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U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday

Chairs are prepared before a news conference in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick, Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago, and the historic deal will be unveiled on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 6-1/2 months after U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sealed a diplomatic breakthrough, Obama will announce the new steps toward rapprochement in the White House Rose Garden at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) Wednesday. Signaling it is likely to act in sync with the United States, Cuba's Communist government said the chief of the U.S. mission, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, would meet the interim foreign minister in Havana on Wednesday to deliver a note from Obama to Castro on the re-establishment of ties between the two former Cold War rivals.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:02:37 -0400
U.S., Iran presidents issue warnings as nuclear talks extended

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a hotel in ViennaBy Parisa Hafezi and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a nuclear accord, extending a deadline due to expire on Tuesday, while U.S. President Barack Obama said there would be no deal if all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon were not cut off. With talks in the final stretch, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani also spoke out, saying his country would resume suspended atomic work if the West breaks its promises. Iran and six world powers are working towards an accord that would see Tehran halt sensitive nuclear work for at least a decade in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, potentially the biggest breakthrough in decades of hostility between Washington and Tehran.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:50:09 -0400
Over 100 feared dead after Indonesia military plane crashes

Firemen attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of MedanBy Roni Bintang MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - More than 100 people were feared dead after a military transport plane plowed into a residential area shortly after take-off in northern Indonesia on Tuesday, in what may be the deadliest accident yet for an air force with a long history of crashes. It looks like there are no survivors," Air Marshal Agus Supriatna told Metro TV in the Sumatra city of Medan, adding that some of the passengers were air force families. The crash of the aircraft, a C-130B Hercules aircraft that went into service half a century ago, is bound to put a fresh spotlight on Indonesia's woeful air safety record and its ageing planes.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:39:52 -0400
Around 1,200 escape from Yemen prison, including al Qaeda suspects
Around 1,200 prisoners, including al Qaeda suspects, escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen on Tuesday, officials said. The incident is the biggest in a series of prison breaks that have freed Yemeni militants in recent years and signals the further erosion of the state amid a raging civil war. "Groups of al Qaeda supporters ... today attacked the central prison in the city of Taiz and more than 1,200 of the dangerous prisoners escaped," state news agency Saba quoted a security official as saying.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:17:55 -0400
Hong Kong expects large pro-democracy rally as it marks 1997 handover

One of the remaining pro-democracy protester packs his belongings as two others carrying a yellow umbrella, the symbol of the Occupy Central movement, walk past outside the government headquarters in Hong KongSome seven months after Hong Kong police forcibly cleared pro-democracy street protesters from the streets, tens of thousands of people are expected to rally for free elections on Wednesday as the city marks the 18th anniversary of its return to China. A morning flag-raising ceremony will be attended by China's most senior official in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, who said this week the city should shift its focus from political reform and concentrate instead on economic development. Thousands of police will be on standby for the annual march marking the 1997 handover from Britain to China, media said, as tensions remain high following clashes over the weekend between pro-democracy activists and supporters of the central government in Beijing.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:04:27 -0400
Tunisia hotel gunman trained in Libya jihadist camp: government

A tourist reads messages left at a makeshift memorial at the beach near the Imperial Marhaba resort, which was attacked by a gunman in SousseBy Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - The Tunisian gunman who carried out a deadly attack on a hotel last Friday trained in a jihadist camp in Libya last year, Tunisia's government said on Tuesday. The death toll from the assault on the Imperial Marhaba beach hotel in the popular resort town of Sousse was revised down on Tuesday to 38 from a previously given 39. A spokesman for the prime minister said Saif Rezgui, who was killed by police following the rampage, was in Libya at the same time as two Tunisian gunmen who subsequently stormed the Tunis Bardo museum in March.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:20:47 -0400
Missed penalty kick costs Germany in 2-0 loss to US

Germany's Celia Sasic (13) reacts after missing a penalty kick against U.S. keeper Hope Solo during the second half of a semifinal in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL (AP) — Celia Sasic picked a pretty bad time for Germany's first missed penalty kick in the women's World Cup.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:24:26 -0400
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MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers with heavy machinery searched a shattered residential neighborhood Tuesday for any survivors from an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed shortly after takeoff and killed more than 70 people. The C-130 Hercules, carrying military personnel and their families, went down in Indonesia's third-largest city of Medan, striking a building. Witness accounts suggested the plane suffered an engine fire before crashing.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:02:20 -0400
USOC leaders stay course, stick with Boston's troubled bid

