TODAY'S WORLD HEADLINES

IINIT PA! Global warming looking to heat up in 2015 with El Nino 11:27 am | Philippines News Agency, Sputnik El Nino was declared in 2014, which holds the current record of hottest year reported. Now, experts are saying it's growing as surface sea temperatures warm in the Pacific near Ecuador and Peru.

Militants kill UN soldier in Mali\ Militants kill UN soldier in Mali's capital - security sources 11:25 am | Agence France-Presse Militants opened fire on two Bangladeshi United Nations peacekeepers in Mali's capital Bamako on Monday,…

Australian mother abandons children to join IS - media Australian mother abandons children to join IS - media 10:46 am | Agence France-Prese A Sydney mother has abandoned her two children and fled to Syria for a new…

Houthis suffer first serious setback in south Yemen fighting - residents Houthis suffer first serious setback in south Yemen fighting - residents 10:22 am | Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari, Reuters Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city…

Southeast Asia maritime build-up accelerates, raising risks in disputed seas Southeast Asia maritime build-up accelerates, raising risks in disputed seas 10:04 am | Siva Govindasamy, Reuters Southeast Asian nations are prioritizing spending on their navies and coastguards amid rising tensions in…

Obama heralds first US Memorial Day without ground war in 14 years 9:37 am | Reuters Obama heralds first US Memorial Day without ground war in 14 yearsPresident Barack Obama heralded the first US Memorial Day in 14 years without a major ground war in an annual ceremony of remembrance on Monday for fallen American forces.

Fire at old people's home in China kills 38 9:31 am | Agence France-Presse Fire at old people\A fire at a care home in central China left 38 people dead and six injured, officials and reports said Tuesday.

Vietnam, US jointly hold Pacific security experts' meeting 8:11 am | Philippines News Agency | Xinhua Vietnam, US jointly hold Pacific security experts\Security experts gathered Monday in Vietnam at an annual meeting of the Pacific Area Security Sector Working Group 2015 (PASSWG 2015) to discuss measures to respond to security threat.

After petition by 120,000, Australia allows autistic Filipino boy to stay 7:56 am | Agence France-Presse After petition by 120,000, Australia allows autistic Filipino boy to stayA Filipino boy with autism whose fight against deportation from Australia prompted tens of thousands to petition the government on his behalf will be allowed to stay, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Monday.

US warplanes scrambled after bogus jetliner threats 6:24 am | Agence France-Presse US warplanes scrambled after bogus jetliner threatsUS warplanes were scrambled to escort an Air France passenger jet flying from Paris to New York on Monday, following one of several threats against commercial aircraft that proved to be unfounded.

Japan to join US-Australia war games amid growing China tensions 5:23 am | Matt Siegel, Reuters Japan to join US-Australia war games amid growing China tensionsJapan will join a major US-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China's island building in the South China Sea.

Taliban truck bomber wounds over 70 in south Afghanistan 4:49 am | Mamoon Durrani, Agence France-Presse Taliban truck bomber wounds over 70 in south AfghanistanMore than 70 people were wounded Monday when a Taliban truck driver detonated a ton of explosives outside a government complex in southern Afghanistan, the latest in a series of attacks that have sent civilian casualties surging.

Iraq rebuts US criticism of security forces' lack of will to fight IS 3:46 am | Jean Marc Mojon, Agence France-Presse Iraq rebuts US criticism of security forces\Iraq on Monday rejected accusations by the US defense chief that its security forces dodged battle in Ramadi and lack the will to fight the Islamic State group.

Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, bombs in Syria 2:41 am | Reuters Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, bombs in SyriaIslamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to retake the Iraqi city that fell to the Islamists a week ago in a major setback for the government.

Volcano erupts on Galapagos island home to unique pink iguanas 2:25 am | Alexandra Valencia, Reuters Volcano erupts on Galapagos island home to unique pink iguanasA volcano perched atop one of Ecuador's Galapagos islands erupted in the early hours of Monday, the National Park said, potentially threatening a unique species of pink iguanas.

VIDEO | Women activists cross DMZ to mixed reception on South Korean side 1:39 am | James Pearson, Reuters VIDEO | Women activists cross DMZ to mixed reception on South Korean sideA group of international women activists crossed the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on Sunday in what they said was a symbolic act for peace.

Texas gov declares states of emergency, more severe weather expected 1:04 am | Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters Texas gov declares states of emergency, more severe weather expectedThe governor of Texas on Monday declared states of disaster in 24 counties, citing the severe weather and flash flooding that have killed at least two people.