South African opposition says ICC withdrawal is illegalJOHANNESBURG (AP) ? South Africa's main opposition party says the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court is illegal and is asking the country's highest court to review the matter.
Slippery slope: Study finds little lies lead to bigger ones
Ferocity of Kirkuk attack points to tough fight for MosulBy Babak Dehghanpisheh and Michael Georgy KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - At least 100 fighters sneaked into Kirkuk in the early hours of Friday with machine guns, rocket propelled grenades, suicide vests and a message: "Islamic State has taken over." The message blared out from several mosque loudspeakers while the militants went on a rampage. By the time they had blasted their way across the city in a brazen and complex attack, 99 civilians and members of the security forces were dead and 63 of their own were in the morgue, according to Iraqi security officials. The scale of the operation - the largest of several by Islamic State to divert an advance on their stronghold in Mosul - shows how tough the battle for Mosul may become and points to a continued ability of the militant group to undermine security across the country even if its northern bastion falls.
1960s pop singer Bobby Vee has died at age 73
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, has died. He was 73.
Screaming fans prompt Justin Bieber to walk off stage
May says aware of importance of financial services to UK economyBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday she was aware of the importance of financial services to the country's economy and was in discussions with the sector about what its priorities were in upcoming Brexit negotiations.
Jeff Velline says his father, 1960s pop idol Bobby Vee, singer of "Take Good Care of My Baby," has died at age 73MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ? Jeff Velline says his father, 1960s pop idol Bobby Vee, singer of "Take Good Care of My Baby," has died at age 73.
Poles protest plan to ban abortion of unviable fetuses
WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Polish women gathered Monday in cities across the country to protest a proposal to ban abortions in cases where fetuses are badly damaged or even have no chance of survival after birth.
UK set to back new Heathrow runway in long-awaited airport decision
By Kylie MacLellan and Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May is set to end decades of indecision by backing the expansion of Britain and Europe's busiest airport, Heathrow, finally kickstarting a project made more pressing by the vote to leave the EU. May and a small team of ministers will meet on Tuesday to choose between expanding Heathrow, to the west of London, or Gatwick, to the south - making a decision on airport expansion after more than 25 years of debate. Key opponents of Heathrow expansion such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who as then London mayor said last year it would not solve capacity issues and the scheme was doomed to fail, will not be present.
May rejects talk of 'hard Brexit', says UK's options not binaryBritish Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday it was not accurate to suggest that Britain was headed for a "hard Brexit" because it does not face a binary choice between curbing immigration and getting a good trade deal with the EU. When an opposition Labour lawmaker suggested to May she had been "talking up" a so-called hard Brexit, in which Britain leaves the EU's lucrative single market in order to impose controls on immigration, she said: "There is no suggestion of that whatsoever." "We are going to be ambitious for what we obtain for the United Kingdom and that means a good trade deal as well as control of immigration," she told parliament.