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06/26/2016 05:30 AM
Iraqi forces retake Islamic State holdout in Falluja

A tank belonging to Iraqi army fires toward Islamic State militants in FallujaBy Stephen Kalin 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 complete after nearly five weeks of fighting. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed victory over Islamic State in Falluja more than a week ago but fighting continued inside the city west of Baghdad, including in the Golan district. The offensive has been backed by a U.S.-led coalition mostly in the form of air strikes against Islamic State.



06/26/2016 05:29 AM
Labour must hold together - Opposition finance spokesman
LONDON (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Britain's main opposition Labour Party should "calm down" and hold together, John McDonnell, the party's finance spokesman, said on Sunday, after a sacking and resignation plunged the party into open warfare. "I know how disappointed people are about the loss of the European referendum, but now is the time we hold together," McDonnell told BBC television, referring to Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Asked whether Jeremy Corbyn will remain leader of the Labour Party, McDonnell said: "He's not going anywhere. ...

06/26/2016 05:24 AM
Brexit campaigner Duncan Smith says difficult to have pro-EU PM
LONDON (Reuters) - British pro-Brexit former minister Iain Duncan Smith said on Sunday that it would be very difficult for the public to accept a prime minister who had campaigned for Britain to stay in the European Union. Duncan Smith said Britain should make good on its decision to leave the EU and get going on the shape of the negotiation. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Estelle Shirbon)

06/26/2016 05:23 AM
Loss of access to single market would be catastrophic: UK foreign minister
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday it would be "catastrophic" for Britain to lose access to the European single market after it voted to leave the European Union. Hammond, who campaigned for Britain to remain in the bloc, said Britain would not be able to keep access to the single market while also asserting complete control over migration from EU member states.

06/26/2016 05:19 AM
Jerusalem gay pride parade attacker given life sentence
JERUSALEM (AP) — A Jerusalem court on Sunday sentenced a radical ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jew who fatally stabbed a teenage girl at a gay pride parade last year to life in prison plus 31 years.

06/26/2016 05:15 AM
Irish ticket anger at Euro 2016 clouds France clash

Ireland supporters gather ahead of the Euro 2016 Group E match Italy vs Ireland, at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille, on June 22, 2016Don't call it revenge, but a Thierry Henry handball in 2009 means there will be more than a Euro 2016 quarter-final place at stake when France take on the Republic of Ireland on Sunday. Germany also have a point to prove when they face little Slovakia in their last 16 game. Hungary take on Belgium for the right to play Gareth Bale's Wales in the last eight.



06/26/2016 05:14 AM
Pope urges closer unity with Armenian church on final day

Pope Francis, left, embraces Catholicos Karekin II during an Ecumenical encounter and prayer for Peace at the Republic Square in Yereven, Armenia, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Pope Francis is in Armenia for a three-day visit. Pope Francis insisted Saturday the world should never forget or minimize the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians but urged Armenians themselves to infuse their collective memory with love so they can find peace and reconcile with Turkey. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis called Sunday for closer ties with Armenia's Orthodox church as he wrapped up his three-day visit with a liturgy and visit to the country's closed border with Turkey amid new tensions with Ankara over his recognition of the 1915 "genocide."



06/26/2016 05:12 AM
Britain's Labour Party in open revolt over result of EU vote

Britain's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech at Savoy Place in London, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Corbyn, whose Labour Party backed a vote to stay in the bloc, says the areas that voted most strongly to leave are "communities that have effectively been abandoned" by economic change and the austerity policies of Britain's Conservative government. Many Labour lawmakers strongly backed "remain" and accuse the socialist Corbyn, a longtime critic of the EU, of failing to rally party supporters behind staying in the bloc. Several are trying to rally support behind a bid to unseat Corbyn. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVESLONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party is sliding into turmoil in the wake of the U.K.'s vote to exit the European Union, a sign of how hard the shock decision is shaking British politics.



06/26/2016 05:04 AM
Labour's Corbyn 'not a leader', says sacked foreign policy chief
LONDON (Reuters) - British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is failing and should resign, Hilary Benn, dismissed by Corbyn hours earlier as foreign policy chief, said on Sunday. "He is a good and decent man but he is not a leader," Benn told BBC television. Benn said he would not stand to run Labour himself. (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

06/26/2016 04:58 AM
French, German employer groups press for more EU convergence post-Brexit
French and German employers' groups on Sunday called on the governments of the European Union's other two biggest economies to push on with the single market project now that Britain has voted to quit the bloc. "In all domains the union needs to speak with a single voice," it said, pressing for governments to "reinforce the European market on its two economic pillars, the single market(free movement of goods, services capital and labor), and the euro, and for this (euro) immediate, credible and visible measures to reinforce its governance to encourage convergence between member states." The grouping also demanded that new ways be found to cooperate with Britain.

