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Greeks defy Europe with overwhelming referendum 'No'

A ballot box is emptied by a voting official at the closing of polling stations in AthensThousands of jubilant Greeks waving flags and bursting fire crackers poured into Athens' central square as official figures showed 61 percent of Greeks had rejected a deal that would have imposed more austerity measures on an already ravaged economy. "You made a very brave choice," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a televised address. "The mandate you gave me is not the mandate of a rupture with Europe, but a mandate to strengthen our negotiating position to seek a viable solution." The surprisingly strong victory by the 'No' camp defied opinion polls that had predicted a tight contest after a week of rising desperation as banks shut and cash machines ran dry.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:13:25 -0400
Kerry urges Iran to make 'hard choices', says US ready to walk

Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd R) walks near the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria in Vienna, AustriaBy Arshad Mohammed, John Irish and Shadia Nasralla VIENNA (Reuters) - An Iranian nuclear agreement is possible this week if Iran makes the "hard choices" necessary, but if not, the United States stands ready to walk away from the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Speaking during a break from one of his four meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday, Kerry said they had made "genuine progress" in talks over the last few days but "several of the most difficult issues" remain. "If hard choices get made in the next couple of days, made quickly, we could get an agreement this week, but if they are not made we will not," he said in Vienna, where talks between Iran, the United States and five other powers are being held.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:13:17 -0400
Islamic State suicide bombers strike in Iraqi refinery town

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


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:17:06 -0400
Thousands celebrate Greece's 'No' vote despite uncertainty ahead

A general view shows anti-austerity 'No' voters who gathered to celebrate in front of the Greek parliament in Syntagma Square in AthensInstead, he and others said they looked forward to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras returning to the negotiating table and extracting less grueling conditions for Greece in exchange for a new bailout package. "Next week, the Greek government has the opportunity with this 'No', to expect from the Bruxelles' technocrats a negotiation based on the values of democracy and equal rights in European Union," echoed Konstantinos Petras, a 65-year-old retired mechanic.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:23:10 -0400
Egyptian army kills 63 militants in North Sinai: sources

Smoke rises in Egypt's North Sinai as seen from the border of southern Gaza Strip with EgyptEgypt’s military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region. The Sinai has recently witnessed some of the heaviest fighting between security forces and Islamist militants since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. Security sources said on Sunday troops killed the 63 in villages between the towns of Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:14:49 -0400
Pope comes 'home' to South America to defend planet and the poor

Pope Francis greets the faithful from a popemobile in QuitoBy Girish Gupta and Philip Pullella QUITO (Reuters) - Laughing as his cap flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a "homecoming" tour of South America, where he will champion the rights of the poor and the planet. "I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America and to be here with you today in this beautiful land of Ecuador," the Argentine-born pontiff said in a speech on the runway after his 13-hour flight from Rome. When he emerged from the plane, a breeze whipped off his white zucchetto cap and swirled his robes, but the affable 78-year-old took it in his stride, smiling and laughing as he walked down steps to an embrace from President Rafael Correa.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:30:44 -0400
The Latest: Heath's goal restores 3-goal advantage for US

United States teammates, from left to right, Morgan Brian (14), Tobin Heath (17), Alex Morgan (13), Lauren Holiday (12), Carli Lloyd (10) and Ali Krieger (11) celebrate after Lloyd's second goal against Japan during the first half of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Sunday, July 5, 2015. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDITVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The latest from the Women's World Cup final (all times local):


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:26:14 -0400
Iran's Zarif says differences remain in nuclear talks with major powers
By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister said on Monday some differences still remained between Iran and the six powers over the country's disputed nuclear program ahead of Tuesday's deadline for a final agreement to end a 12-year-old dispute. ... Some differences remain and we are trying and working hard," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters. The deal under discussion between Iran and the powers is aimed at curbing Tehran's most sensitive nuclear work for a decade or more in exchange for relief from sanctions that have crippled the country's economy.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:23:34 -0400
Atletico Mineiro beats Inter to take Brazilian league lead
SAO PAULO (AP) — Maicosuel scored twice in the second half to help Atletico Mineiro defeat 10-man Internacional 3-1 and take the Brazilian league lead Sunday.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:18:50 -0400
Daniela Iacobelli wins Symetra Tour's Tullymore Classic
STANWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Daniela Iacobelli birdied the final two holes Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Symetra Tour's Tullymore Classic.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:14:35 -0400
Greece enters uncharted territory after referendum 'no' vote

