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Europe won't let Athens go under, says Greek minister

A tattered Greek flag flutters in the village of Meyisti on the Island of Kastellorizo which is the most easterly of the islands in GreeceBy Lefteris Karagiannopoulos and Matt Robinson ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's finance minister accused creditors of trying to "terrorize" Greeks into accepting austerity, warning Europe stood to lose as much as Athens if the country is forced out of the euro after a referendum on Sunday on bailout terms. After a week in which Greece defaulted, shuttered its banks and began rationing cash, Greeks vote on Sunday on whether to accept or reject tough conditions sought by international creditors to extend a lending lifeline that has kept the debt-stricken country afloat. The left-wing government is urging a 'No' vote, saying Greece's European partners are bluffing when they warn that would mean a Greek departure from Europe's single currency, with unforeseeable consequences for Greece, Europe and the global economy.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:06:33 -0400
Iran, powers push for nuclear deal; dispute over U.N. sanctions persists

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Salehi and Fereydoon, brother and close aide to President Hassan Rouhani meet with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and world powers continued marathon talks on Saturday in an attempt to clinch an historic nuclear accord but remained divided on issues such as lifting U.N. sanctions and development of advanced centrifuges. Diplomats close to the negotiations said they had tentative agreement on a mechanism for suspending U.S. and European Union sanctions on Iran. "We don't have Iran on board yet." Senior Iranian and Western diplomats echoed the remarks.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:03:35 -0400
Putin tells Obama he wants dialogue based on equality and respect

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at the gala concert of the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition at the Moscow ConservatoryRussian President Vladimir Putin called for dialogue based on equal treatment and mutual respect with the United States on Saturday in a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama marking U.S. Independence Day. Putin said U.S.-Russian relations remained important for solving global crises. The two countries have disagreements over the conflict in Ukraine, defense matters and democracy.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:35:20 -0400
Iraqi jets drop leaflets over Mosul promising to recapture city

A sign by the Islamic State is seen in the city of MosulIraqi jets dropped leaflets over Mosul telling residents that Islamic State fighters would soon be driven from the northern city, saying details of the operation would be broadcast on a new radio station. The city has been under Islamic State control since the Islamist militants took over in June last year, sweeping through most of Iraq's Sunni Muslim provinces towards Baghdad. The Shi'ite-led government has promised a military offensive to retake Mosul but progress has been slow, in part because of Islamic State gains elsewhere.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:26:53 -0400
Tunisia's president declares state of emergency after hotel attack

A member of Tunisia's special forces inspects the beachside of the Imperial Marhaba resort, while British, French, German and Tunisia's interior ministers arrive to pay their tribute in front of a makeshift memorial in SousseBy Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday to give his government more powers following an Islamic militant attack on a beach hotel, where 38 foreign tourists, mostly Britons, were killed. Tunisia's emergency law temporarily gives the government more executive flexibility, hands the army and police more authority, and restricts certain rights such as the right to public assembly. The attack on the Sousse beach resort last Friday followed a gun attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis in March - two of the worst militant assaults in Tunisia's modern history, and a pressing threat to its vital tourist industry.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:16:01 -0400
Egypt says 25 militants killed in air strikes as Sisi inspects troops

Egyptian President Sisi greets members of the Egyptian armed forces, after travelling to the troubled northern part of the Sinai peninsula to inspect troopsEgyptian warplanes killed 25 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Saturday, security sources said, as the Egyptian president visited the province after a major escalation of the conflict there. The sources said the air strikes hit militant targets near the town of Sheikh Zuweid, destroying weapons and explosives caches. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inspected soldiers and police in El-Arish, the provincial capital, on Saturday, the presidency said in statement.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:54:50 -0400
Senior Honduran lawmaker ordered under house arrest
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A Honduran judge says one of the country's leading lawmakers will be held under house arrest while facing charges of defrauding the public health system.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:43:07 -0400
Russia's Putin sends July 4 greetings to Obama
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated President Barack Obama on Independence Day and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States can work together to find solutions to international problems.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:43:00 -0400
EBA chief dismisses rumors over haircuts to Greek deposits
The chairman of the European Banking Authority (EBA) Andrea Enria said on Saturday he was unaware of any planned haircuts to deposits held in Greek banks due to the country's debt crisis. "I am not aware of any plans to introduce haircuts to retail depositors of Greek banks, as reported in the media this morning," Enria said in a statement. Britain's Financial Times, citing bankers and people with knowledge of the measures, said on Saturday that Greek banks were preparing contingency plans for a possible "bail-in" of depositors amid fears Greece was heading for collapse.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:40:10 -0400
Syrian troops and Hezbollah besiege border mountain resort
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media outlets reported.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:37:20 -0400
Astana creates new controversy at Tour de France

