Morning Headlines for Monday, June 1, 2015

AFP

“U.S. judge jails Silk Road mastermind for life”

“The American convicted of masterminding the criminal website Silk Road was sentenced in court Friday to life in prison over the online enterprise that sold $200 million in drugs to customers worldwide.”

AFP

“Ukraine president appoints ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili governor”

“Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday appointed fiercely pro-Western former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili, who once fought a war with Russia, as governor of the strategic Odessa region.”

Associated Press

“Former Maryland Governor O’Malley jumps into 2016 Democratic race”

“Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street.”

AFP

“Nigeria army repels Boko Haram as new president starts term”

“Nigeria’s military on Saturday repelled a Boko Haram attack on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri, hours after President Muhammadu Buhari took office vowing to crush the Islamist group.”

AFP

“I.S. razes notorious Syria regime jail in Palmyra”

“The Islamic State jihadist group Saturday demolished a prison in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a monitor said, eliminating what was for decades one of the country’s most feared detention centers.”

Al Jazeera America

“U.S. citizen released from Egyptian prison”

“An Egyptian-American jailed in Egypt for nearly two years for involvement in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has been released and is headed for the United States, his family said on Saturday.”

Reuters

“U.S. says China’s island-building erodes security; Beijing angered”

“U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that China’s island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific, drawing a scathing response from the foreign ministry in Beijing.”

AFP

“Thousands of Venezuelans protest for dissidents’ release”

“Thousands of demonstrators took to Caracas’ streets on Saturday to press for the release of imprisoned foes of President Nicolas Maduro’s government.”

Washington Post

“Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide”

“A national debate is raging about police use of deadly force, especially against minorities. To understand why and how often these shootings occur, The Washington Post is compiling a database of every fatal shooting by police in 2015, as well as of every officer killed by gunfire in the line of duty. The Post looked exclusively at shootings, not killings by other means, such as stun guns and deaths in police custody.”

Washington Post

“Beau Biden, vice president’s son, dies at 46 of brain cancer”

“Joseph Robinette ‘Beau’ Biden III, the son of Vice President Biden and former state attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday after battling brain cancer for several years.”

Reuters

“China, U.S. tone down rhetoric but far from South China Sea solution”

“After a months-long row over Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea, the United States and China were relatively restrained at Asia’s top security forum this weekend, but no closer to any solution.”

Associated Press

“Watchdog says ex-Nazis got $20.2 million in Social Security”

“In a forthcoming report triggered by an Associated Press investigation, the top watchdog at the Social Security Administration found the agency paid $20.2 million in benefits to more than 130 suspected Nazi war criminals, SS guards, and others who may have participated in the Third Reich’s atrocities during World War II.”

AFP

“Regional summit urges Burundi election delay, halt to violence”

“Elections in Burundi should be delayed by at least a month and a half and all violence must stop, East African leaders said Sunday after a regional summit on the crisis.”

Associated Press

“Kerry breaks leg in bicycle crash; returning to U.S. Monday”

“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bicycle crash Sunday after striking a curb and scrapped the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating the Islamic State group. He planned to return to the United States on Monday.”

Reuters

“Special Report: Egypt deploys scholars to teach moderate Islam, but skepticism abounds”

“The president’s warning is part of a much larger project. To contain the radical Islamist movement roiling his nation, Sisi has most conspicuously been using the law and brute force. But he is also promoting a more moderate and less politicized version of the faith.”

Associated Press

“Egypt: 2,600 killed after ouster of Islamist president”

“At least 2,600 people were killed in violence in the 18 months after the military overthrew Egypt’s president in 2013, nearly half of them supporters of the Islamist leader, the head of a state-sanctioned rights body said Sunday.”

Reuters

“International effort rescues over 5,000 Mediterranean migrants”

“The corpses of 17 migrants were brought ashore in Sicily aboard an Italian naval vessel on Sunday along with 454 survivors as efforts intensified to rescue people fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.”

New York Times

“China says it could set up air defense zone in South China Sea”

“A Chinese admiral said Sunday that Beijing could set up an air defense zone above disputed areas of the South China Sea if it thought it was facing a large enough threat, according to Chinese news media.”

