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Euro zone gives Greece until Sunday for debt deal

Newly appointed Greek Finance Minister Tsakalotos is welcomed by Eurogroup President Dijsselbloem and French Finance Minister Sapin at a euro zone finance ministers meeting on the situation in Greece in BrusselsBy Paul Taylor and Renee Maltezou BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone members have given Greece until the end of the week to come up with a proposal for sweeping reforms in return for loans that will keep the country from crashing out of Europe's currency bloc and into economic ruin. "The stark reality is that we have only five days left ... Until now I have avoided talking about deadlines, but tonight I have to say loud and clear that the final deadline ends this week," European Council President Donald Tusk told a news conference. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has until Friday to present the proposal, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped to have convincing reform commitments from Tsipras on Thursday so she could ask the German parliament to authorize negotiations on a new aid program.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:45:15 -0400
Iran nuclear talks extended, source says 48 hours left for deal

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 John Irish and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and major powers gave themselves at least until Friday to negotiate an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, but a source from one of the powers said on Tuesday they had to wrap up in the next 48 hours. "We are continuing to negotiate for the next couple of days," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said outside the hotel where the marathon talks between Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States are taking place. The spokeswoman for the U.S. delegation, Marie Harf, said the terms of an interim deal between Iran and the six would be extended through Friday to give negotiators a few more days to finish their work.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:38:14 -0400
U.S. raises concern over detention of 100 activists in Cuba
WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department raised concern on Tuesday about the detentions of some 100 peaceful activists in Cuba this week but said it would not slow the restoration of diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana. The State Department had seen reports about the beating and detention of political activist Antonio Rodiles in Cuba and that U.S. interests there had confirmed the detentions of almost 100 other activists on Sunday, spokesman John Kirby said.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:20:25 -0400
Afghan delegation to meet Taliban as twin attacks hit Kabul

A member of the Afghan security forces investigates next to a destroyed vehicle at the site of a suicide attack in KabulBy Mirwais Harooni and Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday he had sent a delegation to Pakistan to meet with representatives of the Taliban, his first acknowledgement of official talks with the insurgents fighting to topple the government in Kabul. The tentative step toward full peace negotiations aimed at ending more than 13 years of war came hours after suspected Taliban suicide bomb attacks in the Afghan capital struck a convoy of foreign troops and a compound of the country's intelligence agency. Separately, two drone strikes this week targeting militants loyal to Islamic State in the eastern province of Nangarhar killed dozens of fighters, including the movement's second-in-command in Afghanistan, officials said.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:53:03 -0400
Deadly car bombs hit Yemen, day after almost 200 killed

People check a car damaged by a car bomb attack near a mosque in Yemen's capital SanaaBy Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Two deadly car bombs hit the capital Sanaa and a southern city in Yemen on Tuesday, state news agency Saba reported, a day after air strike and clashes killed almost 200 people nationwide. Islamic State in Yemen claimed responsibility in a statement posted online for the Sanaa attack, latest in a string of recent actions by the hardline Sunni Muslim group against Shi'ite Houthis who run the capital. One of the explosives-laden cars detonated near a hospital in downtown Sanaa, which the news agency controlled by Yemen's dominant Houthi group said killed and injured "numerous" people, while another killed around 10 people in al-Bayda, capital of a province in the country's battle-weary south.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:48:28 -0400
Two suicide bombers kill around 30 in northern Nigeria
By Garba Muhammed KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suicide bombers killed around 30 people in two blasts in northern Nigeria on Tuesday, witnesses and a state governor said, the latest attacks in a renewed offensive by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks but they bore hallmarks of the Islamist militant group, which has bombed several towns and cities in northern Nigeria in the last 10 days after months when they were thought to be hiding out in the Sambisa forest. Last week, more than 200 people died in a string of attacks in Africa's top oil producer, piling pressure on new President Muhammadu Buhari who is trying to work with neighboring states to quell the insurgency.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:24:06 -0400
London braces for 24 hour Underground strike

A planned London Underground strike is expected to be the worst in years, after talks to avert the 24 hour walkout broke downBritain's capital city braced for travel chaos on Wednesday with a planned London Underground strike expected to be the worst in years, after talks to avert the 24 hour walkout broke down. The walkout is set to cause chaos for millions of travellers and bring the world's oldest subway system to a halt from 17:30 GMT Wednesday, with "no Tube service at all on Thursday", according to Transport for London. Some of Britain's busiest train routes will be simultaneously hit by a 48 hour strike over jobs and services on First Great Western trains, affecting routes between London and Wales.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:37:51 -0400
Mexican rights agency asks army to avoid ambiguous orders
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government's human rights agency is urging the army not to use ambiguous terms in orders, after activists revealed the army had essentially issued a directive to troops to kill suspected criminals.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:33:25 -0400
Top Asian News at 11:30 p.m. GMT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials are holding talks with Taliban representatives in the Pakistani capital in their first official face-to-face discussions, which the Afghan president said Tuesday were aimed at starting full-fledged negotiations. The talks in an unannounced location in Islamabad come after repeated informal meetings between Taliban and government representatives, most recently hosted by Qatar and Norway. But the new talks were the first formally acknowledged by the Afghan government; that and the semi-public nature of the talks suggested possible progress after years of frustration in trying to bring the two sides together.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:32:17 -0400
Steven Gerrard eager for sunny new challenges with LA Galaxy