06/26/2016 04:55 AM
Scotland's Sturgeon says will negotiate best way forward for Scotland

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in EdinburghScotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said on Sunday it was her responsibility to negotiate with the European Union to try to protect the interests of Scotland, which voted to remain in the bloc. "My challenge now as first minister is to work out how I best protect Scotland's interests, how I try to prevent us being taken out of the EU against our will with all of the deeply damaging and painful consequences that will entail," she told the BBC's Andrew Marr show. "My challenge, but also my responsibility as first minister, is to seek to negotiate to protect Scotland's interests," she said, adding she would speak to people in Brussels over the next few days.



06/26/2016 04:52 AM
No immediate need to decide on Article 50: British minister
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Business Secretary Sajid Javid said on Sunday there was no immediate need to decide when to trigger article 50, the mechanism for a country to withdraw from the European Union. (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

06/26/2016 04:52 AM
Kenya aims to cut size of Somali refugee camp by about half by end-2016

An aerial view shows makeshift shelters at the Dagahaley camp in Dadaab, near the Kenya-Somalia border in Garissa CountyKenya aims to reduce by almost half the population of Dadaab refugee camp which is home to about 326,000 mostly Somali refugees by the end of the year, a committee that groups Kenya, Somalia and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said. Kenya has said it wants to close the camp, which was once home to more than half a million refugees, citing security threats. Nairobi says the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab has used the camp as a recruiting ground to launch attacks on Kenya.



06/26/2016 04:51 AM
UK opposition leader sacks foreign policy chief, deepens divisions
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.

06/26/2016 04:46 AM
Kerry to visit Brussels, London for talks on UK's EU exit
ROME (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will rush to Brussels and London on Monday to meet the top British and European Union diplomats, as the world grapples with the implications of Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union.

06/26/2016 04:44 AM
China on schedule for launch this year of 2nd space station
BEIJING (AP) — China on Sunday recovered an experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, marking another milestone in its increasingly ambitious space program that envisions a mission to Mars by the end of the decade.

06/26/2016 04:27 AM
Obama OKs federal aid for West Virginia; at least 24 dead

West Virginia State Trooper C.S. Hartman, walks from a shed that he checked out as he and other crews search homes in Rainelle, W. Va., Saturday, June 25, 2016. Heavy rains that pummeled West Virginia left multiple people dead, and authorities said Saturday that an unknown number of people in the hardest-hit county remained unaccounted for. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) — Offering his condolences, President Barack Obama approved federal aid for the West Virginia communities devastated by floods that have killed at least 24 people and rendered many more homeless.



06/26/2016 04:27 AM
Death toll may rise in destructive California wildfire

Douglas Nelson, left, shows his wife, Amy, an item he found as they survey the remains of their home devastated by a wildfire, Saturday, June 25, 2016, in South Lake, Calif. The couple said they lost everything including their dog. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) — Lighter winds are helping firefighters make gains on a voracious and deadly wildfire in central California that has burned 150 homes and claimed two lives.



06/26/2016 04:27 AM
West Virginia disaster declared as US flood toll hits 24

A mobile home lies on its side off the road in front of a home after it was washed away by a flash flood along Jordan Creekon in Elkview, West Virginia on June 25, 2016The death toll from flooding in the US state of West Virginia rose to 24, as President Barack Obama declared a major disaster, releasing federal aid for the hardest-hit areas. The president "ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides," the White House said in a statement Saturday. The latest fatality from the flooding was reported Saturday in Greenbrier County, bringing the death toll to 24, state spokeswoman Jessica Tice told AFP.



06/26/2016 04:23 AM
Brexit weakens Osborne's leadership chances, says senior Conservative

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attends the inauguration of the ceremonial market opening of the London Stock Exchange in LondonChancellor George Osborne's chances of succeeding Prime Minister David Cameron have been "much weakened" by the country's decision to quit the European Union, senior Conservative Party member Alan Duncan said on Saturday. "Remain" campaigner Osborne, Cameron's political ally and Chancellor since 2010, had been seen as the frontrunner to become the party's next leader. Chief Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson is now favourite to become prime minister in a leadership contest which will be concluded by October.



06/26/2016 04:13 AM
Kerry to visit Brussels, London in wake of Brexit vote

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry steps off his plane after arriving at Kastrup International Airport in CopenhagenROME (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels and British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond in London on Monday, a senior State Department official said. The trip comes as European Union and UK officials weigh the political and economic fallout from Friday's shock British referendum vote in favor of leaving the 28-nation bloc. The senior official said Kerry would stress the importance of other members not following Britain and further weakening the EU. U.S. ...



