Sadr followers storm into Baghdad's Green Zone, political crisis deepens
By Saif Hameed and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Hundreds of supporters of Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into Baghdad's Green Zone and entered parliament on Saturday after Sadr denounced politicians' failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption. The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district housing government buildings and many foreign embassies, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting: "The cowards ran away!" in apparent reference to departing lawmakers. There were no reports of clashes with security forces.
Britain's Labour Party launches anti-semitism inquiry
By David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour party has launched an inquiry into how to tackle anti-semitism after suspending former London mayor Ken Livingstone days before it contests elections in London, Scotland and Wales. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn - a close ally of party veteran Livingstone - said in a statement that he would propose a new code of conduct explicitly banning anti-semitism and other forms of racism. "There is no place for anti-semitism or any form of racism in the Labour party, or anywhere in society," he said.
Sweden celebrates king's 70th with ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'
STOCKHOLM (AP) ? Royals from around the world flew in, loyal Swedes lined the streets of Stockholm and the sounds of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" rang out from an army band on Saturday as Sweden celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday.
Hedge fund managers Crispin Odey and Paul Marshall say Brexit would help London
By William Schomberg and Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - More than 100 executives from Britain's financial services industry, including hedge fund managers Crispin Odey and Paul Marshall, have signed a letter backing Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, the main Brexit campaign group said on Friday. In a letter released by the Vote Leave group ahead of a June 23 referendum, the City bosses said getting out of the EU would help strengthen London's position as the only financial capital to rival New York. The investors said that while membership had been good for Britain and London since 1973, it no longer made sense as the EU had failed to support innovation and was now tied to a euro zone which many signatories feared was doomed.
Senate candidate paid relative $170K for past campaign work
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? An Indiana Senate candidate who has railed against out-of-control government spending paid his brother-in-law nearly $170,000 to manage the finances of his congressional campaign. The relative worked as a car salesman and actor but had no experience rounding up political donations.
Rouhani allies win Iran parliament elections
Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won a big victory in second round parliamentary elections and capped a remarkable comeback Saturday after years of isolation. It was also an implicit public vote of confidence in Rouhani, who won a landslide election victory in 2013 and went on to clinch a historic deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme that lifted sanctions. Almost a quarter of parliament's seats were at stake in run-offs Friday in what was a showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future.
President Barack Obama's last chance to zing WashingtonWASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama will get one more chance on Saturday to poke fun at fellow politicians, the press and himself as he attends his final White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Kenya burns huge pile of ivory tusks to protest poaching
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) ? Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species.
Queen Elizabeth features with Obamas in light-hearted charity video
Queen Elizabeth has appeared with U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle in a light-hearted video to promote a sporting event for injured British, American and allied military personnel. Prince Harry, the queen's grandson, launched the first of the Invictus games in London in 2014 and the second will take place in Orlando, Florida between May 8 and May 12, featuring athletics, cycling, swimming, volleyball and other sports. The video shows Harry and his grandmother receiving a video message from the Obamas on a smartphone, in which they promise strong U.S. sporting competition.
Woman, 4 grandchildren killed in East Texas floodingPALESTINE, Texas (AP) ? A 64-year-old woman and four grandchildren were killed early Saturday after a creek overflowed its banks, flooding an East Texas neighborhood as many residents slept.