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Chosun Ilbo | 2015-07-06

Greek voters have overwhelmingly rejected a demand by the country’s lenders to impose more austerity measures on them in exchange for new bailout loans for the

The Associated Press | 2015-07-06

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

The Associated Press | 2015-07-06

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt’s Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company before it sold to

The Washington Post | 2015-07-06

Musically, it was hard to complain about the Grateful Dead’s farewell, otherwise known as “Fare Thee Well.” Some critics groused, but the seven musicians on

The Guardian | 2015-07-05

The German football body was told to vote for Qatar for ‘economic reasons’, Fifa president tells a newspaper, adding that he is ‘tired of taking the blame’

CNN | 2015-07-05

(CNN)After a series of failed resupply missions, a Russian capsule loaded with crew provisions is expected to dock at the International Space Station early

 

 

BREAKING: Greek interior ministry projection says ‘no’ camp will get more than 61 percent of vote.

It would seem that the Troika’s fearmongering campaign backfired




Kiwi cyberbullies face jail as New Zealand criminalizes trolling

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CNN | 2015-07-05

(CNN)After a series of failed resupply missions, a Russian capsule loaded with crew provisions is expected to dock at the International Space Station early

Al Jazeera | 2015-07-05

Colombia‘s top negotiator in peace talks with rebel group FARC has said his country could walk away from negotiations unless unless the group shows more

Yahoo Daily News | 2015-07-04

Traffic along the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France was disrupted late Friday night when dozens of migrants attempted to enter restricted areas of

The Associated Press | 2015-07-04

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Campaigns halt in Greece Saturday on the eve of a closely watched bailout referendum – with voters in a dead heat over whether to defy

Voa News | 2015-07-04

VOA News Across the United States Saturday, Americans celebrated the 239th anniversary of their country’s independence from Britain with parades, picnics,

Taipei Times | 2015-07-04

Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong plans to travel to the US for the first time this week and said he expects US President Barack




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Canberra Times | 04 Jul 2015

Greece‘s highest administrative court ruled Friday that a referendum planned for Sunday is constitutional, clearing the last serious hurdle before Greeks go to the polls for a vote that could set the country’s direction for decades. From the moment

 

 

 

Dawn | 2015-07-04

BEIRUT: Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major

Yahoo Daily News | 2015-07-04

Traffic along the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France was disrupted late Friday night when dozens of migrants attempted to enter restricted areas of

BBC News | 2015-07-03

3 July 2015 From the section Science & Environment The oceans are at parlous risk from a combination of threats Scientists have warned that marine life will

The Business Journals | 2015-07-03

The Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered aircraft began its flight over theHawaiian Islands Thursday as pilot passed 100 hours in the air, breaking all distance and

By of the Journal Sentinel An 11-year-old boy was seriously injured Thursday evening when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver onMilwaukee‘s south

 

 

 

Government Trolls Are Using ‘Psychology-Based Influence Techniques’ On YouTube, Facebook And Twitter

By Michael Snyder, End of the American Dream.

Troll Warning - Photo by GilHave you ever come across someone on the Internet that you suspected was a paid government troll?  Well, there is a very good chance that you were not imagining things.  Thanks to Edward Snowden, we now have solid proof that paid government trolls are using “psychology-based influence techniques” on social media websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.  Documents leaked by Snowden also reveal that government agents have been conducting denial-of-service attacks, flooding social media websites with thinly veiled propaganda and have been purposely attempting to warp public discourse online.  If we do not stand up and object to this kind of Orwellian behavior, it is only going to get worse and worse.

 

 

 

The Guardian | 03 Jul 2015

The Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, has pledged to resign if his country votes yes to the bailout plan proposed by international lenders.

 

The Times of India | 03 Jul 2015

LONDON: It was a clearly deflated Rafael Nadal who admitted he has no idea whether he can ever reproduce the form that helped him win twoWimbledon titles after maverick Dustin Brown inflicted a fourth successive embarrassment on Thursday. Nadal’s

 

The Hindu | 03 Jul 2015

Syrian government forces mounted heavy air strikes against rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, the day after a major Islamist-led offensive on areas of the city controlled byPresident Bashar al-Assad. Thursday’s

 

BBC News | 03 Jul 2015

3 July 2015 From the section Europe Mr Assange took part in an interview with the French television channel TF1 in late June France has rejected an appeal by the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to grant him asylum. Prosecutors in Sweden

BBC News | 2015-07-02

By Mark Urban Diplomatic and defence editor, Newsnight 2 July2015 From the section Europe Back in the 1990s something happened in central Bosnia-Herzegovina

Sun Sentinel | 2015-07-02

He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchangewhen he faced the challenge of a lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as

One day after Greece became the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund, the head of the international lender on

Yahoo Daily News | 2015-07-02

ADEN (Reuters) – Shells fired by Yemen‘s dominant Houthi group killed 18 people near the southern port city of Aden early on Wednesday, local officials and

The Irish Times | 2015-07-02

The captain of a TransAsia Airways ATR mistakenly switched off the plane’s only working engine seconds before it crashed in February, killing 43 people,

The Times of India | 2015-07-02

MANILA: A ferry with 173 people on board overturned in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday as rescuers rushed to the scene, the coast guard

Record 137,000 refugees, migrants crossed Mediterranean this year: UN

01 Jul 2015
A record 137,000 people made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean toEurope in the first half of 2015, most of them fleeing war, conflict and persecution, the United Nations said Wednesday. “Europe is living through a maritime refugee crisis of historic proportions,” the UN refugee agency warned in a report, adding that the number of
Migrants wait to disembark from a Coast Guard ship that rescued them at sea, in the Island of Lampedusa, Italy, Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Actress Jennifer Garner attends a special screening of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in New York.

Jennifer Garner reached her breaking point with Ben Affleck‘s drinking and gambling, and that’s why she called pulled the plug on their marriage sources connected with the couple tell TMZ. Our sources not surprisingly have 2 views of what

 

French President Francois Hollande, center, reviews troops, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, of the twelfth cuirassiers regiment in the military base of Olivet, near Orleans, central France, before delivering his New Year's greetings to French army forces.

PARIS (AP) – Two French soldiers serving in the African countryof Burkina Faso are being suspended over accusations of sexual abuse of minors, authorities said Tuesday. It is the second case of alleged sexual abuse of minors by French soldiers in

 

US President Barack Obama, right, leans over towards Cuban President Raul Castro during their meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday, April 11, 2015.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, a senior administration official said. The announcement marks a major step in ending

 

Toddlers sit in a baby carriage as their parents, unseen, stand nearby in Havana, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008.

HAVANA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared Cuba the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIVand syphilis from mother to child. The WHO said in a statement that an international delegation

 

Iran concluded negotiations about Iran's nuclear capabilities on November 2013.

VIENNA: Iran and six major powers on Tuesday gave themselves until July 7 to clinch a historic nuclear deal as a midnight deadline approached in marathon talks with no breakthrough in sight. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who joined the

 

West Bank Shooting

JERUSALEM One of four Israelis shot in the occupied West Bankon Monday by a suspected Palestinian gunman has died of his wounds in hospital, officials said on Tuesday. The night-time attack on a road outside a Jewish settlement was not claimed by

 

Rescue workers work at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Monday, March 30, 2015. European investigators are focusing on the psychological state of a 27-year-old German co-pilot who prosecutors say deliberately flew a Germanwings plane carrying 150 people into a mountain.

BERLIN (AP) — Lufthansa on Tuesday offered financial compensation to relatives of people killed in the Germanwings crash three months ago — a proposal that a lawyer representing many German families immediately described as inadequate. Lufthansa,
photo: AP / Claude Paris

30% of Great Wall has disappeared

Full ArticleThe Times of India

30 Jun 2015

BEIJING: Around 30% of China’s Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -including stealing the bricks to build houses -erode the Unesco World Heritage site, state media reported. The Great Wall is not a single un broken structure but stretches for

Great Wall of China.

Afghanistan's flag is seen, top right, as Afghan soldiers stand attention during a hand over ceremony of U.S.- run prison to Afghan government in Bagram north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

KABUL, Afghanistan: A suicide attacker driving an explosives-packed vehicle targeted a Nato military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, police and a Nato official said. Police on the scene said casualties were expected. “It was a

 

Militias of the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) deploy in an area in Tikrit

June 30: The Islamic State group has beheaded two women inSyria on accusations of “sorcery,” the first such execution of women in Syria, theSyrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor

 

A police officer gestures at the crowd near the site where an Air Force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 plane crashed Tuesday into a residential neighborhood in the country’s third-largest city of Medan, killing at least 20 people. Adam Malik hospital spokeswomanSairi M. Saragih said

 

Shinkansen at Kyoto Station

High-speed trains between Toyko and Osaka have been suspended after two passengers on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died after one doused himself in oil and set himself ablaze on Tuesday, media reports said. The train, carrying

 

A Houthi Shiite Yemeni wearing an army uniform stands guard at a street leading to the Presidential palace during clashes in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

SANAA: The Islamic State group claimed an attack on two Houthi rebel leaders in Sanaa on Monday night that medics said had killed at least 28 people, including eight women. The car bomb targeted Houthi rebel chief brothers Faysal and Hamid Jayache

 

An activist of Gaza flotilla gathering outside the Ministry of Public Order during a protest march in Athens, Greece, Sunday, July 3, 2011.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip early on Monday and brought it to an Israeli port, where it said the foreign activists onboard would be questioned before they are

 

Palestinian laborours work to construct new houses in a project funded by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Rafah, in the southern of Gaza Strip on December 28, 2011. Israel maintains a tight blockade on the Palestinian territory building into Gaza since Islamist Hamas took control over the Palestinian territory in 2007 but supplies may only be brought by recognised international organisations managing specifically approved projects.. Photo by Ahmed Deeb/ WN

GENEVA: Israel snubbed a United Nations Human Rights Councilsession on Monday debating a scathing report detailing likely war crimes committed during last year’s Gaza war, with Israel’s ambassador slamming the body as “morally flawed”. “I am out

 

 

 

Greece Will Default To IMF Tomorrow, Government Official Says

Earlier today, as the exchange between Greece and its creditors got increasingly belligerent, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi said that “Greece’s debt would still remain outstanding and creditors would expect this money back.” So did this latest antagonism change the Greek mind? According to a flash headline by the WSJ released moments ago, not all. In fact, Greece just made it official that it would default to the IMF in just over 24 hours: “Greece won’t pay IMF tranche due Tuesday, government official says”

 

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France, Kuwait, Tunisia: Where next?

29 Jun 2015

I woke up last Friday morning with every intention of catching up with my paperwork. But the pile remained untouched as I became increasingly drawn into the unfurling events of a day that became stained by terror across three continents. Sad is the day when we wake up with news of a brutal attack on a factory in France only to hear later of another

A Tunisian police officer on horse patrol the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, Sunday, June 28, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis: How will the GCC react to Iran nuclear deal?

Iran and the six major powers of the “P5+1” group are pressing forward in final negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme, with different deadlines staggered from end of June to early July. While the prospect of the talks’ success hovers overhead,

 

Iran nuclear talks may surpass deadline

June 29: Iran‘s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reportedly flown back to Tehran on Sunday night to discuss a final bargaining position on his country’s nuclear programme as the June 30 deadline to hammer out a final deal looked set to be

 

RussiaNATO Provocations Blasts Increasing

US-dominated NATO heads increasingly closer to direct confrontation with Russia – reckless imperial madness risking possible nuclear war. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced deployment of US troops and heavy weapons (including nuclear ones) in

 

At Stanford University, Ban says UN ready to build a better future for all

Print 27 June 2015The United Nations and the international community are experiencing an age of great difficulties and opportunities which will help define the future of the planet, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in a wide-ranging

 

Damaged CBTS building to be demolished

KATHMANDU: The quake-damaged building of the CentralBlood Transfusion Service at Pradarshani Marg will be demolished for reconstruction of a new and better structure, officials said. A new building will be constructed with the financial support from

 

Government ministers attend a cabinet meeting at the Greek Parliament in Athens, Friday, March 9, 2012.

