- Chinese ship inaugurates expanded Panama Canal
A giant Chinese-chartered freighter nudged its way into the expanded Panama Canal on Sunday to mark the completion of nearly a decade of work forecast to boost global trade. Thousands of people cheered and waved flags as they watched the vessel, especially renamed COSCO Shipping Panama, inaugurate the widening of the century-old waterway, which has been fitted with a new shipping lane and locks. "This is a great day, a day of national unity and a day for Panama," President Juan Carlos Varela said in a speech.
- The Latest: Germany leads Slovakia 2-0 at halftime
- French PM - Europe must stop being finicky and intrusive
The European Union must stop being nit-picky and intrusive, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday as the bloc scrambled to handle the aftermath of Britain's vote to leave. The Brexit vote to leave the EU has deepened fears among mainstream politicians across Europe about the rise of eurosceptic, anti-establishment parties, particularly in France, where the far-right National Front is increasingly popular. "We must put an end to this sad and finicky Europe.
- Eight members of UK opposition Labour withdraw support for leader Corbyn
Eight members of Britain's opposition Labour party said on Sunday they had withdrawn support for the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, plunging the party into crisis in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Corbyn sacked Hilary Benn as Labour's foreign policy chief early on Sunday after he said had lost confidence in the leadership. Gloria de Piero, Heidi Alexander, Lucy Powell, Ian Murray and Kerry McCarthy all announced they were withdrawing support and stepping down from Corbyn's 'shadow cabinet'.
- Turkey uses tear gas to break up gay pride gathering
ISTANBUL (AP) — Police in Istanbul have used tear gas and have detained activists who gathered to mark gay pride week after authorities banned their rally in the city. At least 19 activists have been detained.
- Lochte finishes 2nd in 400 IM heats at US Olympic trials
- Eighth UK Labour policy chief resigns after Brexit vote
LONDON (Reuters) - The British opposition Labour Party's Northern Ireland policy spokesman, Vernon Coaker, resigned from the party's senior team on Sunday following the country's decision to leave the European Union, local media reported. Coaker became the eighth member of the party's "shadow cabinet" to resign on Sunday in what is being seen as an attempt to unseat the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn. A ninth, Hilary Benn, was fired overnight after telling Corbyn he had lost confidence in his leadership. (Reporting by William James, Editing by Kylie MacLellan)
- Spain votes to break political deadlock, far left set to rise
By Julien Toyer and Emma Pinedo MADRID (Reuters) - Spaniards voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election in which the anti-austerity party Podemos is expected to make big gains, potentially delivering a fresh jolt to Europe's political mainstream after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The last election, in December, broke the mold of 40 years of stable conservative or Socialist majorities and failed to produce a government, as upstart parties channeled growing resentment of the establishment following an economic crisis and a series of corruption scandals. The center-right People's Party (PP) looks set to be the biggest party again, with around 120 seats.
- Clinton takes lead over Trump, new polls show
Two head-to-head polls released Sunday showed a resurgent Hillary Clinton vaulting atop the US presidential race after a tumultuous month for Donald Trump, who has failed to rally confidence among voters or party leaders. A Washington Post-ABC News poll showed a 12 percentage point lead for the Democrat, her largest advantage since last fall and a dramatic improvement over last month when the poll showed her statistically tied with Trump. If the presidential election were held today, 51 percent of respondents said they would vote for Clinton, versus 39 percent for Trump.
- Firefighters begin to get deadly California blaze under control
(Reuters) - Firefighters have begun to contain a wildfire in central California, which has killed at least two people and destroyed 150 homes, state fire officials said on Sunday, as six other blazes rage in the state in an already intense wildfire season. The fire known as Erskine, now about 110 miles (180 km) north of Los Angeles, melted steel, exploded structures and reduced homes to ash, Kern County Sheriff's public information officer, Ray Pruitt, told NBC affiliate KCRA news in Sacramento. Erskine has ripped through 36,810 acres - or nearly 60 square miles - and is 10 percent contained, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) public information officer, Daniel Berlant, tweeted.
- Somali minister among 15 killed in extremist attack on hotel
- Voter turnout in Spanish election falls sharply from December
MADRID (Reuters) - Turnout in Spain's parliamentary election was 51.17 percent at 1600 GMT, around seven percentage points lower than at the same time in December, official data showed on Sunday. A lower turnout had been widely expected after six months of fruitless talks between political parties following the last election and as the summer holidays start. The voting closes at 1800 GMT, when the first exit polls will appear. (Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Paul Day)
- EU not expecting Britain to trigger Leave mechanism at summit
The European Union does not expect British Prime Minister David Cameron to trigger the mechanism starting the process for Brexit negotiations when he meets other EU leaders at a summit on Tuesday, a senior EU official said on Sunday. "We do not expect Prime Minister Cameron at this stage to trigger Article 50 on Tuesday," he said of the summit in Brussels where Cameron will brief leaders on the Leave vote at last week's British referendum on EU membership. Other leaders broadly understood why Cameron, who has said he will resign and leave triggering Article 50 to his successor, could not launch the two-year process as early as Tuesday.
