ATHENS, Greece (AP) — With "Holy Fire," fireworks and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000 years ago.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for rare attacks in Iraq's deep Shiite south on Sunday, twin suicide car bomb blasts in the city of Samawa killing at least 33 people. "The hospitals have received 33 dead," a senior official in the Muthanna health department, which covers Samawa, told AFP. An officer in Muthanna Operations Command confirmed the toll.
Hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched Sunday in the country's annual May Day rally, which condemned a campaign to "destabilize" leftist governments around Latin America. The communist island traditionally holds enormous, festive demonstrations to mark International Workers' Day, which this year comes at a turbulent time for the left-leaning governments that have dominated the Latin American political scene for more than a decade. "This May 1 is also a day to condemn the maneuvers aimed at... reversing the gains achieved in social policy in our America and destabilizing the leftist and progressive governments in power," keynote speaker Ulises Guilarte, the secretary general of the Workers' Central Union of Cuba, told a massive crowd on Revolution Square in Havana.