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BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Many of Burundi's opposition figures have gone into hiding after the killing of an opposition leader, said an opposition politician Sunday.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, leads the field after the start of the Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)2:20 p.m. (1220 GMT)


Marion Cotillard poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Macbeth, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)CANNES, France (AP) — Just what film directors Joel and Ethan Coen are thinking is a question that has long bedeviled moviegoers. Now they have the Cannes Film Festival on pins and needles, too.


NHTSA Deputy Administrator Friedman testifies on Takata defective airbags at Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee hearing in WashingtonThe U.S. auto safety watchdog, long criticized as toothless and slow, is showing both bark and bite under its new boss - a testimony to his credentials as a safety expert and a hardening of the administration's policy after a wave of deadly defects. Having taken the helm of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in January, Mark Rosekind has wasted no time in forcing reluctant companies into recalling millions of defective vehicles. In doing so, he has shown greater willingness than some of his predecessors to use the government’s full legal powers over the industry, some for the first time. In the past week alone, the agency announced the biggest recall in history, involving nearly 34 million vehicles with potentially deadly Takata Corp air bags.


Amarillo police officers make an emergency water rescue of an stranded motorist after heavy rain showers flood much of the city, Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo received 1.7 inches of rain according the National Weather Service. (Michael Schumacher/The Amarillo Globe News via AP)WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Flooding overnight in Texas and Oklahoma has led to numerous evacuations and rescues including some of residents stranded on rooftops and in attics.


Romania's Simona Halep returns in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Halep won in two sets 7-6, 6-4. (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS (AP) — 2:01 p.m. (1201 GMT)


Britain's Prime Minister Cameron gestures as he speaks at a news conference after the Eastern Partnership Summit in RigaBritish government ministers will have their pay frozen for another five years as the government tries to reduce the budget deficit, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday. Cabinet ministers receive 134,565 British pound ($208,000) a year, including their parliamentary salary. Cameron's Conservatives, who won a surprise majority in this month's election, have pledged to find 25 billion pounds ($39 billion) of spending cuts over the next two years as they seek to turn a 5 percent budget deficit into a surplus by 2018/19.


A woman waits to cast her vote at a polling station as Ethiopia's national election kicks off in capital Addis AbabaBy Drazen Jorgic and Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopians voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to hand a landslide win to the ruling party, which boasts about delivering strong economic growth while opponents say it has trampled on political freedoms.     In power for almost a quarter of a century, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has overseen the transformation of a nation that was on its knees after communist purges and famine to one that now attracts foreign investors.     But critics say it allows little room for dissent. The outgoing parliament of 547 seats had just one opposition member.     Experts do not expect a major shift in opposition fortunes in this vote, which is expected to hand a new term to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, the EPRDF leader since the death in 2012 of Meles Zenawi, the rebel-turned statesman who set Ethiopia on the road to recovery.


Police in Thailand found dozens of shallow graves at abandoned human-trafficking camps in the jungle earlier this monthMalaysia said Sunday it had found mass graves feared to contain the bodies of Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants at the centre of a regional human-trafficking crisis. Home Minister Zahid Hamidi was quoted by The Star newspaper's website as saying the graves were found near detention camps run by people-traffickers. Police in neighbouring Thailand in early May found secret human-trafficking jungle camps on their side of the border and dozens of shallow graves.


French Finance Minister Sapin listens to German counterpart Schaeuble during an EU finance ministers meeting in BrusselsFigures due on Friday from the United States that will almost certainly show the world's biggest economy contracted last quarter are also likely to feature. "With the negotiations between Greece and the rest of the euro area at an impasse, an impatient German Chancellor Merkel has warned that an agreement must be reached before the end of the month," said Thomas Costerg, senior economist at Standard Chartered. Greece cannot make a payment to the International Monetary Fund due on June 5 unless foreign lenders disburse more aid, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday, the latest warning from Athens it is on the verge of default.


A woman waits as a man votes in a cubicle at a polling station, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Spain could be set for a political upheaval in key local elections on May 24, with strong signs that voters fed up with economic crisis and corruption scandals may punish both the ruling conservative Popular Party and the leading opposition Socialists. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)MADRID (AP) — Voters began casting ballots Sunday across much of Spain in local elections that could see two upstart parties end nearly four decades of dominance by the ruling conservative Popular Party and its rival, the center-left Socialists.


Pope Francis called on the international community on Sunday to help migrants crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, thousands of whom have been stranded on boats with dwindling supplies. "I continue to follow with profound worry and pain in my heart the stories of many refugees in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea," Francis said to crowds who had gathered for his Pentecost Sunday address in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. After Thailand cracked down on the practice, traffickers began abandoning overloaded boats on the open sea rather than trying to smuggle the people through Thailand.

Amarillo police officers make an emergency water rescue of an stranded motorist after heavy rain showers flood much of the city, Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Amarillo, Texas. Amarillo received 1.7 inches of rain according the National Weather Service. (Michael Schumacher/The Amarillo Globe News via AP)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 6:30 a.m.


