Islamic State blows up Mosul hotel to prevent Iraqi forces using itIslamic State blew up a landmark hotel in western Mosul on Friday in an apparent attempt to prevent advancing Iraqi forces from using it as a base in their offensive to capture the city, witnesses said on Sunday. The Mosul Hotel, shaped as a stepped pyramid, appeared to be leaning to one side after the explosions, two witnesses said by phone. The Mosul Hotel stands close to the Tigris river which divides the city.
French Socialists vote for presidential candidate
France's Socialists voted Sunday in the first round of a presidential primary with candidates including former prime minister Manuel Valls seeking traction in an election expected to see the country tilt to the right. The primary is being viewed as a crucial test of the party's ability to survive and even re-invent itself, with Socialist President Francois Hollande deeply unpopular after five years in office. After Hollande ruled himself out of the race, Valls quit his cabinet and was the favourite to win the nomination when the seven candidates began campaigning.
Penalty drama sees Arsenal go second as Saints tame Foxes
Ten-man Arsenal went second in the Premier League with a stunning 2-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday that saw both sides score penalties in stoppage-time. Shkodran Mustafi's first Arsenal goal put the Gunners 1-0 up in the 59th minute and that was how the score looked like it would stay when, in the third of seven minutes of time added on by referee Jon Moss, Burnley's Ashley Barnes was fouled inside the area by Francis Coquelin. Andre Gray, a childhood Arsenal fan, scored from the ensuing penalty, with Petr Cech just unable to prevent the equaliser.
Male, female styles merge to cap Paris menswear
PARIS (AP) ? Male and female styles fused at Paris Fashion Week on Sunday for the final installment of fall-winter menswear shows as the fashion media prepare to notch up a gear for star-filled couture. Here are the highlights:
In debt and afraid: dealing with debt collectors
Trump offers scattershot response to global protests
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Donald Trump on Sunday offered a scattershot response to the sweeping post-inauguration protests against his new administration, sarcastically undermining the public opposition and then defending demonstrators' rights a short time later.
Royals' Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic
Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose electric arm and confident demeanor helped lead his long-suffering team to the 2015 World Series title, died in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic early ...
Italian experts to travel to Egypt to probe student's death
CAIRO (AP) ? Egypt said on Sunday it has agreed to Italy's request to send experts to try and retrieve footage from security cameras at a Cairo metro station that a murdered Italian student used the day he disappeared nearly a year ago.
Shyamalan's 'Split' divides competition to rule box office
Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashesSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) ? Authorities in the Dominican Republic say that Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte both have died in separate traffic accidents.