The Greek parliament approved a referendum on the latest offer of a debt deal by its EU-IMF creditors by a majority vote late Saturday night, according to the assembly’s count. The referendum planned for Sunday July 5 was approved by at least 179

 

A man reads a flyer announcing a strike by metro services at the shuttered entrance of the Monastiraki Metro station in Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Greece’s long-running standoff with its European creditors appeared headed on Saturday for an abrupt and potentially cataclysmic ending as the continent’s finance ministers rejected an emergency Greek request to help the cash-starved country meet a
photo: AP / Petros Giannakouris

 

 

 

French terror suspect took selfie with beheaded victim

Full ArticleThe Times of India

28 Jun 2015

FONTAINES-SUR-SAONE: The top suspect in the beheading of a businessman thatFrench authorities are calling a terrorist attack took a “selfie” photo with the slain victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said Saturday. READ ALSO: Terror attack in France, severed head covered in Arabic writing found at

Police officers guard a road leading to a plant which was attacked on Friday in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, southeast of Lyon, France, Saturday, June 27, 2015. A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office says one of the four suspects detained over an explosion and beheading in southeast France has been released.

 

Government ministers attend a cabinet meeting at the Greek Parliament in Athens, Friday, March 9, 2012.

The Greek parliament approved a referendum on the latest offer of a debt deal by its EU-IMF creditors by a majority vote late Saturday night, according to the assembly’s count. The referendum planned for Sunday July 5 was approved by at least 179

 

A man reads a flyer announcing a strike by metro services at the shuttered entrance of the Monastiraki Metro station in Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Greece’s long-running standoff with its European creditors appeared headed on Saturday for an abrupt and potentially cataclysmic ending as the continent’s finance ministers rejected an emergency Greek request to help the cash-starved country meet a

 

Tourists arrive at the Nfidha airport near Sousse, Tunisia, Saturday June 27, 2015.

Planeloads of shocked foreign tourists flew home from TunisiaSaturday after a beachside massacre claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed 38 people and prompted a major security clampdown. The North Africannation, which relies heavily on

A security officer guards the entrance to the Imperial Marhaba hotel which was attacked on Friday in Sousse, Tunisia, Saturday, June 27, 2015.

Just three months after an attack on the National Bardo Museum, Tunisia is reeling from an even deadlier attack on tourists, raising questions about its ability to counter the jihadist threat. Friday’s assault by a Tunisian student at a popular

 

Demonstrators face off with riot police in the Musaga district of Bujumbura, Burundi, Monday, May 4, 2015.

Attackers in Burundi have set fire to a building that stored election material following weeks of violence over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial bid to run for a third term in office. Burundi’s national electoral commission

Opposition groups wave flags during a demonstration in front of the Seif Palace, Kuwait City on Tuesday March 8, 2011. The opposition in Kuwait is calling for protesters to join rallies for greater political freedoms inspired by those in Egypt and spreading across the oil-rich Gulf. The main target is Kuwait's prime minister, Sheik Nasser Al Mohammed Al Sabah, accused of stifling opposition and muzzling dissent.

?Kuwait detains suspects Mosque bombing claimed by IS Kuwait: Thousands of people in Kuwait have taken part in a mass funeral procession for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing that targeted a Shi’ite mosque. Police said on Saturday they are

 

A flowers at the scene of a shooting in Sousse, Tunisia, Saturday, June 27, 2015.

Tunisia‘s prime minister on Saturday called for all citizens to work together to defeat terrorism as thousands of tourists prepared to leave theNorth African country in wake of its worst terrorist attack ever. Tourists crowded into the airport at
photo: AP / Darko Vojinovic

It’s 2 In The Morning And Greeks Are Lining Up At ATMs; Alpha Limits Online Banking

 



Greece’s Tsipras calls referendum to break bailout deadlock

Full ArticleYahoo Daily News

27 Jun 2015

By Lefteris Papadimas and Renee Maltezou ATHENS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – GreekPrime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum on bailout demands from foreign creditors on Saturday, rejecting an “ultimatum” from lenders and putting a deal that could determine Greece‘s future in Europe to a risky popular vote. After a week of acrimonious talks in

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves the Maximos Mansion after his announced the referendum in a televised address in central Athens, early Saturday, June 27, 2015.

A flowers at the scene of a shooting in Sousse, Tunisia, Saturday, June 27, 2015.

Tunisia‘s prime minister on Saturday called for all citizens to work together to defeat terrorism as thousands of tourists prepared to leave theNorth African country in wake of its worst terrorist attack ever. Tourists crowded into the airport at

Greece's lawmakers attend the second round of voting to elect a new Greek president at the Parliament in Athens on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

The Associated Press ATHENS (AP) — Greece’s fraught bailout talks with its creditors took a dramatic turn early Saturday, with the radical left government announcing a referendum in just over a week on the latest proposed deal — and urging voters to

Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani

Islamic State militants infiltrated Syrian town on Thursday, killing at least 154 people and taking more than 100 hostage

New York State Department of Corrections Officers and a forest ranger, back, search a barn in Owls Head, N.Y. for convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat, Friday, June 26, 2015.

One of the two New York prison escapees has been shot and the other is being pursued, according to a report from CNN. The Buffalo News is

 

A body lays on a stretcher near a Tunisian beach, in Sousse, Friday June 26, 2015.

VOA News Tunisian officials say a terrorist attack near a hotel on the Mediterranean coast has left 37 people dead, including British, German andBelgian nationals. Interior Ministry officials say gunmen opened fire Friday on people on a beach near

 

 

Security forces and officials gather at a Shiite mosque after a deadly blast claimed by the Islamic State group that struck worshippers attending Friday prayers in Kuwait City

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A suicide bomber purportedly from anIslamic State affiliate unleashed the first terrorist attack in Kuwait in more than two decades on Friday, killing at least 27 people and wounding scores more in a bombing that targeted Shiite

 

Taylor Swift, right, hugs Calvin Harris after winning the award for top billboard 200 album for “1989” at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris have confirmed they are dating just in time to be named the current highest-paid celebrity couple on the planet. The singer and DJ placed top on Forbes magazine‘s Celebrity 100 index, which this year ranks entertainers
photo: AP / Chris Pizzello

EU leaders hash out voluntary system for taking in Mediterranean migrants

Full ArticleThe Guardian

26 Jun 2015

Fractious meeting running into early hours of Friday arrives at quota of 60,000 but exempts Hungary and Bulgaria

Migrants sit on the deck of the Belgian Navy vessel Godetia after they were saved at sea during a search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coasts, Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

 

 

 

 

President Barack Obama has lunch at The Coupe restaurant in Washington, D.C. with five young people to discuss affordable health care and enrolling young consumers through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Jan. 10, 2014.

The Affordable Care Act, upheld in a decisive 6-3 Supreme Courtruling Thursday, is now virtually assured of surviving as a permanent feature of theAmerican healthcare system. Republicans‘ chances of repealing the law, which provides health coverage

 

A woman using HTC phone - Smartphone

If you’re that sort of social media animal who measures their worth based on the number of likes they get on Instgram, you could be suffering from Social Media Anxiety Disorder. It’s been 30 minutes since you changed your profile picture and you’ve

Riot police officers stand by an overthrown car during a taxi drivers demonstration, Thursday, June 25, 2015 in Paris, France. French taxis are on strike around the country over Uber.

25 June 2015 From the section Europe French taxi drivers have blocked the roads to Paris airports and the main ring road around the city in a protest against Uber, prompting riot police to fire tear gas at some. The drivers set up blockades and

 

Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Barack Obama react after a heckler was removed from the East Room of the White House during a reception to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Washington.

Associated Press 6:42 a.m. EDT June 25, 2015 Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Barack Obama react after a heckler was removed from the East Room of the White House during a reception to celebrate LGBT PrideMonth, June 24, 2015, in

 

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets French President Francois Hollande, left, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England Tuesday July 10, 2012.

Queen Elizabeth II has warned of the dangers of a dividedEurope hours before her prime minister, David Cameron, presents his reform proposals for the EU at today’s summit in Brussels. At a dinner speech in Berlin the 89-year-old monarch warned her

South African President Jacob Zuma, left, during a guard of honor with South African President Deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, right, during the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb 9, 2012.

South Africa’s government will review its membership of theInternational Criminal Court (ICC) in the wake of a dispute over Pretoria‘s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a cabinet minister has said. The diplomatic argument erupted

 

A supporter of President Barack Obama uses a digital camera to snap a picture during a fundraiser at Southern Maine Community College, Friday, March, 30, 2012 in Portland, Maine.

US President Barack Obama has reassured his Frenchcounterpart Francois Hollande that Washington is no longer spying on him following leaks that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on the last three French presidents. Obama’s phone

 

 

 

 

Greeks defiant as clock ticks down in debt talks

Full ArticleKathimerini

25 Jun 2015

Greece‘s ruling Syriza party dismissed reform demands from the country’s international creditors as “blackmail” on Thursday as crisis talks to avert a debt default and a eurozone exit entered a critical phase. A parliamentary spokesman for Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras‘s left-wing party struck a defiant tone a day after eurozone finance

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, is greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Barack Obama react after a heckler was removed from the East Room of the White House during a reception to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Washington.

Associated Press 6:42 a.m. EDT June 25, 2015 Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Barack Obama react after a heckler was removed from the East Room of the White House during a reception to celebrate LGBT PrideMonth, June 24, 2015, in

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets French President Francois Hollande, left, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England Tuesday July 10, 2012.

Queen Elizabeth II has warned of the dangers of a dividedEurope hours before her prime minister, David Cameron, presents his reform proposals for the EU at today’s summit in Brussels. At a dinner speech in Berlin the 89-year-old monarch warned her

 

South African President Jacob Zuma, left, during a guard of honor with South African President Deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, right, during the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Feb 9, 2012.

South Africa’s government will review its membership of theInternational Criminal Court (ICC) in the wake of a dispute over Pretoria‘s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, a cabinet minister has said. The diplomatic argument erupted

A supporter of President Barack Obama uses a digital camera to snap a picture during a fundraiser at Southern Maine Community College, Friday, March, 30, 2012 in Portland, Maine.

US President Barack Obama has reassured his Frenchcounterpart Francois Hollande that Washington is no longer spying on him following leaks that the US National Security Agency (NSA) had spied on the last three French presidents. Obama’s phone

 

File photo: Chinese store assistants chat as they mind a pile of ribs on sale on the sidewalk outside their store in Beijing. The frozen ribs, thinly covered with meat and mainly used for soup

As reported by Daily Mail, the frozen meat was seized byChinese customs officials during a nationwide organized crime sweep. According to reports more than 22 individuals, who were members of 20 different gangs, were arrested during the operation.

A pro-Euro demonstrator is silhouetted behind a Greek flag during a rally outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Monday, June 22, 2015.

BRUSSELS, June 24 (Xinhua) — Eurozone financial ministers meeting suspended late Wednesday, two hours after the group’s critical talks aiming to secure a deal to save Greece from default, and is set to resume on Thursday. “We have not reached

 

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., emerges after a unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approving him to become America's next top diplomat, replacing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.

Nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran will not be affected by recent comments from Iran’s supreme leader who appeared to backtrack on key points of an emerging deal, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday. Kerry, who will leave on

Netherlands ordered to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Full ArticleBBC News

24 Jun 2015

24 June 2015 From the section Europe A Dutch court has ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020, in a case environmentalists hope will set a precedent for other countries. Climate changecampaigners brought the case on behalf of almost 900 Dutch citizens. They argued the government had a duty to protect its

File - Sand replenishment on the Dutch coast by the Waterway. A court in Holland has ordered the government to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020.

