Watchdog looks to counter new chemical weapons threats THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - With about 92 percent of the world's declared chemical weapons stockpiles destroyed, the watchdog agency overseeing the elimination of poison gas and nerve agents is looking now to counter emerging threats from extremist groups while still dealing with unfinished business in Syria. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is marking the April 29, 1997, entry into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention https://www.opcw.org/fileadmin/OPCW/CWC/CWC-en.pdf with a three-day conference starting Monday focusing on chemical safety and security. It appears, in the future, extremists and criminals seem more likely than nations to launch chemical attacks. "We want to capture the current security threats in regard to chemical weapons, especially from non-state actors," OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu told The Associated Press at the organization's headquarters in The Hague.
Obama out: President closes out his run as comedian-in-chief WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama performed his brand of sharp-tongued comedy at the White House Correspondents' Dinner for the last time - wrapping up with "Obama out" and dropping the mic while the crowd cheered. Obama's performance Saturday night proved he hasn't lost a step. "If this material works well, I'm going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year," Obama quipped. "Earn me some serious Tubmans." Obama drew plenty of laughs with his barbed remarks to a ballroom filled with journalists, politicians, and movie and television stars. It was his eighth appearance at the event and his last as president and he kidded about the pains of being a lame duck.
CA convention is a homecoming of sorts for Carly Fiorina BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) - When Carly Fiorina spoke at the California Republican Party convention at a hotel outside San Francisco airport, it was a brief homecoming of sorts for the newly minted vice presidential candidate. Fiorina grew up in the Bay Area and became chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard there before plunging into politics with an unsuccessful run against Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010. But this is no usual Republican presidential primary, and Fiorina's appearance won't quite be the return of a favorite daughter. She's running on a ticket with Sen. Ted Cruz, who's mathematically eliminated from becoming the GOP presidential nominee unless the Republican National Convention is contested.
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Trump backers yell foul over loss at Arizona GOP convention PHOENIX (AP) - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled out a strategic victory at the Arizona Republican Party convention, nailing down a large majority of delegates to the national convention amid cheating accusations from backers of businessman Donald Trump. The Cruz slate won virtually all of the 28 at-large national delegates and roughly split the 27 delegates selected by congressional district. Former Gov. Jan Brewer, losing her first election in 35 years, angrily yelled "I got cheated - I got cheated," as the results became known. But Cruz's Arizona campaign organizer says simple math led to the at-large victory Saturday. Cruz offered a nearly identical slate of candidates as John Kasich backers, and the combined votes led to a win.
Iraq: Car bombings kill at least 23 people in southern city BAGHDAD (AP) - Militants on Sunday unleashed dual car bomb attacks in southern Iraq, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens, officials said, at a time when the country's government is struggling with mounting public unrest in the capital over delays in promised reform plans. A police officer said two parked explosives-laden cars were detonated within minutes of each other around midday in the city of Samawah. The first one near government offices, while the second exploded minutes later at an open-air bus station. At least 42 other people were wounded in both explosions and the police official said the death toll was expected to rise.
Kenya burns huge pile of ivory tusks to protest poaching NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species. Uhuru Kenyatta put a flame to the biggest of 11 pyres of ivory tusks and one of rhino horn in a chilly afternoon. Overnight torrential rains had threated to ruin the event but stopped midday leaving a mud field around the piles inside Nairobi National Park. "A time has come when we must take a stand and the stand is clear ...
In London's mayoral race, candidate rejects 'extremism' barb LONDON (AP) - One is a bus driver's son who grew up in social housing, the other a billionaire's son raised in a mansion. They are two very different London success stories, and one is about to become the city's next mayor. The contrast between Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party and Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith is resonant in a booming city where rocketing rents and property prices are squeezing out the middle class and increasing extremes of poverty and wealth. But the election on Thursday has been overshadowed by allegations that Khan, who is Muslim, has links to extremists - and counterclaims that Goldsmith is trying to frighten and divide voters in one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.
Peace activist, Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan dies at 94 NEW YORK (AP) - His defiant protests helped shape Americans' opposition to the Vietnam War. And they landed The Rev. Daniel Berrigan behind bars. The Roman Catholic priest, writer and poet, who became a household name in the U.S. in the 1960s after being imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the war, died Saturday. He was 94. Berrigan died after a "long illness" at Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit health care community in New York City according to Michael Benigno, a spokesman for the Jesuits USA Northeast Province. "He died peacefully," Benigno said. Berrigan and his younger brother, the Rev.
Thousands march in Moscow's Red Square for May Day rally Trade unions and other groups are staging rallies around the world to mark International Workers Day. A look at some May Day events: RUSSIA Tens of thousands of people marched across Moscow's Red Square on a sunny Sunday morning in a pro-Kremlin workers' rally. The protesters were carrying the Russian tricolor and balloons. As is typical for rallies organized by the ruling United Russia party, the May Day rally steered clear of criticizing President Vladimir Putin or his government for falling living standards. The slogans focused on wages and jobs for young professionals. Left-wing Russian groups held their own rallies. This year the May Day coincided with the Orthodox Easter in Russia.