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  • Greece votes in referendum with future in euro in doubt

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras votes at a polling station in AthensGreeks voted on Sunday whether to accept or reject the tough terms of an aid offer to stave off financial collapse, in a referendum that may determine their future in Europe’s common currency. The country of 11 million people is deeply divided over whether to accept an offer by international creditors that left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, elected in January on a promise to end years of crippling austerity, calls a “humiliation”. "I voted 'No' to the 'Yes' that our European partners insist I choose," said Eleni Deligainni, 43, in Athens.

  • Kerry, Zarif meet as Tuesday's Iran nuclear deadline approaches

    Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd R) walks near the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria in Vienna, AustriaBy Arshad Mohammed and Parisa Hafezi WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats met for a sixth consecutive day on Sunday to try to resolve obstacles to a nuclear accord, including when Iran would get sanctions relief and what advanced research and development it may pursue. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are trying to meet a Tuesday deadline for a final deal under which Iran would curb its atomic work for more than a decade in exchange for sanctions relief. While they have made some progress on the type of bilateral sanctions relief that Iran may receive, the two sides remain divided on such issues as lifting United Nations sanctions and on research and development using advanced centrifuges.

  • Islamic State suicide bombers strike in Iraqi refinery town

    A military vehicle is seen in Baiji, north of BaghdadIslamic State suicide bombers and fighters attacked the center of Iraq's northern oil refinery town of Baiji overnight, forcing the army and Shi'ite fighters to pull back, military sources and the local mayor said on Sunday. The town of Baiji and its refinery - Iraq's largest - have been a battlefront for more than a year. The hardline Islamists seized the town in June 2014 as they swept through much of northern Iraq towards the capital Baghdad.

  • Saudi-led strikes kill 30 in northern Yemen, Houthis say

    People sit near houses destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital SanaaAir strikes by Saudi-led forces killed 30 civilians in an attack on a market in northern Yemen on Sunday, the Houthi-run news agency Saba said, as U.N. mediators pushed for a humanitarian pause in fighting that has killed nearly 3,000 since March. Saba also said Houthi forces launched rockets against a number of Saudi army positions, including a military airport in the southern city of Najran, in response to what it described as Saudi aggression against Yemen. An Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been pounding the Iran-backed Houthi forces and allied army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh since March in a campaign to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

  • On nervous border, Turks welcome army but fear Syria incursion

    A Turkish soldier stands guard while smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobani as it is seen from the Turkish border town of SurucBy Faruk Yuce KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - From his fields in Turkey, farmer Huseyin Ozdemir can see Islamist militants digging trenches and planting mines as they ready for battle around the northern Syrian town of Jarablus. Like many villagers along this stretch of Turkey's 900 km (560-mile) border, Ozdemir welcomed the arrival of additional Turkish soldiers to bolster security in recent days but fears the consequences if they cross into Syria and intervene. Wary of advances by both Syrian Kurdish forces and Islamic State militants as fighting north of the Syrian city of Aleppo intensifies, Turkey has sent extra troops and equipment to this stretch of the border as the risk of spillover rises.

  • Islamic State attacks power plant in Hasaka, in northeast Syria: army
    Islamic State suicide bombers on Sunday blew up an explosive- laden truck near a power plant that serves the northeastern city of Hasaka, the latest attack after their expulsion from most parts of the city, the Syrian army said. State television said a second attack, against a power plant that serves the southern districts of the city, was prevented, but the first had caused "material damage" and led to "casualties". The city is divided into zones run separately by the government of President Bashar al Assad and a Kurdish administration.

  • Cavendish primed for wind, rain on Tour second stage

    Britain's Mark Cavendish crosses the finish line at the end of a 13.8 km individual time-trial, the first stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France cycling race, in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on July 4, 2015Two years since his last stage victory at the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish was set to start Sunday's second stage to Zeland as favourite to win the dash to the line. With 25 stage wins to his name, the Manx Missile is just three short of Bernard Hinault in second place on the overall list behind Belgian great Eddy Merckx's impressive record of 34. The man who was the main bain to Cavendish's hopes in 2013, when the Briton won just two stages, Marcel Kittel is absent for this year's race after his Giant-Alpecin team decided he wasn't fit enough to compete following a season upset by illness.