Astana Pro cycling team with 2014 tour de France winner Italy's Vincenzo Nibali arrives by boat for the team presentation in Utrecht, Netherlands, Thursday, July 2, 2015, two days ahead of the start of the Tour de France cycling race. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — On the very first day of the Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali's Astana team found itself at the heart of another controversy after allowing one of its riders to start the race despite questions raised over his testing results.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:34:39 -0400
The Latest: Karlovic beats Tsonga in 3rd round at Wimbledon

Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, right, shakes hands after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday July 4, 2015. Karlovic won the match 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)LONDON (AP) — The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:34:29 -0400
IS video shows mass execution in ruins of Syria's Palmyra

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Homs on May 28, 2015 allegedly shows a flag of the Islamic State group fluttering atop the circular wall bounding the orchestra at the Roman theatre of the ancient Syrian city of PalmyraBeirut (AFP) - The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing several dozen Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:34:24 -0400
Top Asian News at 4:30 p.m. GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A fatal fire on Japan's bullet train, started by a man who self-immolated this week, has revealed blind spots in a system renowned for its speed, punctuality and safety record. Riding the Shinkansen feels like being in an airplane: at 300 kilometers (186 miles) per hour, it goes so fast in an out of tunnels that it must be airtight. Windows cannot be opened, and doors open only when the train fully stops, which takes several minutes.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:32:55 -0400
Ukraine tackles graft with new US-style police force

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gives the thumbs up as he poses with newly graduated police officers during an official ceremony in Kiev, on July 4, 2015Some 2,000 young, athletic, US-trained Ukrainians on Saturday swore oaths to enforce the law -- and resist the temptation to take bribes -- at the launch of a new police service in Kiev to replace a notoriously corrupt force. Hands on their hearts, the new recruits assembled on a central square sang the national anthem, watched by President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko and the US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Stamping out graft among the police has been a key priority of Ukraine's new pro-Western government.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:31:37 -0400
Split Greece teeters on the brink with referendum

A newsagent hangs up newpapers bearing the headlines "No" and "Yes" in central Athens, on July 4, 2015, the eve of the Greek referendum on its bailout termsOn the eve of the vote that could also make or break the radical-left government, Greeks were spooked by rumours that capital controls were leading to food and medicine shortages, and questions were being raised on when the country's banks would re-open. Nikos Archondis from the Panhellenic Exporters Association (PEA) told AFP "certain supermarkets are very concerned because they cannot forecast how the situation will evolve," adding that stocks of meat, cheeses, fruits and vegetables "risk running low in the following weeks". Greece's debt crisis had taken a dramatic turn after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras suddenly called the referendum on bailout conditions early last Saturday.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:27:43 -0400
'Scores' killed by Nigeria female suicide bombers

A video image of the Boko Haram extremist group leader Abubakar Shekau dismissing Nigerian military claims of his death in 2014Several female suicide bombers blew themselves up amid panicked villagers fleeing a Boko Haram attack in a northeast Nigeria killing scores, the army and witnesses said Saturday. Local resident Haladu Musa, who fled the attack, told AFP that "large numbers" of fighters poured into the village, overpowering government forces deployed to prevent the insurgents reaching Maiduguri. Then, as people began to flee, female suicide bombers started blowing themselves up in their midst, killing large numbers of people, he said.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:20:27 -0400
Eritrean commissioner hails historic day

Eritrea's Daniel Teklehaimanot competes in a 13.8 km individual time-trial, the first stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 4, 2015, in Utrecht, The NetherlandsEritrea's commissioner of culture and sports on Saturday hailed the historic participation of two riders from his country in the Tour de France. Daniel Teklehaimanot, 26, was first off at 1400 local time (1200 GMT) of all the 198 riders taking part in the Tour on the 13.8km opening stage timetrial as a heatwave hit the Dutch Grand Depart town of Utrecht. Teklehaimanot's fellow MTN Qhubeka teammate Merhawi Kudus, 22, was the 45th starter and came home slightly slower in 16min 47sec.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:13:53 -0400
Dennis wins 1st stage of Tour de France with record speed