Israeli soldiers stand atop of a tank during a military exercise in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has carried out a “wave of arrests” of Druze Arabs suspected of two attacks, one of them fatal, on ambulances bringing casualties from Syria‘s civil war to Israeli hospitals, police said on Wednesday.

 

HEROIN TRADE

By Sui-Lee Wee BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Wednesday gave its first-ever assessment of the scourge of drug abuse, saying it caused annual economic losses of 500 billion yuan ($80.54 billion) and as many as 49,000 deaths last year. China has

 

Workers process chicken meat at the Huadu Foodstuffs Company near Beijing Monday Nov. 12, 2007. Beijing Olympics organisers took journalists on a tour of food processing companies which will provide food for the 2008 Olympics Monday, in an effort to allay fears over food safety standards in China. The tour followed a series of recent scares over tainted foods and products

More than 100,000 tonnes of frozen chicken wings, beef and pork – some decades old – seized in the nationwide crackdown

 

Marchers block the Pratt Street after a march to City Hall for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Baltimore.

(Reuters) – The autopsy of the Baltimore black man who died after being hurt while in police custody shows he suffered a “high-energy injury” like those in shallow-water diving accidents, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday. The spinal

An Iranian technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007

VIENNA: The gruelling diplomatic marathon towards a historic deal putting an Iranian nuclear bomb out of reach entered the final furlong on Tuesday with one week left for Iran and six major powers to finalise the accord. Whether they will manage to

 

People cool themselves off in polluted water near a port during a high heat wave, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, June 22, 2015.

KARACHI, Pakistan — A heat wave across Pakistan’s southernSindh province has killed at least 622 people, authorities said on Tuesday, as morgues overflowed with the dead and overwhelmed hospitals struggled to aid those clinging to life. Most of the

US President Barack Obama, left, and French President Francois Hollande look out over Omaha beach

The United States wiretapped three French presidents, including current leader Francois Hollande, documents released online by WikiLeaks showed Tuesday. The documents — classed as “Top Secret” and first reported in partnership with French

Isis ‘crucifies children for not fasting during Ramadan’ in Syria

Full ArticleThe Independent

23 Jun 2015

Two children have reportedly been “crucified” by Isis for not fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. The boys, believed to be under the age of 18, were killed in Syria and their bodies displayed with placards hung around their necks announcing their “crime”. Their deaths in the town of Mayadin, Deir Ezzorprovince, were reported by the UK-based

Syrian refugees mass at the Turkish border while they flee intense fighting in northern Syria between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in Akcakale, southeastern Turkey, Monday, June 15, 2015.

 

 

 

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich goes into a booth at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.

Related articles Yanukovych: former Ukrainian president who ‘vanished from history’ In this article People: Vladimir Putin LONDON — FormerUkraine president Viktor Yanukovych has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for “saving my life” during

Boko Haram suicide attack

BAUCHI(Nigeria): Two girls blew themselves up today near a crowded mosque in northeast Nigeria’s biggest city, killing about 30 people, witnesses said. It is the fourth suicide bombing this month in Maiduguri, which is the birthplace of the Boko

A pro-Euro demonstrator waves a European Union flag next to a giant Greek flag during a rally outside the Greek Parliament in Athens

Thousands of Greeks rallied in front of the national parliament last night to show support for the country’s place in the euro zone, but influential voices within the ruling Syriza party urged the leadership to hold firm to its election pledges. The

 

President Barack Obama is pictured on stage at a departure ceremony at the airport in Accra, Ghana, Saturday, July 11, 2009.

President Barack Obama said the United States has not overcome its history of racism. Speaking to comedian Marc Maron in an interview for his podcast, Obama said “racism, we are not cured of it.” He went on to use the n-word [a racial slur] to make

 

Confederate flags mark the Confederate Cemetery in Mount Pleasant, S.C. on Confederate Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has called for removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the state Capitol. On Monday, the

 An Israeli helicopter gunship fired 10 missiles into Gaza City&acute;s Zeitoun neighborhood late on Friday, targeting two metal workshops in the area, sources on both sides said. WN/Ahmed Deeb

According to a UN press release, 1,462 Palestinians died in the brief Gaza war – about one-third of them were children. According to Amnesty International, many of the Palestinian deaths were the result of Hamas and like-minded groups.

 

People wait in line to go into the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 22, 2015.

The Supreme Court has struck down a Los Angeles ordinance that permits the police to check guest registries at motels and hotels at any hour of the day or night. &#108;Related NationImportant cases pending before theSupreme Court and

 

 

 

 

 

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UN accuses Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes during 2014 Gaza war

Full ArticleThe Guardian

22 Jun 2015

Palestinian factions and the Israeli military accused of breaches of international law in UN commission report

File - The remains of a destroyed building following Israel's 50-day war on Gaza in 2014 are seen in the east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip January 8, 2015.

10,000 dogs killed in China's Lychee and Dog Meat Festival: Sign petition

There is utter outrage over the fact that approximately 10,000dogs will be killed for their meat in China. In Yulin, which is in the providence ofGuangxi in China, the two-day Lychee and Dog Meat Festival is being held. The event marks the summer

 

An unidentified man cools down in a stream to beat the heat, on the outskirt of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, June 14, 2007. According to local media dozens of people have lost their lives and hundreds have been hospitalized with heat stroke and gastroen

A heatwave in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi and other districts of southern Sindh province has killed at least 122 people, health officials have said. “Since Saturday 114 people have died in Karachi and eight others (have died) in three districts

 

A protester with a mask and a Greek flag is seen during clashes during the 24-hour nationwide general strike in Athens on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

Thousands of people have rallied in front of parliament inAthens, in support of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who presented new proposals to European leaders on Sunday aimed at ending his country’s debt crisis. Greece is set to join summit of

 

Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras leaves the Presidential Palace after meeting with President Karolos Papoulias in Athens, Sunday May 13 2012.

It’s crunch time for Greece. An emergency summit of Eurozone leaders in Brussels Monday will decide whether the heavily-indebted country, run by a left-wing government that refuses to make concessions that cut deeper into living standards, will

Sixty-six surfers from around the world pose with a custom built 42-foot, 1300 pound surfboard, which is a replica of surf champion Brett Simpson's board, center, just before riding the surfboard for 12 seconds to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® for “Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once” on Saturday, June 20, 2015 in Huntington Beach, CA. The surfboard, which thousands of spectators filled the Surf City USA shoreline to see, is also expected to break an additional record, "Largest Surfboard,” after official confirmation from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS®.

The record breaking surfboard attempt at Huntington Beachwas part of the city’s celebrations marking 100 years of surfing, reports USA Today. It was back in 1914 that George freeth from Hawaii showcased his surfing skills at the beach for the

 

A man serving liquor to other-Liquor-Alcoholism-India.

Eight more people died in Mumbai from drinking tainted liquor, raising the death toll to 92 in the worst such incident in India in more than a decade, police said yesterday. The eight men died late on Saturday, three days after drinking the cheap

 

Watercolours and drawings produced between 1904 and 1922 and mostly signed ‘A Hitler’ bought in controversial German sale A watercolour painting of Neuschwanstein castle, signed A Hitler.

Watercolours and drawings produced between 1904 and 1922 and mostly signed ‘A Hitler’ bought in controversial German sale

 

 

Charleston shootings: Emanuel AME church to reopen

Full ArticleBBC News

21 Jun 2015

21 June 2015 From the section US & Canada Some church members returned to the scene for the first time on Saturday The African-American church in which nine parishioners were shot dead in South Carolina is to reopen for services on Sunday. Members of Emanuel AME church met again on Saturday in the room where their friends died on Wednesday.

The men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. lead a crowd of people in prayer outside the Emanuel AME Church, Friday, June 19, 2015, after a memorial in Charleston, S.C. Thousands gathered at the College of Charleston TD Arena to bring the community together after nine people where shot to death at the church on Wednesday. The current brick Gothic revival edifice, completed in 1891 to replace an earlier building heavily damaged in an earthquake, was a mandatory stop for the likes of Booker T. Washington and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Still, Emanuel was not just a church for the black community.

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolours and drawings produced between 1904 and 1922 and mostly signed ‘A Hitler’ bought in controversial German sale A watercolour painting of Neuschwanstein castle, signed A Hitler.

Watercolours and drawings produced between 1904 and 1922 and mostly signed ‘A Hitler’ bought in controversial German sale

 

In this photo taken Saturday, April 14, 2012, a Tuareg separatist rebel from the NMLA (National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad) gestures from his vehicle, in a market in Timbuktu, Mali. West Africa's regional bloc is recommending the deployment of a regional force to Mali after Tuareg rebels declared an independent state, dubbed Azawad, following a military coup last month. Regional bloc ECOWAS said Friday, April 13 that the force would help Mali secure its territory and serve as peacekeepers.

BAMAKO An alliance of Tuareg-led rebels and the Malian government signed a peace deal on Saturday meant to draw a line under a 2012uprising and allow the authorities to focus on tackling Islamist militants in the desert north. The Algerian-brokered

 

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A female drug mule was arrested carrying 1.5kg of liquid cocaine in her breast implants as she tried to board a flight from the Colombian capital to Barcelona in Spain. Paola Deyanira

 

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ISTANBUL (AP) — At the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, diplomats talked about airing the grievances of disenchanted local youth using Facebook and Twitter. At the embassy in Khartoum, they reported anxiously on Iran’s military aid to Sudan. Meanwhile the

 

Burundian riot police and a police water cannon truck patrol following clashes with opposition protesters in a street in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi Sunday, April 26, 2015.

At least 11 police forces have been injured in a series of grenade attacks in the Burundian capital city of Bujumbura. The grenade attacks were carried out overnight in the capital’s districts of Jabe, Nyakabiga, Citiboke, and Musaga, AFP

 

In this Aug. 2, 2009 file photo, a British Airways Boeing 747 taxis away from Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport

A stowaway has plunged to his death from a plane and landed on a business in a busy high street – while another is in hospital. The two men are believed to have clung on to a British Airways plane as it flew more than 8,000miles (12,875km) from

 

File - Activists who plan to send anti-North Korea leaflets, hold a defaced image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as police officers stand guard during a rally in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

TOKYONorth Korea has made some wacky claims over the years — such as the one about discovering unicorns and the photos showing Kim Jong Un at the top of a snow-capped Mount Paekdu, which would have you believe he apparently climbed in dress shoes.
photo: AP / Lee Jin-man
  • Das Logo von Google markiert einen Sitz des Internetunternehmens in Bruessel, Belgien (Foto vom 23.03.10).

    California: Google plans to censor unauthorized nude photos from its influential Internet search engine in a policy change aimed at cracking down on a malicious practice known as “revenge porn.” The new rules announced on Friday will allow people

     

    State police guard a beer distribution center after it was attacked in the town of Garcia, on the outskirts of the northern city of Monterrey, Mexico, Friday, June 19, 2015.

    Gunmen stormed a beer business in northern Mexico on Friday, killing 10 people in broad daylight and leaving some of the victims naked over an apparent gang feud, officials said. Several armed men arrived in two vehicles before attacking people

     

    A villager drives a bullock cart across a dried-up pond in Luliang, in southwest China's Yunnan province, Monday, March 22, 2010. The worst drought in decades in China's  southern provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, and Sichuan, as well as the Guangxi Autonomous Region and the city of Chongqing, has forced local governments to tap underground water sources and use cloud seeding to produce rain for agricultural production

    20 June 2015 From the section Science & Environment Climate change and deforestation are among the reasons we may be facing an extinction event The Earth has entered a new period of extinction, a study by three US universities has concluded, and

     

    Brazil's player Neymar gestures during a team training session in Santiago, Chile, Friday, June 19, 2015.