06/26/2016 04:08 AM
Corbyn sacks foreign policy chief, deepens divisions

Britain's shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn speaks at the annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton, southern BritainBy 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.



06/26/2016 03:56 AM
Turkey condemns pope's genocide declaration

Pope Francis speaks during an ecumenical meeting and a prayer for peace in Yerevan's Republic Square, on June 25, 2016"It is not an objective statement that conforms with reality," Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canlikli said late on Saturday, quoted by the state-run news agency Anadolu. The pope on Friday denounced the World War I killing of Armenians as a genocide, prompting Turkey's anger. "Sadly this tragedy, this genocide, was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century," the pope said at the presidential palace in Yerevan.



06/26/2016 03:50 AM
Messi, Argentina face Chile in Copa America final rematch

Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, works against Victor Cuesta during a training session ahead of the team's Copa America soccer final against Chile, Friday, June 24, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. Argentina and Chile are scheduled to play for the championship Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Another year, another final for Lionel Messi and Argentina.



06/26/2016 03:42 AM
British opposition Labour health policy chief resigns after Brexit vote
The health policy chief of Britain's Labour Party resigned on Sunday, saying the country needed a credible opposition after voting to leave the European Union and that she did not believe party leader Jeremy Corbyn could provide it. "As much as I respect you as a man of principle, I do not believe you have the capacity to shape the answers our country is demanding and I believe that if we are to form the next Government, a change of leadership is essential," Heidi Alexander wrote to Corbyn in a letter she posted on Twitter. Alexander's resignation comes after Labour's foreign policy chief Hilary Benn also told Corbyn he had lost confidence in his leadership, prompting Corbyn to sack Benn.

06/26/2016 03:32 AM
Nine drown when boat capsizes in Kenya
Nine people drowned on Saturday when a boat they were travelling in capsized in the Kenyan waters of Lake Victoria, an official said. "We rescued eight people and shall start a search for the nine." Lake Victoria, Africa's biggest lake, is shared by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

06/26/2016 03:24 AM
'Brexit' could mean disintegration of EU or UK, says Roubini
By Elias Glenn TIANJIN, China (Reuters) - Britain's decision to leave the European Union could be the beginning of the disintegration of the bloc of countries or the United Kingdom, said economist Nouriel Roubini on Sunday.

06/26/2016 03:24 AM
Factbox: Five questions for Britain and Europe after Brexit vote
By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Following are answers to key questions on what will happen next in Britain's relations with the European Union following its referendum vote to leave: 1. Although it provides a sketchy legal framework for a two-year period of withdrawal (see below), many believe it will take longer to establish a new trading relationship between Britain and the EU. Some fear the process will become bitter, disrupting the economy and European affairs across the board.

06/26/2016 03:24 AM
Merkel sees no need to rush Britain into quick EU divorce

Foreign Minsters attend a press conference after a meeting of the EU founding members in BerlinBy Michael Holden and Paul Carrel LONDON/BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought on Saturday to temper pressure from Paris, Brussels and her own government to force Britain into negotiating a quick divorce from the EU, despite warnings that hesitation will let populism take hold. Eurosceptics in other member states applauded Britons' decision to leave the European Union in a referendum that sent shockwaves around the world, with far-right demands for a similar vote in Slovakia underlining the risk of a domino effect. With the referendum decision finally made on Thursday and Prime Minister David Cameron having announced his resignation, European politicians and institutions felt free to shower demands on Britain over its future outside the world's largest trading bloc.



06/26/2016 03:24 AM
EU names Belgian to coordinate Brexit negotiations
European Council President Donald Tusk has appointed a Belgian diplomat to coordinate negotiations with Britain on its exit from the European Union, a spokesman said on Saturday. Didier Seeuws was chief-of-staff to Herman Van Rompuy, Tusk's Belgian predecessor as chairman of EU summits, until 2014.

06/26/2016 03:10 AM
LEADING OFF: Strasburg scratched, Nats aim to end 7-game rut

Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy is late with the tag on the sliding Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)A look at what's happening all around the majors today:



06/26/2016 02:33 AM
China's finance minister sees 'Brexit' heightening uncertainty for markets
BEIJING/TIANJIN, China (Reuters) - China's finance minister and leading economists on Sunday voiced concerns about Britain's vote to leave the European Union, with the policymaker saying it has heightened market uncertainty, though some expect a limited impact on the Chinese economy. The "Brexit" decision "will cast a shadow over the global economy... The repercussions and fallout will emerge in the next five to 10 years," said Lou Jiwei, China's Minister of Finance, at the first annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing. "The knee-jerk reaction from the market is probably a bit excessive and needs to calm down and take an objective view." Stock markets around the world plunged in the wake of the referendum while the Sterling's value also plummeted.