U.S. Olympic Comittee Chairman Larry Probst speaks during a news conference Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Redwood City, Calif. USOC leaders say they're sticking with Boston as their candidate for the 2024 Olympics. The USOC board met Tuesday to discuss the Boston bid, which has been troubled by tepid polling data and active opposition. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee are sticking with Boston as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics, knowing full well that getting the city to the starting line in this contest could be as tough as actually landing the games.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:54:58 -0400
Smoking ban seems cause of 15-hour Australian prison riot
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities on Wednesday ended a 15-hour prison riot involving up to 300 inmates in Melbourne suspected to have been triggered by a ban on smoking.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:54:46 -0400
Family ties aside as Sasaki's Japan face England in Women's W.Cup

during the team's FIFA Women's World Cup training session in Edmonton, Canada, on June 28, 2015Norio Sasaki's son-in-law might be English but the Japan coach warned that he would not be swayed by family ties as the champions' try to return to the Women's World Cup final. Japan, ranked fourth, are the only team that has won all five games in Canada, with their last World Cup defeat going back to 2011 when they fell 2-0 to England before taking the title. "Since I became coach, Japan have never won against England, but I don't feel like we're going to lose at this World Cup," warned Sasaki.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:54:40 -0400
Aldo pulls out of UFC 189 with rib injury
LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC lightweight champion Jose Aldo has pulled out of his title defense against Conor McGregor at UFC 189 on July 11 with a rib injury.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:36:04 -0400
Japan's UNESCO heritage bid draws ire over past labor abuse

In this June 29, 2015 photo, tourists visit a part of Hashima Island, commonly known as Gunkanjima, which means “Battleship Island,” off Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, southern Japan. The island is one of 23 old industrial facilities seeking UNESCO's recognition as world heritage “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution” meant to illustrate Japan's rapid transformation from a feudal farming society into an industrial power at the end of the 19th century. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is expected to approve the proposal during a meeting being held in Bonn, Germany, through July 9. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)GUNKANJIMA, Japan (AP) — Of countless ghostly abandoned factories and mines in Japan, this fortress island near Nagasaki is among the most notorious. It is also a source of national pride.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:16:28 -0400
Trump says he's struck back at Univision with $500M lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's lawyers say Trump and the Miss Universe pageant have sued Univision for $500 million in a New York court, claiming Trump's First Amendment rights were violated when the company declined to air the Miss USA contest.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:54:06 -0400
Greece becomes first developed country to default on IMF

Pro-euro protesters demonstrate in front of the parliament building in Athens on June 30, 2015Cash-strapped Greece missed a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday as last-ditch efforts to find a compromise with official EU lenders came to naught. The future of efforts to restore its finances and meet creditor demands for reforms were in question, with fresh proposals from Athens spurned Tuesday as the country moved toward a referendum Sunday on EU bailout offers.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:53:51 -0400
Striker Robinho leaves Brazilian club to play in China

Brazil's Robinho celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Paraguay during a Copa America quarterfinal soccer match at the Ester Roa Rebolledo Stadium in Concepcion, Chile, Saturday, June 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)SAO PAULO (AP) — Veteran Brazil striker Robinho says he is leaving the Brazilian club Santos and will reportedly play in China for the team coached by Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:45:22 -0400
Players bang heads in 1st half of US-Germany World Cup semi

Germany's Simone Laudehr (6) and United States' Morgan Brian (14) battle for the ball during the first half of a semifinal in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL (AP) — US midfielder Morgan Brian banged heads with German forward Alexandra Popp in the first half of the women's World Cup semifinal on Tuesday night.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:42:27 -0400
Economists say Puerto Rico needs right to bankruptcy option

A man plays his guitar while he begs for money in front of a closed down business in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, June 29, 2015. International economists released a critical report on Puerto Rico's economy Monday on the heels of the governor's warning that the island can't pay its $72 billion public debt. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's financial future hung in limbo Tuesday as economists and officials warned that the U.S. territory could head down Greece's path if it is not allowed to declare bankruptcy as it struggles with $72 billion in public debt.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:31:08 -0400
A year after Mexico army slayings, calls for justice mount