Australia's Rohan Dennis strains during 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/Christophe Ena)UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Rohan Dennis won the first stage of the Tour de France in record speed in the individual time trial on Saturday.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:13:07 -0400
Colombian president blames ELN rebels for Bogota blasts

Colombian police officers check the site of an explosion in the financial heart of Bogota on July 2, 2015Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday blamed leftist ELN guerrillas for two explosions that rocked Bogota and left 10 people slightly injured a day earlier. Soon thereafter on Friday night, two devices containing propaganda leaflets related to ELN were detonated in downtown Bogota. Police have arrested a man allegedly connected to the incident, national police chief Rodolfo Palomino told a press conference.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:11:32 -0400
2 Dinamo Zagreb bosses arrested over bribery charges
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian police have arrested two Dinamo Zagreb bosses who are suspected of tax evasion and bribery.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:10:52 -0400
McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country's capital.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:10:17 -0400
Hamilton takes pole position for British GP ahead of Rosberg

British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, right, shakes hands with German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg after qualification for the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 4, 2015. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday July 5. (AP Photo/Jon Super)SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton produced another formidable performance in qualifying at the British Grand Prix on Saturday to clinch pole position for the eighth time in nine races this season.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:58:13 -0400
The Latest: Dennis grabs first Tour de France yellow jersey

The publicity caravan sprays water on spectators as they wait for the start 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. Temperatures rose to 36 degrees Celsius or 97 degrees Fahrenheit around noon. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest from the first stage of the Tour de France (all times local):

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:57:11 -0400
Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack

A Tunisian special force officer and a policeman patrol the beach as tourists take part in a ceremony on July 3, 2015, in memory of those killed the previous week by a jihadist gunman in the popular resort of Port el KantaouiTunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's beach massacre claimed by the Islamic State group in which 38 foreign tourists were killed. The North African state, which has seen an exodus of tourists, has admitted that its security services were unprepared for the seaside attack in Port El Kantaoui and that police were too slow to respond. "The president has declared a state of emergency in Tunisia and will address the nation at 5 pm (1600 GMT)," Essebsi's office said, adding that it would be implemented for a renewable 30-day period.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:56:57 -0400
Report: Serbs ask Russia to veto UN resolution on Srebrenica
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia on Saturday asked Russia to veto a British U.N. Security Council resolution that would call the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys during the Bosnian war in Srebrenica genocide.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:55:20 -0400
Nadal's conqueror Brown downed by Troicki at Wimbledon

Dustin Brown (pictured) has been beaten 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-3 by Serbian 22nd seed Troicki, who next faces either British wildcard James Ward or Canada's Vasek Pospisil for a place in the quarter-finalsDustin Brown rocketed into the limelight when he knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon but the dreadlocked German is now facing the harder task of regular life slogging round the tennis circuit. Brown, who spent years driving round Europe in a campervan from tournament to tournament, said his Wimbledon heroics were a moment to treasure -- but said there was no time for celebrating as the daily grind beckoned. The 30-year-old world number 102 knocked out two-time champion Nadal, but the qualifier's fairytale came to a crashing halt on Saturday with defeat to Serbia's Viktor Troicki.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:54:27 -0400
Egypt's Sisi rallies troops in Sinai after IS attacks

Picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on July 4, 2015 shows President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressing troops during a visit to the Sinai Peninsula following a wave of deadly attacks on armed forces by Islamic State jihadistsEgypt's president said Saturday the situation in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where dozens of soldiers, jihadists and civilians have been killed this week in yet more violence, is "totally stable". Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was speaking during an unannounced visit to the Sinai, dressed again in military fatigues, to rally troops following a wave of attacks there by Islamic State group jihadists. The army, police and even officials have regularly come under fire, not only in the Sinai but also in the capital since then army chief Sisi ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi two years ago.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:51:40 -0400
Hundreds march in Istanbul in support of Uighurs

Uighurs living in Turkey and their supporters chant slogans as they stage a protest in Istanbul, Saturday, July 4, 2015, against what they call as oppression by Chinese government to Muslim Uighurs in the province. Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul to protest China over reports of its repression of its minority Muslim Uighur community. Turkey has ethnic and linguistic ties to the Uighurs, members of a Muslim ethnic minority in Xinjiang. Relations between China and Turkey have been strained over Turkish reports that Uighurs were banned from worshipping and fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)ISTANBUL (AP) — Hundreds of people have marched in Istanbul to protest against China's treatment of its minority Muslim Uighur community.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:50:09 -0400
Powers cite progress on Iran nuclear deal, end in sight