A person poses for a photograph with a box containing the Palme d'Or award, which will be presented on Sunday, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 23, 2015. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)CANNES, France (AP) — As the Palme d'Or sits in its cushioned box awaiting Sunday's Cannes winner, the film festival's top prize might be taking stock of its own lifetime of achievements — on this, its 60th birthday.


A protester is arrested after the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland. Brelo, who fired down through the windshield of a suspect's car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead, was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine the Cleveland officer alone fired the fatal shots. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — The streets largely remained calm Sunday morning after police in riot gear made numerous arrests overnight of protesters angered by a patrolman's acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects in a barrage of police gunfire.


Houthi rebels transport part of a Saudi fighter jet found in Bani Harith district north of Yemen's capital SanaaSaudi forces and Yemen's Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which destroyed part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight, residents said on Sunday, an escalation of the two-month war. The Haradh border crossing, the largest for people and goods between the world's top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, and its impoverished neighbor, was evacuated amid shelling which razed its departure lounge and passport section, witnesses said. Saudi Arabia has led an Arab coalition bombing the Houthis and backing southern Yemeni fighters opposing the group and loyal to the exiled government in Saudi Arabia headed by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.


  Sun, 24 May 2015 07:10:48 -0400

Local fishermen (R) tow boats of Rohingya migrants off the coast near the city of Geulumpang, in Indonesia's East Aceh district, on May 20, 2015Indonesia has begun search and rescue operations for stranded migrant boats carrying Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, an official said Sunday, after it dropped a hardline policy of refusing them sanctuary. Jakarta sparked international outrage by turning away vessels filled with desperate migrants, among thousands stranded at sea since a Thai crackdown on human-trafficking in early May threw the illicit trade into chaos. Along with neighbouring Malaysia, the government changed approach Wednesday with an announcement that they would take in boat people provided they could be resettled or repatriated within a year.


Simona Halep of Romania, pictured, seeded three, gets play underway on the main Philippe Chatrier court against Evgeniya Rodina, the world number 91 from Russia who has never won a main draw match in ParisSimona Halep, the 2014 runner-up, reached the French Open second round on Sunday as 2009 champion Roger Federer prepared to start his 62nd consecutive Grand Slam event. Third seed Halep saw off Russian world number 91 Evgeniya Rodina 7-5, 6-4 and next faces either Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia or America's Lauren Davis. "It's not easy to start a new tournament but I am happy to be back in Paris where I have so many great memories from last year," said the 23-year-old Romanian who was broken three times and committed 26 unforced errors.


A Greek national flag flutters next to a statue of ancient Greek goddess Athena, in AthensBy George Georgiopoulos and Kylie MacLellan ATHENS/LONDON (Reuters) - Greece cannot make debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month unless it achieves a deal with creditors, its interior minister said on Sunday, the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail. Shut out of bond markets and with bailout aid locked, cash-strapped Athens has been scraping state coffers to meet debt obligations and to pay wages and pensions. This money will not be given and is not there to be given," Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis told Greek Mega TV's weekend show.


Ruins are pictured in the historical city of PalmyraIslamic State fighters have killed at least 400 people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, most of them women and children, Syrian state television said on Sunday. It said it was quoting residents inside the city, which is known as Tadmur in Arabic and is home to renowned Roman-era ruins including well-preserved temples, colonnades and a theater.


Pope Francis delivers his speech as he celebrates a mass of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged pilgrims filling St. Peter's Square on Pentecost Sunday to take "the heroic examples" of a slain El Salvadoran bishop and an Italian nun who worked in Kenya who were beatified this weekend.


Malaysian Anti-Smuggling Unit officers check on vehicles at the entry point of Malaysia - Thailand border in Wang Kelian, Malaysia on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered 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. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held.


By Praveen Menon and Trinna Leong KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Mass graves and suspected human-trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand, the country's home minister said on Sunday. Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said officials are determining whether the graves were of human-trafficking victims, but did not say how many dead bodies were discovered. "This is still under investigation," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Kuala Lumpur.

Voters queue early in the morning to cast their votes in Ethiopia's general election, Sunday May 24, 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopians voted Sunday in national and regional elections, the country's first since the 2012 death of its longtime leader, but the ruling party is expected to maintain its iron-clad grip on power. (AP Photo/Mulugeata Ayene)ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians started voting Sunday in national and regional elections in which the ruling party is expected to maintain its iron-clad grip on power.


TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear program, a negotiator said Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation's supreme leader.

Family members of victims and well wishers are seen after a suicide bomb attack at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh in the eastern province of GatifSaudi Arabia's King Salman said on Sunday he was "heartbroken" over a suicide bombing at a Shi'ite mosque in the kingdom that killed 21 people, state news agency SPA reported, a conciliatory statement as sectarian strife intensifies in the region. Salman said anyone linked to the attack, claimed by the Islamist militant group Islamic State, or who sympathises with it, will be brought to justice. The bombing in Saudi Arabia came as tensions between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims are on the increase in the region.


