Amy Held

Mary Lou McDonald was elected the new leader of Sinn Fein at a conference in Dublin on Saturday, in what represents a major shift for the left-wing Irish republican party.

In a first, the party's leadership is entirely female; McDonald is only the second woman to have led Sinn Fein, which was founded in the early 1900s. Another woman, Michelle O'Neill, was elected as vice president Saturday. Both women ran unopposed.

Sweden won the first gold medal of the Winter Games on Saturday, but the United States and Norway also made history on a blustery and bitter cold day in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Swedish cross-country skier Charlotte Kalla won top honors in the women's 15-kilometer skiathlon with a finishing time of 40:44.9.

Updated 5:22 a.m. ET Sunday

Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed at least six members of the Syrian military or allied militia members Saturday, a monitor group said Sunday, after Israel said an Iranian drone violated its airspace.

Editor's Note: This story contains graphic language.

Ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar was handed his third sentence on Monday, this time of 40 to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting young gymnasts at an elite Michigan training facility.

Dozens of people gave victim statements last week in the Eaton County, Mich., courtroom. There, Randy Margraves, the father of two of them, charged at Nassar saying he wanted a minute alone with the "demon." Sheriff's deputies tackled him before he reached the former doctor.

The only known surviving member of the Islamic State terror cell suspected to be behind the deadly 2015 attacks on Paris was defiant in his first public appearance Monday in a Belgian courtroom.

"I do not wish to respond to any questions. I was asked to come. I came," Salah Abdeslam said in French, as translated by The Associated Press and Reuters. "I defend myself by staying silent."

When asked why he wouldn't stand, Abdeslam responded, according to reports: "I'm tired, I did not sleep."

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