A supporter of the No vote waves a Greek flag in front of the parliament after the results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Greeks overwhelmingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans in a critical referendum Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece lurched into uncharted territory and an uncertain future in Europe's common currency Sunday after voters overwhelmingly rejected demands by international creditors for more austerity measures in exchange for a bailout of its bankrupt economy.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:10:00 -0400
Top Asian News at 12:00 a.m. GMT
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. The country's attorney general confirmed late Saturday that he had received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Prime Minister Najib Razak and the investment fund 1MDB. The existence of the documents was first reported by The Wall Street Journal's Asia edition on Friday, showing some $700 million were wired from entities linked to the fund into Najib's accounts.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 20:03:07 -0400
Suicide bomber kills five in Nigeria church: police, witness

A file picture shows an ambulance evacuating people injured in a suicide blast in the northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum on February 1, 2015A suicide bomber blew himself up on Sunday inside a church in the restive northeastern Nigerian city of Potiskum, killing five worshippers in the latest in a new series of attacks blamed on Boko Haram, a police officer and witness told AFP. The attacker entered the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the Jigawa area on the outskirts of Potiskum and detonated his explosives. Four worshippers died instantly with a fifth succumbing to her injuries shortly afterwards in hospital, a police officer who helped remove the bodies told AFP.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:51:14 -0400
Women's World Cup final - USA lead Japan 4-1 at half-time

USA's Carli Lloyd (R) celebrates a goal against Japan with teammate Lauren Holiday during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 5, 2015Vancouver (AFP) - The United States lead defending champions Japan 4-1 at half-time in the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:50:40 -0400
Pope Francis on home turf urges defense of poor and planet

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides aboard the Popemobile in streets of Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Francis is making his first visit as pope to his Spanish-speaking neighborhood. He'll travel to three South American nations, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, which are beset by problems that concern him deeply, income inequality and environmental degradation. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Latin America's first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time Sunday, stressing the need to protect the poor and the environment from exploitation and to foster dialogue among all sectors of society.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:48:05 -0400
Lightning strikes kill two in Wales

The view from Defynnog in the Brecon Beacons National Park, south Wales, on January 14, 2015The four were hit in two separate lightning strikes in the Pen Y Fan mountains in the Brecon Beacons national park around midday. "As a result of two separate lightning strikes today in the Brecon Beacons, we can confirm that two people have died, another has been transferred to Morriston Hospital because of burns and one other person continues to receive treatment," the Prince Charles Hospital wrote on its Facebook page. Marks Jones, a member of a mountain rescue team who were training in a valley below the mountains and came to assist, said the lightning strikes were very rare.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:35:06 -0400
EU's Dijsselbloem says awaits Greek moves after 'regrettable' vote
The chairman of euro zone finance ministers said on Sunday it was up to Greek authorities to come forward with new plans after voters rejected bailout terms in a referendum result he called "very regrettable" for the future of Greece. "For recovery of the Greek economy, difficult measures and reforms are inevitable. The Eurogroup will discuss the state of play on Tuesday, July 7," Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said in a statement after Greeks voted overwhelmingly to reject terms of a bailout.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:13:25 -0400
German calls for Grexit mount as EU stunned by 'No' vote
BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - France and Germany called for an emergency summit of euro zone leaders to discuss Greece's stunning referendum vote on Sunday to reject bailout terms, as calls mounted in Berlin to cut Athens loose from Europe's common currency. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy said Athens had wrecked any hope of compromise with its euro zone partners by overwhelmingly rejecting further austerity. Responding to their call, European Council President Donald Tusk announced that euro zone leaders would meet in Brussels on Tuesday evening (1600 GMT).
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:13:25 -0400
Greek PM says Athens ready to return to negotiating table
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hailed a 'No' vote in Sunday's referendum on a bailout offer and said his government was ready to return immediately to negotiations with creditors in a bid to get shuttered banks open again. Dismissing talk that the referendum was effectively a vote on whether Greece stays in the euro, Tsipras said the mandate that Greeks had given him was to reach a viable solution rather than clash with Europe. "With the difficult circumstances prevailing today you made a very brave choice," Tsipras said in a televised address to Greeks.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:13:25 -0400
'Europe is dying', EU opponents say, as Greek 'No' brings delight
If Greece's 'No' vote shocked euro zone leaders, it brought delight to opponents of the European Union who said it showed the entire European project, including the euro, was dying. Rejecting European creditors' demands, Greeks voted against the terms of a bailout on Sunday, delivering one of the biggest blows to Europe's drive to forge an enduring monetary union since the euro was launched in 1999. "The EU project is now dying," said Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, an anti-EU party which won 12.6 percent of the vote -- but just one seat -- in Britain's May 7 general election.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:13:25 -0400
Two blasts rock central Nigerian city of Jos: police