US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) is pictured during Iran nuclear talks with the Iranian Foreign Minister in Vienna on July 3, 2015Global powers and Iran hit the final straights of marathon talks Saturday, amid signs some of the toughest hurdles blocking a deal to curb the Iranian nuclear programme may have been resolved. After a 13-year standoff which has poisoned Iran's international relations, the UN atomic watchdog voiced hopes of a breakthrough to complete a stalled probe into whether Tehran sought to develop nuclear arms in the past. The so-called P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- are trying to draw the curtain on almost two years of roller-coaster negotiations, which gathered fresh impetus after President Hassan Rouhani took power in late 2013.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:44:57 -0400
Galatasaray signs Podolski from Arsenal
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Super League Champion Galatasaray has signed Germany forward Lukas Podolski from Arsenal on a three-year contract.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:35:31 -0400
Despite crisis, few Greeks ready to forgo coffee
They might be living through one of the worst economic crises of modern times, but for Greeks coffee remains an indispensable fuel for thought on the eve of a referendum that may decide their future in Europe. Hit by falling pensions and wages, higher taxes and soaring unemployment, Greeks of all walks of life have cut back on consumption. "Greeks are ready to cut anything else, but not their coffee.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:32:00 -0400
Turkey coalition talks to start next week: PM

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu pictured during a news conference at his ruling AK Party (AKP) headquarters in the capital Ankara on June 26, 2015Talks will begin next week to form a new coalition government in Turkey after the ruling party lost its overall majority in a shock electoral setback, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to first ask his AKP party, which came first in June 7 elections but lost its majority for the first time since 2002, to try and form a coalition government. Davutoglu needs the support of at least one other party to cobble a government.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:31:51 -0400
Guyana to enforce last call for alcohol amid criticism
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The last call for alcohol will come a little earlier now in the South American country of Guyana.
Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:16:29 -0400
Syria rebels battle regime in Aleppo operation

Once a powerhouse of industry, Aleppo in northern Syria has been devastated by years of fighting between regime forces and a succession of rebel groupsTwo coalitions of Syrian rebels battled to advance in government-held western Aleppo on Saturday, seizing an army barracks in one district but being pushed back in others. Elsewhere, government forces launched a major operation to recapture Zabadani, the last opposition-held town in the Qalamun region near Damascus. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported heavy clashes in several parts of western Aleppo.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:10:12 -0400
Aussie coach has advice for defending Japan

Japan players celebrate a 2-1 win as England's Ellen White (23) watches following a semifinal in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Japan won 2-1. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Perhaps, Australia coach Alen Stajcic was on to something when he said, "We're not the Netherlands," in responding to question regarding how his team might defend against Japan in the quarterfinals.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:03:42 -0400
Spain's weather stations warn of extended heat wave

People sunbathe at a beach in Castelldefels, Spain, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Weather stations across Spain are warning people to take extra precautions as a heat wave engulfs much of the country, increasing the risk of wildfires. The country's meteorological agency says a mass of hot air originating in Africa is moving northwards, bringing temperatures reaching 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID (AP) — Spain's meteorological agency on Saturday warned people to brace for high temperatures across much of the country over the coming days, amid a lingering European heat wave.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:00:30 -0400
Bangladesh unfazed by South Africa ahead of 1st T20

South Africa’s Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis, right, and Bangladesh’s captain Mashrafe Mortaza pose with the trophy on the eve of the first Twenty20 match of their series in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Bangladesh and South Africa will play three one-day international, two Twenty20 and two test cricket matches beginning July 5. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza says his team will play "fearless" cricket against South Africa on Sunday in the first of two Twenty20 matches.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:59:08 -0400
Tunisian leader calls state of emergency, state media says

FILE - In this Sunday, June 28, 2015 file photo, a book and flowers lay at the scene of the attack in Sousse, Tunisia. Tunisia's state news agency says the country's president is declaring a state of emergency more than a week after a beach attack targeting foreign tourists that killed 38 people. The news agency said President Beji Caid Essebsi would address the nation later Saturday, July 4 after declaring the state of emergency more than a week after the attack in the Tunisian resort of Sousse. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, file)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency on Saturday, more than a week after a gunman at a popular resort attacked foreign tourists on the beach, killing 38 people.

Date Posted : Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:57:36 -0400
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