Los Angeles Galaxy new midfielder, Steven Gerrard poses with his new team's jersey after a news conference at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The former England captain could play this weekend for the defending MLS champions. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Steven Gerrard brought a touch of Liverpool weather — cool, overcast and even some drizzle — to his first practice with the LA Galaxy on Tuesday morning.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:31:02 -0400
Companies, countries cutting business ties with Donald Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — Real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said in his campaign kickoff speech that some Mexican immigrants to the U.S. bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists. He has been widely criticized for his June 16 statement, but he has refused to apologize and instead repeated his views. A host of organizations and countries are re-examining or severing their relationships with Trump and businesses connected to him, and their ranks are growing.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:30:58 -0400
Greece gets until Sunday for proposals to stave off collapse

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, second right, gestures while speaking during a round table meeting at an emergency summit of eurozone heads of state or government at the EU Council building in Brussels on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday will try to use a resounding referendum victory to eke out concessions from European creditors over a bailout for the crisis-ridden country. From left, French President Francois Hollande, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustrated and angry eurozone leaders fearing for the future of their common currency gave the Greek prime minister a last-minute chance Tuesday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:20:03 -0400
The Latest: Crowd cheers pope at meeting with civic groups

Folk dancers await the arrival of Pope Francis to San Francisco square in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Pope Francis told the faithful in Ecuador that being model Catholics is the best form of evangelization. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:15:15 -0400
New Greek minister's note to self: 'No triumphalism'
Greece's new finance minister clearly wanted to avoid alienating his European colleagues as had his fast-talking predecessor. Euclid Tsakalotos perhaps saw a risk of sounding smug after Greeks backed their left-wing government last Sunday against European Union leaders by rejecting a bailout proposal that called for stringent austerity measures. Clutching a sheet of Brussels hotel notepaper as he arrived for Tuesday's emergency meeting of euro zone finance ministers, Tsakalotos appeared to have made speaking notes for himself.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:12:45 -0400
Pier shooting suspect pleads not guilty amid more outrage

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., left, shakes hands with Associate Director of Refuee, Asylum, and International Operations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security, Joseph E. Langlois, right, before the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, on children coming across the border and deportations. The additional witnesses, from left, are Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review at the Department of Justice, Juan P. Osuna, Acting Assistant Secretary of Administration for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services, Mark H. Greenberg and Assistant Director of Field Operations, Enforcement and Removal Operations at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security, Philip T. Miller. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Mexican national at the center of a national immigration controversy pleaded not guilty to murder charges Tuesday as lawmakers voiced criticism over the way he was released before being accused of shooting a woman at a popular city pier.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:11:09 -0400
Serbian PM to go to Srebrenica for massacre anniversary

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says he will go to Srebrenica on July 11 to attend ceremonies for the 20th anniversary of the massacre when Bosnian Serb forces killed 8,000 Muslim men and boysPrime Minister Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia said Tuesday he would attend the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Srebrenica massacre this weekend in a bid to forge reconciliation. "That is why the Serbian government tonight decided that as prime minister, I would represent the Republic of Serbia in Srebrenica on July 11," he said. Nearly 8,000 Muslim boys and men were killed by Bosnian Serb forces after Srebrenica was overrun on July 11, 1995.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:05:08 -0400
Serbia government agrees to send PM to July 11 Srebrenica commemoration
By Aleksandar Vasovic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday his government unanimously agreed to send him to a July 11 commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, hours after the United Nations Security Council postponed debate over a resolution to mark the 20th anniversary. "Tonight the government unanimously made a decision ... that if the conditions are met, that I will represent Serbia in Srebrenica on July 11," Vucic told a news conference in Belgrade. A U.N. Security Council vote on a resolution to condemn the Srebrenica massacre as a genocide has been delayed until Wednesday as Britain and the United States try to convince Russia not to veto the commemoration, diplomats said.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:44:23 -0400
Vote on Srebrenica resolution delayed by Russian veto threat
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a British-drafted resolution that would condemn the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as "a crime of genocide" until Wednesday after Russia informed council members it would veto the measure.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:35:09 -0400
Australia cricket captain and wife expecting 1st child