06/26/2016 02:29 AM
Chinese ship to inaugurate wider Panama Canal

Panama will officially open its canal on June 26, 2016, to far bigger cargo ships after nearly a decade of expansion work aimed at boosting transit revenues and global tradeA giant Chinese-chartered freighter is to nudge its way through the Panama Canal on Sunday to mark the completion of nearly a decade of expansion work forecast to boost global trade. The vessel, especially renamed COSCO Shipping Panama, will inaugurate the widened canal in an hours-long voyage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via a new shipping lane and gigantic locks that have been fitted to the century-old waterway. "It is a historic day for the country," Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela said on Saturday.



06/26/2016 02:09 AM
Kuwait mosque hit by IS suicide bomb reopens as fears remain

FILE- In this Friday, June 26, 2015 file photo, a wounded man is helped moments after a deadly explosion claimed by the Islamic State group during Friday prayers at the Imam Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait City. A Kuwaiti mosque hit by an Islamic State suicide bomber a year ago has reopened, though people still fear sectarianism and future attacks. That’s in part due to the fact that regional tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims still ripple through the tiny, oil-rich Kuwait. (AP Photo, File)KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The wood paneling bearing Quranic verses gleams inside the Imam Sadiq Mosque and the carpeting is soft underfoot for worshippers who come to pray in what is one of Kuwait's oldest Shiite mosques — and the site of the country's worst militant attack in modern history.



06/26/2016 01:57 AM
Milk farmers sour as quota end brings price crash

Last year the European Union finally nixed its three-decade old milk production quotas that it had imposed to eliminate the milk lakes and butter mountains that had plagued the bloc's farmers in the 1980sA surge in milk production since the EU lifted milk quotas has skimmed profits for dairy farmers, leaving them sour as authorities struggle to get to grips with the crisis. Last year the European Union finally got rid of its three-decade old milk production quotas that it had imposed to eliminate the milk lakes and butter mountains that had plagued the bloc's farmers in the 1980s. While farmers in several EU countries had been looking forward to tapping into rising demand for dairy products in developing countries, particularly in China, that growth slowed and there was soon a glut on the world market.



06/26/2016 01:53 AM
AP EXPLAINS: Why Spain is voting again after just 6 months

Spain's acting Prime Minister and Popular Party candidate Mariano Rajoy gives a speech during the campaign closing rally in Madrid, Friday, June 24, 2016. Spaniards are voting in a general election Sunday, just six months after a last unsuccessful attempt to pick a new government. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)MADRID (AP) — Spaniards are voting in a general election Sunday, just six months after a last unsuccessful attempt to pick a new government. The unprecedented repeat election comes after political parties that won seats in Parliament last December were unable to decide on which of them should take power. A look at what is happening politically in Spain:



06/26/2016 01:50 AM
British bracing for world economy to punish UK for 'Brexit'

Clouds gather above the Houses of Parliament on the banks of the river Thames following yesterday's EU referendum result, London, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON (AP) — The British were warned for weeks that a vote to leave the European Union would result in economic pain. Now they'll find out whether it will.



06/26/2016 01:33 AM
3 killed as boat capsizes off Catalina Island
AVALON, Calif. (AP) — A boat that may have been hit by a wave capsized off the backside of Santa Catalina Island, killing three men, authorities said.

06/26/2016 01:15 AM
At gay pride parades, a year to weave sorrow and celebration

FILE - In this June 28, 2015 file photo, Scott Parent, left, and Tigger! Ferguson, wearing a wedding dress, parade down Fifth Avenue during the Heritage Pride March in New York where to mood was festive following the landmark Supreme Court ruling that said gay couples can marry anywhere in the country. The atmosphere this year couldn't be more different. Parades in New York and other major cities Sunday will feature increased security, anti-violence messages and tributes to those killed in this month's massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A year after New York City's jubilant pride parade celebrated a high point for gay Americans with the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, the atmosphere surrounding the annual march couldn't be more different.



06/26/2016 12:47 AM
Mikulak and Brooks headline US men's Olympic gymnastics team

From left, Sam Mikulak, Alex Naddour, Jake Dalton, Chris Brooks and John Orozco wave to the crowd after being named to the U.S. men's Olympic gymnastics team Saturday, June 25, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jonathan Horton texted Chris Brooks and Alex Naddour a picture before both rounds of the U.S. men's gymnastics Olympic Trials this week. The image was from London four years ago. In it, Brooks and Naddour were cheering from the stands in the O2 Arena as alternates while their teammates stumbled to a fifth-place finish.



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