Trump hopes to land decisive blow in Indiana showdown with Cruz
By Emily Flitter BEDFORD, Indiana (Reuters) - New York billionaire Donald Trump hopes that Indiana's nominating contest on Tuesday will make him unstoppable in what originally had seemed to many a quixotic quest for the Republican presidential nomination. The famously blunt-spoken real estate mogul holds a double-digit polling lead over U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who has been campaigning in the Midwestern state almost non-stop since mid-April. Cruz has trumpeted Indiana, one of the last big states left in the fight to get onto the November ballot, as his golden moment to force a brokered nomination at the party's July convention.
Romania: minister who quit amid opera dispute, wants to stayBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) ? Romania's culture minister who resigned over his failure to resolve a bitter dispute at Romania's main opera house involving internationally acclaimed ballerina Alina Cojocaru, says he has changed his mind.
Polls open in pivotal Indiana presidential primaries
Washington (AFP) - Polls opened in presidential primaries in Indiana on Tuesday, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton looking to consolidate their respective White House bids in the midwestern US state.
NATO alliance getting new supreme commanderBRUSSELS (AP) ? The NATO alliance is getting a new supreme commander this week, a former top-ranking U.S. military officer in Korea who has been described by Defense Secretary Ash Carter as a proven warrior-diplomat and "a soldiers' general."
EU trims economic growth forecasts amid global uncertainty
BRUSSELS (AP) ? The European Union has trimmed its economic growth forecasts for the 19 countries that share the euro, saying the recovery could be held back by a likely rise in the price of oil and the common currency.
Moscow hosts UN envoy for talks to save Syrian truce
Desperate efforts to salvage Syria's ceasefire shifted to Moscow on Tuesday as the country's battered second city of Aleppo came under fresh fire that killed at least four people. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was due to hold talks with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura in the Russian capital in a last-ditch bid to rescue peace negotiations that have been undermined by fierce fighting around Aleppo. The high-profile talks follow a day of diplomacy in Geneva as US Secretary of State John Kerry added his weight to efforts to resuscitate the stuttering truce.
Islamic State breaches peshmerga defenses north of Mosul
Islamic State militants attacked Kurdish peshmerga forces on multiple fronts in northern Iraq on Tuesday, breaching their defenses and briefly taking over a town, military sources said. The attacks around the northern city of Mosul are the largest against Kurdish forces in recent months by the insurgents, who have been losing ground to an array of forces in the north and west of the country. The head of a Christian militia said the insurgents had overrun their positions at dawn around the town of Tel Asqof, 20 km (12 miles) north of Mosul, and occupied it until being beaten back with the help of air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition.
Emotional return as first U.S. cruise in decades reaches Cuba
By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Hundreds of tourists and a handful of emotional Cuban-Americans arrived on the first U.S. cruise ship to sail to Havana in decades on Monday, spilling onto the cobbled streets of the old city where they were warmly greeted by residents. It was another first for the two countries since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced a historic rapprochement in December 2014, and comes weeks after Obama's visit to the Caribbean island. Carnival Corp's Adonia, a small ship carrying 700 passengers, slipped through the channel into Havana Bay in the morning under picture-perfect skies, then docked alongside the colonial quarter recently visited by Obama.
Survey finds bribery runs highest among courts in Mideast
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? A new report released on Tuesday by an anti-corruption watchdog shows that on average, almost a third of the people in nine countries surveyed in the Middle East have had to pay a bribe to access some kind of public service.
Eurozone growth forecast cut to 1.6% for 2016
The EU cut Tuesday its eurozone growth forecasts for this year, warning that global risks including the slowdown in China and the danger of Britain leaving the bloc were harming economic recovery. Warning of increased global risks for the 19-country single currency area as it continues its sluggish recovery, the European Commission trimmed its 2016 forecast to 1.6 percent from 1.7 percent.