• Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky named as murder suspect in Russia

    Russia wants to question former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky as a suspect in a murder case that has been reopened because of new evidence, federal investigators said on Tuesday. Khodorkovsky, the former owner of the now-defunct Yukos oil company, spent a decade in jail after falling out with…

  • Islamic State captures district in Syrian border town: monitor

    Islamic State fighters stormed the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border on Tuesday and captured a neighborhood from Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Islamic State is back on the offensive in Syria after two weeks of reverses at…

  • Israeli dies from wounds in West Bank shooting

    One of four Israelis shot in the occupied West Bank on Monday by a suspected Palestinian gunman has died of his wounds in hospital, officials said on Tuesday. Israeli officials said it appeared to be part of a surge in so-called "grassroots" violence by Palestinians taking up arms on their own…

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  • How is Kim Jong-un trying to make his mark?

    North Korea leader Kim Jong-un – to all appearances – may never have seemed so powerful. Mr. Kim has recently carried out a series of executions and purges of suspected enemies, and North Korea’s nuclear program appears much farther along than observers would have imagined even a year ago. …

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  • Joke or genius? A crowdfunding campaign aims to bail out Greece

    Hours away from its deadline to repay its loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Greece is getting help from an unlikely place: a crowdfunding campaign. Recommended: Think you know Europe? Compared to the white-knuckle negotiations European leaders have engaged in, the Indiegogo…

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  • A high school history lesson – from Whitey Bulger?

    Convicted former mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, now in a high-security Florida prison, proved that when he responded to three Massachusetts high school students who wrote him as part of their submission for a National History Day competition on the themes of leadership and legacy. “My life was…

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  • Are South Carolina lawmakers ready to lower the statehouse Confederate flag?

    “I just think that it’s time,” Rep. Mike Forrester (R), told the Post and Courier Monday. The Confederate battle flag has been the focus of protests and controversy following the fatal shooting of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. on June 17. The suspect in the Charleston…

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  • Top Asian News at 4:30 p.m. GMT

    MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers with heavy machinery searched a shattered residential neighborhood Tuesday for any survivors from an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed shortly after takeoff and killed more than 70 people. The C-130 Hercules, carrying military personnel and their…

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  • The Latest: Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard loses

    LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):

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  • Greece in last-minute rescue appeal as default looms

    The zero-hour appeal came amid a flurry of actions aimed at preventing a chaotic eurozone exit which could have untold repercussions on international markets and the European Union. The Greek premier's office said Athens has requested an agreement with the European Stability Mechanism "to fully…

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  • China announces climate target for Paris deal

    PARIS (AP) — China on Tuesday announced its contribution to a global climate pact that's supposed to be adopted this year in Paris, pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and to halt their growth by 2030.

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  • Germanwings offers emotional damage payments to crash victims' families

    By Victoria Bryan BERLIN (Reuters) - Germanwings is offering 25,000 euros ($27,958) compensation payments to close relatives of those killed in the March 24 plane crash for their pain and suffering, it said on Tuesday. Evidence shows co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit…

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  • Former French security chief Charles Pasqua dies at 88

    PARIS (AP) — Charles Pasqua, a French Resistance fighter who went on to become the country's top security chief and a powerful player on the right, has died. He was 88.

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  • Swansea striker James Demetriou fined, warned for betting

    LONDON (AP) — A Premier League footballer has been fined and warned about his future conduct after admitting to betting on matches.

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  • Injured Usain Bolt pulls out of Diamond League meetings

    PARIS (AP) — Race organizers say that Usain Bolt is injured and has pulled out of this month's Diamond League meetings in Paris and Lausanne, ahead of the world championships in August.

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  • 1 year after Mexico army slayings, calls for justice mount

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — One year after soldiers killed as many as 15 suspects at a grain warehouse in southern Mexico, many say justice has still not been done.

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  • 'Top predator' humans causing catastrophic ecosystem shifts: study

    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Never before has a single species become the top predator on land and sea, and human dominance over the natural environment has caused shifts in world ecosystems unprecedented in the last 500 million years, researchers said on Tuesday. The…

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  • World's poorest gain access to water, but not toilets

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The poor's lack of access to sanitation threatens to undermine the health benefits they have gained from access to clean water, the United Nations said on Tuesday. More than 90 percent of the world population has access to clean water, but…

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