CANNES, France (AP) — As Mary J. Blige walked outside with her entourage and Mads Mikklesen sipped his chilled glass of wine, the VIP guests of Cannes' Grand Hyatt Martinez appeared blissfully unaware of the dangers circling above their heads.

Rory O'Neill, known by the Drag persona Panti, celebrates with yes supporters at Dublin Castle, Ireland, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued. Senior figures from the "no" campaign, who sought to prevent Ireland's constitution from being amended to permit same-sex marriages, say the only question is how large the "yes" side's margin of victory will be from Friday's vote. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."


KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The leader of a Burundi opposition party was killed Saturday by unknown assailants in the nation's capital, Bujumbura, local media reported.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A militant video released Sunday purported to show a Chinese tourist kidnapped by Taliban-allied fighters in Pakistan a year ago asking for his government to help him be released.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett (L) poses with US director Todd Haynes and US actress Rooney Mara as they arrive for the screening of the film "Carol" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, on May 17, 2015After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies -- and a couple of duds -- the Cannes Film Festival ends Sunday with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d'Or. US directing duo the Coen brothers head a jury of top actors and filmmakers that will decide which of the 19 competition entries will walk away with the 20,000-euro ($24,000) gold-and-crystal trophy. Two runner-up films will also get prizes, along with awards for best director, actor, actress and screenplay.


LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party says it won't try to block a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the 28-nation European Union.

A protest march to the German embassy in Athens on May 23, 2015Cash-strapped Greeks remain supportive of the leftist government's tough negotiating style, according to a new poll published Sunday, but hope for a deal with creditors that will keep the euro in their wallets. The poll conducted in May by Public Issue for the pro-government newspaper Avgi, shows 54 percent backing the Syriza-led government's handling of the negotiations despite the tension with Greece's international lenders. The Syriza-led government is locked in talks with the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to release a blocked final 7.2-billion-euro ($7.9 billon) tranche of its 240-billion-euro bailout.


In this Saturday May 23, 2015 picture firefighters investigate the roof of a house in the Bavarian town of Schneizlreuth , Germany. Police in Germany say they have recovered the bodies of six people killed in the fire at the guesthouse in the Alps. The men were among a group of 47 employees of the Bavarian construction company Lindner who had been staying at the converted farmhouse in Schneizlreuth, southeast of Munich. Forty-one people managed to flee the fire, which broke out in the early hours of Saturday. Seven people were hospitalized with serious injuries. ( Ferdinand Farthofer/aktivnews/dpa via AP)BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany say they have recovered the bodies of six people killed in a fire at a guesthouse in the Alps.


  Sun, 24 May 2015 05:56:57 -0400

Iraqi soldiers and Shiite fighters from the popular committees fire towards Islamic State (IS) positions in the Garma district of Anbar province on May 19, 2015The Islamic State group took full control of a border crossing between Iraq and Syria Sunday, tightening its grip on the heart of its self-proclaimed caliphate. The move gave IS control of the two main roads between Syria and Iraq's province of Anbar, as the jihadists pressed their most devastating offensive in months. The latest success came a week after IS captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi and days after it seized the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, two of the group's most significant military victories in almost a year.


Libyan Navy boat carries illegal migrants who attempted to flee the coast to Europe back to the coastal city of TripoliBy Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said. Chaos and civil war since NATO warplanes helped topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 have turned the North African country into the launching point for human traffickers smuggling tens of thousands of people across the Mediterranean. Libya's rulers have rounded up thousands of Europe-bound African migrants in makeshift detention centers.


From second left, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire and Leymah Gbowee, U.S. activist Gloria Steinem and other woman activists smile upon their arrival from North Korea at the office of the customs, immigration and quarantine in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom, Sunday, May 24, 2015. International women activists including Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates on Sunday were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, but were allowed to cross by bus and complete what one of them called a landmark peace event.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)DORASAN STATION, South Korea (AP) — Female activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Sunday, but were allowed to cross by bus and complete what one of them called a landmark event.


FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes against the Indianapolis Colts during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game in Foxborough, Mass. Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal, people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press, Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has used her own obituary to convey a final message on Tom Brady and the "Deflategate" scandal.


A tank of the Iraqi army is seen on the outskirts of the city of FallujaIraqi forces regained ground from Islamic State militants in western Iraq on Sunday, advancing towards the city of Ramadi one week after it fell to the insurgents. A police major and a pro-government Sunni tribal fighter in the area said they had retaken the town of Husaiba al-Sharqiya, about 10 km east of Ramadi, with the help of Shi'ite paramilitaries. Shi'ite militias, Iraqi security forces and pro-government Sunni tribal fighters launched a counter-offensive on Saturday against the insurgents, who have pushed east towards a key military base after overrunning Ramadi.


LONDON (Reuters) - Greece has made "enormous strides" at reaching a deal with its international lenders to avert bankruptcy, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Sunday. "It is now up to the institutions to do their bit. We have met them three quarters of the way, they need to meet us one quarter of the way," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr show. Varoufakis also said it would be "catastrophic" if Greece left the euro, predicting it would be would be "the beginning of the end of the common currency project". (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by David Clarke)

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