Australia captain Michael Clarke, front, batting during net practice in preparation for the first Ashes Test match, in Cardiff, Wales, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Michael Clarke took the occasion of the start of the first Ashes test against England to announce that he and his wife, Kyly, are expecting their first child.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:26:30 -0400
Protecting planet not a choice but a duty, pope says

Pope Francis drives past the faithfuls as security reaches out to stop a woman trying to approach the Popemobile during his arrival at Parque Samanes where he will celebrate mass in GuayaquilBy Philip Pullella and Girish Gupta QUITO (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Tuesday appealed to the world not to turn its back on the "reality" of environmental decay and its effects on the poor, saying protecting the planet was no longer a choice but a duty. The pope, in a speech to university professors and students on the third day of his trip to Ecuador, made his first full-court press on environmental issues since the publication last month of his ecology encyclical "Laudato Si." Francis has said he wants the encyclical to influence a United Nations climate change summit in Paris in December and has now effectively taken his campaign to convince governments on the road. In September, he visits the United States and the United Nations.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:13:29 -0400
Affluent Idaho resort area braces for more wildfire evacuations
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Crews battling a wildfire that destroyed six upscale homes and forced 600 people from a resort area in Idaho on Tuesday braced for strong winds as authorities warned scores more homeowners and businesses to prepare to evacuate at a moment's notice. The so-called Cape Horn fire in northern Idaho has scorched 2,000 acres of mountain spruce and pine forests hugging multimillion-dollar cabins and condominium developments on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho's largest lake. It is among dozens of large blazes burning out of control across the drought-stricken U.S. West, where federal fire managers say nearly three times as many acres have burned so far this year as in the same period last year, the National Fire Information Center said.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:12:17 -0400
Spieth skips Scotland for familiarity of John Deere Classic

FILE - In this June 21, 2015, file photo, Jordan Spieth claps after finishing the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Spieth isn't taking the traditional route to the British Open. Rather than prep for St. Andrews in Scotland this weekend, Speith will spend it in the Quad Cities playing the John Deere Classic _ site of his first win as a pro two years ago. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)SILVIS, Illinois (AP) — Most golfers believe the path to the British Open title starts a week early in Scotland.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:03:38 -0400
I'm not on holiday vows Gerrard

Steven Gerrard stretches while training with his new teammates from the LA Galaxy during a training session open to the media in Carson, California on July 7, 2015Steven Gerrard vowed to prove critics of his move to the Los Angeles Galaxy wrong here Tuesday as he prepares to make his long-awaited debut for the Major League Soccer giants. The 35-year-old former Liverpool and England captain insisted he was motivated by the prospect of adding more silverware to his CV rather than a last bumper paycheck in the California sunshine. The inspirational midfielder decided to follow in the footsteps of former England teammate David Beckham last November as it became clear he was no longer an automatic first choice at Liverpool.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:02:43 -0400
Pope urges dialogue in Ecuador in wake of protests

Pope Francis gives a thumbs up from the popemobile in Quito, on July 7, 2015Pope Francis appealed for dialogue on Tuesday in front of nearly one million people at an outdoor mass in Ecuador's capital, recently rocked by anti-government protests. "The enormous richness of variety... moves us away from the temptation of offers that are closer to dictatorships, ideologies or sectarianism," said Francis, the world's first Latin American pope. "Fight for inclusion at all levels," the pope added, pleading for "dialogue" on the third day of a South American tour that will also take him to Bolivia and Paraguay.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:56:20 -0400
25 dead in suspected suicide attack in Zaria, northern Nigeria

Troops patrol in the city of Bama, northeast Nigeria, on March 25, 2015At least 25 people were killed on Tuesday when a bomb blast ripped through a government office in northern Nigeria in a suspected suicide attack likely to be blamed on the Boko Haram Islamist group. The explosion occurred in the town of Zaria at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT), as primary-school teachers and public-sector workers were queueing for identity checks, according to witnesses. "An IED (improvised explosive device) most likely carried by a suicide bomber" was used in the attack, which killed 25 people, including a two-year-old child, Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai said.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:46:21 -0400
Colombia conflict needs 'urgent de-escalation': mediators

Norway guarantor Idun Aarak Tvedt (L) reads a statement by the guarantor countries --Cuba and Norway-- and the accompanying ones --Chile and Venezuela-- at the Convention Palace in Havana, on July 7, 2015, in HavanaFour countries supporting peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels called Tuesday for an "urgent de-escalation" of armed conflict in the South American nation. The appeal comes after clashes resumed in mid-April, following an ambush by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that left 11 soldiers dead. Cuba and Norway are acting as so-called "guarantor" countries in the peace talks that began in November 2012.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:44:44 -0400
As El Nino looms, cloud seeding gets tailwind