  • Bundesbank chief warns of Grexit damage to German budget: Handelsblatt
    Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann has warned Angela Merkel's cabinet that a Greek exit from the euro zone would rip billions of euros out of the German budget, German business daily Handelsblatt reported on Sunday, citing government sources. The paper said that Weidmann had warned that the costs of a Grexit would hit Bundesbank profits, which flow into the budget. It added that Bundesbank losses would be greater than the 14.4 billion euros ($16 billion) already put aside in provisions linked to the euro zone debt crisis because it would make losses on Greek securities bought by the central bank.

  • Top Asian News at 1:00 p.m. GMT
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. Malaysia's attorney general confirmed late Saturday that he had received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Najib and the investment fund 1MDB. The existence of the documents was first reported by The Wall Street Journal's Asia edition on Friday, showing some $700 million were wired from entities linked to the fund into Najib's accounts.

  • Suicide bomber kills five in NE Nigeria church: police, witness

    File picture shows an ambulance evacuating people injured in a suicide blast in the northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum on February 1, 2015A suicide bomber blew himself up on Sunday inside a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum, killing five worshippers, a police officer and witness told AFP. The bomber entered the uncompleted Redeemed Christian Church of God at 9:55 am in the Jigawa area on the outskirts of the city in Yobe state and detonated his explosives, killing the worshippers, including a woman and her two children as well as the pastor, they said. "Four worshippers died instantly while the fifth victim gave up shortly after she was taken to hospital," a police officer involved in the evacuation told AFP.

  • Former Leverkusen defender Spahic joins Hamburg
    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Bundesliga side Hamburger SV announced Sunday it was signing Emir Spahic on a one-year deal, giving the Bosnia-Herzegovina defender another chance after Bayer Leverkusen terminated his contract for fighting with security personnel.

  • Sri Lanka lead by 291 runs in 3rd test against Pakistan
    PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka recovered from 80-4 to reach 228-5 in its second innings at stumps on day three of the third test against Pakistan on Sunday.

  • Factbox: A timeline of Iran's nuclear program, efforts to curb it
    Iran, the United States and five other major powers are laboring to reach an agreement by Tuesday to restrain the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The deal seeks to allay suspicions that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons capability, something Tehran denies, saying its program is for purely peaceful purposes. Below is a chronology of Iran's nuclear program and efforts to constrain it.

  • Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Scores
    PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka were 228-5 at stumps on day three of the third test against Pakistan at Pallekele on Sunday. The hosts lead by 291 runs with five wickets in hand.

  • Egypt's currency drops to new low against the dollar
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's central bank says the Egyptian pound has fallen to a new low against the dollar, its second such drop since Thursday.

  • UK's Princess Charlotte to be christened on queen's estate

    FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, May 2, 2015, showing Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn baby, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, waving to the public as they leave St. Mary's Hospital in London. The nine-week old Princess Charlotte, is to be christened at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate on Sunday July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, FILE)LONDON (AP) — Britain's Princess Charlotte, the nine-week-old baby of Prince William and his wife Kate, is to be christened Sunday at a church on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate.

  • Syrian troops, Hezbollah enter rebel-held mountain resort
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — State media says Syrian forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have entered a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon, a day after launching a major offensive to capture the town.

  • Land mine blast in east Ukraine kills 5 soldiers, wounds 3

    An OSCE monitor checks the territory for mines during a patrol in Shyrokyne, Donetsk region eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 4, 2015. (AP Photo)MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine says five of its soldiers were killed and three wounded when a land mine exploded in the east of the country, where government troops are fighting Russia-backed separatists.

  • Europe can't count on ECB alone in Greek crisis: French min
    AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) - Greece and international creditors must find a compromise in the country's debt crisis and not count only on support from the European Central Bank, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said. Speaking as Greeks voted in a referendum over whether to accept more austerity, Macron said Greece and its creditors had to find a compromise based on reforms while also making its debt burden more sustainable. "Whatever the vote, we must starting tomorrow respond with political discussions to create a framework," Macron said at an economics conference in Aix-en-Provence in southern France.

