Sunday, May 24
CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOTING: PROTESTS
More arrests made in protests
CLEVELAND (AP) — Police in riot gear made numerous arrests as protesters took to Cleveland's streets after a judge found a city police officer not guilty in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a barrage of police gunfire.
Protesters gathered in downtown Cleveland and west side neighborhoods after the acquittal of 31-year-old patrolman Michael Brelo.
A judge said in his written verdict delivered to a packed courtroom Saturday that Brelo's actions in the November 2012 shootings were justified because he believed that someone in the car containing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams fired shots at police at the beginning, middle and end of the chase. Brelo remains on an unpaid suspension while officials consider administrative charges against him.
The city of Cleveland earlier agreed to pay the families of Russell and Williams a total of $3 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit.
Roads closed, parking lot flooded
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Cars have been nearly covered by floodwaters at a shopping mall parking lot in Oklahoma City, where some roads became impassable.
State transportation officials say at least 15 highways across the state have been closed because of flooding from a powerful storm.
In the community of Elk City, a firefighter says four and a-half inches of rain has fallen on an area that had already been saturated by rain earlier in the week.
Officials with the Rocklahoma music festival in Pryor, about 50 miles west of Tulsa, urged attendees to head to their cars or the nearby camping area to wait out the incoming weather.
Residents along Blanco River in Texas urged to evacuate
WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Authorities say they are urging residents in a small Central Texas community to evacuate as the nearby Blanco River continues to rise and cause flooding.
Hays County sheriff's Lt. Jeri Skrocki said late Saturday that numerous water rescues are underway in Wimberley, about 40 miles southwest of Austin. She says the specific number of rescues or how many people are affected isn't clear.
She says no serious injuries have been reported and that emergency shelters have been set up for residents at schools, a church, a nursing home and a community center.
Skrocki says the river is at a record-high level. National Weather Service officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
NEW: UK's Labour Party says it won't try to block EU referendum
LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition Labour Party says it won't try to block a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the 28-nation European Union.
The party's acting leader, Harriet Harman, offered support for the vote in a commentary in the Sunday Times — a U-turn on Labour's previous stance. The decision removes a potential obstacle to the referendum, which will be held by the end of 2017.
Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservatives campaigned hard for the vote, making it a key policy during the May general election. Cameron won a majority in Parliament and Harman says it's now clear people want a chance to have their say.
However, Harman says Labour will still campaign hard to keep Britain in the EU, the world's largest trading bloc.
Negotiator: Iran agrees to 'managed access' to nuclear sites
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian nuclear negotiator says his team has agreed to grant U.N. inspectors "managed access" to military sites as part of a deal over its contested program, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation's supreme leader.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi's comments, carried by state television Sunday, came after he and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended a closed session of parliament. The report also quoted Araghchi as saying Iranian negotiators rejected demands that its scientists be interviewed
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, earlier vowed to not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement.
Iran and six world powers are negotiating a final deal over its nuclear program. They face a June 30 deadline.
UNITED NATIONS-NUCLEAR TREATY
Official: Israel thanked US for blocking nuclear document
JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the U.S. for blocking a global document at the United Nations aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, a rare bright spot amid strained relations between the two countries.
The official says Netanyahu spoke to Kerry on Saturday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorized to discuss the call.
The document, rejected Friday, had called on the U.N.'s secretary-general to convene the Middle East conference no later than March 2016, regardless of whether Israel and its neighbors agreed on an agenda.
Israel is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has never declared what is widely considered to be an extensive nuclear weapons program. A conference might force Israel to acknowledge it.
Video purports to show kidnapped Chinese tourist in Pakistan
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A militant video purports to show a Chinese tourist kidnapped by the Taliban in Pakistan a year ago asking for his government to help him be released.
The video was released Sunday by a militant known to belong to a Taliban splinter group. While it could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, the man in the video resembled other known photographs of Hong Xudong, kidnapped in May 2014.
In the video, the man identified as Hong asks for the Chinese government to honor his kidnappers' ransom demands, without ever stating them. Chinese officials and state media did not immediately comment on the video Sunday.
Hong went missing after entering Pakistan from neighboring India in April 2014. He was abducted near Pakistan's lawless tribal regions, a haven for militants.
At least 10 Afghan police officers killed in Taliban assault
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials in Afghanistan say at least 10 police officers have been killed in an ongoing Taliban assault in the country's volatile south.
Mohammad Ismail Hotaki, director of Helmand province's Joint Coordination Office, says Taliban fighters attacked 10 police checkpoints in the province's Sangin district. He says three have been captured by Taliban and they are surging forward in their assault Sunday.
Officials say there are a large number of Taliban fighters involved in the attack.
The Taliban have launched a number of attacks across many part of Afghanistan since their warm-weather offensive began on April 24. Police checkpoints are regular targets as they are often poorly manned and vulnerable.
Malaysia finds mass graves of suspected trafficking victims
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Malaysian home minister says police have discovered mass graves of suspected trafficking victims near the country's border with Thailand.
Home Minister Zahid Hamidi says the graves were located in 17 human trafficking camps that had been abandoned.
It isn't clear how many bodies have been recovered.
Similar camps and dozens of remains were recovered in jungle camps across the border in Thailand earlier this month, where Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar had been held by traffickers and held until their families could pay for their freedom.
Saudi Arabia says suicide bomber was Islamic State operative
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia has confirmed that Friday's suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in the east of the country that killed 21 was carried out by an Islamic State militant, backing up an earlier claim by the group.
The Interior Ministry identified the bomber as a Saudi citizen in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency late Saturday.
It says he was wanted for being an active member of an Islamic State-linked terrorist cell, and that the explosive use in the bombing was a military-grade compound known as RDX.
The attack was the deadliest assault by militants in the kingdom since a 2004 al-Qaida attack on foreign worker compounds.
Thousands evacuated in Nepal after landslide blocks river
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of people have fled villages and towns along a mountain river in in northwest Nepal after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash floods.
Government administrator Yam Bahadur Chokhal says the landslide blocked the Kaligandaki River early Sunday and the buildup of water has created a lake 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long.
He says residents living on the banks of the river have been moved to higher ground for fear that flash floods could sweep the area north of Beni Bazaar, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of the capital, Kathmandu.
Two powerful earthquakes devastated Nepal on April 25 and May 12, killing nearly 8,700 people and injuring 16,800 others. The quakes and aftershocks also have triggered many landslides in the Himalayan nation.