Sunday, 11:27 AM
The European Union should avoid any moves towards political "centralization" or else Austria could hold a referendum on membership of the bloc within a year, a far-right candidate who almost won the country's presidential election said. Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration Freedom Party narrowly failed to become the European Union's first far-right head of state in Austria's presidential run-off last month. Britain's Brexit vote last week to leave the European Union has emboldened populist, anti-EU parties across the continent, including the Freedom Party (FPO) and France's National Front, which called on Friday for a "Frexit" referendum.
Sunday, 8:56 AM
By Estelle Shirbon and Ben Blanchard LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Turmoil unleashed by Britain's vote to leave the European Union heightened anxiety in Asia on Sunday, with China, Japan and South Korea all fretting over the risk to world financial stability a few hours before markets reopen. China's finance minister said fallout from Thursday's referendum "will cast a shadow over the global economy" while a senior official in Tokyo warned of the danger of "speculative, violent moves" in currencies. In Britain, open political conflict spread from the ruling Conservatives to the opposition, and senior Labour lawmakers attempted a coup against their leader after traditional supporters rejected the party's pro-EU stand in droves.
Sunday, 8:57 AM
By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces recaptured the last district held by Islamic State militants in the city of Falluja on Sunday and the general commanding the operation declared the battle over after nearly five weeks of fighting. Iraqi forces reached the center of Falluja last week but militants remained holed up in some parts of the city west of Baghdad, including in its Golan district, which Iraqi forces retook on Sunday. The assault is part of a wider offensive by Iraqi forces against Islamic State militants who seized swathes of territory in 2014 but are now being driven back by an array of forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition.
Sunday, 11:34 AM
Iraqi forces took the Islamic State group's last positions in the city of Fallujah Sunday, establishing full control over one of the jihadists' most emblematic bastions after a month-long operation. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had already declared victory on June 17 after IS defences collapsed, with Iraqi forces facing only limited resistance in subsequent clearing operations. The offensive saw tens of thousands of civilians risk death to flee their homes, leaving Iraq to grapple with a humanitarian crisis as its forces prepare to attack the country's last remaining major IS hub of Mosul.
Sunday, 11:24 AM
Israel and Turkey reached a deal on Sunday aimed at ending years of acrimony and restoring normalised ties that soured after a deadly 2010 raid on an aid flotilla, an Israeli official said. Negotiations were said to have been held in Rome, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed for talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday. The agreement was expected to go before Israel's security cabinet for approval on Wednesday.
Sunday, 11:23 AM
Turkish riot police in Istanbul on Sunday fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters defying a ban on the city's Gay Pride parade. Authorities in Turkey's biggest city banned the annual parade earlier this month over security concerns, sparking anger from gay rights activists. Two German politicians -- Volker Beck, a prominent Green lawmaker and one of Germany's most vocal gay politicians, and Green MEP Terry Reintke -- were detained briefly, each said on Twitter.
Sunday, 10:45 AM
Henrik Stenson sealed a second BMW International Open title in Germany on Sunday, after recovering from a mid-round wobble to win by three shots. The Swede went into the final round with a one-stroke lead from Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, and he finished strongly to reach 17 under par and hold off the chasing pack. It is a 10th European Tour title for a player who is regarded by many peers and pundits as one of the best to have never won a major crown, and a first since his second World Tour Championship win two seasons ago in Dubai.
Saturday, 7:13 PM
New Zealand's world number one Lydia Ko fired a record-equalling second-round 62 on Saturday to seize a share of the lead with Morgan Pressel at the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship. Pressel posted her low round of the year with a bogey-free eight-under par 63 on the Friday at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. The two go into the final round of the 54-hole event with a two-stroke lead over China's Yan Jing, and Canadian Alena Sharp, who carded 65s,and Taiwan's Candie Kung, who signed for a 66.
Saturday, 6:54 PM
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A massive wildfire burning out of control in the foothills of central California has left at least 150 homes in ruins and damaged another 75, officials said on Saturday, warning that more residents may be forced to flee the advancing flames. The so-called Erskine fire, which broke out on Thursday some 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Bakersfield in Kern County, has already claimed at least two lives, sent three firefighters to the hospital and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. More than 1,100 firefighters have been deployed to battle the blaze, which has blackened some 35,700 acres and was zero percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.
Sunday, 11:33 AM
LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) Ã¢Â€Â” A ravenous and deadly wildfire in central California has burned 200 homes and other buildings, though firefighters said Sunday light winds were helping contain the blaze.
Sunday, 11:29 AM
(Reuters) - Firefighters have begun to contain a wildfire in central California that has killed at least two people and destroyed 200 structures, fire officials said on Sunday, as six other blazes raged in the state in an already intense wildfire season. The intense conflagration known as Erskine, about 110 miles (180 km) north of Los Angeles, has melted steel, exploded structures and reduced homes to ash. The Erskine fire is 10 percent contained after ripping through 36,810 acres - or nearly 60 square miles - the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), said on Sunday.
Sunday, 11:20 AM
Sunday, 10:32 AM
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel Corp is considering the sale of its cyber security business, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. According to the report, the company has been talking to its bankers about options for the Intel Security unit, which was previously known as McAfee. Intel bought McAfee for $7.7 billion in 2011. A spokesperson for Intel could not be immediately reached for comment. ...
Sunday, 10:29 AM
By Geert De Clercq, Svetlana Burmistrova and Jack Stubbs PARIS/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The $100 billion overseas order book of Russia's nuclear power plant builder Rosatom -- bigger than all its Western competitors combined -- makes it look like the giant in its field. Deal after deal has collapsed in Europe, where individual countries and the European Union as a whole consider it a priority to reduce dependency on Russian energy, and relations have deteriorated over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. A project in fast-growing, energy-hungry Turkey -- possibly the ideal market on paper -- has been stalled because of a collapse in relations between the two countries supporting opposite sides in the Syrian civil war.
Sunday, 9:16 AM
Sunday, 5:09 AM
The Republican-led Texas legislature passes and Republican Governor Rick Perry signs the law known as H.B. 2, putting new requirements on abortion providers. September 2013 Ã¢Â€Â“ Before the law is enforced, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers challenge the measure. March 2014 - The New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, a regional federal appeals court covering Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, reverses the lower court and permits much of the law to take effect.... read more
Sunday, 5:06 AM
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's key rulings on abortion, dating to the landmark 1973 decision that legalized the procedure nationwide, have long provoked social, religious and political tensions. As the court majority became more conservative over the decades, it set standards that enhance states' ability to regulate abortion. Here is a look at the court's major abortion rulings.... read more
Sunday, 5:03 AM
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is due on Monday to issue its first major abortion ruling since 2007 against a backdrop of unremitting divisions among Americans on the issue and a decades-long decline in the rate at which women terminate pregnancies. The court's decision on whether a Republican-backed 2013 Texas law placed an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to abortion is one of three remaining cases for the court to decide on Monday, the last day of its term. The last time the justices decided a major abortion case was nine years ago when they ruled 5-4 to uphold a federal law banning a late-term abortion procedure.