Gyrocopter pilot frustrated message isn't getting through
RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) ? The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message wasn't getting through.
Extremist past mars makeover of France's far-right party
PARIS (AP) ? The timing could not have been worse. Daggers were already drawn in a father-daughter duel within the far-right National Front when a judicial investigation began circling closer and closer to the party leadership.
Europe should back action to protect migrants in Mediterranean: MogheriniBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European governments should support action to protect migrants in the Mediterranean after one of the worst migrant boat disasters at the weekend, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said. As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight. Now is time for the European Union as such to tackle these tragedies without delay," Mogherini, an Italian, said in a statement. Many EU governments are reluctant to fund rescue operations in the Mediterranean for fear of encouraging more people to make the crossing in search of a better life in Europe.
Italy calls for EU to meet on immigration this week after sinkingItalian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has asked fellow EU leaders to hold an emergency meeting on immigration this week following the latest migrant drownings, Renzi's spokesman said on Sunday. As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in what may be one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said.
Breakaway Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) ? Turkish Cypriots are voting for a new leader for the breakaway north of Cyprus on Sunday in an unpredictable contest as talks to reunify the ethnically split island are expected to resume next month.
Kids of Cold War crocs going to Cuba on conservation mission
STOCKHOLM (AP) ? Cuba's efforts to sustain the critically endangered Cuban crocodile are getting a boost from Sweden, home to a pair of reptiles that Fidel Castro gave to a Soviet cosmonaut four decades ago.
Thousands of Yemeni troops pledge backing for exiled leader
The Yemeni commander of a vast military district covering half the country's border with Saudi Arabia pledged support on Sunday to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, local officials said. The announcement puts at least 15,000 troops in the desert and mountain border area on the same side as Saudi Arabia, which backs Hadi and has waged an inconclusive three-week bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen who are allied with Iran. "Brigadier General Abdulrahman al-Halily of the First Military District announced today his support for constitutional legitimacy as represented by President Hadi," one of the officials told Reuters. Most of Yemen's military is loyal to powerful ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose forces are fighting alongside the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi militia in battles stretching across Yemen's south and east.
Immigrants describe threats in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? Fearful immigrants in South Africa who fled their homes because of threats and deadly attacks by South Africans said Sunday they were targeted in some cases by longtime neighbors and people who warned they would assault anyone carrying a foreign passport.
Khamenei says Iran nuclear weapons are a U.S. 'myth'
By Sam Wilkin DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told military commanders on Sunday the United States had created the "myth" of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat, hardening his rhetoric before nuclear negotiations resume this week. Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, has supported the talks but continues to express deep mistrust of the United States. "They created the myth of nuclear weapons so they could say the Islamic Republic is a source of threat.
Hundreds gather to mark 20 years since Oklahoma City bombing
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? Several hundred people have gathered at the former site of the Oklahoma City federal building to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing there that killed 168 people and injured many others.