NEW DELHI - President Barack Obama's experience at India's Republic Day celebration may have felt a little like his two presidential inaugurations.
He watched the two-hour parade of military hardware, marching bands and elaborately dressed camels from a rain-soaked, open-air reviewing stand.
The experience was somewhat similar to his inaugurations in Washington. But it was different in some respects, too.
MANILA, Philippines - Philippine police have recovered at least 21 bodies of the dozens commandos who were mowed down by Muslim rebel gunfire in a far-flung southern village where they moved in over the weekend to hunt down one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday.
MIAMI - Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out contestants from 87 other countries.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha were the runners-up during Sunday's competition. Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen were also among the top five.
Canada's representative, Chanel Beckenlehner, wasn't on the list of finalists, but last week scored some major buzz around the world for an outlandish hockey-themed costume.
Quotes from Sunday night's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles:
"If people are saying I'm the front-runner, that's a beautiful thing. It's more attention for the movie. I'm delighted to be the front-runner, may it all happen." — J.K. Simmons backstage on his status as the favourite to win the supporting-actor Oscar for "Whiplash."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A complete list of winners at Sunday's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:
Actor: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"
Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"
Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash"
Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood"
Stunt ensemble: "Unbroken"
Actor in a comedy series: William H. Macy, "Shameless"
TOKYO - Japan was working Monday to co-ordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group.
"We all have one unchanged goal and we will absolutely not give up until the end. And with that faith, we will try our utmost to reach that goal. That's how it is," said Yasuhide Nakayama, a Japanese deputy foreign minister sent to Amman, Jordan, to work on the crisis.
SAN FRANCISCO - Feeling the sting of rejection? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honour of that special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.
The zoo is highlighting two of its less desirable inhabitants through the adopt-an-animal program that usually raises money for the care of more cuddly-looking creatures, such as penguins and pandas.
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people.
The attack on Mariupol, a strategically situated port city that had been relatively quiet for months, alarmed the West and looked likely further to aggravate relations with Russia.
SAN FRANCISCO - Feeling the sting of rejection? Itching to get even with an ex? The San Francisco Zoo is offering the burned and spurned masses the chance to "adopt" a hissing cockroach or giant scorpion in honour of their special ex-someone for Valentine's Day.
KANAB, Utah - A dog is getting a new lease on life at a Utah animal sanctuary a month after escaping a worse fate in Indiana: being euthanized and having its cremated ashes mixed with those of its late owner.
Staff members at the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab say the male German shepherd named Bela still has behavioural issues but is doing very well.
"It's something we do every day: We handle special needs," Christine Vergallito of Best Friends told KSL (http://bit.ly/1L8XIpO ). "We handle behavioural issues, and we give them an enriched life here."