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  • Pope draws half million to outdoor Mass in Ecuador

    By Philip Pullella and Yury Garcia GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) - Pope Francis said Mass for more than half a million Ecuadoreans on Monday and hinted he wanted a major Vatican gathering this year to find ways to reach out to Catholics who feel excluded by the Church. On the first full day of a…

  • Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

    Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State. The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of Hura in southern…

  • Yemen government raises prospect of truce, air strikes kill over 40

    By Sami Aboudi and Mohammed Mukhashaf DUBAI/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's exiled government said on Monday it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month, as air strikes by Saudi-led warplanes killed more than 40 people. The…

  • Why US Navy paid maternity leave is a big deal

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced on July 2 that women serving in the United States Navy or Marine Corps would now be able to get 18 weeks of paid maternity leave. The Navy and Marine Corps are now the first US military services to provide more than six weeks of maternity leave. "With increased…

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  • Hero4 Session: How small can the GoPro go?

    The most evident change is in size: At about 2.6 ounces and 1.5 inches all around, the Session is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than a Hero4 Black, GoPro’s top-of-the-line camera. Despite that, the Session is waterproof out of the box and submersible up to 33 feet without an additional…

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  • A women’s World Cup to remember

    In 1985 the US women’s soccer team was such an afterthought that it only received its uniforms the day before it was to depart for an international tournament. The victory embedded the US women as the dominant team in women’s soccer (called football outside the US).

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  • Is Wimbledon 2015 ready for a 'Serena Slam'?

    The historic Wimbledon tennis tournament is well under way, with only 32 men and women left in the competition as of Monday morning. Sisters Serena and Venus Williams, two of the best-known female tennis players in the world, faced off in a match that would determine which one advanced to the…

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  • IMF tells Greece it cannot provide money due to missed payment

    The International Monetary Fund told Greece on Monday it could not provide funds to countries that had missed payments due to the international lender, an IMF representative said. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde spoke to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras about the Greek people's…

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  • Iraqi fighter jet accidentally bombs Baghdad, 12 killed

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi fighter jet accidentally dropped a bomb on a Baghdad neighborhood Monday, killing at least 12 people on the ground, Iraqi officials said.

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  • U.S., allies target Islamic State with 19 air strikes in Syria, Iraq

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces conducted 11 air strikes in Iraq and eight more in Syria against Islamic State forces on Sunday, the Combined Joint Task Force leading the air operations said on Monday. In Iraq, air strikes using attack, fighter, bomber and drone aircraft were conducted near…

    Reuters30 mins ago
  • Obama at Pentagon for meetings on Islamic State

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama made a rare visit to the Pentagon Monday to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State.

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  • Mali extremist traded for French hostage killed in attack

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A Malian special forces spokesman says an Islamic extremist who was released last year in exchange for the freedom of a French hostage in Mali has been killed.

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  • Referendum snubs that the EU learned to manage

    The history of the European Union is dotted with plebiscites where the initial outcome, like this weekend's Greek bailout vote, seemed catastrophic but was eventually resolved. "The EU has trouble winning referendums," said Vivien Pertusot of the French Institute of International Relations,…

    AFP41 mins ago
  • Federer, Murray in Wimbledon last eight, 'tanking' Kyrgios in trouble

    Roger Federer and Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Monday while controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios was under fire for 'tanking' in his last-16 exit. Seven-time champion Federer reached his 13th All England Club quarter-final with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Spain's Roberto…

    AFP41 mins ago
  • Top Asian News at 7:30 p.m. GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history. Won says…

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  • Hungarian lawmakers back Budapest's 2024 Olympic bid

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian lawmakers have voted in support of a bid by the capital city of Budapest to host the 2024 Summer Games.

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  • US stocks fall after Greek 'no' vote; European markets sink

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. fell broadly in afternoon trading Monday following sharper drops in Europe and Asia as Greeks voted to reject the spending cuts and tax increases demanded by its creditors for additional loans.

    Associated Press51 mins ago
  • English FA apology for tweet about Women's World Cup team

    LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association apologized for a tweet it subsequently deleted about its Women's World Cup team which prompted criticism across social media on Monday.

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