Police: 5 killed in shooting at nightclub at Mexican resort
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) ? A shooting attack at an electronic music festival resulted in the deaths of at least five people and left 15 injured Monday at a nightclub at Mexico's Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen, authorities said.
Dozens reported dead as Syrian army fights Islamic State
Fighting between Islamic State and the Syrian army has killed dozens since Saturday in Deir al-Zor, where the militant group has launched an assault to capture a government enclave in the city, a monitoring group reported. At least 82 people have been killed in the fighting, which is the heaviest in the city for a year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday. The dead comprised 28 from the army and allied militia, at least 40 Islamic State fighters, and 14 civilians, the British-based monitoring group said.
Syrian rebels to attend Kazakhstan peace talks
By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for full implementation of a ceasefire they say has been widely violated by the government and its Iranian-backed allies. Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, set the new diplomatic effort in motion after Syrian rebels suffered a major defeat last month by losing the rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo. The United States, which led failed efforts to launch peace talks last year, has not been involved in the latest diplomacy.
Top UN official: 10,000 civilians killed in Yemen conflictSANAA, Yemen (AP) ? The United Nations' humanitarian aid official in Yemen says the civilian death toll in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded.
Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans
LONDON (AP) ? The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to charity.
Biden: Trump should retain sanctions on Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) ? U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on a last foreign trip before leaving office, has met with Ukraine's president and called on the impending Donald Trump administration to retain Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia.
King's legacy celebrated as Trump, Lewis duel lingersATLANTA (AP) ? Civil rights leaders and activists are gathering at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Egypt court strikes down islands deal in blow to president
CAIRO (AP) ? An Egyptian court on Monday ruled against the government's attempt to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, an embarrassment for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that could deepen tensions with his onetime Gulf patron.
Explosion targeting policemen reported in Turkey's southeastISTANBUL (AP) ? Turkish media says police have been targeted in an explosion in a pre-dominantly Kurdish city in southeast Turkey in an attack that has killed least one policeman.
IMF upgrades China growth estimate on stimulus, downgrades India after cash crunchThe International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its forecast for China's economic growth this year by 0.3 percentage points to 6.5 percent, on expectations of continued policy stimulus. At the same time, it downgraded India's growth outlook by 0.4 percentage points to 7.2 percent as consumption in Asia's third-largest economy takes a hit from the government's recent decision to abolish large currency notes. China's economy grew 6.7 percent over the first three quarters of 2016, in line with the country's 6.5 to 7 percent growth target, but risks are also increasing with growth reliant on government spending, record lending by state banks and an overheating property market.