, the capital of Anbar province a week ago, in Baghdad's worst defeat in almost a year. Carter said the city fell to the militants because Iraqi forces -- despite strength in numbers -- did not have the will to fight.
- Britain's opposition Labour Party backs Cameron's EU referendum plan
Britain's opposition Labour Party will back Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to hold a referendum on the country's European Union membership by the end of 2017, its acting leader said on Sunday. Labour had fought this month's national election, in which it suffered a crushing defeat to Cameron's Conservatives, on the policy that it would offer Britons an EU referendum only if there were a further transfer of powers to Brussels from London. Cameron, who has promised to renegotiate Britain's ties with the EU ahead of the referendum, will on Wednesday set out plans to enshrine the vote in law when his government's legislative agenda is published.
- Spain votes as new forces seek 'historic' change
New left-wing and centrist movements are fighting to end the two-party system of the past four decades and drive the conservative Popular Party (PP) from local and regional government ahead of a general election. "This is the first time we have felt hopeful when coming out to vote," said Eva Quintas, 32, after casting her ballot in central Madrid for the left-wing protest party Podemos and the local group it is backing, Ahora Madrid. Its leader Albert Rivera has described Sunday's vote as "historic".
- Rosberg celebrates after Hamilton pit stop fiasco
Nico Rosberg took full advantage of one of Formula One's greatest tactical errors on Sunday to land an unexpected victory and become only the fourth man to claim a hat-trick of consecutive wins in the Monaco Grand Prix. The 29-year-old German trailed championship-leading Mercedes team-mate defending champion Lewis Hamilton for 63 laps until an accident prompted a Safety Car intervention that, in turn, led the team to call the Briton in for an unexpected and unnecessary pit-stop. Obeying his team, Hamilton, who led by 21 seconds before he pitted, came out in third place and, after the race was re-started with eight laps remaining, found it impossible to pass Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, let alone Rosberg, to claim his fourth victory of the year.
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- Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra
BAGHDAD/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, on opposite ends of the vast territory controlled by Islamic State fighters, were the militant group's biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war to stop them last year. The near simultaneous victories against the Iraqi and Syrian armies have forced Washington to examine its strategy, which involves bombing from the air but leaving fighting on the ground to local forces in both countries.
- U.S. defense chief says Iraqi forces lacked will to fight Islamic State
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Sunday said Iraqi forces showed no will to fight against Islamic State militants during the fall of Ramadi a week ago, and U.S. forces were trying to encourage them to engage more directly. "The Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight," Carter told CNN's "State of the Union" program. "They vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they withdrew from the site." Carter said that for now, the United States was continuing to provide air strikes and supply Iraqi forces with training and equipment, but Washington was keeping a close watch on the situation.
- Mathematician who inspired 'A Beautiful Mind' killed in auto accident: media
(Reuters) - Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner who inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was killed in an auto accident along with his wife in New Jersey, ABC News reported. The Oscar award-winning film "A Beautiful Mind" starring Russell Crowe was loosely based on Nash’s longtime struggle with schizophrenia. Crowe wrote on Twitter on Sunday that he was stunned by reports of the death of Nash and his wife, Alicia.
- The Latest: Mercedes botches F1 pit stop, Hamilton dejected
- Afghan weddings: bigger, fatter and hard to tame
With a burst of confetti, dancers clap and twirl around a garland-bedecked groom as Afghanistan's wedding season kicks into high gear, but lawmakers pushing for austerity are bent on taming out-of-control guest lists. Kabul wedding halls with Las Vegas-style razzle dazzle are busy as Afghans rush to get hitched before next month's Ramadan fasting begins, in a colourful contrast to the Taliban era when musical revelry and dancing were banned. Hundreds of people -- not counting the ubiquitous wedding crashers -- typically attend celebrations in these halls segregated by gender, with a bulging guest list seen both as a social obligation and a totem of affluence.
- Ruling party seen winning Ethiopian vote, opposition says supporters harassed
By Drazen Jorgic and Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopians voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to hand a landslide win to the ruling party, which boasts about delivering strong economic growth, while opponents complained that their supporters were harassed. In power for almost a quarter of a century, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has overseen the transformation of a nation that was on its knees after communist purges and famine to one that now attracts foreign investors. But critics say it allows little room for dissent. "They (the opposition) have been campaigning freely," Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn told Reuters as he cast his vote in his Gununo constituency, about 330 km (200 miles) west of Addis Ababa.
- Saudi king says heartbroken by mosque attack, promises punishment
Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Sunday he was heartbroken over a suicide bombing that killed 21 people at a Shi'ite mosque in the kingdom, state news agency SPA reported, a conciliatory statement as sectarian strife intensifies in the region. Salman said anyone linked to the attack, claimed by the Islamist militant group Islamic State, or who sympathized with it, would be brought to justice. A Sunni Muslim militant blew himself up in the al-Qadeeh village mosque in Saudi Arabia's heavily Shi'ite east during Friday prayers, in one of the worst attacks in the kingdom in years.
- Thousands attend funeral of killed Burundi opposition figure
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Thousands of people in Burundi's capital on Sunday attended the funeral of an opposition leader killed in a drive-by shooting.
- Angry Federer blasts French Open after security scare
Roger Federer blasted French Open organisers Sunday after a fan breached security to grab a 'selfie' on court with the Swiss great. Although the male fan was quickly manhandled off the court, 33-year-old Federer was furious with the lapse in security, claiming he had also been targetted in practice on Saturday.
- AP PHOTOS: Safe on land, migrants eager to phone home
- The Latest in Cleveland: Cafe patrons were pepper-sprayed
- Dutch prime minister thanks American liberators
MARGRATEN, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has paid tribute at a Memorial Day ceremony to U.S. troops who fought and died liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in World War II.
- Russians celebrate the saints who gave them their alphabet
MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russians have filled Red Square to join the patriarch of Russia's Orthodox Church in celebrating Slavic literature and the two ninth-century monks considered to be the creators of the Cyrillic alphabet.
- Irish gays wake up to whole new world: When's the wedding?
- Nigerian cell phone provider needs fuel to prevent shut-down
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's leading cell phone provider says it urgently needs diesel to prevent shutting down services across Africa's biggest oil producer.
- Negotiations on TPP in 'end-game', says US trade representative
Negotiations to form the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade zone are in the "end-game", US Trade Representative Mike Froman said Sunday. "The focus will now shift to the US House of Representatives when they come back from recess and we look forward to working with them to get it passed as soon as possible," he said at a meeting of trade ministers of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in the Philippine resort island of Boracay. The United States was seeking to address this issue through the G7, the G20 and the International Monetary Fund.
- Cleveland police say 71 people arrested overnight in protests
(Reuters) - Some 71 people were arrested in Cleveland overnight during protests that flared after a police officer was found not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman following a high-speed car chase in 2012, police said on Sunday. Protests were mostly peaceful after the verdict was announced on Saturday, Police Chief Calvin Williams told a news conference.
- The Latest on flooding: Residents north of Houston evacuated