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Saudi King Salman, other Gulf leaders won't attend Camp David summit

Saudi KingSaudi Arabia's King Salman will not attend a summit called by President Barack Obama at Camp David on Wednesday, the Saudi foreign minister said.

The absence of the new monarch from the meeting, called to build support for a nuclear agreement with Iran among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) about the United States' relationship with Iran, was announced Sunday by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. He said Salman would stay home as a five-day humanitarian cease-fire in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is targeting airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels, takes hold.


Former President Jimmy Carter cuts short trip to Guyana

Jimmy CarterFormer President Jimmy Carter has cut his trip to Guyana short amid health concerns.

CBS46's Scott Light has been traveling with President Carter during his trip for the 100th election The Carter Center has observed worldwide and the fourth one in Guyana.

The Carter Center released the following statement:  "President Carter was not feeling well and has departed Guyana to return to Atlanta today."


Russian soldiers quit over Ukraine conflict

Russian soldiers quittingSome Russian soldiers are quitting the army because of the conflict in Ukraine, several soldiers and human rights activists have told Reuters. Their accounts call into question the Kremlin's continued assertions that no Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine, and that any Russians fighting alongside rebels there are volunteers.

Evidence for Russians fighting in Ukraine – Russian army equipment found in the country, testimony from soldiers' families and from Ukrainians who say they were captured by Russian paratroopers – is abundant. Associates of Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Kremlin critic killed in February, will soon publish a report which they say will contain new evidence of the Russian military presence in Ukraine.


Cuban President Raul Castro and Pope Francis meet in Vatican

Pope Francis meets Raul CastroCuban President Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis for helping improve relations between Cuba and the United States at the Vatican Sunday.

"Bienvenido!" Francis said, welcoming Castro. The communist and Catholic leaders spoke in their native Spanish during their nearly hour-long private meeting.  Castro had previously praised Francis' work to move for U.S. and Cuban reconciliation.

The last time Castro was in Rome was in 1997 when he was serving as defense minister to then-president Fidel Castro, his brother.


Russia stages massive WW2 parade despite Western boycott

Russia WWII displayRussia has staged its biggest military parade, marking 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.

Thousands of troops marched across Red Square in Moscow, and new armour was displayed for the first time.

Many foreign dignitaries were present, but most Western leaders stayed away because of Russia's role in Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin said global co-operation had been put at risk in recent years. His Ukrainian counterpart accused him of justifying aggression.


Egypt's Mubarak sentenced to three years, may be set free

Mubarak sentencedEgypt's former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were sentenced Saturday to three years in prison in an embezzlement case retrial, but the question remains if they will be immediately released due to time served.

The Cairo Court of Appeal ruled the three men would be held without the possibility of parole. Since the men have already spent three years in prison in other cases, there is a possibility they could be set free based on time served.


World celebrates end of World War II in Europe, 70 years ago

WWII in europe end celebratedThe world celebrated the end of a world war Friday, noting the 70th anniversary of V-E Day, the end of World War II in Europe.

On May 8, 1945, Allied troops formally accepted the terms of Germany's unconditional surrender of its military forces, as submitted by Karl Dönitz, president of the German government and successor to Adolf Hitler, who had committed suicide on April 30. The surrender was signed on May 7 in Reims, France and on May 8 in Berlin, Germany, and the Allies called the event V-E Day, for "Victory in Europe." Cities across the world partied and celebrated in a manner befitting of New Year's Eve.


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