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.
Malaysia 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.
Cash-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.
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.
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.
After 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.
British 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Simona 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.
Saudi 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.
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.
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.
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.