US Observes Memorial Day
The U.S. celebrates Memorial Day Monday.
Unofficially, the day has come to mark the beginning of summer for many Americans.
Officially, Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May, has been set aside to honor all who died during military service throughout U.S. history. Congress declared Memorial Day a national federal holiday in 1971.
Observances around the country and Washington are planned for the day.
In Washington, President Donald Trump will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Rolling Thunder holds wreath-laying events at the World War Two Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Rolling Thunder participants ride on motorcycles to bring attention to the lingering situation of prisoners of war and military service people who are missing in action.
The Veterans for Peace organization is holding several events in Washington to oppose what it says is "President Trump's outrageous budget proposal, including a $54 billion increase for the Pentagon."
Memorial Day began in 1865, just after the end of the Civil War, when a group of former slaves held what is seen as the first commemoration of the nation's war dead.
Al-Shabab Stones Man to Death in Somalia
A 44 year-old man has been stoned to death by the al-Shabab militant group in Rama Addey town in southern Somalia's Bay region, reports say.
The Al-Shabab militant group on its official website said the man was convicted for adultery in Ufurow town, 60 kilometers west of Baidoa. Al-Shabab said the relatives of the woman involved reported the case on May 20.
In an audio posted on the website Sunday, an al-Shabab judge says the man identified as Dhayow Mohamed Hassan confessed to adultery while being married to two women. The militant judge accused the man of impregnating a woman outside of marriage. The judge proclaimed his sentence was stoning to death upon confession. There is no independent confirmation of the confession and al-Shabab has not published any evidence.
Al-Shabab courts are not public and it’s hard to verify confessions and other allegations against the defendants. It's not the first time the group has carried out this kind of punishment.