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Greek finance minister quits to smooth talks after thunderous 'No'

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis leaves after making a statement in AthensATHENS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Greece's outspoken finance minister resigned on Monday, removing a major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout. Yanis Varoufakis, an avowed "erratic Marxist" economist who infuriated euro zone partners with his unconventional style and hectoring lectures, had campaigned for Sunday's sweeping 'No' vote, accusing Greece' creditors of "terrorism". Greece's chief negotiator in aid talks with international creditors, Euclid Tsakalotos, a soft-spoken academic economist, is the frontrunner to become finance minister, a senior government official said.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:51:23 -0400
Disputes over missiles and arms embargo hold up Iran talks

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 Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline. "The Iranians want the ballistic missile sanctions lifted. "There's no appetite for that on our part." Iranian and other Western officials confirmed this view as the foreign ministers of the six powers - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - gathered in Vienna to try to strike a deal with Iran by Tuesday night.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:55:33 -0400
Tensions with Russia could prompt NATO strategy rethink

Local resident sits amidst debris at his damaged house, which according to locals was hit by recent shelling, in Donetsk, UkraineBy Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO is preparing for a long standoff with Russia, reluctantly accepting that the Ukraine conflict has fundamentally transformed Europe's security landscape and that it may have to abandon hope of a constructive relationship with Moscow. Some NATO allies, anxious to avoid a new Cold War or being dragged into an expensive arms race, had hoped the crisis in relations caused by President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region last year would blow over quickly, just as a chill over Russia's 2008 war with Georgia did. Both sides have escalated their rhetoric over eastern Ukraine, where the U.S.-dominated, 28-nation alliance accuses Russia of sending in troops to back pro-Russian separatists - charges denied by Moscow.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:52:30 -0400
MP tells anti-gay rally: Obama should not push gay agenda in Kenya

Police stand guard as members of the anti-gay caucus gather outside the Parliament while chanting slogans against the LGBT community in Kenya's capital NairobiBy Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI (Reuters) - Dozens of Kenyans rallied in Nairobi on Monday against homosexuality and a lawmaker said U.S. President Barack Obama should not push a pro-gay agenda when he visits the country later this month. Obama has hailed last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage but few share his views in Kenya or other African countries, where more socially and religiously conservative views generally prevail. "We are telling Mr Obama when he comes to Kenya this month and he tries to bring the abortion agenda, the gay agenda, we shall tell him to shut up and go home," lawmaker Irungu Kangata told the demonstrators outside parliament.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:18:04 -0400
Yemen government raises prospect of truce, air strikes kill 30

Houthi followers take part in a demonstration against the United Nations in SanaaBy Sami Aboudi and Mohammed Mukhashaf DUBAI/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's exiled government said on Monday it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month, as air strikes by Saudi-led warplanes killed at least 30 people. The United Nations has been pushing for a halt to fighting and air raids that have killed nearly 3,000 people in Yemen since March when a Saudi-led coalition intervened against Houthi forces in a bid to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. "We are now in consultations for guarantees to ensure the success of the truce," Hadi spokesman Rajeh Badi told Reuters.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:11:40 -0400
Iraqi jet mistakenly bombs Baghdad district, five killed

People stand outside damaged houses after an Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb in Ni'iriya district in BaghdadAn Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb on an eastern Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, police and residents said, killing at least five people and destroying several houses. The Sukhoi jet had been taking part in an air strike against Islamic State militants, Iraqi television said. Police in the Ni'riya neighborhood of eastern Baghdad put the death toll at five, although some residents said seven people died.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:13:57 -0400
Armenian police disperse protest after 2 weeks
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Police cleared away barricades on Monday to unblock a central avenue in the Armenian capital that demonstrators had occupied for two weeks to protest hikes in electricity prices in the impoverished former Soviet nation.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:20:49 -0400
The Latest: Tsipras tells Merkel new proposals are upcoming

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives to meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos after the results of the referendum at the Presidential Palace in Athens, early Monday, July 6, 2015. Voters in Greece resoundingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest on the fallout from the Greek referendum (all times local):

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:15:36 -0400
State media: Jordan arrests terror suspect with explosives
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's state media say the security forces have arrested a man with purported links to an Iranian group on suspicion he planned to carry out terror attacks in the kingdom.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:13:58 -0400
Quake of 6.2 magnitude hits near Tonga: USGS
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck east-northeast of the capital of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Its epicenter was recorded as 10 km (6 miles) below the seabed. (Reporting by Clarence Fernandez; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:11:25 -0400
Morning after: Greeks united, proud of their defiance

Elderly people argue with a bank worker as they wait to be allowed into a bank to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Nicky Zachary closed her family's shoe store shortly after opening it Monday — the few customers who had strolled in hadn't bought a thing.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:07:41 -0400
Warplanes bomb Saleh party HQ in Yemen capital