AFP

“Rain brings relief as India heatwave death toll tops 2,200”

“Scattered rain on Sunday brought much-needed but only temporary relief to parts of India hit by a long heatwave as the death toll from the blistering temperatures crossed 2,200, officials said.”

Associated Press

“Obama’s trade agenda faces tougher odds heading into House”

“After several near death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized House.”

AFP

“‘Several’ Americans held in Yemen: State Department”

“Several Americans have been detained in Yemen, a State Department official said, amid reports that at least four U.S. citizens are being held by Shiite rebels.”

Associated Press

“It’s a wrap for CBS’ Bob Schieffer at ‘Face the Nation’”

“Bob Schieffer won’t see you next Sunday when CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ airs with a new lineup of politicians and pundits. He moderated his final broadcast Sunday after 24 years, ending a journalism career that started at age 20 at a radio station in Fort Worth, Texas.”

AFP

“Burundi government says open to delaying elections as more protests loom”

“The Burundian government said it was open to a request by East African leaders Sunday to delay upcoming elections in the face of violent protests sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.”

New York Times

“Grim history traced in sunken slave ship found off South Africa”

“On Tuesday, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, along with the Iziko Museums of South Africa, the Slave Wrecks Project, and other partners, will announce in Cape Town that the remnants of the São José have been found, right where the ship went down, in full view of Lion’s Head Mountain. It is the first time, researchers involved in the project say, that the wreckage of a slaving ship that went down with slaves aboard has been recovered.”

Associated Press

“Qatar extends travel ban on ex-Gitmo inmates; talks continue”

“Qatar has agreed to temporarily extend travel bans on five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday.’

Associated Press

“Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate”

“The National Security Agency lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk, after GOP Sen. Rand Paul stood in the way of extending the fiercely contested program in an extraordinary Sunday Senate session.”

AFP

“Number of child cancer survivors quadruples in U.S., Canada”

“Modern medicine has made huge strides when it comes to treating children with cancer, and four times as many youths now survive cancer compared to decades ago, researchers said.”

Associated Press

“In a nation of smokers, Beijing bans lighting up indoors”

“China’s capital began imposing the country’s toughest ban on smoking in public places Monday in hopes of stemming a looming health crisis in a society where smoking remains a nearly ubiquitous part of dining, social events and life in general.”

Associated Press

“China to hold military drills along volatile Myanmar border”

“China’s military will hold live-firing exercises this week along its volatile border with Myanmar near where Chinese civilians were killed by stray bombs from fighting between rebels and Myanmar’s government.”

Associated Press

“More than 680 in South Korea isolated over MERS virus fears”

“More than 680 people in South Korea are isolated after having contact with patients infected with a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East, health officials said Monday.”

Reuters

“France, Germany raises concerns over EU migrant redistribution plan”

“France and Germany raised concerns on Monday over a European Commission plan to redistribute migrants reaching Italy and Greece, saying it must take better account of efforts they have already taken to help asylum-seekers.”

Associated Press

“European oil and gas majors call for carbon price”

“The appeal by the chief executives of Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Eni, Total, Statoil and the BG Group came as U.N. climate talks resumed Monday in Bonn. It shows the oil and gas industry, at least in Europe, wants to play a public role in the conversation on a new global climate deal that’s expected to be adopted in Paris in December.”

Associated Press

“Trial set for ex-BP executive accused of obstructing probe”

“A federal trial is set to begin in New Orleans for a former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill.”

Reuters

“Google increases user privacy controls”

“Google increased privacy controls for users and rolled out a website on Monday that answers frequently asked questions in response to increasing concern over how the search giant collects and uses its massive amounts of data.”

New York Times

“Senate to take up spy bill as parts of Patriot Act expire”

“The Senate will reconvene at midday on Monday to consider changes to a House bill that would curtail the government’s authority to sweep up vast quantities of telephone records after the program, which began after the 2001 terrorist attacks, expired at 12:01 a.m.”

Associated Press

“U.S. consumer spending flat in April as income, savings rise”

“U.S. consumers held back from spending more in April, deciding instead to channel income gains into savings. Consumer spending was flat in April — the weakest performance in three months — after a revised 0.5 percent increase in March, the Commerce Department reported Monday. The March advance had been the biggest gain since last August. Personal income rose a healthy 0.4 percent.”