Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations
Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) ? Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra, which they captured days earlier, though its artifacts have been removed and are safe, a Syrian official said Saturday.
Two killed in grenade attack in Burundi capital
BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Two people were killed when three grenades went off in a market in the Burundi capital on Friday, a Reuters witness said. The witness said at least nine people were wounded in the evening incident.
Iraqi forces move to Anbar frontline as anti-IS fightback nears
Iraqi forces retook territory from the Islamic State jihadist group east of Ramadi on Saturday, commanders said, in their first counterattack since Anbar's provincial capital fell a week ago. A mosaic of anti-IS forces had for days been massing in the Euphrates Valley to ready for an offensive aimed at turning the tide on rampant jihadists. The May 17 takeover of Ramadi was Baghdad's worst defeat in almost a year while the capture three days later of the Syrian city of Palmyra positioned IS for a possible drive on Damascus.
AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open bordersSOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) ? The head of the U.N.'s refugee agency says borders must be "open to Syrians everywhere," including in Europe, and that the world must do more to support Middle Eastern countries hosting Syrian refugees.
Cannes hails premiere of a bloody, stylish 'Macbeth'
CANNES, France (AP) ? Something wicked came the way of the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday when Justin Kurzel premiered his bloody, stylish adaptation of "Macbeth" with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Bank of England confirms EU exit research after email misfire
By William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - The Bank of England plans to assess the implications of a possible British exit from the European Union, it said in a statement, confirming an email it inadvertently sent to a newspaper about the supposedly confidential research project. The Guardian reported that an aide to a senior Bank official said in the email the project should be kept secret from most BoE staff and any journalists asking about it should be told the Bank was looking at a broad range of European economic issues. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who was re-elected on May 7, has pledged to reshape Britain's ties with the EU before holding an in-out membership referendum by the end of 2017.
Ireland expected to allow gay marriage after historic vote
Ireland appeared to have voted to allow gay marriage Saturday in a historic referendum which would see the largely Catholic country become the world's first to make the change after a popular vote. As the count took place, a leading "No" campaigner conceded defeat while two government ministers said they were confident of victory for the "Yes" side, which has been boosted by thousands of young Irish returning home from abroad to vote. Legalising gay marriage would be a seismic change in the traditionally Catholic republic, where homosexuality was illegal until 1993 and abortion remains prohibited except where the mother's life is in danger.
Islamic State group radio claims Saudi mosque suicide attack
CAIRO (AP) ? The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom.
German woman, 65 and mother of 13, has quadruplets
A 65-year-old German woman, who is already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets after undergoing an artificial insemination procedure in Ukraine, RTL television reported early on Saturday. The mother, Berlin resident Annegret Raunigk, is an English and Russian teacher close to retirement and in addition to her 13 children is grandmother to seven. RTL said the new arrivals make her the world's oldest mother of quadruplets.