Britain's David Cameron will address parliament on Monday over his failure to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next president of the European Commission, insisting he will work with him to secure a "fair deal" with the EU. The prime minister will face criticism from the opposition Labour party during the session in the House of Commons from 1430 (1330 GMT) although eurosceptics in his centre-right Conservative party broadly support his stance. Ahead of his Commons appearance, Cameron wrote in the Daily Telegraph that he hoped to work with Juncker to gain a "fair deal" for Britain in Europe.
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has chosen former Procter & Gamble Chief Executive Bob McDonald, an Army veteran, as his nominee to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, a senior Obama administration official said on Sunday. Obama's announcement of McDonald, 61, will be made on Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald would be tasked with repairing the Veterans Administration after widespread evidence of delays in military veterans getting healthcare at VA facilities.
Courts in China's ethnically-divided Xinjiang, home to mainly Muslim Uighurs, have sentenced 113 people to jail on mostly terrorism-related offences, state-run media said, as authorities press a crackdown following several deadly attacks. Four suspects were sentenced to life in prison, while 109 others were given sentences for crimes ranging from "organising and leading terrorist groups" to "bigamy and drug dealing", Xinjiang's government web portal Tianshan said late Sunday. Beijing has vowed a year-long nationwide crackdown on terrorism after attackers killed 39 people in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi last month, one of several high-profile attacks blamed on militants from the far-western region. In recent months they have spread beyond Xinjiang, and targeted ordinary citizens rather than government or security personnel.
US tax evaders will find it harder to hide money abroad from Tuesday, when a law comes into effect requiring foreign banks to report their offshore accounts. Banking centers like Switzerland and Luxembourg that agreed to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) will have to begin turning over account names and other data to US financial authorities so that they can tax unreported income. The US Treasury has spent much of the past several years pressing the issue on some of the world's most powerful and secret banking centers with threats of punitive action if they do not join in. "It is the earthquake that has collapsed the dam," said Pascal Saint-Amans, who heads the unit fighting tax havens at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
About 30 bodies have been found in a migrant boat stopped between Sicily and the North African coast, Italian news agencies reported Monday, citing the navy and coastguard. The rescuers made the gruesome discovery when they boarded a fishing boat carrying around 590 refugees and migrants to evacuate those in most distress, including two pregnant women. It is not the first time Italian rescuers have found migrants dead on the overcrowded boats but never before in such large numbers. Over the past weekend more than 1,600 migrants were rescued by Italian authorities, bringing the total number of migrants so far this year to above 60,000.