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  • Greece seeks last-minute debt deal as default nears

    Greece asked for a fresh two-year rescue deal with the European Union on Tuesday in a final roll of the dice just hours before its current bailout expires and it misses a critical IMF payment. The eleventh-hour appeal came as 20,000 pro-bailout supporters took to the streets of Athens, where banks…

    AFP39 mins ago
  • The Latest: Fitch downgrades Greece further into junk status

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):

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  • Tennis players and pilgrims swelter as heatwave hits Europe

    Tennis players at Wimbledon, fasting Muslims and ailing religious pilgrims in Lourdes were among those at risk from the blast of a major heatwave spreading up through Europe on Tuesday. With temperatures hitting 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in London, tennis players and fans were set…

    AFP
  • Crunch time for Greece as IMF debt looms and bailout ends

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — It's crunch time for Greece, with the European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday and with it any possible access to the remaining rescue loans that it needs to pay its debts.

    Associated Press
  • Tunisia says resort gunman was trained in Libya

    The gunman who killed 38 tourists in Tunisia received weapons training from jihadists in Libya, a top official said Tuesday, as the president admitted security services were unprepared for the attack. On Friday, a student identified as 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui went on a bloody rampage with a…

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  • UCC church to divest over Israeli treatment of Palestinians

    NEW YORK (AP) — The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy.

    Associated Press
  • Fearing euro exit, thousands of Greeks rally for 'Yes' vote

    By Deepa Babington ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of Greeks worried about the prospect of crashing out of Europe's currency union rallied in Athens on Tuesday behind a "Yes" vote in a referendum on whether to accept tough terms demanded by creditors to keep the country afloat. Tsipras called a…

    Reuters
  • British shoe seller tries to crowdfund Greek bailout

    A British shoe shop worker has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise the money for Greece to meet its IMF debt repayment due on Tuesday, saying he just wanted to help austerity-stricken Greeks. Thom Feeney told AFP outside his shop in London's Covent Garden that he had been overwhelmed…

    AFP
  • Major counter-terror drill unfolds in heart of London

    In the heart of London three masked men armed with assault rifles descend on a Tube station, firing at civilians. Around 1,000 police officers, special forces, ambulance and fire crews took over the disused Aldwych station in London's West End theatre district on Tuesday for the drill, dubbed…

    AFP
  • EU to help 'frontline' Hungary cope with migrant wave: official

    The European Commission has pledged to send financial aid and experts to Hungary to help it cope with a surge in illegal immigration this year, a senior Brussels official said in Budapest Tuesday. "Hungary will receive nearly eight million euros ($9 million) of support to help it cope with the…

    AFP
  • APNewsBreak: Tunisia beach killer trained with museum gunmen

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The young college student who killed 38 tourists in a Tunisian seaside resort was in a jihadi training camp in western Libya at the same time as the two attackers who hit the National Bardo Museum in March, a top security official said Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Poland to support, develop industrial, coal mining region

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government, at its first ever session outside Warsaw, approved a multi-billion-euro plan on Tuesday to stimulate the coal-mining region of Silesia's industry and job market.

    Associated Press
  • China sets CO2 target, garners praise

    China, the world's top CO2 polluter, promised Tuesday to peak emissions within about 15 years, in a move widely hailed as a boost for the global effort to curb planet warming. Beijing's eagerly-anticipated contribution to a roster of carbon-curbing pledges was announced by Prime Minister Li…

    AFP
  • Ethiopia mulls tough trafficking law, including death penalty

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Human traffickers in Ethiopia could face life in jail or the death penalty under a bill presented to parliament on Tuesday aimed at curbing the illegal flow of people in and out of the Horn of Africa country. The move comes two months after at least 30…

    Reuters
  • Italy recovers first bodies from deadliest migrant shipwreck

    Italy's navy said on Tuesday it had retrieved the first bodies from the wreck of a boat that sank in the Mediterranean three months ago, killing up to 800 migrants attempting to cross from Libya to Europe. Recovery operations started on Monday, using remote-controlled vehicles and a container…

    Reuters
  • EU clinches deal to end mobile roaming charges

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has agreed to end mobile roaming charges within two years and allow travelers with European phone plans to pay the same price for calls, text messages and data anywhere in the 28 EU nations.

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  • France, UK issue heat warnings as high temps hit Europe

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A mass of hot air moving north from Africa is driving up temperatures in western Europe, with France on Tuesday becoming the latest to endure unusual heat.

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