Vatican hits back at Turkey for calling pope 'crusader'
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:34:35 -0400
By Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze YEREVAN (Reuters) - The Vatican hit back on Sunday at Turkey's depiction of Pope Francis as having a "Crusader mentality" after he used the word genocide to describe the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago. "The pope is on no crusade. "He has not said a word against the Turkish people." Addressing Armenia's president, the government and diplomats on Friday, Francis departed from his prepared text to use the word "genocide", a description that infuriated Turkey when he first used it a year ago.
Orlando massacre casts shadow over U.S. gay pride events
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:22:24 -0400
By Elizabeth Barber NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pride parades in New York, San Francisco and other U.S. cities are expected to draw millions of revelers on Sunday, two weeks after a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub galvanized the LGBT community, and rekindled outrage over American gun violence. An estimated 1.6 million spectators could turn out at the annual gay pride march through Lower Manhattan, according to its organizers. Following the June 12 shooting at Orlando's Pulse gay nightclub, police departments across the country have ramped up security for this year's parades, authorities said.
The Latest: Union reasserts support for UK Labour leader
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:21:40 -0400
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union (all times local):
Niger Delta Avengers urge Nigeria's Buhari to visit southern oil hub
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:15:42 -0400
The Niger Delta Avengers, a Nigerian militant group which has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on oil facilities in the country's southern energy hub, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the region. The militant group says it wants a greater share of Nigeria's oil wealth to go to the impoverished Delta region. Crude sales make up about 70 percent of Nigeria's national income and most of that oil comes from the southern swampland.
British EU exit turmoil alarms Asia, rocks Labour opposition
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:15:12 -0400
By Elizabeth Piper and Ben Blanchard LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Turmoil unleashed by Britain's vote to leave the EU engulfed the opposition Labour Party while policymakers as far away as China, Japan and South Korea fretted on Sunday over the threat to global financial stability, hours before markets reopen. In the oldest parliamentary democracy, three million Britons have signed a petition calling for a re-run of Thursday's referendum that split the nation, and one opinion poll showed a strong majority of Scots now want to break with the United Kingdom rather than with the European Union. Labour's left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn sacked his foreign policy chief as the party plunged into open conflict.
Change or safety? Spain decides in repeat election
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:02:59 -0400
Polls opened at 0700 GMT under generally blue skies in a vote pitting those hungry for change in a country with high unemployment against those who fear it would torpedo Spain's slow economic recovery. Britain's surprise vote to leave the European Union has further exacerbated this cleavage. The outgoing conservative Popular Party (PP) is insisting on the need for "stability" in the face of "populism" -- a thinly-veiled dig at the Unidos Podemos coalition.
UK opposition leader sacks foreign policy chief, deepens divisions
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:55:00 -0400
By Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sacked his foreign policy chief on Sunday, a spokesman said, plunging the party into open conflict after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The EU referendum, which saw 52 percent of Britons voting to leave the EU, has begun to transform Britain's political landscape, triggering leadership battles in both the ruling Conservative Party and opposition Labour. Corbyn sacked foreign spokesman Hilary Benn overnight because "he has lost confidence in him", a spokesman said.
Jewish man who stabbed Jerusalem Gay Pride marchers sentenced to life
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:47:37 -0400
An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man to life in prison for killing a 16-year-old girl and wounding others during a stabbing spree at a Jerusalem Gay Pride parade. The Jerusalem District Court convicted Yishai Schlissel in April of murder and six counts of attempted murder. The July 2015 stabbings had triggered harsh criticism of the police, with Schlissel having been released from prison only three weeks earlier after serving a 10-year sentence for a similar attack.
Iraqi commander: Fallujah 'fully liberated' from IS
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:27:15 -0400
BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from Islamic State group militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation.
Billy Joel to join Cuomo on NY breast cancer motorcycle ride
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:25:53 -0400
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's governor will ride alongside music icon Billy Joel in a statewide motorcycle ride to raise awareness about breast cancer before signing legislation that expands access to screenings for the disease.