  • The Latest: Solid turnout seen so far in Greek bailout vote

    A man casts his vote at a polling station in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Greeks began voting early Sunday in a closely-watched, closely-contested referendum, which the government pits as a choice over whether to defy the country's creditors and push for better repayment terms or essentially accept their terms, but which the opposition and many of the creditors paint as a choice between staying in the euro or leaving it. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest from the bailout referendum in Greece (all times local):

  • Storm causes floods, knocks out power in north Philippines

    Filipinos hold on while strong winds blow an umbrella upside down as Tropical Storm Linfa enhanced the southwest monsoon in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, July 5, 2015. Tropical Storm Linfa blew across northern Philippines, causing floods and knocking out power in several towns in provinces. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm blew across the northern Philippines on Sunday, causing floods and power outages in several towns and prompting rescue teams to scramble to evacuate villagers in low-lying communities.

  • Dennis defends yellow jersey on 2nd stage of Tour de France

    Australia's Rohan Dennis, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual time trial over 13.8 kilometers (8.57 miles), with start and Finish in Utrecht, Netherlands, Saturday, July 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Australian rider Rohan Dennis defends the yellow jersey as riders set off on the second stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.

  • Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charges over fund

    FILE- In this May 11, 2015 file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak addresses delegates during his speech at the Malaysia's ruling party United Malays National Organization's (UMNO) anniversary celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Najib is facing the risk of a criminal charge over allegations that millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time the country's leader has faced criminal allegations. The attorney general confirmed late Saturday, July 4, 2015 he has received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Najib and the investment fund 1MDB. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations.

  • Deadly strikes by US-led coalition targeting IS in Raqqa

    This Saturday, July, 4, 2015 photo provided by a website of the Islamic State group, shows a wounded man being treated by doctors in Raqqa, Syria. A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others. The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group. Arabic on banner reads, "Raqqa Urgent / Ten killed and tens wounded by crusader (Christian)-Nusayri (Alawite) coalition on Raqqa city. 17 Ramadan 1436 Hijri." (Islamic State militant website via AP)BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-led coalition aircraft unleashed a series of airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria, killing at least 10 militants and wounding many others in one of the largest coalition operations carried out in Syria to date, the coalition said Sunday.

  • South Africa cruises to win over Bangladesh in 1st T20

    South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis, center, shakes hand with Bangladesh’s captain Mashrafe Mortaza, right, as AB de Villiers, left, joins after their win over Bangladesh during their first Twenty20 international cricket Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, July 5, 2015. South Africa wins by 52 runs. (AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis smashed an unbeaten 79 to lead his side to a comfortable 52-run win over Bangladesh in the first T20 International Sunday.

  • San Antonio Missions receive world heritage status from UN
    BONN, Germany (AP) — The San Antonio Missions in Texas have been awarded world heritage status by the U.N.'s cultural body.

  • Wildfires break out in Spain, Portugal; 1,350 evacuated
    MADRID (AP) — More than 1,350 residents have been evacuated in Spain's northeastern region of Aragon as a wildfire spreads through a pine forest amid a lingering heat wave, a local official said Sunday.

  • Tunisia beach gunman had worked in tourism, says PM

    Undated image made available Twitter by the Tunisian branch of the Islamic State (IS) group claims to show Seifeddine Rezgui, the gunman who carried out the deadly attack in the Tunisian resort town of SousseThe Tunisian gunman behind the June 26 attack at a resort that killed 38 foreigners had worked in the tourism industry, Prime Minister Habib Essid said in an interview published Sunday. "We know he was a member of a dance club and was familiar with the tourism sector, having worked in it as an events organiser," Essid told the French-language newspaper La Presse. Tourists fled in horror as 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui pulled a Kalashnikov assault rifle from inside a furled beach umbrella and went on a shooting spree outside a five-star hotel.