Yemeni supporters of the Shiite Huthi movement raise their weapons during a rally in the capital Sanaa on July 5, 2015, protesting against air strikes by a Saudi-led coalitionSaudi-led warplanes have bombed the Sanaa headquarters of the Yemeni party headed by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied to Shiite Huthi insurgents, the party said on Monday. It came as some GPC members were meeting the UN's Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in another part of the city. Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Yemen on Sunday and called for a humanitarian ceasefire after months of conflict in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:06:49 -0400
Top Asian News at 1:00 p.m. GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history. Won says North Korean diplomats in Berlin have tentatively signed off on a plan for a renowned German conductor to lead a 70-member South Korean orchestra through Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the Korean folk tune "Arirang" while accompanied by a choir of 70 North Koreans just across the border on Aug. 15, the 70th anniversary of the 1945 liberation of a single Korea from Japan's 35-year colonial rule.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:03:04 -0400
Islamist group Ansar Dine claims multiple attacks in Mali
The Malian Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine claimed it carried out a series of attacks against U.N. peacekeepers and Malian army targets in the country's capital, Bamako, and border areas near Ivory Coast and Mauritania. Fighters from Ansar Dine allied with other Islamist fighters helped seize Mali's desert north after a Tuareg uprising in 2012 but were ousted by a French-led military operation a year later. A statement sent to the Mauritanian website Alakhbar, which frequently publishes messages from Islamist groups, said that Ansar Dine claimed responsibility for an attack on the western Malian town of Nara on June 27.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:02:45 -0400
Greece needs to change position to stay in euro: Germany's Gabriel
Greece must present a new offer that goes beyond its previous proposals if it wants to remain in the euro, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday, adding that Athens soon faced state insolvency. Other European Union countries needed to prepare humanitarian aid for Greece, Gabriel said, but he stressed that the onus was on Athens to present credible proposals in order to remain in the currency union.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:01:38 -0400
Pakistani gunmen kill three in attack blamed on Islamist groups

Men mourn the death of a relative, who was killed with two others by unidentified gunmen, in a hospital Quetta, PakistanBy Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Gunmen riding motorcycles on Monday opened fire outside a passport office in southwestern Pakistan, killing three people, including a police officer, in an attack police blamed on radical Islamist groups. Sectarian strife has been worsening in Pakistan, where Shi'ite Muslims make up about 20 percent of a population of 180 million. Sunni Muslim militants frequently attack Shi'ites, whom they see as infidels who deserve to die.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 09:01:03 -0400
Allianz's El-Erian says Greece 'on path to a Grexit': CNBC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz SE, said Monday that he expected a "shock to risk appetite" given the likelihood of a Greek exit from the euro zone.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:59:56 -0400
Gaza children 'emotionally shattered' one year after conflict

Palestinian boy looks through a hole in a makeshift shelter near his family's house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, east of Gaza CityBy Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The majority of children living in areas of Gaza hardest-hit during last year's conflict are showing signs of severe emotional distress and trauma, including frequent bed wetting and nightmares, a global children's charity said on Monday. A ceasefire last August ended 50 days of fighting between Gaza militants and Israel, in which health officials said more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel put the number of its dead at 67 soldiers and six civilians.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:59:41 -0400
The Latest: Gasquet breaks racket after wasting match points

Richard Gasquet of France makes a return to Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:58:42 -0400
Facing record migrant flows, Hungary tightens asylum system
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's parliament has approved amendments tightening the country's asylum system, a response to the record number of migrants and refugees reaching the country over the past year.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:54:20 -0400
Islamic State group fighters regain control of Syrian town
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has regained control of a northern Syrian town captured by Kurdish fighters two weeks ago, activists and IS-linked social media outlets reported Monday.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:45:50 -0400
Fenerbahce signs Nani from Manchester United

Luis Nani, centre, of Portugal, is ushered through Fenerbahce supporters that gathered to welcome him at the airport in Istanbul, late Sunday, July 5, 2015. The Portuguese international arrived to sign a contract with the Turkish club. (AP Photo)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Fenerbahce says it has reached an agreement with Manchester United to sign Portugal winger Luis Nani on a three-year contract.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:45:47 -0400
Rivals Pakistan, India to start process of joining China security bloc
Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India will start the process of joining a security bloc led by China and Russia at a summit in Russia later this week, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, the first time the grouping has expanded since it was set up in 2001. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) groups China, Russia and the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, while India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia are observers.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:43:32 -0400
China to snub arbitration hearing on feud with Philippines

In this July 3, 2015, file photo, protesters carry a boat painted with slogans during a rally outside the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines, to protest China's reclamations of disputed islands off South China Sea. China is standing pat on its decision to reject arbitration by an international tribunal that will begin formal hearings this week to resolve a long-seething feud with the Philippines over the South China Sea, Beijing's ambassador to Manila said Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — China is standing pat on its decision to reject arbitration by an international tribunal that will begin formal hearings this week to resolve a long-seething feud between Beijing and Manila over the South China Sea, the Chinese ambassador to Manila said Monday.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:43:26 -0400
Zimbabwean government exports elephants despite protest
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Zimbabwean government has exported about 20 elephants to China, ignoring a protest by animal rights groups.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:41:50 -0400
TOUR DE FRANCE WATCH: Diamonds are a rider's best friends

