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Greeks deeply divided heading into crucial vote

Greeks took to the streets in their tens of thousands on Friday in rival rallies that laid bare the deep divide heading into a referendum that may decide the country’s future in Europe’s single currency. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, elected in January on a promise to end six years of austerity, extolled a packed Syntagma square in central Athens to spurn the tough terms of an aid deal offered

Iran nuclear talks in endgame, negotiators push on sticking points

By John Irish and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - A year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were creeping towards the finish line on Friday as negotiators wrestled with sticking points including questions about Tehran's past atomic research. Iran is in talks with the United States and five other powers - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - on an agreement to cu

Islamic State's Egypt affiliate says it fired rockets at Israel

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said on Friday in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets toward "occupied Palestine". Israeli police said earlier they had found rocket remnants in an open area. No damage or casualties resulted. An Israeli army source said the missile was launched from the Sinai Peninsula bordering Isra

Tunisian militant chief probably died in U.S. air strike: source

A veteran Tunisian militant was probably killed by a U.S. air strike on a jihadist meeting in Libya last month whose main target was a top Algerian fighter, a U.S. official said on Friday. Tunisian Saifallah Benhassine, also known as Abu Iyad, was a major figure among militant Islamists in North Africa. The U.S. official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said he was thought to have d

Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen cities kill 16: Houthis

Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 16 people in Yemen on Friday, the country's dominant Houthi militia said, and the European Union and United States appealed for a pause in the war to enable aid deliveries to stricken civilians. An Arab coalition has been bombarding Iran-allied Houthi forces and allied army units since March in a campaign to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to

Dutch seek U.N. tribunal to prosecute downing of Malaysian plane

By Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The Dutch government is lobbying its political allies for the establishment of a U.N. tribunal to prosecute suspects in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine a year ago, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday. Rutte said a U.N. tribunal would give "the best guarantee of cooperation fro

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Pope to Christians: Put aside divisions amid persecution

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.

Colombia's ELN rebels likely behind Bogota blasts: president

Two bomb blasts in Colombia's capital Bogota on Thursday were likely the work of the smaller of the country's two leftist rebel groups, the National Liberation Army or ELN, President Juan Manuel Santos said. The bombs were detonated in front of two offices of the Porvenir pension fund, a subsidiary of the Grupo Aval financial conglomerate, injuring seven people. The government pledged to provide a

Iceland decriminalises blasphemy after Charlie Hebdo attack

Iceland's parliament on Friday voted widely in favour of decriminalising blasphemy, in the name of freedom of expression in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. The bill was adopted after 43 of 63 members of parliament voted in favour. The bill had been put forward by the Pirate Party in February, after the January attacks in which 12 people were gunned down in the Paris offices of Fr

Russian gay couple gets asylum in Finland: report

A Russian gay couple has been granted asylum in Finland because of the discrimination they faced at home over their sexual orientation, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported on Friday. Vladimir Naumov and Vasily Kolesnikov applied for asylum in the Nordic country in September 2014 and the two men were informed earlier this week that it had been granted, the paper said. Finnish immigration

Srebrenica victims to be buried at memorial ceremony

The newly identified remains of 136 people killed in the Srebrenica massacre will be buried at ceremonies next week marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide. Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces who had over run Srebrenica, a UN-protected Muslim enclave at the time. Among the victims identified by DNA tests, were members of families that lost all of their male me

Top Asian News at 7:00 p.m. GMT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing. Such carping in a small, fiercely competitive and highly specialized industry isn't unusual — and some of th

IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said.

Colombian man dies by euthanasia with government backing

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A 79-year old man suffering from incurable throat cancer has become the first Colombian to die by euthanasia with the full backing of the government.

Tsipras: Greek 'No' a vote to live in dignity in Europe

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's left-wing prime minister told tens of thousands of supporters in Athens on Friday that a 'No' vote in a weekend referendum would represent a choice to "live in dignity in Europe".

