Pope Francis on Sunday released peace doves on the Armenia-Turkey border in a gesture of reconciliation as Ankara slammed the pontiff for denouncing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as "genocide". Standing on a terrace of the Khor Virap monastery, Francis and the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church Karekin II released the two white birds in the direction of Mount Ararat -- the Biblical final resting place of Noah's Ark -- now in modern-day Turkey. The long-planned gesture at the end of a three-day visit to ex-Soviet Armenia came in the face of fresh Turkish ire after Francis used the word "genocide" to refer to the century-old slaughter that Ankara furiously rejects.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Five people were killed in Colorado on Sunday when an Amtrak passenger train collided with a car in Las Animas County in the southern part of the U.S. state, state police said. The train collided with a vehicle carrying six people, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis. Amtrak said there were 286 passengers on the Chicago to Los Angeles line.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) â€” As team executives began gathering on the arena floor an hour before the start of the NHL draft's second round Saturday morning, a video highlighting former No. 1 selections began playing on the big-screen video boards.
By Julien Toyer and Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish elections delivered a hung parliament for the second time in six months on Sunday, adding to political uncertainty in Europe after last week's shock Brexit vote and piling intense pressure on Spain's warring politicians to form a government. Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's centre-right People's Party (PP) again emerged with the single biggest bloc of seats but fell short of a majority, leaving the euro zone's fourth-largest economy at risk of another lengthy political stalemate. "We have won the elections," Rajoy told hundreds of cheering supporters outside PP headquarters in Madrid late on Sunday.
Panama on Sunday declared its century-old canal open to a new generation of supersized cargo ships after years of massive expansion works aimed at boosting its cut from burgeoning US-Asia trade. For Panama, the feat is a source of national pride, symbolizing the country's enviable modernity compared to neighbors, and its consistently high economic growth.