Labour lawmaker Sadiq Khan was elected mayor of London on Friday, beating the ruling Conservatives' candidate Zac Goldsmith to the coveted position, Sky News reported. The official result was due to be announced shortly and Sky based the report on its own calculations. The position of London mayor provides an influential platform to lobby the government in the interests of London's 8.6 million residents.
Condemnation mounted Friday over deadly air strikes on a camp for displaced people in northern Syria as the regime and its Russian ally denied involvement and a fragile truce held in Aleppo city. The strikes in Idlib province, which is controlled by Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and rebel allies, came as a 48-hour ceasefire took hold in the battleground city of Aleppo to the east. "There is no truth in the information in some media that the Syrian air force targeted the displaced camp in Idlib province," the official SANA news agency quoted the military as saying.
One person died and three were wounded in a pair of shootings Friday in the suburbs of Washington, and police are investigating if they are linked. A person of interest is being sought, police said after the first shooting, outside a mall in Bethesda, Maryland. Three people were wounded in the incident, Montgomery County police said.