Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashes
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) ? Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic.
Royals pitcher Ventura dies in car accident
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died Sunday after a car accident in his native Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball team confirmed in a statement. Ventura, 25, a member of the Royals pitching rotation during their 2015 World Series win, died early Sunday, the team said. Ventura's death came on the same day that former major league player Andy Marte died in a separate car crash, also in the Dominican Republic, according to a statement by his management company on Twitter.
Late Sanchez penalty gives Arsenal 2-1 win over Burnley
LONDON (AP) ? Alexis Sanchez chipped a penalty into the net deep into stoppage time to give 10-man Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday, sending the north London club up to second in the Premier League.
Israeli leader delays West Bank annexation vote
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delayed a vote Sunday on an explosive proposal to annex one of the West Bank's largest settlements, apparently to coordinate his policy toward the Palestinians with the new administration of President Donald Trump.
Sevilla tops Osasuna to stay close to leader Real MadridMADRID (AP) ? Sevilla salvaged a key 4-3 victory in a thrilling game against last-placed Osasuna on Sunday, guaranteeing second place at the halfway point of the Spanish league season.
10,000 protest Romania government plans to pardon prisoners
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) ? Thousands marched through the Romanian capital and other cities Sunday to protest a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners which critics say could reverse the anti-corruption fight.
Gambia awaits new leader, but exiled one has right to return
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) ? Gambia's capital was awaiting the arrival of the country's new leader and an era of democracy, hours after the authoritarian ruler of 22 years flew into exile with an extraordinary set of assurances from the international community.
Syrian rebels prepare for Russia-led talks with government
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) ? Syrian rebel delegates met in Kazakhstan Sunday on the eve of their first talks with the government in a year, in which the two sides hope to consolidate a cease-fire reached last month and deliver humanitarian aid.
Islamic State blows up Mosul hotel to prevent Iraqi forces using itIslamic State blew up a landmark hotel in western Mosul on Friday in an apparent attempt to prevent advancing Iraqi forces from using it as a base in their offensive to capture the city, witnesses said on Sunday. The Mosul Hotel, shaped as a stepped pyramid, appeared to be leaning to one side after the explosions, two witnesses said by phone. The Mosul Hotel stands close to the Tigris river which divides the city.
French Socialists vote for presidential candidate
France's Socialists voted Sunday in the first round of a presidential primary with candidates including former prime minister Manuel Valls seeking traction in an election expected to see the country tilt to the right. The primary is being viewed as a crucial test of the party's ability to survive and even re-invent itself, with Socialist President Francois Hollande deeply unpopular after five years in office. After Hollande ruled himself out of the race, Valls quit his cabinet and was the favourite to win the nomination when the seven candidates began campaigning.