- The Latest: Rain helps in fight against New Mexico wildfire
- Kenny Chesney calls cop to apologize for saying he had died
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say an officer shot several times near Philadelphia got a call from country singer Kenny Chesney with an apology for saying he was dead.
- Iraq takes full control of Fallujah from IS
Iraqi forces took the Islamic State group's last positions in the city of Fallujah Sunday, establishing full control over one of the jihadists' most emblematic bastions after a month-long operation. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had already declared victory on June 17 after IS defences collapsed, with Iraqi forces facing only limited resistance in subsequent clearing operations. The offensive saw tens of thousands of civilians risk death to flee their homes, leaving Iraq to grapple with a humanitarian crisis as its forces prepare to attack the country's last remaining major IS hub of Mosul.
- At gay pride parades, a mix of celebration and sorrow
NEW YORK (AP) — Onlookers lined up early and police ramped up security Sunday to get ready for New York City's famous gay pride parade, a march that would be both a celebration of barriers breached and a remembrance of the lives lost in a shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida.
- Fentanyl worries changing way narcotics officers operate
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The street version of fentanyl blamed in the deaths of thousands of Americans is also threatening police officers, forcing changes in long-standing basics of drug investigations, from confiscations to testing and undercover operations, law enforcement officials say.
- Death toll may rise in destructive California wildfire
- Trump camp scrambles to shape up before GOP convention
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are sprinting to shape up Donald Trump's presidential campaign before the party's national convention in three weeks, even as leading members of the party carry a deep antipathy or outright opposition to his claim on the GOP nomination.
- Minnesota judge to hold 2nd hearing in Prince estate case
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A hearing will be held in suburban Minneapolis regarding the procedures for determining who stands to inherit part of Prince's estate. Prince died in April of an accidental drug overdose, and no will has been found. The twice-divorced musician's parents are dead and he didn't have any known children, but he left behind a sister and at least five half-siblings. Others also have come forward to claim he was related to them.
- The Latest: 30 African migrants get over fence, reach Spain
- Hidden motor checks 'planned for 2016 Tour de France'
A wide-reaching series of checks for hidden motors in bicycles is to be employed at the 2016 Tour de France, Sunday's French weekly le Journal du Dimanche has reported. The Journal de Dimanche cited evidence suggesting motorised cycle use had been strongly suspected at recent Tour de France and other races. Femke Van den Driessche of Belgium was banned for six years for the first recorded case of using hidden motors in racing last April after early motor check tests were used.
- $2.5M John Legend Theater in Ohio district nears completion
- Iraqi commander declares defeat of Islamic State in Falluja
By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces recaptured the last district held by Islamic State militants in the city of Falluja on Sunday and the general commanding the operation declared the battle over after nearly five weeks of fighting. Iraqi forces reached the center of Falluja last week but militants remained holed up in some parts of the city west of Baghdad, including in its Golan district, which Iraqi forces retook on Sunday. The assault is part of a wider offensive by Iraqi forces against Islamic State militants who seized swathes of territory in 2014 but are now being driven back by an array of forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition.
- Germany's Gabriel says no new offers for Britain to stay in EU
The European Union will not make Britain any fresh offers to keep it in the bloc and it cannot be "half a partner", German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has said. In contrast to conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, who on Saturday struck a conciliatory tone towards Britain by calling for clear-headed negotiations with the "close partner", Gabriel took a tough stance on the EU's future ties with London. Gabriel, a Social Democrat, criticized British Prime Minister David Cameron for "his grand and historic blunder" in calling the referendum that resulted in Britons' 52-48 percent vote to exit the EU, and called for him to go soon.
- Fallout from British EU vote alarms Asia, deepens party conflicts
By Estelle Shirbon and Ben Blanchard LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Turmoil unleashed by Britain's vote to leave the European Union heightened anxiety in Asia on Sunday, with China, Japan and South Korea all fretting over the risk to world financial stability a few hours before markets reopen. China's finance minister said fallout from Thursday's referendum "will cast a shadow over the global economy" while a senior official in Tokyo warned of the danger of "speculative, violent moves" in currencies. In Britain, open political conflict spread from the ruling Conservatives to the opposition, and senior Labour lawmakers attempted a coup against their leader after traditional supporters rejected the party's pro-EU stand in droves.
- The Latest: Thousands remain without power in West Virginia
- Rosatom's global nuclear ambition cramped by Kremlin politics
By Geert De Clercq, Svetlana Burmistrova and Jack Stubbs PARIS/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The $100 billion overseas order book of Russia's nuclear power plant builder Rosatom -- bigger than all its Western competitors combined -- makes it look like the giant in its field. Deal after deal has collapsed in Europe, where individual countries and the European Union as a whole consider it a priority to reduce dependency on Russian energy, and relations have deteriorated over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. A project in fast-growing, energy-hungry Turkey -- possibly the ideal market on paper -- has been stalled because of a collapse in relations between the two countries supporting opposite sides in the Syrian civil war.
- Factbox: Rosatom global projects
МОSCOW (Reuters) - Russian nuclear giant Rosatom has an order portfolio of more than $100 billion, but many of its projects are in developing countries which will struggle to incorporate nuclear power into their grids. Other projects have stalled because of local opposition or international political tensions. ...