A military unit heads to a trouble spot in Jos on April 2, 2011Two blasts rocked the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, the police said, in the latest unrest to hit the region. "I can confirm that there were two explosions in Jos this evening. One happened at the Bauchi motor park and the other at Yantaya, near the mosque," Plateau state police spokesman Abuh Emmanuel told AFP.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:09:16 -0400
Nine days in the Greek debt crisis

A teen holds a Greek national flag as people celebrate in front of the parliament on July 5, 2015 in AthensSaturday, June 27: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls a July 5 referendum on whether or not to accept the terms of the latest round of bailout aid. Eurozone finance ministers decide to let a Greek rescue plan expire on June 30, effectively ending talks with Athens on more aid. Monday, June 29: European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker says he feels "betrayed" by the Greek actions.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 19:01:10 -0400
The Latest: Pope Francis arrives at papal envoy's residence

Pope Francis waves as he rides aboard the Popemobile in streets of Quito, Ecuador, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Francis is making his first visit as pope to his Spanish-speaking neighborhood. He'll travel to three South American nations, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, which are beset by problems that concern him deeply, income inequality and environmental degradation. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:59:39 -0400
Kiwi athlete leaves Pacific Games after 'cannibals' comment
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand weightlifter has withdrawn from the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea after posting pictures on Instagram of dancers in ceremonial dress preparing for the opening ceremony with the hashtag "cannibals."
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:59:03 -0400
Iran's Zarif says some differences remain in nuclear talks with major powers
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister said on Monday some differences still remained between Iran and the six powers over Iran's disputed nuclear program ahead of Tuesday's deadline for a final agreement to end the 12-year-old dispute. "Still nothing is clear ... some differences remain and we are trying and working hard," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters. The deal under discussion between Iran and the powers is aimed at curbing Tehran's most sensitive nuclear work for a decade or more in exchange for relief from sanctions that have crippled its economy. ...
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:58:49 -0400
Danny Lee wins Greenbrier Classic in 4-man playoff

Danny Lee tees off on the forth hole during the final round of the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Sunday, July 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Danny Lee parred the second hole of a four-man playoff to win The Greenbrier Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:58:29 -0400
US uses same lineup against Japan that it used for Germany
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The United States stuck with the lineup it used to defeat Germany in the semifinals for the title match on Sunday against Japan at the Women's World Cup.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:46:08 -0400
Eurozone in tailspin after Greece votes 'No' to bailout

