Poll surge raises election win prospect for Canada's leftist NDP

NDP leader Mulcair receives a standing ovation from his caucus in the House of Commons in OttawaBy Randall Palmer OTTAWA (Reuters) - A surge in support for Canada's left-leaning New Democrats is forcing strategists and investors to consider a once unthinkable prospect - the party which has never governed federally might now win the October election. The New Democratic Party (NDP) scored a stunning upset in Alberta's provincial election this month, ending four decades of Progressive Conservative rule. The NDP still faces a formidable opponent in the governing Conservatives, who have held power for more than nine years.



Obama at Arlington: Never stop paying tribute to the fallen

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, left, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, and the with the aid of Sgt. 1st Class John C. Wirth, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must "never stop trying to fully repay them" for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war.



Cleveland, U.S. Justice Department reach settlement over police: New York Times

Cleveland mounted police patrol the streets as protesters march out of the city following the not guilty verdict for Cleveland police officer Brelo on manslaughter charges in ClevelandCleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, the New York Times reported on Monday. The settlement could be announced as early as Tuesday, the newspaper said, citing people briefed on the matter. The settlement would come days after a judge declared a white Cleveland police officer not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman in 2012.



'Ugly' potential fallout from Supreme Court health care case

'Ugly' potential fallout from Supreme Court health care caseA Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans — not White House officials — ...



Trial of Iranian-U.S. journalist in Tehran to be closed: family

File photo of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian speaking in the newspaper's offices in WashingtonThe trial in Iran of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be closed to the public when it starts on Tuesday, his brother said on Monday. Rezaian, who is Iranian-American and faces unspecified charges, will be in Revolutionary Court with only his attorney and family members are excluded, his brother Ali Rezaian told Reuters Television. Jason Rezaian, the Post's Tehran bureau chief, has been in Tehran's Evin prison since his arrest in July.



AP PHOTOS: US reflects on veterans' sacrifices

Retired Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher Dix, of South Hill, Va., and his girlfriend Lacey Foerter ,of Calvert County, Md., visit the grave of Dix's brother Army Spc. William Timothy Dix who was killed in Iraq in 2008, on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 25, 2015. Americans observe Memorial Day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)During Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery, President Barack Obama spoke about the sacrifices made by the nation's veterans — and felt by their loved ones.



U.S. does damage control after defense chief's remarks on Iraq
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi of the U.S. commitment to help fight Islamic State militants in an effort at damage control on Monday after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops' desire to fight. Carter told CNN on Sunday that Iraqi forces showed no will to battle against Islamic State militants during the fall of Ramadi a week ago, and U.S. forces were trying to encourage them to engage more directly.

Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support

FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2015 file photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, commander of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, right, greets Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei while attending a religious ceremony in a mosque at his residence in Tehran, Iran. The chief of an elite unit in Iran's Revolutionary Guard has accused the U.S. of having "no will" to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq's government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment.



U.S., Canada and Mexico create new climate change partnership
By Mike De Souza OTTAWA (Reuters) - North American energy ministers said on Monday they had set up a working group on climate change and energy, a partnership designed to help Canada, the United States and Mexico harmonize policies. The partnership does not include binding targets, but will enhance cooperation and integrate more climate change-related policies into energy discussions between the countries, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said during a conference call. All three governments said they will prioritize working together on issues, including efficiency of electricity grids, pursuing new clean energy technologies and aligning regulations to control emissions from the oil and gas sector.

Obama heralds first U.S. Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years

Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaPresident Barack Obama heralded the first U.S. Memorial Day in 14 years without a major ground war in an annual ceremony of remembrance on Monday for fallen American forces. In remarks at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, Obama paid tribute to U.S. military personnel who served in conflicts such as World War Two as well as the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he wound down as commander in chief. "For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful.



In Rhode Island, residents gush about paid family leave

In this July 2014 photo provided by Karen Friend, Friend, left, stands with her husband, Jacob Vinton, on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Friend, a professor at Brown University in Providence, R.I., took four weeks off in 2014 after her 59-year-old husband, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, was hospitalized with tremors. She used the time to make sure he was medically stable and hire help. (Courtesy of Karen Friend via AP)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As President Barack Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises, hinting at the reception it could receive if rolled out nationally.



Obama Honors Troops on Memorial Day
See what the president said to honor the men and women who served.

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