    Brazil captain Neymar was sensationally thrown out of the rest of the Copa America on Friday after being hit with a four-match ban for headbutting a Colombian opponent. South American football’s governing bodyCONMEBOL confirmed the

     

    Pakistani journalists and civil society members hold a candle light vigil for the victims of a Taliban attack on a school, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

    Terrorist violence exploded around the world last year, driven by a surge in attacks by the Islamic State extremist group in the Middle East andBoko Haram in West Africa, the State Department said in a report Friday. The number of terrorist attacks

     

    Re-enactors reconstruct "The French Attack" as part of the commemoration of the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo in Braine-l'Alleud, near Waterloo, Belgium on Friday, June 19, 2015.

    The sounds of war rang out on the fields of Belgium on Thursday as the Battle of Waterloo was restaged 200 years after the clash that ended Napoleon‘s imperial ambitions and changed the course of European history. In what was billed as the

     

    Sony Pictures Entertainment : Sony Pictures Plaza in Culver City, California .

    A second cache of 276,394 documents stolen from Sony Pictures Entertainment — possibly by hackers in North Korea — was posted online Thursday by the not-for-profit media organization WikiLeaks. Posted on the third anniversary of WikiLeaks’ founder
    photo: Creative Commons

    UN to launch fresh Yemen aid appeal amid worsening humanitarian crisis

    19 Jun 2015

    Organisation sought $274m in April for country feeling effects of blockade set up in attempt to contain Houthi rebels’ advance

    A man searches for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, June 12, 2015.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    President Barack Obama talks on the phone with FBI Director Robert Mueller to receive an update on the explosions that occurred in Boston, in the Oval Office, April 15, 2013.

    Related articles Charleston church shooting suspect arrestedGunman kills nine people at South Carolina church In this article People: Barack Obama WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama was clearly angry, but mainly frustrated. Once again he was

    Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters on the economy and high gasoline prices as Senators Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., left, Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., 2nd right, listen Wednesday, May 7, 2008 Capitol Hill in Washingto

    Bernie Sanders likes to call it “practicing democracy.” He doesn’t take the stage to a blaring soundtrack. He doesn’t have a teleprompter or a phalanx of Secret Service agents surrounding him. But when his Brooklyn accentbooms out at a campaign stop

     

    Hundreds of thousands of tiny crabs have been washing up on the beaches of Southern California in the US. 19 June 2015.

    19 June 2015 Last updated at 07:03 BST Hundreds of thousands of tiny crabs have been washing up on the beaches of Southern California in the US, after warm ocean currents carried them closer to the shoreline than usual. The red tuna crabs have been

     

    Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time political prisoner, delivers a speech after receiving the European Union's 1990 Sakharov Prize

    Myanmar’s indomitable opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has entwined her life with the politics of her country, but as she turns 70 today “The Lady” is facing one of the greatest challenges of her decades-long freedom fight. While her National

     

    Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof, second from left, is escorted from the Shelby Police Department in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015.

    (CNN)There’s a pioneering education nonprofit in Boston that uses stories of past bigotry to teach young people about tolerance. It’s called “Facing History and Ourselves.” Which pretty much sums up our national challenge for the foreseeable future.

    Helle Thorning-Schmidt, leader of the Danish Social Democrats and likely to be new prime minister talks to her party fellows after her coalition won the election in Copenhagen, Denmark Thursday Sept. 15th 2011.

    Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has conceded defeat in the small Nordic country’s parliamentary elections, and put an end to her four years as head of a left-leaning government. Thorning-Schmidt told party members she will

     

    Jeralean Talley, the world's oldest-known person, has died in Michigan 26 days after her 116th birthday.

    A woman deemed the world’s oldest person has died in the US about a month after her 116th birthday. Her death leaves just two people alive who were verified to have been born in the 1800s. Jeralean Talley died at herhome in the Detroit,

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mediterranean crisis reflects escalating migration worldwide

    18 Jun 2015

    Footage of Irish naval personnel rescuing women, men and children in peril at sea has brought the crisis in the Mediterranean closer to home. There is rightly much pride in the life-saving work of the LÉ Eithne and its crew. Search-and-rescueoperations are the immediate priority. However, it is clear that a comprehensive response to a humanitarian

    A Syrian mother holds her ten month-old son Ahmad after their arrival at a refugee and migrant camp in the village of Moria on the northeastern Greek island of Lesvos on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Packaged food with "Maggi" sign on it are displayed at a grocery store in Bangalore, India, Friday, June 5, 2015.

    18 June 2015 From the section India Nestle India has begun the process to destroy Maggi noodles Nestle will destroy 400 million packets of its hugely popular Maggi noodles, following a ban imposed by India’s food safety regulator. The company says it

     

    A Yemeni police investigator collects pictures of police cadets who were killed in a car bombing outside a police academy in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.

    A Yemeni armed group linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks targeting mosques and the headquarters of country’s dominant Houthi group in Sanaa. Dozens of people are reportedly dead

     

    A pensioner takes part at a protest in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

    Reuters ATHENS— A few thousand demonstrators rallied in front of the parliament in Athens on Wednesday to protest against austerity and back the leftist government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in its standoff withGreece‘s international

     

    People stand amid bodies covered with blankets in a mosque after a suicide attack during the noon prayer in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, March 20, 2015

    Associated Press SANA‘A, YEMEN— Two suicide bombers and another blast targeted the headquarters of Yemen‘s Shi’ite rebels in the capital,Sana’a, on Wednesday, as earlier Saudi-led airstrikes hit a convoy of civilian vehicles and

     

    A television screen at the trading post of specialist John Parisi, left, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, shows the decision of the Federal Reserve, Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy has strengthened since a slump early this year but wants to see

     

    The AT&T Telecom branch in Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA as seen on this January 27, 2010 file photo.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T Mobility LLC has been hit with a $100 million fine for offering consumers “unlimited”

     

    Workers adjust a valve at a pumping station along a natural gas pipeline which connects Colombia and Venezuela in Ballenas, Manaure, in northeast Colombia, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, the day before Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez and Ecuador's President, Rafael Correa inaugurate the 225 km natural gas pipeline. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez)hg3

    BOGOTA, June 17 Colombia‘s Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline, the country’s second biggest by volume, has been shut due to damage from bomb attacks by leftist FARC rebels that caused a significant spill that has contaminated a nearby river, the army

     

     

     

    RBS fails to make 600,000 payments to customers because of IT glitch

    17 Jun 2015

    Delay in payments – including tax credits and disability living allowance – is the latest technology failure to affect UK bank customers

    File - A woman uses a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) cash machine with an RBS logo above it, in the City of London, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    File - Former Turkish President Suleyman Demirel shows an envelop holding his ballot paper as he casts his vote at a polling station in a primary school in Turkish capital of Ankara, Sunday, July 22, 2007.

    Suleyman Demirel, one of the dominant figures in Turkey‘s politics for the past half-century, died early Wednesday, hospital officials said. He was 90. Demirel died at Ankara‘s Guven Hospital of heart failure and a respiratory tract infection,

     

    A South Korean man wears a mask as a precaution against the MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, virus as he passes by a spiderman picture in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. South Korea believes its MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government's belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed seven people and infected nearly 100 in the country.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    South Korean health officials have reported eight new cases ofMiddle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as the potentially deadly illness continues to claim more lives in the East Asian nation. South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare

     

    A sign on a door of a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., building warns of windy conditions, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

    Tropical Storm Bill moved slowly over inland Texas on Tuesday, bringing another round of heavy rain to a state weary from recent deadly floods, evacuations and washed-out roads. The storm came ashore shortly before noon along Matagorda Island with
    photo: AP / Wilfredo Lee

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Nigerian Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru at the U.S. Department of State in Washington

    WASHINGTON The United States plans to provide $5 million to help support a regional military force fighting Nigeria‘s Islamist militant groupBoko Haram, a state department official said on Tuesday. Boko Haram last year held a vast swathe of

     

    Developer Donald Trump displays a copy of his net worth during his announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON: “In America, anybody can be president. That’sone of the risks you take,” joked American politician Adlai Stevenson, sometimes described as the greatest president US never had. An already packed field of White House aspirants got even

     

    A policeman with his cloth-covered weapon stands guard with other security personnel in a street in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

    By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) -Yemen‘s warring parties have agreed at U.N.-sponsored peace talks on the need for a ceasefire but the details remain under discussion, a delegate to the discussions said on Tuesday. The U.N.

     

    File - Consumers at a fast-food restaurant, McDonald's

    In a final move to ban trans fats from the American food supply, the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday removed hydrogenated oils from its list of food additives that may be used by food manufacturers without special clearance because they are

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     




    The hedge fund billionaire at war with Argentina is taking on the Samsung dynasty

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MOSCOW: PENTAGON PLAN ‘MOST AGGRESSIVE STEP’ SINCE COLD WAR


     

     

     

     

     

    FIFA’s Blazer agreed to act undercover for US prosecutors

    16 Jun 2015

    Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer agreed to act undercover for US prosecutors and has been cooperating since at least 2011 in the government’s investigation of soccer corruption. Blazer‘s 19-page cooperation agreement from Nov. 25, 2013, was unsealed Monday after a federal judge agreed to a request by five media organizations and

    In this Jan. 28, 2008,file photo, CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer, left, and President Jack Warner chat during a news conference in Miami.

    al-Qaida fighters and yemen

    (CNN)Top al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi has died in a drone strike. Al-Wuhayshi was the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of AQAP. Two Yemeni national security officials told CNN that al-Wuhayshi was

     

    In this May 18, 2013 file photo released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions, climbers make their way to the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas

    China’s national survey agency says the mountain moved slightly south-west, reversing its gradual north-easterly shift of the past decade

     

    Indians stretch as they attend a yoga session in the rain in New Delhi, India, Sunday, June 14, 2015. The United Nations has declared that June 21 will be observed as the International Day of Yoga.

    NEW DELHI: On a sticky morning last week, deputy commissioner Chandra Shekhar Sahukar of India‘s agriculture ministry (animal husbandry department, small ruminant section) found himself in a yoga class for the first time in his 57 years, miserably

    Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir is seen during the opening session of the AU summit in Johannesburg, Sunday, June 14, 2015. A South African judge on Sunday ordered authorities to prevent  al-Bashir,  from leaving the country because of an international order for his arrest, human rights activists said.(AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed)

    Johannesburg: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir flew out ofSouth Africa on Monday, defying a court order for him to stay as judges weighed up whether he should be arrested for alleged war crimes and genocide. The International Criminal Court (ICC)

     

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    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Tuesday, June 2, 2015

    ‘We will take Washington – the static capital of this dynamic country – out of the business of causing problems’ US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Photo: AFP Miami: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush began his US presidential bid

     

    President Omar al-Bashir casts his ballot as he runs for another term, on the first day of the presidential and legislative elections, in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, April 13, 2015.

    By Dinky Mkhize PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africa will on Monday argue against a court application to force the government to arrestSudanese President Omar al-Bashir who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court, the justice ministry

    What is it about the French that makes them think and speak as they do? A new book has answers

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    Philae awakes: What next for probe after 7 month nap on comet?

    Full ArticleNew Scientist

    15 Jun 2015

    The Philae lander is back in action (Image: ESA/ATG medialab) What a wake-up call. On Saturday night, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne received 85 seconds of incredibly good news: a data chirp from the missing European Space Agency lander Philae. Despite seven months adrift and alone on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since its bumpy

    This single frame Rosetta navigation camera image was taken from a distance of 85.7 km from the centre of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 14 March 2015. Philae Lander awoke from a seven-month sleep and has communicated with Earth for more than a minute.




    President Omar al-Bashir casts his ballot as he runs for another term, on the first day of the presidential and legislative elections, in Khartoum, Sudan, Monday, April 13, 2015.