  • Relief as Russian cargo ship docks at space station

    Russia is the only country still sending up its own craft to the International Space Station (pictured) after NASA ended its space shuttle programme in 2011An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday following a string of failed attempts to resupply the orbital laboratory. "The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the... Russian segment of the ISS at 10:11am Moscow time (0711 GMT)," the Russian federal space agency (Roscosmos) said in a statement. Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly are part of Expedition 44 currently in space, to be joined by three more people later this month.

  • Greeks decide their 'destiny' in close-fought referendum

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks to journalists after voting at a polling station in Athens during the Greek referendum on July 5, 2015Greece voted in a tightly fought referendum Sunday that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said will determine its "destiny" in the eurozone, as the EU country teetered on the brink of financial collapse. From remote Aegean islands to the shadow of the 2,400-year-old Parthenon in Athens, Greeks despairing at years of austerity -- and angry at capital controls this week that have closed banks and prompted a clean-out of supermarket shelves -- cast their ballots. "When you have to choose between two bad solutions, you choose the least bad, and that's clearly 'Yes'," said Dimitris Kavouklis, 42, as he voted in an upmarket district of the capital.

  • Lebanese Hezbollah, Syrian army enter rebel-held border city: TV
    The Syrian army and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters entered the rebel-held city of Zabadani on the second day of a major offensive to capture the border area around the Beirut-Damascus highway, al Manar television reported on Sunday. The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah's television station said its fighters and the Syrian army had entered the Jamaiyat district in the western part of the city, about 45 km (30 miles) northwest of the Syrian capital Damascus. The army, backed by Hezbollah, has long sought to wrest control of Zabadani, near the Lebanese border, from the rebels who have held it since 2012, a year after the start of the Syrian civil war.

  • Greeks vote 'caught between a lion and a wolf'

    People check voting information outside a polling station during the Greek referendum in Thessaloniki, on July 5, 2015Beleaguered Greeks headed to the polls Sunday to choose between "being devoured by a lion or a wolf" in a bailout referendum many see as an impossible decision with unknown consequences for their crisis-wracked country. Dimitris Halatsis, a teacher, said it was "a crucial day". Michelis, 80, first in through the doors of an elementary school being used for the vote in central Athens, said "if we vote 'No' they'll take us more seriously", adding that he was voting "for my grandchildren".

  • Royal fans gather for Princess Charlotte christening

    Picture released by Kensington Palace and taken by Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in May, 2015 shows Prince George of Cambridge (L) with his sister Princess Charlotte of Cambridge at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, eastern EnglandCrowds gathered outside Queen Elizabeth II's country residence on Sunday for the christening of Britain's baby Princess Charlotte, who it was announced will have five godparents. Early risers, many wearing Union Jack-printed clothing, braved the wet conditions and set up camp outside Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England, ahead of the 4:30pm (1530 GMT) service. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual head of the world's Anglicans, will perform the baptism, which involves pouring holy water from the River Jordan on two-month-old Charlotte's head.

  • Burglars in Spain posed as phone workers to case premises
    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested three suspects who allegedly committed 26 burglaries in the southern city of Malaga after posing as telephone engineers to study their targets.

  • Suicide bomber kills six at church in Nigeria
    A suicide bomber killed six people at a church on Sunday in Potiskum, a town in northeast Nigeria hit by suspected Boko Haram attacks in the past, a Red Cross official and a witness said. "People were just going to the church when the bomber entered, otherwise the casualty figure would have been higher," said Red Cross official Hassan Alhaji Muhammad, who visited the scene of the blast on the outskirts of Potiskum. A hospital in Potiskum said it had received the bodies.

  • Greek Finance Minister says will resign if Greeks vote 'yes': Bild
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told Germany's Bild newspaper that he will resign if Greeks vote 'yes' in Sunday's referendum on an aid-for-reforms package, reiterating comments he has made before.

  • Bangladesh vs South Africa Result
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Scores Sunday after South Africa beat Bangladesh by 52 runs in the first Twenty20 International at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

  • Zoo tram accident in northeastern Thailand kills 5 people
    BANGKOK (AP) — Two trams used to shuttle visitors around a zoo in northeastern Thailand collided Sunday, killing five people and injuring more than 30, police said.

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