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Pope notes: Francis fires up Ecuador
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:57:00 GMT(CNN)Tuesday is Pope Francis' second full day in Ecuador, the first stop on his whirlwind tour of South America. He celebrated a Mass this morning at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador's capital. Crowds were in place for hours -- as was the choir, which ...

'Extremely Rare' White Humpback Whale Makes Spectacular Appearance in New Zealand
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:53:00 GMTAn "extremely rare" white humpback whale recently made researchers' jaws drop when it surfaced above Cook Strait waters off New Zealand. The white whale was photographed on Monday swimming side-by-side with a buddy, a more common black humpback whale, the ...

Can Greece's New Finance Minister Succeed Where Varoufakis Couldn't?
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:26:00 GMTATHENS, Greece -- Greece's controversial finance minister Yanis Varoufakis stepped down in a surprise move on Monday, one day after Greeks rejected a European bailout proposal in a national referendum. Varoufakis handed in his resignation to help ...

China opens exhibition to mark the war victory over Japan
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:26:00 GMTSoldiers from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force division stand in lines during the opening ceremony of the Museum of the War of Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression commemorating the World War II victory over Japan, in Beijing ...

Mozambique torches ivory, rhino horns to dramatize fight against poaching
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:57:00 GMT(CNN)It made for a bizarre bonfire: thousands of pounds of ivory and hundreds of pounds of rhino horn doused with fuel and set alight Monday in the center of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique. The display was part of an effort by the country's ...

Critics of Iran nuclear talks see room for a tougher bargain
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:55:00 GMTThe Obama administration began its nuclear negotiations with Iran by insisting that Tehran halt production of all nuclear fuel, dismantle its nuclear infrastructure and roll back its missile program. In two years of bargaining, each of those demands has ...

HSBC staff sacked over mock ISIS beheading video
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:39:00 GMTSix staff from Britain's biggest bank have been sacked after a video appeared online showing them taking part in a mock Islamic State style killing. The footage is believed to have been taken during a team-building day and showed the workers dressed in ...

Thai students freed from jail, still face sedition charges
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:16:00 GMTFourteen Thai students detained for an anti-coup protest were released from jail Wednesday but still face sedition charges, a lawyer said, in a case that has heightened concerns over civil liberties in the junta-ruled kingdom. The activists -- university ...

At least 45 ISIS fighters reportedly die after eating Ramadan meal in Mosul
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:13:00 GMTAt least 45 Islamic State fighters died after eating a fast-breaking Ramadan meal in the Iraqi city of Mosul Tuesday, Haaretz reported. According to Saeed Mamozeny, a spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Party, 145 ISIS fighters took part in the iftar meal ...

Thailand nears $1 billion submarine deal with China despite exclusive U.S. military training
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:16:00 GMTBANGKOK — In a deal that has raised eyebrows around the region, Thailand’s coup-installed regime is on the verge of purchasing three attack submarines from China for $1 billion, after the country’s navy received exclusive anti-submarine warfare ...

US says only 60 Syrians being trained to fight IS
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:12:00 GMTWashington (AFP) - Only about 60 Syrian rebels are being trained by the United States to take on the Islamic State group, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, admitting it was far below the number hoped for. The disclosure is likely to add to criticism of ...

NATO Convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Hit by Suicide Bomb: Officials
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:19:00 GMTKABUL, Afghanistan — A NATO military convoy was hit by a suicide car bomb in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, officials told NBC News. The Taliban claimed subsequently claimed responsibility for the blast in the Shah Shaheed area of the city, but NATO said ...

Decision Day for Europe as Greece Teeters on Euro Exit
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:21:00 GMTEurozone leaders will meet for an emergency summit on Greece Tuesday, at which Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to offer new proposals for resolving his country's debt crisis. Germany has warned that Athens faces being ejected from the ...

3-Year-Old 'Biker' Gets 'Parking Ticket' from Halifax Police in Canada
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:29:00 GMTHe's only in a little trouble. A "ruthless biker" was given a "ticket" for parking illegally at the ferry terminal in Halifax, Canada...and he's only 3! Declan Tramley, who loves riding his red plastic motorcycle, put his hand to his forehead in ...

Uber under assault around the world as taxi drivers fight back
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:46:00 GMTRiot police in Paris stand near a car set on fire during demonstrations against Uber on June 25, 2015. (Photo: Michel Euler, AP) Smartphone-driven Uber is revolutionizing taxi service around the world, and in so doing has unleashed a global backlash that ...

10 Years After London Bombings, Warnings of a Greater Threat
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:48:00 GMTLONDON — As Britain mourned the 52 civilians killed 10 years ago in its most devastating terrorist attacks, government officials warned on Tuesday that the threat of terrorism had only increased, though its nature has shifted. Four suicide bombers linked ...

French forces kill Qaeda cmdr. in Mali
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:23:00 GMTFrench Special Forces have killed an alleged al-Qaeda-linked commander in Mali who had been released from prison last December in exchange for a French hostage kidnapped and held by the militant group. The French military announced in a Tuesday statement ...

Greece gets until Sunday for proposals to stave off collapse
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:24:00 GMTBRUSSELS – Frustrated and angered eurozone leaders gave Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a last-minute chance Tuesday to finally come up with a viable proposal on how to save his country from financial ruin. Overcoming their surprise when Tsipras ...

Islamic State claims Shiite mosque attack in Yemen
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:29:00 GMTThe Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack Tuesday on a Shiite mosque in the Yemen capital that according to doctors killed one person and left five others wounded. In a brief statement posted on jihadist websites, the group said ...



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