International  May 22, 2015
Gunfight kills 43 in troubled Mexican state
Mexican Federal Police special forces stand guard in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico on May 5, 2015Mexican federal forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel members during a three-hour-long gunfight in a ranch in a violence-torn western region, marking one of the drug war's bloodiest battles.Only one federal police officer was killed in the operation, which authorities launched after learning that "armed criminals" were occupying the ranch in Tanhu...  Full Story
Cartel operated surveillance cameras in Mexican city
Handout picture released by Tamaulipas State Government shows members of the Mexican Army and State police dismantling video surveillance system operated by criminal group, on May 19, 2015 in the Mexican city of ReynosaA drug cartel installed 39 surveillance cameras in a Mexican city bordering the United States to monitor the movements of residents and security forces, authorities said Friday.It underlines the pervasiveness of Mexico's powerful drug cartels, who have eyes and ears in towns and cities across the country thanks to human "halcones," or hawks, who ac...  Full Story
No US-Cuba deal on embassies, talks to go on
Seats are seen for the respective delegations at a press conference to discuss the concluded fourth round of talks to re-establish diplomatic relations and re-open embassies with Cuba May 22, 2015 in Washington, DCThe United States and Cuba failed Friday to nail down an agreement on reopening their embassies and more discussions to restore long-frozen diplomatic ties will be needed, both sides said."Both delegations agreed to continue our exchanges on issues related to the functioning of diplomatic missions so we will continue those conversations in the next...  Full Story
Ireland turns out for historic vote on gay marriage
Pedestrians walk past a mural in favour of same-sex marriage in Dublin on May 21, 2015Irish voters turned out in force Friday for a historic referendum on whether same-sex marriage should become legal, after a campaign that has exposed divisions in the traditionally Catholic nation.After 15 hours of voting, the ballot boxes were sealed at 10:00pm (2100 GMT) across the republic, with polling stations reporting higher-than-expected vo...  Full Story
IS suicide bomber attacks Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 21
Shiites account for 15 percent of the Saudi population with many living in the Qatif region of Eastern Province, according to the CIA World FactbookAn Islamic State group suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing 21 people and wounding 81 in an assault that threatens to fan sectarian tensions.The bomber struck during the main weekly prayers in Eastern Province, where assailants linked to the Sunni extremist IS killed seven members of the minority Sh...  Full Story
21 killed, 81 wounded in IS attack on Saudi Shiite mosque: ministry
A Saudi man reacts following a blast inside a mosque, in the mainly Shiite Saudi Gulf coastal town of Qatif, 400km east of Riyadh, on May 22, 2015Twenty-one people were killed and 81 wounded in an attack by an Islamic State group suicide bomber on a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia Friday, the health ministry said."The terrorist attack left 21 dead and 81 wounded, including 12 in critical condition", the ministry said, according to Saudi Arabia's news agency APS.The bomber struck during the mai...  Full Story
Greenaway to shoot Russia film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally
"ItBritish director Peter Greenaway is to direct a film about Russia backed by a billionaire businessman and ally of President Vladimir Putin who has come under US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.The movie with the working title "Volga" will "look at the past and future of Russia, a country on the border between Europe and Asia," a foundation headed...  Full Story
Polish presidential run-off a razor-edge race
PolandPoland's presidential run-off on Sunday, pitting liberal incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski against conservative populist challenger Andrzej Duda, is on a knife-edge with opinion polls and analysts unable to call it.Sunday's outcome is also seen as a harbinger of things to come in an autumn general election ahead of which the governing centrist Civic P...  Full Story