    By Dinky Mkhize PRETORIA (Reuters) – South Africa will on Monday argue against a court application to force the government to arrestSudanese President Omar al-Bashir who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court, the justice ministry

     

    Rosetta and Philae separation confirmed

    PARIS: Europe‘s robot lab Philae has made followup contact with Earth more than a day after sending home its first message in nearly seven months since landing on a comet, its ground operators said on Monday. The lander reestablished contact early

     

    People stand in front of the Greek state television ERT headquarters

    Greece enters what could be a defining week after last-ditch negotiations between representatives of the Greek government and its creditors collapsed on Sunday. The euro dropped as the European Commission said the talks in Brussels had broken up

     

    In this Jan. 31, 2013 file photo, Algerian soldiers and officials stand in front of the gas plant in Ain Amenas, seen in background, during a visit organized by the Algerian authorities for news media. The U.S. said the military launched an airstrike Saturday, June 13, 2015, targeting an al-Qaida leader in eastern Libya who has been charged with leading the attack on the gas plant in Algeria in 2013 that killed 35 hostages.

    15 June 2015 From the section US & Canada Belmokhtar was a former senior figure in al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) A top Islamist militant who ordered a deadly attack on an Algerian gas plant two years ago has been killed in a US air

     

    European Parliament Surrenders to Washington on Russia Policy

    The European Parliament, Council of the European Union andEuropean Commission share EU legislative functions separate from individual member states’ right of initiative power to propose and enact new laws for their respective countries. During a

     

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a military parade marking National Army Day in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 18, 2015.

    VOA News Iran‘s president said Saturday that a final nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers was “within reach,” provided that no new issues arose ahead of the June 30 deadline. Speaking to reporters in Tehran, President

    Save the Children a victim of a wider Pakistani crackdown on NGOs

    Pakistan’s expulsion of Save the Children is the latest turn in a months-long crackdown on international aid organisations operating there, with some suspending operations in the face of government refusal to renew their official permits. On Friday
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    Russia and China ‘broke into Snowden files to identify British and US spies’

    Full ArticleThe Guardian

    14 Jun 2015

    Sunday Times says Downing Street believes both nations have hacked intoAmerican whistleblower’s files, and that agents have been put in peril

    A banner supporting Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, is displayed at Central, Hong Kong's business district, Friday, June 21, 2013.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    European Parliament Surrenders to Washington on Russia Policy

    The European Parliament, Council of the European Union andEuropean Commission share EU legislative functions separate from individual member states’ right of initiative power to propose and enact new laws for their respective countries. During a

     

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a military parade marking National Army Day in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 18, 2015.

    VOA News Iran‘s president said Saturday that a final nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers was “within reach,” provided that no new issues arose ahead of the June 30 deadline. Speaking to reporters in Tehran, President

    Save the Children a victim of a wider Pakistani crackdown on NGOs

    Pakistan’s expulsion of Save the Children is the latest turn in a months-long crackdown on international aid organisations operating there, with some suspending operations in the face of government refusal to renew their official permits. On Friday

     

    Afghan police officers, one with flowers in the barrel of his weapon, leave their checkpoint

    At least 17 Afghan policemen were killed on Saturday when dozens of Taliban militants stormed their outpost in the country’s volatile south, the latest attack of an increasingly deadly summer fighting season. The pre-dawn raid occurred in Helmand

     

    Palestinian children shout slogans and hold the Egypt flag during a rally in front of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip on June 21, 2011, demanding it to be open permanently and without restrictions or conditions on the passengers. ( Photo By Ahmed Deeb/wn)

    Stars and Stripes

    RAFAH, Gaza StripEgypt opened its borders with the Gaza Strip for the first time in months Saturday, allowing Palestinians to enter and leave the isolated coastal strip. The Rafah border crossing will operate for six hours a day for the coming

    In this May 14, 2009 file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, Guantanamo detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire, inside Camp 4 detention facility at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba

    A pause in prisoner transfers from Guantanamo Bay has ended with the arrival Saturday in Oman of six Yemenis long held at the U.S. prison for suspected terrorists. It was the first movement of detainees out of Guantanamo in five months as Congress

     

    File - Ukrainian servicemen take position at the front line outside Kurahovo, in the Donetsk'region of Ukraine, Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

    Clashes between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russia forces have left six Ukrainian soldiers killed and 14 others wounded in the east of the country. “Six Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and another 14 injured as a result of active hostilities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where there’s smoke, there’s fire: Greek fears rock markets

    13 Jun 2015

    Greek financial markets were sent reeling yesterday by the news that seniorEuropean Union officials have formally discussed a debt default by Athens for the first time and multiplying signs that negotiations over a cash-for-reforms deal have stalled. The Greek stock market sank more than 5.9 per cent, with the stricken country’s highly vulnerable

    A supporter of the Greek Communist party's labor union PAME takes part in an anti-austerity rally at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Thursday, June 11, 2015.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie

    June 13: Actress-filmmaker Angelina Jolie, addressing theAfrican Union summit, has called for more global support to end violence against women around the world. Jolie, 40, who is the special envoy to the United NationsHigh Commission for Refugees,

     

    Swedish Prince Carl Philip, right and his fiancee Sofia Hellqvist pose for photographers, standing by M/S Stockholm, in Stockholm, Friday, June 12, 2015, for a pre-wedding party, ahead of their nuptials on Saturday.\

    13 June 2015 From the section Europe The couple held a wedding dinner on the night before the event An ex-reality TV star is set to become the first “commoner” for centuries to become a Swedish princess when she marries Prince

    Bosnia trips again on EU road as Balkan troubles mount

    A plan to “reboot” Bosnia’s faltering European Unionintegration has stumbled at the first hurdle, as the country’s Serb-run region blocked a key reform programme amid rising tension ahead of the 20thanniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. The

     

    In this Feb. 19 2015 file photo, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, speaks during a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House sidetracked a high-profileWhite House-backed trade bill on Friday, a humiliating defeat for President Barack Obama inflicted by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and dozens of rank-and-file lawmakers from his own party. The

     

    Opposition Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott speaks during a press conference in Canberra, Australia, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. Labor Party now would need an additional three seats to form a minority government, as would the conservative coalition, but Labor controls the caretaker administration in the meantime under Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

    Australia’s prime minister yesterday sidestepped charges that officials from his country paid people smugglers to turn their boat around and return with 65 would-be migrants to Indonesian waters, but said Australia had to be creative to stop the flow

     

    A radiation detection device sits as new evacuees arrive for screening at an evacuee center for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear facilities, Monday, March 21, 2011, in Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Despite living in such proximity to the Fukushima nuclear facility, evacuees at the shelter had never had an emergency drill to prepare them for a nuclear disaster.

    TOKYOJapan‘s government approved Friday a revised 30- to 40-year roadmap to clean up the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, but many questions remain. The plan, endorsed by Cabinet members and officials, delays the start of a key initial step – the

     

    Twitter - Socila media

    VOA News WASHINGTON— U.S. authorities say two men accused of plotting to attack police officers in Massachusetts are being charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State militants. A U.S.Justice Department statement named the

     

     

     

     

    Strauss-Kahn set to avoid conviction in French pimping trial

    Full ArticleYahoo Daily News

    12 Jun 2015

    Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn looked set to avoid conviction Friday in the latest legal snare over his sexual escapades when a French judge rules on pimping charges against him. Even the prosecutor felt the case against the 66-year-old economist had unravelled, calling for him to be acquitted after a colourful three-week trial which exposed

    Former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his hotel in Lille, northern France, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.

    Palestinians enjoy the beach in Gaza City, Monday June 7, 2010. The Israeli navy killed four Palestinian militants in diver suits off the coast of Gaza before dawn Monday, the Israeli military and Palestinian officials said. The deadly incident comes a week after nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed in a clash with naval commandos as their vessel tried to reach Gaza.

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The relatives of one of fourPalestinian children killed on a Gaza beach during the war between Hamas andIsrael last year are outraged that the

     

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media conference after an EU summit of eurogroup members at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

    German prosecutors have closed their investigation into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s phone by the US National Security Agency, saying they have been unable to find evidence that would stand up in court. Prosecutors opened an

     

    Pakistani children look through window of a room after being rescued by police during a raid at an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan on early Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.

    Pakistani authorities have sealed off the offices of the international aid group Save the Children, saying the charity was “working against the country”, police and government officials say. Government officialsaccompanied by police arrived at the

     

    A new social media trend has kicked off in China, with thousands of netizens uploading photographs of themselves showing off their bodies and undertaking the challenge.Challenge: Can you touch your belly button. 12 June 2015

    A new online craze from China is taking the Internet by storm as thousands of people continue to post selfies of themselves doing ‘the belly button challenge’. Since Wednesday, the topic has received more than 130 million hits and has been the number

     

    File - A young dog in training, Val, opens the refrigerator door during a training session in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

    Research appears to show dogs will snub people who are mean to their owners

     

    Two Bactrian camels at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxfordshire, England.

    By Jonathan Ball BBC News 12 June 2015 From the sectionScience & Environment Mers is an emerging human infection, so scientists want to untangle the dynamics of the virus in camels Camels aged less than four years might be a major source of

     

    Chadian soldiers display a Boko Haram flag for the benefit of the press in the Nigerian city of Damasak, Nigeria, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Damasak was flushed of Boko Haram militants last week.

    The UN Security Council has called for stepped-up action inAfrica against extremist groups Boko Haram and the Lord’s Resistance Army. The council warned that the security situation in parts of the Central African region is “grave” because of

    UK spying laws should be scrapped, Anderson report says, as surveillance powers likely to receive …

    Full ArticleThe Independent

    11 Jun 2015

    The government should scrap its system of spying laws, recommends a new report commissioned by David Cameron, and powers of spies to read people’s private messages could be dramatically curtailed. The current laws are “undemocratic, unnecessary

    File - An aerial image of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis attend a Presidential vote in Athens, on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

    Talks between Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and hisFrench and German counterparts yielded no real breakthrough last night, though all sides pledged to intensify efforts to find a solution to the Greek impasse.Despite indications earlier in

     

    Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, smiles during halftime of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Here’s “Money” Mayweather giving a couple ESPN anchors a glimpse of the $100 million check he earned in the fight’s aftermath. According toForbes, Mayweather has consistently been ranked No. 1 among the world’s highest

     

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter seen during their meeting in Moscow, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.

    OWEN GIBSON Fifa has suspended bidding for the 2026 World Cup in light of the chaos that has enveloped the organisation on a day when Swissinvestigators seized fresh evidence from the offices of the outgoing president, Sepp Blatter. Scottish FA

     

    Mount Kinabalu

    A Malaysian government official blames four Westerners for causing an earthquake last Friday after they posed naked on top of Mount Kinabalu, CBS News reports. A magnitude-5.9

    Pieces of Afghan Peace

    Afghanistan is one the few countries in the world which suffers from four decades of war and violence. Millions of people have been killed, injured or forced to flee. The war costs trillions of dollars for all engaged parties, including the US and

     

    US Airlines

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is proposing to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way

     

    Less than half of US Democrats and Europeans would want to defend a NATO state attacked by Russia

    The Pew Research Centre has just released a monster piece of research on public attitudes to NATO, Ukraine and Russia. Fears of Russian expansion have been making daily headlines for more than a year, since the beginning of Moscow‘s annexation of
    photo: US Army / Glenn Fawcett

     

    Barack Obama poised to send more troops to train Iraqi forces

    Full ArticleDeccan Chronicle

    10 Jun 2015

    Washington: President Barack Obama appears poised to approve the deployment of hundreds more US training personnel to Iraq, in a bid to reverse gains by theIslamic State group. Officials said Obama is considering authorizing an increase of under 500 troops to boost the capacity of the Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters. “We are considering

    Obama is considering authorizing an increase of under 500 troops to boost the capacity of the Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters.