A man holds a sign which reads "No" for the vote in the Greek referendum, as he celebrates at Syntagma Square in Athens on July 5, 2015Greek voters overwhelmingly rejected international creditors' tough bailout terms in a historic referendum Sunday that immediately sent the euro plummeting out of fear it could trigger a "Grexit" from the eurozone. With near-complete results showing the 'No' vote winning by more than 61 percent, the outcome represented a political victory for radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras who claimed his negotiating position to secure a new debt deal was now greatly bolstered. Thousands of pro-government supporters cheered and hugged each other in central Athens in celebration, although some other Greeks expressed pessimism that Tsipras would be able to deliver on his promises.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:43:13 -0400
The Latest: Euro official says Greek vote result regrettable

Supporters of the No vote celebrate after the results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Greeks overwhelmingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans in a critical referendum Sunday, backing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who insisted the vote would give him a stronger hand to reach a better deal. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest on the bailout referendum in Greece (all times local):


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:40:18 -0400
Flawed bailouts, political missteps brought Greece to brink

A man passes a kiosk selling Greek flags in central Athens, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Whether Greeks decide in Sunday's referendum to accept their lenders' bailout deal or reject it, the government's hold on power may be shakier than its brash prime minister has calculated, analysts say. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — After two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($266 billion) and six years of depression, spending cuts and lost jobs, Greece teeters on the edge of collapse.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:33:43 -0400
Reports: Martinez to take charge of Spain's Davis Cup team
MADRID (AP) — Spanish media reports say former Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez will be appointed temporary captain of Spain's Davis Cup team as a replacement for the fired Gala Leon.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:32:17 -0400
Nobel tributes at Dalai Lama 80th birthday bash in US

The Dalai Lama arrives at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on July 5, 2015, where the religious leader celebrated his 80th birthdayFellow Nobel Peace laureates joined thousands of followers of the Dalai Lama Sunday to celebrate the Tibetan spiritual leader's 80th birthday, kicking off a three-day honorary bash in California. A string of minor celebrities also paid tribute to the crimson-robed 14th Dalai Lama ahead of his birthday Monday, although protesters also gathered outside the event south of Los Angeles. "Whenever I get tired or I lose hope I remember you," said 2003 Nobel Peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi from Iran.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:10:09 -0400
FIFA executive Issa Hayatou to present World Cup trophy

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou, left, South African President Jacob Zuma, center, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter applaud ahead of the African Cup of Nations final soccer match between Burkina Faso and Nigeria at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. The son of a sultan from northern Cameroon, Issa Hayatou has ruled African soccer for 27 years and counting, a decade longer than Sepp Blatter has been in charge of FIFA. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe,File)VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — FIFA confirms that Senior Vice President Issa Hayatou will present the championship trophy at the Women's World Cup.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:40:52 -0400
Pope Francis lands in Ecuador on three-nation tour

Pope Francis waves at the crowd as he arrives at the Mariscal Sucre international airport in Quito on July 5, 2015Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador on Sunday to kick off his first South American trip in two years that will also take him to Bolivia and Paraguay and see him highlight the plight of the poor. It is the first visit by a pontiff to Ecuador in three decades, and thousands of excited people massed in the capital and lined the roadsides to greet him. Francis shook the hands of each of them, as a considerable security detail kept at a discreet distance.


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:34:37 -0400
Lionel Richie tops chart after playing Glastonbury

US singer Lionel Richie performs on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival on June 28, 2015Crooner Lionel Richie scored his first number one in the United Kingdom in 23 years after playing an acclaimed set at British music festival Glastonbury, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. "The Definitive Collection" of the music of Lionel Richie & The Commodores was the most-sold album in the United Kingdom this week, based on sales of CDs, downloads, vinyl, and audio streams. It reached number 10 in the chart when it was released in 2003, according to the Official Charts Company, which said Richie last had a number one album in 1992, with "Back to Front".


Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:29:21 -0400
EU's Tusk calls euro zone summit on Greece for Tuesday
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk called a euro zone summit for Tuesday to discuss the Greek debt crisis after Greeks voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to reject the terms of a bailout.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:19:12 -0400
In Trinidad, joint unit of police, soldiers to combat gangs
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Trinidad and Tobago's leader has created a combined national security force to combat gang violence in a crime-troubled community.
Date Posted : Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:05:58 -0400
 

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