Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa notched his second win in the men’s race of the Boston Marathon on Monday in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 17 seconds, easily beating 2014 champion Meb Keflezighi, who last year became the first U.S. man to win the race in three decades. Desisa pulled away from Yemane Adhane Tsegay, also of Ethiopia, in the final miles of the race.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is tightening security rules for airline and airport workers in the wake of a criminal case in which an Atlanta baggage handler was accused of smuggling guns on commercial jets, Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Monday.
By Karolin Schaps LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Monday ordered Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell his newly acquired North Sea gas fields within six months, ratcheting up the pressure on one of Russia’s most influential businessmen just two weeks before the May 7 national election. Upping the ante in a standoff that some Russian businessmen say shows Russian capital is no longer welcome in the West, Britain’s energy minister Ed Davey notified Fridman’s LetterOne investment vehicle that its North Sea licences would be revoked unless their ownership changes.
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists set off a bomb in a U.N. van in normally tranquil northern Somalia on Monday, killing at least seven people, including four employees of the U.N. children's agency in an attack that was widely denounced.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah woman who pleaded guilty to killing six of her newborn babies and storing their bodies in her garage is facing up to life in prison at a sentencing hearing set for Monday.
British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives have notched up a four point lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of a May 7 election, an Ashcroft poll showed on Monday, the party's largest lead in the polling series in six weeks. If replicated across the country in the election, the lead would not be enough to give the Conservatives an overall majority, however, and was within the margin of error. The closeness of the race was underlined by two earlier polls on Monday, one of which had the Conservatives two points ahead while the other had the same lead for Labour. With no sign yet of a surge in support for either the Conservatives or Labour, polls indicate that a hung parliament is the most likely outcome, potentially handing the role of king maker to the leader of a smaller party, such as the Scottish National Party or Liberal Democrats.
Oil prices rose on Monday after data showing a partial draw in stockpiles at the delivery point for U.S. crude helped steady a market weighed earlier by near record highs in Saudi production. Tensions in the Middle East and a drop last week in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States also put a floor beneath U.K. North Sea Brent and U.S. crude futures, traders said. Oil services firm Genscape reported a draw of more 900,000 barrels at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point for U.S. crude between Tuesday and Friday last week, market sources who saw the data said. Saudi Arabia put its security forces on alert for a possible militant attack on a shopping mall or energy installation.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Kenyan runner Caroline Rotich won the women’s race at the Boston Marathon on Monday with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 55 seconds. Rotich narrowly beat Ethiopia’s Mare DiBaba in a closing sprint at the 119th edition of the world’s longest-running annual marathon, which was the target of a fatal bombing attack two years ago. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Frank Pingue)
By Abdiqani Hassan BOSASSO (Reuters) – Somali militant group al Shabaab bombed a minivan carrying staff to a United Nations office in the semi-autonomous Puntland region on Monday, killing six people including four from the global body's children's fund UNICEF, officials said. UNICEF said in a statement the improvised explosive device attack occurred when its staff were travelling to the office from their guest house nearby and that four more of its staff were seriously wounded. All of us at UNICEF are deeply saddened and deeply angered," said Anthony Lake, its executive director. Nicholas Kay, the U.N. Special Representative for Somalia, said two guards also died in the attack.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is mounting a campaign to defend an 18th century Franciscan missionary who will be canonized by Pope Francis in the U.S. against protests from Native Americans who have compared his conversion of natives to genocide.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A lawyer says a Washington Post reporter jailed in Iran faces four charges, including an espionage charge.
The OSCE chief said Monday a truce was holding in a key village in eastern Ukraine and urged the warring sides to "embrace a good chance for peace" in the region. "The news this morning is that our people, our monitors have brokered a truce in Shyrokyne, down near Mariupol," OSCE secretary general Lamberto Zannier said. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe sent a monitoring mission to Ukraine in March 2014. Close to the strategic port of Mariupol, Shyrokyne has been the latest flashpoint in a year-long conflict that has left more than 6,000 people dead.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Lawyer tells Washington Post its reporter jailed in Iran faces 4 charges, including espionage.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Six Minnesota men have been charged with terrorism in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, the latest Westerners accused of traveling or attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County sheriff said Monday he doesn't believe training records were falsified in connection to a volunteer deputy who fatally shot a man after mistaking his handgun for a stun gun.
Iran is charging Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian with four crimes, including espionage, the newspaper said on Monday in a report offering the first details about the exact charges against him. Rezaian, the Post's bureau chief in Tehran, was detained last year in Iran. Among the charges, he is accused of "collaborating with hostile governments" and "propaganda against the establishment," according to a statement from Rezaian's attorney, Leilah Ahsan, the Post reported. The Post said Ahsan is the only individual outside of Iran's judiciary to have read the indictment.
NEW YORK (AP) — Vice News won two Peabody Awards, including one for reporter Medyan Dairieh’s report on Islamic state fighters, with CNN, NPR and New York public radio station WNYC also winning twice in the annual honors for electronic media.
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – The European Union should take a “more sophisticated, more courageous and less callous approach” to migrants who often die trying to reach the EU in boats that are not seaworthy, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Monday. The EU should open up legal channels to enable the migrants to enter, while acknowledging that the EU needed the migrants’ low-skilled labor, that refugees had a right to seek asylum, and that families are entitled to live together, he said.
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – The European Union should take a "more sophisticated, more courageous and less callous approach" to migrants who often die trying to reach the EU in boats that are not seaworthy, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Monday. The EU should open up legal channels to enable the migrants to enter, while acknowledging that the EU needed the migrants' low-skilled labour, that refugees had a right to seek asylum, and that families are entitled to live together, he said.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — There’s a lot of honking going on at a suburban New York high school parking lot, and it’s not coming from the drivers.