    A close-up during Conference for Burundi's Development Partners. 29 october 2012. Photo by Jean-Marc Ferré

    BUJUMBURA Burundi‘s president has issued a decree delaying the presidential election to July 15 from June 26, his spokesman said on Wednesday, after six weeks of protests sparked by Pierre Nkurunziza‘s bid for a third term in office. “He has

     

    A woman has become the first in the world to give birth to a baby using transplanted ovarian tissue frozen when she herself was still a child. 10 June 2015.

    10 June 2015 From the section Health The woman was implanted with her childhood tissue A woman has become the first in the world to give birth to a baby using transplanted ovarian tissue frozen when she herself was still a child. The 27-year-old had

     

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the White House after a meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009

    JERUSALEM, June 9 (Xinhua) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday reiterated his commitment to the two-state solution, saying there were no preconditions to renew negotiations with Palestinians. Netanyahu said at the annual Herzliya

    Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter and former Secretary of Defense William Perry sit down for a meeting with members of the Bay Area women CEOs and business leaders at Stanford University to participate in a discussion about nuclear nonproliferation in Palo Alto, California, April 17, 2013.

    WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is drawing up plans to expand the training of Iraqi forces and Sunni tribal fighters in a step that could mean deploying hundreds of additional US troops, officials said on Tuesday. ButPresident Barack Obama‘s administration

     

    G7: No reclamation, urges Ukraine cease-fire

    Group of Seven (G7) leaders on Monday strongly opposed “large scale land reclamation” in the South China Sea and called for full implementation of a cease-fire in Ukraine, taking aim at attempts by China and Russia to change the status quo by force.

    White House workers walk on the roof of the White House after lowering the flag to half staff for the death of U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in Washington.

    Washington, June 09: The US Secret Service interrupted the daily press conference of White House spokesperson Josh Earnest in order to temporarily evacuate the briefing room and one of the gardens of the presidential residence because of a bomb

    A park ranger loyal to the CNDP escorts visitors through the Virunga National Park, near the Uganda border in eastern Congo, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008.

    Leaked documents appear to show Soco paid $42,000 to officer who was filmed offering bribes to opponents of oil exploration in DRC national park
    photo: AP / Jerome Delay

    Fifa’s Jack Warner accused of diverting funds intended for Haiti earthquake victims

    Full ArticleThe Guardian

    09 Jun 2015

    US justice department papers seen by BBC allege that US$750,000 for victims of2010 quake went to bank account controlled by former Fifa vice-president

    File - Seabees assigned to Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 clear rubble and rebar from the demolished Hotel Montana, the former four-star hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti Jan. 12, 2010.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    US Army takes down its website after hackers post messages

    Twitter handle: SyrianElectronicArmy The US Army said on Monday it temporarily took down

     

    In this April 4, 2015, frame from video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C.

    Washington, June 9 (IANS) A grand jury on Monday indicted a white former police officer on a murder charge for fatally shooting a black man in April this year in the US state of South Carolina. Former officer Michael Slager, 33, had been jailed in

     

    President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks about the health care reform bill, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the Interior Department in Washington

    WASHINGTON – The US Supreme Court on Monday sided withUS President Barack Obama and invalidated a law that would allow Congress to require the State Department to indicate on passports that Jerusalem is part ofIsrael. In a 6-3 decision, the US top

     

    This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian army troops hold up national flags in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanon border, Homs province, Syria, Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

    VOA News The U.S. Army said Monday it temporarily took down its website after an element of the Army.mil service provider’s content was compromised in a hacking incident. A group

    Obama says Putin on doomed drive to recreate Soviet glories

    KRUEN, Germany U.S. President Barack Obama accusedPresident Vladimir Putin of wrecking Russia‘s economy in a doomed drive to recreate the glories of the Soviet empire and G7 leaders said they could step up sanctions against Moscow if violence in

    G7 states vow to wipe out Ebola but offer little concrete action

    KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) – Leaders of the Group of Sevenindustrial nations pledged on Monday to wipe out Ebola but offered little in terms of concrete action, disappointing non-governmental organizations. G7 leaders said in a communique at the end

    Protesters carry defaced posters of Islamic state leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, left, and Iraqi Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, right, as they chant slogans against the Islamic State group during a protest at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 27, 2015.

    Reuters U.S. officials say documents taken by Delta Force from the residence of ISIS‘ financial officer killed in Syria last month reveal valuable information about how other top officials evade
    photo: AP / Hadi Mizban

    It’s up to us to create a better future for the planet

    Full ArticleThe Guardian

    08 Jun 2015

    My generation is the first to grow up with climate change and the very last that will be able to do anything about it – unless we act now

    File - The extent of South Africa's reliance on coal is clear to see. In the province of Mpumalanga the landscape is scarred with huge coal-fired power stations and vast open-cast mines, the surface of the countryside literally having been scraped away, 4 February, 2012.

    In this photo taken, July 26, 2013, Chea Sim President ruling of of Cambodian People's Party Chea Sim and Senate President, is seen at the final campaign for the July 28 general election, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Chea Sim a key Cambodian political figure after the fall of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and an ally of Prime Minister Hun Sen, has died at age 82, the head of his bodyguard unit says. He had been in ill health for many years and hospitalized in recent months. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Chea Sim, a key Cambodian political figure after the fall of theKhmer Rouge government and an ally of Prime Minister Hun Sen, has died at age 82. Sim was president of the ruling

    Obama, Merkel mending ties

    KRUN, Germany – Before he sat down with the leaders of the seven largest industrialized democracies here on Sunday, President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a sign of how important their sometimes strained relationship has become to

     

    This photo provided by New York State Governor's office shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a catwalk looking into the cell that inmates escaped from at a maximum-security prison near the Canadian border in Dannemora, NY. Gov. Cuomo said Saturday, June 6, 2015, that Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, "are two dangerous individuals.

    New York authorities have offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of two convicted murderers who used power tools to break out of a maximum security prison. The pair may have had help, and they left a taunting note for

     

    Selahattin Demirtas

    Good looks and broad message have enabled the former lawyerSelahattin Demirtas to overcome Turkey’s notoriously high entry barrier for new parties

     

    This combination made from photos released by the New York State Police shows inmates David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt. Authorities on Saturday, June 6, 2015

    A frantic manhunt was on yesterday for two convicted murderers who busted out of New York state‘s biggest maximum security prison by cutting through cell walls with power tools and escaping along tunnels. KillersRichard Matt, 48, and David Sweat,

    Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka celebrates after winning the men's second round match against Britain's Andy Murray, at the Rome Masters tennis tournament, in Rome, Wednesday, May 7, 2008. Wawrinka won 6-2, 7-6.

    Stan Wawrinka stunned Novak Djokovic to win his first French Open title and thwart the world number one’s career Grand Slam

     

    Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on blogger Raif Badawi, despite a foreign outcry. 7 June 2015.

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia‘s Supreme Court upheld an internationally condemned verdict against a liberal blogger who was publicly flogged after being found guilty of insulting Islam, state-linked news websites reported Sunday.
    photo: Via YouTube

    Greece and Ukraine to overshadow G7 summit

    Full ArticleRTE

    07 Jun 2015

    Leaders from the G7 industrial nations meet today in the Bavarian Alps for a summit that will likely be overshadowed by Greece‘s debt crisis and ongoing violence in Ukraine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes to secure commitments from the G7 to tackle global warming to build momentum in the run-up to a major UN climate summit

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, left to right, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Head of the Federal Chancellery Peter Altmeier, head of the Federation of German Unions,DGB, Reiner Hoffmann and Labor Minister Andrea Nahles attend a meeting with members of the government, representatives of industry and labor union organizations at the guesthouse of the government in Meseberg some 60 km (37 miles) north of Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 4, 2015.

    Mexico violence

    There is an enormous amount of competition, and that is good news,” said Luis Carlos Ugalde, the country’s former top electoral official. The vote comes amid widespread discontent with politicians in Mexico, where a series of corruption scandals, a

     

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is the front-runner in Turkey's presidential election

    People in Turkey have started voting in parliamentary elections, the results of which will determine whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can fulfill his ambitions for taking full control of executive powers, constitutionally in the hands of the

     

    Mount Kinabalu climbing trail at lower elevations (left) and on the summit plateau (right).

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Rescuers recovered the bodies of 11 more climbers from Malaysia’s highest peak on Saturday, a day after it was struck by a strong earthquake, bringing the total number of dead to 13. Six people remained missing on the 13,435

     

    Visitors wear masks as a precaution against the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus as they take a "selfie" with their smartphone at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 5, 2015.

    Fourteen more people have been diagnosed with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea as the disease takes its fifth victim there. South Korean health officials announced the death of a 75-year-old man on Sunday. He had been in a

     

    Barcelona players celebrate with the trophy after the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona at the Olympic stadium in Berlin Saturday

    Reuters BERLIN (Reuters) — Barcelona was crowned kings ofEurope for the fifth time after beating Juventus 3-1 in a superb Champions Leaguefinal at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, capping their magnificent season with a treble of titles. Goals from

     

    Ghana President John Dramani Mahama, center right, speaks with election observers and ruling party members following a press conference at the presidential residence in Accra, Ghana, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.

    Member of Parliament (MP) for Manhyia South, Matthew Opoku Prempeh has called for the dismissal of President John Dramani Mahama before his tenure of office ends. Speaking to host Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” programme, Matthew Opoku

     

    Nestle - Maggi Instant noodles in a shop, Pune India

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    Pope to urge reconciliation in Bosnia 20 years after war

    Full ArticleYahoo Daily News

    06 Jun 2015

    By Philip Pullella and Daria Sito-Sucic SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived inSarajevo on Saturday bringing a call for lasting reconciliation 20 years after theBosnian war. The one-day visit marks the third by a pope since Bosnia broke away from socialist Yugoslavia and descended into a war between 1992 and 1995 that killed 100,000 people.

    Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives to celebrate a Mass at the Kosevo stadium, in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saturday, June 6, 2015.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Taliban members jailed for shooting Malala ‘secretly freed’ in Pakistan

    Full ArticleKhaama Press

    05 Jun 2015
    At least eight of the ten members of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have been secretly released from prison after they were jailed for the attempted murder of children education activist Malala Yousufzai. According to a report by Daily
    Taliban members jailed for shooting Malala ‘secretly freed’ in Pakistan

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nestle - Maggi Instant noodles in a shop, Pune India

    Maggi noodles AFP photo Food group Nestle has withdrawn Maggi noodles from sale in India due to

     

    Pedestrians walk past the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in New York, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

    Washington, June 5 (IANS/EFE) The personal data of up to four million US federal employees may have been compromised by a massive cyberattack, which could

     

    Supporters of proposed legislation allowing doctors to prescribe life ending medication to terminally ill patients, hold up signs of support during a hearing on the bill in the Senate Health Committee at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday March 25, 2015.

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? California lawmakers advanced a right-to-die bill Thursday, giving hope to those who want the nation’s most populous state to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives under doctor’s care. The state Senate passed the

     

    A villager carries un umbrella walks along the embarkment as rescuers work on the capsized ship, on the Yangtze River, in Dongshanzhen town, Hunan province, China Thursday, June 4, 2015. Rescuers cut into the upside-down hull of a river cruise ship and pulled out drowned passengers early Thursday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Rescuers began to right the Eastern Star cruise ship on Thursday night, more than 70 hours after it capsized in stormy weather on theYangtze, as relatives of the roughly 300 passengers and crew still missing complained of slow progress. The decision

     

    Ingmar Guandique, 27, center, who is accused of killing Chandra Levy, is escorted from the Violent Crimes Unit by detectives Tom Williams, left, and Emilio Martinez in Washington, on Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

    A judge on Thursday ordered a new trial for the man convicted of killing former intern Chandra Levy. Punctuating an extraordinary sequence of events that has slowly unfolded over the past several years, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge

     

    File - President Bush is welcomed by is mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, and his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, as he arrives at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensalcola, Fla., to begin a day of events promoting his Social Security reforms, Friday, March 18, 2005.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president in 2016, according to several senior aides, who confirmed Thursday that the Republicanwould formally announce his widely expected decision in Miami later this month. As the son of one president and

     

    A member of Kenya Defence Forces secures the area of the Garissa University college, in Garissa, Kenya, Friday, April 3, 2015.  Witnesses say the gunmen who stormed a college in Kenya this morning identified themselves as members of al-Shabab

    NAIROBI (Reuters) – Five men were charged on Thursday in connection with an attack by Somali Islamist gunmen on Garissa University in northeast Kenya that killed 148 students, the worst militant attack in the eastAfrican nation in almost two

     

     

     

     

     

    WikiLeaks releases documents related to controversial US trade pact

    Document dump regarding Trade in Services Agreement comes day after organization put $100,000 bounty on documents from series of US trade treaties

    President Barack Obama  speaks in the East Room of the White House.