Sharapova's in it to win it at Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova has her steely gaze set on reclaiming the Wimbledon crown, saying her memories of lifting the trophy 11 years ago fuelled her desire to do it again. Sharapova said memories of her 17-year-old self winning her first Grand Slam at the All England Club motivated her to reclaim the Venus Rosewater Dish.

Colombia president says rebels likely carried out bombings

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Juan Manuel Santos said Friday that Colombia's second-largest rebel group is likely to blame for two bomb blasts in the capital that wounded 10 and rattled city residents who have become unaccustomed in recent years to such acts of violence.

All-Star likes what he sees of pioneering girl at MLB camp

PARIS (AP) — As a two-time All-Star, Steve Finley knows more than most what it takes to shine in Major League Baseball. So having run his expert eyes over the sport's pioneering 16-year-old girl at a training camp this week, can he hazard a guess at whether she'll go on to become MLB's first female player?

Russia mulls new selective sanctions against Western nations

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will consider new selective retaliatory measures against some specific Western countries, the nation's security chief said Friday, pointing at Finland as a possible target.

Armenia opens probe into police violence against protesters

Armenian authorities launched a criminal investigation Friday into police officers involved in a brutal crackdown on demonstrators protesting against electricity price hikes. Mikael Aharonyan, spokesman for Armenia's special investigative service, told AFP that the inquiry had been opened into alleged police violence, abuse of power and obstructing journalists. The South Caucasus nation of 3.2 m

Brazil announces torch route ahead of 'historic' Olympics

Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's president unveiled the 2016 Olympic torch Friday with a vow to overcome the Latin American giant's mounting problems -- ranging from massive corruption to street violence -- in time for a "historic" Rio games. Next May, officials announced, it will depart on a tour of 300 cities and towns across the vast country, before arriving for the opening Olympic ceremony on Augus

Boko Haram kills nearly 200 in 48 hours of Nigeria slaughter

Boko Haram carried out a fresh wave of massacres in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, locals said, killing nearly 200 people in 48 hours of violence President Muhammadu Buhari blasted as "inhuman and barbaric". A young female suicide bomber also killed 12 worshippers when she blew herself up in a mosque in Borno. While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, Boko Haram has used both men an

Iran's Zarif: We've never been closer to a nuclear deal

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday Iran and world powers had never been closer to a nuclear deal but that there was no guarantee of success. In a statement broadcast on Youtube, Zarif added: "I see hope because I see emergence of reason over illusion. I sense that my negotiating partners have recognized that coercion and pressure never lead to lasting so

Rival rallies in Greece, PM sees slipping support for vote

Rival rallies swelled in central Athens late Friday ahead of a referendum the Greek government called to bolster it in its struggle with creditors, even though polls now show public support swinging against it. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who was expected to address the 'No' rally later Friday, went on television earlier to urge voters to ignore European scaremongering that the ballot could l

World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges

World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece's weekend referendum, while China's main stock benchmark plunged as government efforts failed to reassure panicky investors.

Fearing change in sweetheart deal, Cubans flock to US

The number of Cubans heading to the US has surged in the months since the historic thaw in bilateral relations -- a swell experts attribute to uncertainty over the future of US policy that favors such travelers. According to the US Customs Department, 9,371 Cuban migrants came into the US between January and March, more than twice the number from the same period in 2014. As both countries prepar

Lion cubs en route to Jordan sanctuary check into Gaza hotel

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's militant Hamas rulers on Friday allowed a pair of lion cubs en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan back into the Palestinian coastal strip after the animals and their entourage had been stuck for several hours on no-man's land at a Gaza-Israel border crossing.

UN rights body backs call for accountability in Gaza war

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body backed calls Friday for accountability in last year's conflict in Gaza, in which hundreds of Palestinian civilians and six Israeli civilians were killed.

U.S. pushes China on ivory trade, wildlife NGOs

By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official told China on Friday that its legal imports of ivory act as a loophole for illegal traders, and that it needs to understand the importance of wildlife NGOs. China signed a pact banning global trade in ivory in 1981, but it got an exemption in 2008 to buy 62 tonnes of ivory from several African nations. It releases a portion of that

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