Kerry to visit Brussels, London for talks on UK's EU exit ROME (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will rush to Brussels and London on Monday to meet the top British and European Union diplomats, as the world grapples with the implications of Britain's historic vote to leave the European Union. Kerry will bring messages of support. Less likely: Answers or even suggestions for how to deal with a crisis that has spooked economists and forced countries in Europe and beyond to contemplate the possibility of unity across the continent crumbling. The trip began Sunday in Rome, where Kerry has scheduled talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He will also meet Italian government officials.
Labour Party revolts against leader over EU vote result LONDON (AP) - Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing an open revolt as political turmoil continues to grip Britain after the country voted to leave the European Union. The main opposition party was in turmoil Sunday with two members of the shadow cabinet leaving their posts in a direct challenge to Corbyn. Corbyn first fired shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn after Benn told Corbyn he had lost confidence in Corbyn's ability to lead the party. "There is no confidence that we will be able to win a general election as long as Jeremy remains the leader," Benn told the BBC's flagship breakfast show.
The Latest: Senior Labour figure says Corbyn won't step down A senior figure of the British Labour Party says embattled party leader Jeremy Corbyn won't step down despite internal opposition. John McDonnell told the BBC Sunday that "Jeremy's not going anywhere." McDonnell is the party's shadow chancellor and a top adviser to Corbyn. He says Corbyn was elected party leader nine months ago with "the biggest mandate of any political leader in our country." He says Corbyn still enjoys wide party backing from the rank and file members who voted him in.
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Vatican denies pope has 'Crusades' mentality over genocide YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) - The Vatican is strongly denying Turkish claims that Pope Francis has adopted a "mentality of the Crusades" by recognizing the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians as "genocide." The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said nothing in Francis' texts or words during his Armenian trip showed any hostility to Turkey and in fact were infused with calls for Armenia and Turkey to build bridges of peace and reconciliation. "The pope is not doing Crusades," he said Sunday. "He has said no words against the Turkish people." Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli called Francis' comments "greatly unfortunate" and said they bore the hallmarks of the "mentality of the Crusades."
Iraqi commander: Fallujah 'fully liberated' from IS BAGHDAD (AP) - A senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was "fully liberated" from Islamic State group militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation. Iraqi troops have entered the northwestern al-Julan neighborhood, the last area of Fallujah to remain under IS control, the head of the counterterrorism forces in the operation, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, told The Associated Press. Al-Saadi said the operation, which began in late May, "is done and the city is fully liberated." The Iraqi army was backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and paramilitary troops, mostly Shiite militias. "From the center of al-Julan neighborhood, we congratulate the Iraqi people and the commander in chief...and declare that the Fallujah fight is over," he told Iraqi state TV, flanked by military officers and soldiers.
Spain votes again in attempt to break government stalemate MADRID (AP) - Spaniards were heading to the polls Sunday for an unprecedented repeat election that aims to break six months of political deadlock after a December ballot left the country without an elected government. Opinion polls in recent weeks have unanimously predicted the new ballot will also fail to deliver enough votes for any one party to take power alone. That would likely consign Spain to another period of protracted political negotiations - and, possibly, another election if there is no breakthrough. Polls are prohibited in the last week of campaigning, but the most recent ones suggested the conservative Popular Party would win most votes but would again fall short of the parliamentary majority it had from 2011 to 2015.
Death toll may rise in destructive California wildfire LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (AP) - Lighter winds are helping firefighters make gains on a voracious and deadly wildfire in central California that has burned 150 homes and claimed two lives. The toll may rise. Firefighters may have found human remains Saturday when they began going through neighborhoods to count houses and mobile homes incinerated by the blaze. In an unrecognizable mobile home, they found what appears to be a set of human remains, but because they were so badly burned forensic investigators will have to determine whether they belonged to a person or animal, Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said.
PM urges Australians to choose stability after Brexit vote CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australia's prime minister used his official campaign launch on Sunday to warn against a change of government during the economic fallout from Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Polls project Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative coalition is widely expected to be returned next Saturday for a second three-year term with a reduced majority. Turnbull said his government was better placed to strike vital new trade deals with the EU and Britain after the separation forced by a British referendum. Australia had brokered free trade deals with major trade partners China, Japan and South Korea and renegotiated a pact with Singapore during the government's first term, he said.
Obama OKs federal aid for West Virginia; at least 24 dead CLENDENIN, W.Va. (AP) - Offering his condolences, President Barack Obama approved federal aid for the West Virginia communities devastated by floods that have killed at least 24 people and rendered many more homeless. Obama's signature Saturday on the federal disaster declaration lets residents in three counties get aid for temporary housing and home repairs, receive low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and qualify for other assistance for individuals and business owners. Federal money to help the state and local governments is also available on a cost-sharing basis. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration still believes there are people missing in Greenbrier County, and the death toll there rose by one Saturday, said Tomblin chief of staff Chris Stadelman.
Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes PANAMA CITY (AP) - Authorities are hosting a big bash Sunday to inaugurate newly expanded locks that will double the Panama Canal's capacity in a multibillion-dollar bet on a bright economic future despite tough times for international shipping. Nearly two years late due to construction delays and labor strife, the $5.25 billion project formally launches with the transit of a 158-foot-wide (48.2 meters), 984-foot-long (300 meters), Chinese-owned container ship, one of the modern class of mega-vessels that will now be able to use the canal. With 30,000 people and eight foreign heads of state expected to attend the festivities, officials are bullish.