    President Obama has come under fire for a series of recent trade-deal negotiations as critics worry about the impact on jobs and civil liberties. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

    WikiLeaks on Wednesday released 17 different documents related to the Trade in Services Agreement (Tisa), a controversial pact currently being hashed out between the US and 23 other countries – most of them in Europe and South America.

    The document dump comes at a tense moment in the negotiations over a series of trade deals. President Barack Obama has clashed with his own party over the deals as critics have worried about the impact on jobs and civil liberties.

    On Tuesday, WikiLeaks put a $100,000 bounty on documents relating to the alphabet soup of trade treaties currently being negotiated between the US and the rest of the world, particularly the controversial Trans-Pacific trade agreement (TPP). The offer, announced yesterday, has already raised more than $33,000.

    Evan Greer, campaign director for Fight for the Future, said: “Internet users have become increasingly aware that seemingly obscure and complex policies that impact technology can have profound impacts on our most basic rights to communicate and express ourselves freely. Based on the latest leaks, it’s clear that Tisa is not only unacceptably secretive, it contains provisions that could threaten internet freedom, privacy, and even global net neutrality.”

    The TPP has been particularly controversial because of the level of secrecy around it – trade agreements by their nature are negotiated behind closed doors, but restrictions on the TPP are such that elected representatives aren’t allowed to express any specific reservations about its content to their constituents. Moreover, advisers specifically included in the conversation to represent the public say they aren’t being allowed to read the entire document. “Today’s consultations are, in many ways, much more restrictive than those under past administrations,” veteran trade advisor Michael Wessel wrote in Politico last month.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Plan for ‘global army’ of medics

    Full ArticleBBC News

    04 Jun 2015

    By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website 4 June 2015 From the section Health Plans for a global taskforce of 10,000 medics and scientists to tackle major disease outbreaks will be presented at the G7 summit, the BBC understands. It is a direct response to the biggest ever Ebola outbreak which has infected more than 27,000 people in West

    File A U.S. doctor treats a boy at a camp on Port-au-Prince's golf course, where many displaced Haitians have set up temporary shelters.




    Skyline 2 Accra, Ghana.

    An explosion at a petrol station in Ghana’s capital, Accra, has killed about 90 people, many of whom had sought shelter there from torrential rain, the fire brigade said. The blast on Wednesday night was caused by a fire that erupted at a nearby

    Populist anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders, center, casts his ballot in general elections in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday June 9, 2010.

    Related articles FBI identifies gunman at Mohammed cartoonevent Two shot dead at Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest Charlie Hebdo putsMohammed on first cover since attack THE HAGUE — Dutch anti-Islam politicianGeert Wilders has vowed to show

     

    Palestinians inspect damaged buildings following overnight Israeli air strikes on the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on November 20, 2012. The Israeli military said it attacked about 100 targets in the coastal enclave, the Gaza Strip, during the night, using aircraft, warships and artillery.Photo by Ahmed Deeb / WN

    Gaza, June 04: Israeli war jets early Thursday struck with air-to-ground missiles at military facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to earlier rockets fired from the enclave into Israel, witnesses and security officials said. The war jets first

    Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi speaking at a program organised by business chambers ICC, BCC and MCCI on April 9, 2013 in Kolkata on Tuesday

    4 June 2015 From the section India Narendra Modi led his BJPparty to a massive win in Indian elections last summer Internet giant Google has apologised after Indian PM Narendra Modi’s photos started appearing in the image search results for

     

    In this file photo taken, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 file photo, Nigeria secret service officers stand guard, during a court hearing in Lagos, Nigeria.

    Related articles Nigeria to step up military role in Boko Haramfight, says Buhari Boko Haram multinational force ready soon, says Nigerpresident Mental horrors linger for freed Boko Haram hostages In this article Companies and organisations: Boko

     

    Barack Obama signs US Freedom Act

    Washington, June 04: US President Barack Obama has signed into law landmark USA Freedom Act, forcing intelligence agencies to set up a system that will leave the telephone metadata with telecom companies rather than the government. Obama signed the

    In this May 11, 2003, file photo, Microbiologist Ruth Bryan works with BG nerve agent simulant in Class III Glove Box in the Life Sciences Test Facility at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.

    Washington (CNN)Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work told aPentagon press conference that 51 labs in 17 states, plus the District of Columbiaand three countries, may have received suspect shipments of anthrax. Work said he expects the numbers to

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    14 rescued in Yangtze sinking, over 430 missing

    Full ArticleXinhua

    03 Jun 2015

    WUHAN, June 2 (Xinhua) — Fourteen people have been rescued and seven are confirmed dead more than 24 hours after a passenger ship carrying 456 people capsized in China’s Yangtze River, navigation authorities said Tuesday. Rescuers said there could be more survivors in the upturned wreckage, but strong winds and heavy rain are hampering rescue

    Chinese soldiers ride their boats to the embankment after their search and rescue operation near a capsized cruise ship on the Yangtze River in Jianli in central China's Hubei province, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

     




     

    Stephen Hawking: ‘I would consider assisted suicide’

    Full ArticleThe Independent

    03 Jun 2015

    Stephen Hawking has said he would consider assisted dying if he became a “burden” to his family. In an interview with comic Dara Ó Briain, Hawking said that people should have the right to end their own lives. Hawking, who has motor neurone disease, says he would consider ending his own life if he was struggling. “I would consider assisted

    File - Noted physicist Stephen Hawking (center) enjoys zero gravity during a flight aboard a modified Boeing 727 aircraft owned by Zero Gravity Corp. (Zero G), 26 April, 2007.

     

     

     

     

     

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange addresses a meeting via videolink from Ecuador's London embassy during the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.

    Whistleblower website WikiLeaks has offered a US$100,000(HK$775,00) bounty for classified copies of a Pacific trade pact that is a central plank of President Barack Obama’s diplomatic pivot to Asia. WikiLeaks, which has published leaked chapters of

     

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, walks with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Calif., after walking off the House floor in protest of a contempt of Congress vote for Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, June 28, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law landmark legislation ending the government’s bulk telephone data dragnet, significantly reversing American policy by reining in the most controversial surveillance program since 9/11. The bill was

     

    China's Premier Li Keqiang speaks to members of the Indian Youth Delegation during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai compound in Beijing, Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

    By John Ruwitch and Megha Rajagopalan JIANLI, China(Reuters) – More than 200 divers combed a capsized Chinese ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday looking for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, as Premier Li

    A pro-Russian rebel touches the MH17 wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

    The Russian maker of the Buk air defence missile system says that it has concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was downed by an older version of the missile, which isn’t in service with the Russian military but is inUkrainian arsenals.

     

    Police personnel move outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis., where a shooting took place Sunday, Aug 5, 2012.

    BOSTON — A man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators was shot and killed Tuesday after he lunged with a knife at a police officer and an FBI agent outside a pharmacy, authorities said. A law enforcement official with knowledge

     

    Survivors, officials, first responders and guests pause as the flag is raised at the finish line during a tribute in honor of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings

    A friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for failing to report him to the police and for hiding incriminating evidence.&#108;Related Nation NowBoston Marathonbomber&aposs college friends face

     

    Argentina's Lionel Messi shakes hands with FIFA President Sepp Blatter after the World Cup final

    Sepp Blatter, president of the international football federationFIFA, abruptly resigned Tuesday in the midst of an unfolding corruption scandal. “I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the 40 years in which my life has been

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Shell’s Arctic oil drilling faces fresh court challenge from environmental groups

    Full ArticleThe Guardian

    02 Jun 2015

    Environmental impact of leasing area off Alaskan shore to Shell was insufficient, say action groups

     File - View of the area around Ny-Ålesund, located on Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of mainland Europe.

     

    Residents and journalists gather a distance away from where a command center has been set up for rescue operations of a capsized cruise ship on the Yangtze River in Jianli in central China's Hubei province, Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

    SHANGHAI The sinking of a cruise boat on China’s Yangtze Riveris likely to mar the country’s generally clean maritime safety record, which hasn’t suffered an incident of this magnitude since a passenger steamship blew up almost 70 years ago. The

    A man carries a wooden cross during a march in honor of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, May 22, 2015.

    2 June 2015 From the section Magazine The news that a group in the Church of England is calling for services which no longer address God in exclusively male terms will doubtless make some people ask: “Whatever will they think of next?” In fact this

     

    Fighters of Badr Brigades Shiite militia chant slogans against the Islamic State group at the front line, on the outskirts of Fallujah, Anbar province, Iraq, Monday, June 1, 2015.

    Philip Hammond is joining international counterparts at a summit to thrash out “what more we can do” to wipe out Isis. Internationalmilitary support for fighters battling the jihadi force will be reviewed at the meeting of foreign ministers in

     

    Coronaviruses

    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country’s first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of the virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East. South Korea has reported

    President of France Francois Hollande, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, hug each others after Merkel's speech as part of a reception of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

    European leaders and the head of the International Monetary Fund agreed to step up the intensity of talks over Greece’s fate after an extraordinary meeting in Berlin about ways to avert a default. The top-level huddle lasted past midnight Tuesday

    In this Sept. 25, 2013, file photo, Jordan's ambassador to the United Nationas, Prince Zeid al Hussein, speaks to the media during a news conference in New York

    Geneva, June 2 (IANS/EFE) The conflict in eastern Ukraine has caused at least 6,417 deaths and 15,962 injuries, according to the latest report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, or UNHCR. The figures, released on Monday, were arrived at by

     

    In this July 28, 2009, file photo, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, left, with his wife Jean, right, and grandson Jack, take part in a ceremony in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, where Hastert's portrait was unveiled.

    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday on allegations that he agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to someone from the Illinois town where he was once a teacher and coach. The former.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Greece Abandons “Red Lines” As Troika Meets In Berlin To Craft “Deal”

    We have long argued that the most likely endgame for Greece is that PM Tsipras caves to the troika, compromises on the government’s ‘red lines’ and risks a government reshuffle on the way to a third program, thus averting a euro exit and keeping Greece from descending into a drachma death spiral, even as the “solution” effectively strips the Greek people of their right to choose how they want to be governed — a tragically absurd outcome in what is the birthplace of democracy. It now appears that scenario is set to unfold.




     

    Surveillance powers lapse with no deal in Senate

    Full ArticleColorado Springs Gazette

    01 Jun 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Several post-Sept. 11 anti-terror provisions have lapsed after the Senate failed to extend them before the

    File - Aerial view of NSA headquarters building in Fort Meade.

     

     

     

     

     

    File photo: A Chinese worker smokes a cigarette while carrying bags in Beijing.

    Paul Yeung/Reuters A smoking ban in restaurants, offices and on public transport in Beijing began on Monday in an effort by the

     

    EGYPT FREES, DEPORTS AMERICAN SERVING LIFE SENTENCE IN PRISON

    CAIRO — In a surprise move, Egyptian authorities on Saturday released anAmerican citizen who they had condemned to life in prison, quietly shuttling him onto an airplane and sending him home to be with his family in Virginia after nearly two

    In this undated but recent photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant reactors stand in line intact in Okumamachi in Fukushima Prefecture (state), northeastern Japan. Reactors encased in square boxes, from left, are: Unit 4, Unit 3, Unit 2, Unit 1, Unit 5 and Unit 6.

