Labour Party backs Cameron's EU referendum plan
Britain's opposition Labour Party will back Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to hold a referendum on the country's European Union membership by the end of 2017, its acting leader said on Sunday. Labour had fought this month's national election, in which it suffered a crushing defeat to Cameron's Conservatives, on the policy that it would offer Britons an EU referendum only if there were a further transfer of powers to Brussels from London. Cameron, who has promised to renegotiate Britain's ties with the EU ahead of the referendum, will on Wednesday set out plans to enshrine the vote in law when his government's legislative agenda is published.
Greece will not make June IMF repayment: interior minister
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece will not make a debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund due next month as it does not have the money, the country's interior minister said on Sunday. "The four installments for the IMF in June are 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion), this money will not be given and is not there to be given," Nikos Voutsis told Greek Mega TV's weekend show. Shut out of bond markets and with bailout aid locked, Athens has been scraping state coffers to meet debt obligations and to pay wages and pensions. (Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; editing by David Clarke)
Malaysia finds graves of suspected trafficking victims
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) ? Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered "mass graves" in more than a dozen abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand, where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held. They did not say how many bodies were found
Poles vote in cliffhanger presidential election runoff
WARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Poles were voting Sunday in the final round of a cliffhanger presidential election race between the conservative incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski and an even more conservative challenger.
US cop acquitted in shooting death of unarmed black couple
A white Cleveland police officer who climbed onto the hood of a car and fired dozens of rounds at an unarmed black couple in 2012 was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter. Six officers have been charged. Cleveland patrolman Michael Brelo, 31, was one of 13 officers who opened fire on Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams during a police chase on November 29, 2012.
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Malaysia home minister 'says mass graves found'
Malaysia's home minister has announced that mass graves have been found in the country's north near detention camps run by human traffickers, a report said Sunday. Home Minister Zahid Hamidi was quoted by The Star newspaper's website as saying the graves were found along the border with Thailand. The Malay-language newspaper Utusan Malaysia, quoting an unnamed source, said about 30 mass graves had been found containing "hundreds of skeletons".
Egyptian court acquits 17 charged for protest at which activist killed
By Haitham Ahmed CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Saturday acquitted 17 people of violating a strict protest law earlier this year at a march commemorating a 2011 uprising, judicial sources said, a rare decision since Egypt introduced the statute in late 2013. The demonstration in January caught the world's attention after the death of 32-year-old protester Shaimaa Sabbagh was caught on video. The public prosecutor has separately charged a police officer who allegedly fired birdshot to try to disperse the protest in connection with Sabbagh's death.
Nigerian military says killed scores of Boko Haram militants, rescued 20 women and children
Nigeria's armed forces killed scores of Boko Haram militants and rescued 20 women and children as part of an operation in the Sambisa forest, the group's remaining hideout in the northeast of Africa's most populous nation, the military said on Saturday. In a statement, military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said one soldier was killed in a landmine explosion during Friday's operation and around 10 others were injured.
Dozens killed in al Shabaab fighting in Somalia, attacks in capital
By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Fighting in south Somalia between al Shabaab militants and government forces killed at least 24 people, while a rebel attack in the capital killed three Transport Ministry workers and a lawmaker, officials and the group said on Saturday. Al Shabaab launched an attack on government troops late on Friday in the Awdigle district and Mubarak village in the Lower Shabelle region, south of the capital Mogadishu. In two gun attacks in the capital, the group, which wants to topple the Western-backed government, killed three people working for the Transport Ministry and in another assault shot dead a lawmaker, police and a parliamentarian said.