Pentagon chief arrives in Europe amid Syria crisis
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter arrived in Madrid on Sunday, beginning a European tour amid alarm over Russian bombardments in Syria and the refugee crisis sparked by the conflict. The trip comes at a fraught time for Carter, who started in the Pentagon's top job in February and who faces pressure at home over Syria and a simmering scandal involving military officials allegedly cherry-picking intelligence. The five-day trip to Spain, Italy, Britain and a NATO ministerial summit in Brussels is intended to recognise the work of ally nations as they scramble to tackle the refugee crisis as well as respond to Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.
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Exit poll: Portugal government likely re-elected
LISBON, Portugal (AP) ? An exit poll suggests that Portugal's center-right coalition government will likely be re-elected despite enacting unpopular austerity measures to tackle the country's debt problems.
Debris spotted as crews search for ship lost off Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) ? Rescuers spotted floating debris and an oil sheen Sunday as U.S. crews continue an intensive search off the southeastern Bahamas for a U.S. cargo ship with 33 people on board. The company that owns the ship said a container that appears to belong to the vessel had been found as well.
US mass shootings are 'unfortunate' inevitability: Trump
Republican US presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said gun laws "have nothing to do" with the spate of mass shootings plaguing the United States and that similar tragedies are simply a fact of life. In response to the tragedy, President Barack Obama said that violence wasn't something inherent in the American character but that access to guns is. Obama, calling for stricter gun laws, said the problem could only be solved when people who are disturbed "can't easily access weapons that can perpetrate mass violence on a lot of people.
Iraqi PM opens Green Zone to all citizensBAGHDAD (AP) ? Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi declared the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad open to all of his citizens for the first time in 12 years Sunday amid efforts to cut spending and appease citizens who have been protesting for basic public services.
Dangerous East Coast storm brings misery to South CarolinaCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ? A dangerous rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina ? cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing scores of roads because of floodwaters.
U.S. military promises to get facts on Afghan incidentU.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter pledged on Sunday a full, transparent investigation into whether the U.S. military could be linked to the destruction of an Afghan hospital run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres that killed 22 people. "We do know that American air assets ... were engaged in the Kunduz vicinity, and we do know that the structures that -- you see in the news -- were destroyed," Carter told reporters traveling with him shortly before landing in Spain.
Spike in Palestinian attacks raise fears of another Intifada
JERUSALEM (AP) ? A series of grisly Palestinian attacks that killed several Israeli civilians has prompted the government to take unprecedented security measures amid growing public debate over whether the specter of another Palestinian Intifada, or uprising, is on the horizon.
Oregon town residents left bewildered by college massacreBy Emily Flitter and Eric M. Johnson ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - Shaken residents of an Oregon town reeling from a burst of gun violence that left 10 people dead on a college campus headed to church on Sunday still bewildered by the loss of life and the disturbing details of the massacre coming to light. Authorities originally had suggested the suspect in Thursday's rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg had been shot dead by two officers who first confronted him. "He (Christopher Harper-Mercer) told everybody else to go to the middle of the room and lay down," Bonnie Schaan told reporters outside a local hospital.