    A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, shaking buildings in Tokyo, but there was no danger of a tsunami and no reports of damage since the quake was extremely deep . There were no reports of further irregularities at the

     

    Saiga Antelope

    The sudden deaths of tens of thousands of endangered antelopes in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan over the past two weeks have left scientists scrambling for answers and conservationists worried about the animal’s future. More than 120,000 rare saiga antelopes

     

    In this citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, smoke leaps the air from purported forces shelling in Homs, Syria.

    VOA News Syrian activists said an airstrike by Syrian government forces has killed 71 people, most of them civilians, in the northern province of Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said military helicopters dropped barrel bombs –

    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks before signing a bill abolishing capital punishment in the state during a ceremony in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, May 2, 2013.

    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is ready to enter theDemocratic presidential campaign with a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination. For the site of the official announcementSaturday morning, O’Malley picked a
    photo: AP / Patrick Semansky

    Kerry, Zarif in crucial nuclear talks

    Full ArticleDawn

    31 May 2015

    GENEVA: Tehran rejected a key Western demand for site inspections on Saturday just as US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart launched crunch talks to secure a nuclear deal ahead of a looming deadline. The Genevatalks between Mr Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the run-up to the June 30 deadline come amid

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for a one-on-one chat before a broader meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 30, 2015, at the outset of the latest round in the P5+1 negotiations about the future of Iran's nuclear program.

    In this undated but recent photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant reactors stand in line intact in Okumamachi in Fukushima Prefecture (state), northeastern Japan. Reactors encased in square boxes, from left, are: Unit 4, Unit 3, Unit 2, Unit 1, Unit 5 and Unit 6.

    A magnitude 8.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, shaking buildings in Tokyo, but there was no danger of a tsunami and no reports of damage since the quake was extremely deep . There were no reports of further irregularities at the

     

    Saiga Antelope

    The sudden deaths of tens of thousands of endangered antelopes in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan over the past two weeks have left scientists scrambling for answers and conservationists worried about the animal’s future. More than 120,000 rare saiga antelopes

     

    In this citizen journalism image provided by Shaam News Network SNN, taken on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, smoke leaps the air from purported forces shelling in Homs, Syria.

    VOA News Syrian activists said an airstrike by Syrian government forces has killed 71 people, most of them civilians, in the northern province of Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said military helicopters dropped barrel bombs –

    Armed vehicles are seen driving as the sun rises over a desert road leading south out of Misrata, Libya, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

    Battle for control of Libyan city has been going on for a year, in a conflict between former rebel groups who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in2011

     

    FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, right, greets Spain's national soccer team coach Vicente del Bosque, ahead of the official draw for the FIFA 2013 Confederations Cup Brazil in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.

    The Associated Press ZURICH (AP) — In the end, nothing could stop Sepp Blatter. Not a far-reaching corruption scandal. Not a tarnished international image. Not a young prince who gave him a stronger-than-expected challenge. Despite the biggest crisis

     

    Silk Road Marketplace :  Ross William Ulbricht under the name of "Dread Pirate Roberts

    Ross Ulbricht, 31, who has been sentenced to life in prison.Photo: Reuters The American convicted of masterminding the criminal websiteSilk Road has been sentenced in court to life in prison over the online enterprise that sold $US200 million
    photo: Creative Commons

    US demands immediate halt to South China Sea reclamations

    Full ArticleDeccan Herald

    30 May 2015

    The United States today called for an “immediate and lasting halt” to reclamation works in disputed waters in the South China Sea, saying Beijing‘s behaviour in the area was “out of step” with international norms. “First, we want a peaceful resolution of all disputes. To that end, there should be an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by

    This areal photo taken through a glass window of a military plane shows China's alleged on-going reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea Monday, May 11, 2015.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Armed vehicles are seen driving as the sun rises over a desert road leading south out of Misrata, Libya, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

    Battle for control of Libyan city has been going on for a year, in a conflict between former rebel groups who helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in2011

     

    Silk Road Marketplace :  Ross William Ulbricht under the name of "Dread Pirate Roberts

    Ross Ulbricht, 31, who has been sentenced to life in prison.Photo: Reuters The American convicted of masterminding the criminal websiteSilk Road has been sentenced in court to life in prison over the online enterprise that sold $US200 million

     

    Migrants rest inside a sports center after they were rescued by the sea rescue service at the Strait of Gibraltar near the coast of Tarifa

    The Italian coastguard said it had coordinated the rescue of about 4,200 migrants sailing across the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, but also found 17 corpses on several of the rickety boats. Distress calls were made from 22 different boats, many off

     

    Chinese health workers, wearing masks, walk past a group of security guards blocking a petitioner outside China's Health Ministry where a joint press conference between Chinese health officials and World Health Organization

    China said on Friday a 44-year-old Korean man had tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), China’s first confirmed case, but that it had not found any symptoms in 38 people who had been in close contact with him. Health

     

    US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shake hands at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City

    The United States on Friday dropped Cuba from a blacklist designating the communist country as a state sponsor of terrorism in another step toward the resumption of diplomatic links between the two nations after a five-decade standoff. Shortly after

     

    One World Trade Center, center, rises above the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 in New York.

    Thousands gathered Friday to take in the New York skyline as the observation deck of the new World Trade Center — viewed by many as a symbol of the city’s resilience — opened to the public. The gleaming glass tower, constructed on the site

     

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 28, 2014

    Moscow has issued a blacklist of European Union politicians barred from Russia in response to EU sanctions over Crimea and Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday. “Russia yesterday handed over a list of people to diverse EU
    photo: AP / RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service

    At least 10 dead in 2 separate Baghdad hotel car bombings

    Full ArticleStars and Stripes

    29 May 2015

    BAGHDAD — Authorities in Iraq say two separate car bombs in parking lots of two hotels have killed 10 people in the capital

    Two separate car bombs in parking lots of two hotels have killed 10 people in the capital Baghdad. 29 May 2015.

     

     

     

     

    FILE - In this Thursday, May 15, 2014 file photo, from left, Mohammed Fahmy, Canadian-Egyptian acting bureau chief of Al-Jazeera, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed appear in a defendant's cage along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges at a courtroom in Cairo. An Egyptian court is to deliver its verdict Monday, June 23, 2014 in the trial of three journalists for Al-Jazeera English on terrorism-related charges.

    SYDNEY Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste, deported after spending 400 days in an Egyptian jail on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, fears he will be found guilty in absentia at a retrial that resumes in Caironext week. Australian Greste

     

    Dennis Hastert Speaker

    Former House speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday for ‘bad acts’ shocking Washington and leaving those who knew him best with a host of questions. The news stopped the Washington political class cold: FormerHouse Speaker Dennis Hastert,

     

    Tents are set up to provide shade for members of the public, as they stand in line to pay their respects for the late Lee Kuan Yew at the Parliament House where he will lie in state for four days, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Singapore

    Singapore: The dreaded Islamic State terror outfit has identified Singapore, along with the US and the Philippines, as a possible target for its attacks, a noted expert said here today. Islamic State (IS) supporters from the region have also cited

     

    An internally displaced Rohingya boy wraps himself with a sarong as he walks in rain at a makeshift camp for Rohingya people in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine State, Myanmar, ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Mahasen, Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

    Senior officials from across Asia will meet Friday in Bangkok to tackle the growing problem of desperate people landing on the shores ofIndonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as Rohingya Muslims flee persecution inMyanmar and poor Bangladeshis crowd

    A major announcement by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden that Boeing and SpaceX have been chosen to transport U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station – effectively putting America back into the business of launching humans to space – ending our sole reliance on Russia by 2017.  29 May 2015

    The restoration of America’s ability to launch Americanastronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from American soil in 2017 took a major step forward when NASA ordered the first ever commercial human spaceflight mission from Boeing. NASA’s

     

    In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels listen to their trainer on how to use a rocket propelled grenade in Maaret Ikhwan, near Idlib, Syria.

    Reuters AMMAN— Nusra Front, the Syrian affiliate of al-Qaida, said on Thursday it had taken over Ariha, the last city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border that was still held by the government. A coalition of rebel groups

     

    British Prime Minister, David Cameron, looks towards German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their joint press conference inside 10 Downing Street in London, Thursday Feb. 27, 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel wooed a welcoming but skeptical audience of British lawmakers Thursday with a call for a strong, unified Europe with Britain at its heart. Merkel addressed Britain's Parliament during a visit full of ceremonial honor and political purpose. Prime Minister David Cameron sees Merkel as a potential ally in reshaping the European Union, and laid on lunch at the prime minister's Downing St. residence and tea with Queen Elizabeth II on top of the speech to lawmakers.

    David Cameron will continue his tour of European Unioncapitals with visits to Poland and then to the woman whose support he most needs in his renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the bloc: Germany’s Angela Merkel. The U.K. prime minister won

    A drug war made in Mexico

    28 May 2015

    In February 2013, the New York TimesThomas Friedman made a curious prediction: that Mexico would beat out India and China as “the more dominant economic power in the 21st century“. Descending briefly upon the city ofMonterrey, “Mexico‘s industrial/innovation centre”, Friedman determined that, despite prevailing problems involving “drug cartels,

    Federal police stand near the bodies of men who authorities say were suspected cartel gunmen at the Rancho del Sol, near Ecuanduero, in western Mexico, Friday, May 22, 2015.

     

     

     

     

     

    In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office on Thursday, March 21, 2013, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to a crowd in northeastern Iran on the first day of the new Persian calendar year.

    Pamela Dockins STATE DEPARTMENT— U.S. Secretary of StateJohn Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet on Saturday to discuss the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations. The meeting in Genevacomes as some parties in the talks are

     

     FIFA President Sepp Blatter .jp1

    ZURICH (AP) — While accepting the trust of world soccer has to be regained, FIFA President Sepp Blatter responded to the arrest of top officials on Wednesday by insisting it showed his efforts to eradicate corruption were working. The deepest crisis

     

    While United States President Barack Obama waited anxiously backstage before his speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, his daughters Malia and Sasha came in to wish him well.

    (CNN)Felix Kiprono, a lawyer in Nairobi, Kenya, has his eye on someone special: President Obama‘s daughter Malia. His offer to win her hand? Fifty cows, 70 sheep and 30 goats. “People

     

    Iraqi forces

    Shiite Militias in Iraq on Wednesday renamed their operation to take back the Anbar province, amid criticism from the U.S. and Iraqis that their initial choice of a name was openly sectarian. The change comes a day after theIraqi government launched

     

    Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a primary night watch party Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in St. Charles, Mo.

    Rick Santorum, the former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania who was the runner-up for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, said Wednesday he plans to make a second try for the White House. More fromBloomberg.com: California Dreaming: Record

     

    Ivan Marquez, center, chief negotiator for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, speaks at a press conference at the close of the eleventh round of peace talks with Colombia's government in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

    Colombia‘s FARC guerrillas said Wednesday that one of their peace negotiators was killed in an air strike last week that has threatened to derail their talks with the government on ending the five-decade conflict. FARC commander Pastor Alape said

     

    President George W. Bush attaches the Presidential Medal of Freedom on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

    Associated Press JERUSALEM — Former British Prime MinisterTony Blair on Wednesday stepped down from his post as the international community’s Mideast envoy, officials said, ending a term that began with great promise but which struggled to

     

     

     

     

    Senior FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges

    27 May 2015

    Swiss authorities have arrested leading FIFA officials meeting in Zurich on corruption charges brought by the United States. Six football officials were arrested on Wednesday on allegations

    Senior FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges

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