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara adjusts the overall leader's yellow jersey on the podium of the second stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 166 kilometers (103 miles) with start in Utrecht and finish in Neeltje Jans, Netherlands, Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)HUY, Belgium (AP) — By claiming the race leader's jersey in a sixth different Tour de France, Fabian Cancellara not only equaled one of Belgian great Eddy Merck's feats. He also earned a nice present for his wife.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:40:18 -0400
Keeping Greece in euro zone still the aim: Dijsselbloem
Greece's 'No' vote has made discussions with its creditors more difficult, but the aim remains to keep the country in the euro zone, the head of the bloc's finance ministers said on Monday. In fact, when proposals are rejected that only makes things more difficult," Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem told reporters. Dijsselbloem, who is also Dutch finance minister, said the Dutch government would discuss a Greek request for additional emergency funding under the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:34:32 -0400
Greece's Tsipras speaks to Merkel, Athens to present aid proposal
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke by phone on Monday with Germany's Angela Merkel and agreed to present a Greek proposal for an aid deal at Tuesday's European Union summit, a Greek government official said.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:33:50 -0400
Greece's Varoufakis hints Tsakalotos to take over as finance minister
Greece's outgoing finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on Monday strongly hinted that bailout negotiator Euclid Tsakalotos would take over as finance minister, saying the two would return to face reporters together on Tuesday. "I am leaving and I will see you tomorrow with Mr. Tsakalotos," Varoufakis, who resigned earlier on Monday, said as he left the finance ministry.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:32:06 -0400
Spain names Conchita Martinez Davis Cup captain
MADRID (AP) — Spain has named former Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez captain of its Davis Cup team.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:32:00 -0400
CONCACAF details rebuilding plans after FIFA bribery scandal
GENEVA (AP) — Plunged into crisis by a second FIFA bribery scandal in four years, the CONCACAF soccer body wants to pass sweeping new leadership rules to help rebuild.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:27:57 -0400
French architect firm designs a sustainable vertical city to be installed in the Sahara desert
By Amy Pollock The arid expanses of the Sahara desert could be transformed within a decade, according to French architecture company OXO. The tower's design is based on renewable resources like rainwater collection, solar power and geothermal energy to make it an entire sustainable city in one building. French-Moroccan architect Manal Rachdi is behind the 450 meter tower design, which would have a floor area of 780,000 square meters (approximately 840000 square feet).
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:27:33 -0400
Global markets fall sharply after Greek 'no' vote

A woman looks at an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, July 6, 2015.Greece's foray into the unknown with its rejection of terms set by its international creditors is jolting markets as investors react to looming uncertainties. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)LONDON (AP) — Stock markets and oil prices fell Monday after Greece's voters overwhelmingly rejected reform proposals from international creditors, a verdict that's reinforced fears the country may be heading out of the euro currency.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:23:22 -0400
Greece looks to reopen bailout talks as euro future in doubt

People line up to use ATM machines of a bank after government's decision for limited daily cash withdrawals to 60 euros ($67), in Athens, on Monday, July 6, 2015. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned Monday, saying he was told shortly after Greece's decisive referendum result that some other eurozone finance ministers and the country's other creditors would appreciate his not attending the ministers' meetings. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece and its membership in Europe's joint currency faced an uncertain future Monday, with the country under pressure to reach a bailout deal with creditors as soon as possible after Greeks resoundingly rejected the notion of more austerity in exchange for aid.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:13:09 -0400
Low turnout marks anti-gay demonstration in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A demonstration against homosexuality in Kenya has fizzled after attracting only a handful of protesters.
Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:12:36 -0400
Shoe factory collapses in eastern China, killing 14 people

Rescuers shine flashlights across the rubble of a factory building in Wenling city in eastern China's Zhejiang province Saturday, July 4, 2015. Officials say the shoe factory collapsed during a weekend shift. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — A shoe factory collapsed in eastern China during a weekend shift, killing 14 people and injuring 33 others, local authorities said Monday.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:10:44 -0400
EU official: Terrorists could cross Mediterranean to Europe

Migrants wait to be disembarked from the Italian Navy ship Dattilo, at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Southern Italy, Thursday, July 2, 2015. The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to southern Europe was more than 80 percent higher in the first half of 2015 than a year earlier, with deaths initially soaring before dropping back as rescue efforts at sea were stepped up, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top prosecutor says she has been told that smugglers' boats bringing migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe also are carrying terrorist fighters from the Islamic State group.

Date Posted : Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:05:04 -0400
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