FILE - This July 3, 2014 file photo shows the warehouse where 22 alleged gang members were killed by soldiers on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon, in Mexico state, Mexico. One year after soldiers executed as many as 15 suspects at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico, many say justice has still not been done. Human rights groups said Tuesday, June 30, 2015, the Mexican government must clear up the truth about what happened on June 30 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — A year later, many people say justice still has not been served in the case of soldiers killing at least a dozen suspected gang members who had surrendered after a confrontation at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:19:41 -0400
US, Cuba reach deal to reopen embassies

US flags are seen in a bici-taxi near the capitol in Havana on January 23, 2015The United States and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, a US source said Tuesday, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold War enmity. "We will formally announce tomorrow that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and open embassies in each other's capitals," the source said. President Barack Obama is expected to issue a statement at 11:00 am (1500 GMT) in the White House Rose Garden about the deal, which constitutes one of the major foreign policy achievements of his presidency.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:16:03 -0400
Crunch time for Greece as IMF debt looms and bailout ends

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prepares for a TV interview at the State Television (ERT) in Athens, Monday, June 29, 2015. Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked at ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's crunch time for Greece, with the European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday and with it any possible access to the remaining rescue loans that it needs to pay its debts.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:15:26 -0400
Maryland launches campaign against illegal crab fishing
By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland on Tuesday launched a campaign to police recreational and commercial crab fishing as the state grapples with a low population of crabs that can be caught in the Chesapeake Bay, authorities said. The enforcement campaign takes aim at poachers who defy regulations on minimum sizes, harvest limits and hours, as well as crab pot registrations, threatening the sustainability of Maryland's blue crab population, officials said. "Our officers will be on the water, on the docks, at wholesalers and at roadside stands to ensure that everyone plays by the rules," Colonel George Johnson, superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police, told a news conference in Annapolis.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:14:17 -0400
Obama to speak about Cuba in White House Rose Garden on Wednesday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Cuba in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday at 11 a.m. (1500 GMT), the White House said. Obama's administration is expected to announce an agreement with Cuba on Wednesday to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, a senior U.S. official said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:03:26 -0400
U.S. walrus protections hit Shell's Arctic drilling plan
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration dealt a setback to Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic oil exploration plans on Tuesday, saying established walrus and polar bear protections prevent the company from drilling with two rigs simultaneously at close range, as it had planned. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued Shell a permit which emphasized that under 2013 federal wildlife protections, companies must maintain a 15-mile (24-km) buffer between two rigs drilling simultaneously. Drilling with only one rig at a time would slow Shell's drilling progress, but by how much was unclear.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:54:14 -0400
Blatter not traveling to Women's World Cup final in Canada

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 file photo, President of FIFA Sepp Blatter arrives at the Culloden Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland. FIFA says President Sepp Blatter will not go to Canada for Sunday's Women's World Cup final, amid criminal investigations into soccer's governing body. Secretary General Jerome Valcke will also be absent from the biggest event in women's soccer, it was reported on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)MONTREAL (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter will skip the Women's World Cup final in Canada, avoiding a visit to North America at a time when U.S. officials are pursuing a criminal investigation into the game's ruling body.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:52:50 -0400
French soldiers accused of sexual abuse of minors in Africa
PARIS (AP) — Two French soldiers serving in the African country of Burkina Faso are being suspended over accusations of sexual abuse of minors, authorities said Tuesday.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:49:03 -0400
Supertramp co-founder relishes role in 'service industry'

"To me, I look at my job very differently. I actually think of music as a service industry," Roger Hodgson saidRoger Hodgson no longer packs stadiums and doesn't even use the name of his old band, Supertramp, but that doesn't bother him. As his estranged former co-frontman Rick Davies keeps playing as Supertramp, Hodgson has been touring consistently, but more quietly, for the past 15 years and says he feels more comfortable on the smaller stages. "To be honest, I don't really pay much attention to what's happening in the music or entertainment industry," he told AFP as he embarked on his latest tour that started in Germany and includes 14 dates in Canada, where he and Supertramp have been especially popular.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:47:38 -0400
Ex-Colombian paramilitary leader sentenced on drug charges
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Colombian paramilitary leader convicted of federal cocaine trafficking charges will serve nearly seven more years in a U.S. prison before he is returned to his country.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:41:17 -0400
Top Asian News at 10:30 p.m. GMT
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers with heavy machinery searched a shattered residential neighborhood Tuesday for any survivors from an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed shortly after takeoff and killed more than 70 people. The C-130 Hercules, carrying military personnel and their families, went down in Indonesia's third-largest city of Medan, striking a building. Witness accounts suggested the plane suffered an engine fire before crashing.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:32:21 -0400
Rally in Madrid against law on right to protest