To match Feature CLIMATE-MEXICO/SEEDSBy Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Circling thousands of feet above Tasmania's farmland in a light aircraft, Christina Nebel prepares to release tiny chemical particles as part of a cloud-seeding scheme estimated to have helped boost rainfall on the Australian island by over 10 percent. The program is one of a handful globally riding a wave of renewed interest in the decades-old technology as drought hits places from the United States to the Philippines, with the specter of a strong El Nino weather pattern later this year threatening worse to come. "We are looking for fronts crossing Tasmania," said Nebel, cloud seeding officer at renewable energy producer Hydro Tasmania.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:38:43 -0400
Greece's Tsipras eyes 'final exit' from crisis
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday Athens was seeking a 'final exit' from crisis with a reform-for-aid proposal that he said would come by the end of the week. The process will be fast, it starts in the coming hours with the aim of concluding it by the end of the week, at the latest," Tsipras told reporters after an emergency summit of euro zone leaders.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:35:21 -0400
Deadly car bomb hits Shiite mosque in Yemen capital

A Yemeni armed young man stands amidst the debris of a house destroyed in an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa on July 6, 2015Meanwhile, a Saudi-led coalition bombarded cities and towns in southern Yemen, as the targeted rebels accused it of killing 124 people on Monday in one of the deadliest days of its air war. Tuesday's bloodshed came two days after UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Sanaa bidding to secure a humanitarian truce in a conflict estimated to have killed 3,000 people, mostly civilians. The car bomb, at the Al-Raoudh mosque in southeast Sanaa, went off as worshippers were leaving after evening prayers, witnesses and a security official said.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:35:09 -0400
State Dept.: Cuban detentions won't slow normalization
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it is concerned about the beating of a political activist and the detention of another 100 activists by Cuban authorities last weekend, but says the incident will not change the process of normalizing diplomatic relations with the island nation.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:32:03 -0400
'Very, very, very tough' Iran talks extended

Diplomats meet at the Palais Coburg Hotel, where the Iran nuclear talks are being held, in Vienna on July 7, 2015Global powers wrestling for a historic nuclear deal with Iran gave themselves yet more time Tuesday after foreign ministers failed to bridge what one diplomat called "very, very, very tough" remaining issues. Iran and the P5+1 group -- the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany -- effectively gave themselves until Friday to agree a deal by extending the terms of a 2013 interim accord under which Iran has been curtailing its nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. "Removing the remaining brackets (in the text of the agreement), this seems to be very, very, very tough," the senior diplomat said as an 11th day of talks stretched late into the night in Vienna.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:31:42 -0400
Tsipras says Greece has submitted its proposals to the eurogroup and to the European Council
BRUSSELS (AP) — Tsipras says Greece has submitted its proposals to the eurogroup and to the European Council.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:26:06 -0400
Wimbledon at a glance
LONDON (AP) — A look at Wimbledon on Tuesday:
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:19:36 -0400
Landmark ruling in Argentine death-with-dignity case

Argentina's Supreme Court Palace is seen in Buenos Aires on October 29, 2013Relatives of an Argentine man who has been in a vegetative state for over 20 years can disconnect him from life support, the Supreme Court said Tuesday in a landmark ruling that divided the country. Marcelo Diez suffered a motorcycle accident in 1994 at age 30 and has been in a vegetative state since, breathing with a respirator and receiving nourishment through a tube. The Supreme Court said Diez's family can vouch for what he would have wanted, were he able to communicate.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:18:15 -0400
Wimbledon Lookahead: No. 1 Djokovic leads top 4 into QFs

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a ball to Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their singles match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic is developing a nasty habit of playing Grand Slam matches over two days.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:16:14 -0400
Islamic State claims Shiite mosque attack in Yemen

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 by the Islamic State jihadist group (IS) allegedly shows IS militants driving at an undisclosed location in Iraq's Nineveh provinceSanaa (AFP) - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack Tuesday on a Shiite mosque in the Yemen capital that according to doctors killed one person and left five others wounded.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:12:24 -0400
Ex-Bosnian guard extradited to face war-crimes charges
RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — A former Bosnian prison camp guard living in the U.S. has been extradited to his native country to face war-crimes charges, including that he beat civilian detainees with a baton and a rifle and forced some detainees to crawl on the ground naked and eat grass where others had urinated.
Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:10:57 -0400
Azarenka takes exception to questioning about noise

Serena Williams of the United States talks to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, after defeating her in their singles match, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 7, 2015. Williams won 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)LONDON (AP) — Victoria Azarenka didn't like the line of questioning at all.

Date Posted : Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:09:40 -0400
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