Revellers battle it out with wine in Spain

Revellers battle it out with wine in SpainRevellers poured buckets of wine over each other in northern Spain on Friday in an annual wine battle in the country’s Rioja producing-region. La Batalla de Vino is held each June in the town of Haro on the feast of St Peter, an event organizers say draws thousands of people. On Friday, participants soaked each other with buckets and toy spray guns, turning their clothes a shade of purple. (AP)


Iraq executes 12 after PM calls for speedy executions

Iraq executes 12 after PM calls for speedy executionsBy Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq put to death 12 people convicted of terrorism hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for speedy executions in response to the kidnapping and killing of eight members of the security forces, the government said on Friday. Late on Thursday Abadi had ordered “just retribution” through faster executions of al those on death row for terrorism convictions who had exhausted their appeals. “Based on the orders of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, executions were carried out on Thursday of 12 convicted terrorists who have received final verdicts,” a government spokesman said in a statement.


How major US stock indexes fared Friday

How major US stock indexes fared FridayU.S. stocks finished mostly higher Friday, but they surrendered most of an early gain as worries about rising tariffs once again dampened investors’ enthusiasm as the second quarter came to an end.