Demonstrators hold signs as they protest in front of Cibeles fountain against the public security law "ley mordaza", or "gag law" in Madrid on June 30, 2015About two thousand people marched to the rhythm of drums in Madrid on Tuesday against a controversial new Spanish law that regulates the right to demonstrate. Nicknamed the "gag law" by its detractors, it comes into force on Wednesday, after being denounced by a number of NGOs, lawyers' associations and journalists.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:24:40 -0400
IMF: Greece misses $1.8 billion loan payment

Demonstrators gather during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. At midnight central Europe-time on Tuesday, the country is set to become the first developed nation to miss a debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund, as Greece sinks deeper into a financial emergency that has forced it put a nationwide lockdown on money withdrawals. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:22:44 -0400
Goosen qualifies for British Open
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen made birdie on the first playoff hole to qualify for the British Open.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:20:38 -0400
APNewsBreak: Tunisia beach killer trained with museum gunmen

Police officers patrol on the beach near the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, Tunisa, four days after Friday's terrorist attack, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. One of Tunisia's top security officials says the gunman who killed 38 tourists, mostly Britons, in a beach attack was trained in neighboring Libya at the same time as the attackers who targeted the Bardo museum in March. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The student who massacred tourists in a Tunisian seaside resort trained in a jihadi camp in Libya at the same time as the two men who attacked a leading museum in March, a top security official said Tuesday, enforcing the notion of a link between the two assaults and raising fears of more attacks from an underground world clawing at this North African nation's budding democracy.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:15:23 -0400
Comparing economic woes in Puerto Rico and Greece
The governments of both Puerto Rico and Greece are facing financial crunches in which neither has enough money to make payments on mountains of borrowed money.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:09:24 -0400
Pero Antic leaving Hawks for return to Europe
ATLANTA (AP) — Pero Antic is returning to Europe following two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, most spent as a backup power forward and center.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:05:07 -0400
Sweden wins Under-21 title by beating Portugal in shootout

Sweden’s goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren, center, is embraced by team mates after winning the final match at the Euro U21 soccer championship between Sweden and Portugal at the Eden stadium in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)PRAGUE (AP) — Sweden beat Portugal 4-3 in a penalty shootout on Tuesday to win the European Under-21 Championship for the first time.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:02:36 -0400
IS car bomb kills Yemen Shiites, as rebels open prison doors

The wreckage of a car is seen at the site of a car bomb attack in the capital Sanaa, on June 29, 2015An attack on Huthi rebel leaders in Yemen's capital claimed by the Islamic State group has killed at least 28 people, medics said Tuesday, in the latest anti-Shiite assault by the Sunni extremists. Yemen was previously the preserve of IS's jihadist rival Al-Qaeda, which controls swathes of the south and east, but IS has claimed a string of high-profile attacks since March. The group considers Shiites heretics and has repeatedly targeted them, not only in Yemen but across the region.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:59:12 -0400
US senator on visit to Venezuela amid diplomatic detente
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is making a surprise visit to Venezuela amid a U.S. effort to reduce tensions with the South American nation.
Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:52:10 -0400
British shoe seller tries to crowdfund Greek bailout

Thom Feeney, pictured on June 30, 2015, has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise the money for Greece to meet its IMF debt repaymentA British shoe shop worker has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise the money for Greece to meet its IMF debt repayment due on Tuesday, saying he just wanted to help austerity-stricken Greeks. Thom Feeney told AFP outside his shop in London's Covent Garden that he had been overwhelmed by the response and the messages of support, raising 209,000 euros ($233,000) by 1600 GMT after just two days. More than 13,000 people donated to the "Greek Bailout Fund" project, and a rush of visitors due to "overwhelming worldwide interest" caused the fundraising website IndieGoGo to crash, the site said.

Date Posted : Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:49:43 -0400
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