• French beheading suspect denies jihad motivation

    The man being held in France under suspicion of beheading his boss and trying to blow up a chemicals plant has told investigators there was no religious motivation behind the attack, a source close to the inquiry said on Monday. The source said Yassin Salhi, 35, told investigators he was not a…

  • U.S. says absurd to suggest that it will cave in Iran talks

    By Louis Charbonneau, John Irish and Arshad Mohammed VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States on Monday rejected criticism that world powers negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran have been making too many compromises, saying it hoped to get a good deal but was not certain that was achievable. A…

  • NSA wiretapped two French finance ministers: Wikileaks

    The U.S. National Security Agency wiretapped the communications of two successive French finance ministers and collected information on French export contracts, trade and budget talks, according to a report by WikiLeaks. The transparency website said the ministers targeted were Francois Baroin and…

  • Supreme Court's EPA ruling focuses on what’s ‘appropriate and necessary’

    The Environmental Protection Agency must take cost into account when determining whether to regulate toxic air pollutants emitted from power plants, the US Supreme Court ruled on Monday. In a 5-to-4 decision, the high court said the agency improperly streamlined the regulation process required…

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  • Why Supreme Court upheld Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol

    The state of Oklahoma can continue using the drug midazolam in its three-drug lethal injection protocol despite three botched executions in three states using that drug, the US Supreme Court ruled on Monday. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court laid aside the earlier executions, noting that Oklahoma…

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  • What do same-sex opponents do now? New plans start to bubble

    The goal is to protect the freedom of conscience for clerks and government officials who do not want to participate in same-sex civil marriage ceremonies. Just as magistrates could not refuse to marry interracial couples after a key Supreme Court ruling in 1967, they say, they cannot now refuse to…

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  • Of kings, lawmakers, and 'we the people'

    On June 15, the West celebrated the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. On June 29, the US Supreme Court ruled that even a representative democracy must bend to the sovereignty of the people. The high court decided that a voter initiative in Arizona setting up an independent…

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  • Australia-NZ to play first day-night match in Test history

    Australia and New Zealand will play the first day-night match in Test cricket's 138-year history, cricket chiefs announced Tuesday, in a bid to drive up dwindling spectator numbers for the five-day game. "To be brutally honest, if you look at Test cricket around the world, it is challenged,"…

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  • Chile beats Peru 2-1 to reach Copa America final

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Striker Eduardo Vargas scored twice to lead Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the Copa America on Monday, keeping alive the host's hopes of winning the South American tournament for the first time.

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  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Investigators in Taiwan were focusing Monday on the possibility that a cigarette butt or spark caused the blaze that burned 498 people, killing one, at a weekend water park party when colored powder sprayed from the stage caught fire. More than 400 people remained…

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  • Magic draft pick Mario Hezonja completes buyout

    ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Orlando Magic draft pick Mario Hezonja has completed a buyout with European club FC Barcelona and is expected to join his new team in the coming days.

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  • NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired; Televisa drops pageant

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.

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  • The next act: what happens now in Greece's drama

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greece has entered the twilight zone.

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  • Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return…

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  • Injured Farah named for Blues in Australian State of Origin

    SYDNEY (AP) — Injured hooker Robbie Farah was included in an unchanged side of 17 New South Wales players on Tuesday for the third and deciding State of Origin rugby league match against Queensland on July 8 in Brisbane.

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  • Tunisia makes first beach attack arrests as UK urges fightback

    Tunisia said it had made its first arrests after a beach massacre that killed 38 people, as European officials paid tribute to victims of the country's worst ever jihadist attack. Tunisia's Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli said the authorities had arrested "a significant number of people from the…

  • Cricket World Cup an economic boon to host countries

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Cricket World Cup generated more than 1 billion Australian dollars ($770 million) for the economies of host countries Australia and New Zealand when it was held in February and March.

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  • Third day with no new MERS cases in South Korea

    South Korea said Tuesday it had gone three days without any new cases of the deadly MERS virus, in a welcome boost to efforts to tackle the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia. The news came as the health ministry said an 81-year-old woman who contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in late…

  • South Korea to cut 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from BAU levels

    By Meeyoung Cho SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has finalised its 2030 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent from business-as-usual (BAU) levels, higher than its earlier plan for a 15-30 percent cut. The country is among the world's top 10 carbon emitters, so any steps it takes…