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U.N. Security council blacklists six rival South Sudan generals

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday blacklisted six rival military commanders in South Sudan for threatening the peace and stability of the world’s newest state,…

Greece’s Tsipras digs in against bailout

ATHENS/BRUSSELS A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU partners before…

Exclusive – U.S., Venezuela launch quiet diplomacy to ease acrimony

WASHINGTON The United States and Venezuela have embarked on their most extensive dialogue in years in an attempt to improve their acrimonious relations, according to a senior U.S.…

More than 100 dead as militants, Egyptian army clash in North Sinai

ISMAILIA, Egypt/CAIRO Egypt’s army said on Wednesday more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed in simultaneous attacks on military checkpoints in North Sinai, in the most…

Greece’s Tsipras digs in against bailout

ATHENS/BRUSSELS A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU partners before…

Islamic State attack in Egypt’s North Sinai kills 70

ISMAILIA, Egypt/CAIRO Islamic State insurgents attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai on Wednesday in a co-ordinated assault in which at least 70 combatants and civilians were…

Germany appoints senior judge to inspect list of NSA targets

BERLIN Germany on Wednesday named a former senior judge as special investigator to inspect a list of targets that German intelligence tracked on behalf of the U.S. National…

News

Greek PM defiant amid cash squeeze

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has made a defiant speech as cash withdrawal limits begin…

Saudi prince to give away $32bn

Saudi prince to give away $32bn

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his entire $32bn…

PM defiant amid Greek cash squeeze

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has made a defiant speech as cash withdrawal limits begin…

Barrier Reef spared ‘danger’ listing

Barrier Reef spared ‘danger’ listing

The reef contains a higher degree of biodiversity than any other World Heritage site United…

US and Cuba announce embassies

US and Cuba announce embassies

There has not been a US embassy in the Cuban capital Havana since the 1960s…

Egypt’s Sinai hit by deadly attacks

Egypt’s Sinai hit by deadly attacks

At least 600 Egyptian security personnel have been killed in militant attacks since 2013 Islamic…

Australians seek to help amnesiac

Australians seek to help amnesiac

The woman, who speaks English and some French and goes by the name Sam, recalls…

Fire claims another US black church

Fire claims another US black church

Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire An African-American church once targeted by…

Greek PM ‘offers fresh compromise’

Greek PM ‘offers fresh compromise’

Alexis Tsipras is asking for only a few changes to proposals, reports say Greece’s Prime…

Deadly attacks hit Egypt’s Sinai

Deadly attacks hit Egypt’s Sinai

At least 600 Egyptian security personnel have been killed in militant attacks since 2013 Egypt’s…

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US News

Obama pushes state Medicaid expansion in healthcare hub Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Fresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare law, President Barack Obama visited healthcare hub Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday to push state governments to…

Connecticut to pay $50,000 reward to man who testified in murder case

MILFORD, Conn. Connecticut has agreed to pay a rare $50,000 reward to a man whose testimony led to his cousin’s conviction for the brutal murder of an actress…

Woman falls 400 feet to death in Colorado’s Royal Gorge

DENVER A 44-year-old woman plummeted 400 feet (120 meters) to her death from an observation deck overlooking the Royal Gorge canyon in the mountains of south-central Colorado, authorities…

U.S. campaign highlights stress of fireworks on combat veterans

Every Independence Day for the past eight years, Shawn Gourley and her family have left their Indiana home for remote campgrounds to escape the fireworks that trigger her…

US airlines investigated over prices

US airlines investigated over prices

The Justice Department is investigating whether US airlines have colluded to keep prices high. In a statement, the department confirmed an Associated Press report it was looking into…

US gay marriage resistance continues

US gay marriage resistance continues

The Supreme Court ruling was celebrated at Gay Pride marches at the weekend in several US cities Officials in the US south are resisting last week’s Supreme Court…

Macy’s cuts ties with Donald Trump

Macy’s cuts ties with Donald Trump

Recent polls show Mr Trump is performing well among Republican presidential candidates US retailer Macy’s has ended its relationship with Donald Trump after the businessman and presidential candidate…

Seventh shark attack in N Carolina

Seventh shark attack in N Carolina

A monitoring group says there have been 23 attacks in the US in 2015, of which one was fatal A 68-year-old man has been badly injured by a…

Protecting dementia sufferers from scammers gains ground in U.S.

NEW YORK Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. The heiress…

Australian News

Inside abandoned theme park

Inside abandoned theme park

Atlantis Marine Park was supposed to boost Western Australia’s tourism market. Picture: Tor Lindstrand. Source: Flickr IT WAS supposed to be…

Ray Martin joins ABC Q & A review

Ray Martin joins ABC Q & A review

Video Image Former terror suspect Zaky Mallah speaks on QA about his terrorism charges before having a face-off with Steve Ciobo,…

Inside Australia’s abandoned theme park

Inside Australia’s abandoned theme park

Atlantis Marine Park was supposed to boost Western Australia’s tourism market. Picture: Tor Lindstrand. Source: Flickr IT WAS supposed to be…

Abbott kicks back against gay marriage push

Abbott kicks back against gay marriage push

A gay marriage rally on the steps of the Victoria State Parliament building. Picture: Jake Nowakowski Source: News Corp Australia TONY…

Ray Martin joins ABC Q&A review

Ray Martin joins ABC Q&A review

Video Image Former terror suspect Zaky Mallah speaks on QA about his terrorism charges before having a face-off with Steve Ciobo,…

Aussies feel shut out of war games

Aussies feel shut out of war games

Peter Jennings, Director of Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Picture: Kym Smith Source: News Corp Australia A MERE…

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Politics

Airport decision by end of 2015 – PM

The government will make a decision on airport expansion by the end of the year, David Cameron has said. The PM was speaking after the Airports Commission…

Child poverty definition is changed

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has announced a new way of measuring child poverty. Mr Duncan Smith said the new system would focus on the…

Sturgeon tops women’s power list

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has topped a power list compiled by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme. The list of top 10 influencers featured women from the…

UK outlook ‘worsens’ on Greece crisis

The outlook for the UK’s financial stability “has worsened” in the light of events in Greece, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned. Risks in relation…

Report backs third Heathrow runway

The Airports Commission has backed a third Heathrow runway, saying it will add £147bn in economic growth and 70,000 jobs by 2050. The report’s release has revived…

Boris Johnson: New runway won’t happen

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says that a new runway at Heathrow is “not going to happen” despite the Airports Commission’s recommendation. The commission said it would…

Finance

Fed, industry at odds over bond market liquidity

WASHINGTON, July 1 The Federal Reserve and major banks are at odds over whether conditions in the U.S. bond market are deteriorating or merely in a temporary…

UPDATE 1-Obama pushes state Medicaid expansion in healthcare hub Nashville

(Adds remarks by Obama, detail on federal funding) By Julia Edwards NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 1 (Reuters) – Fresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare…

Out of the pits, Chicago traders seeking booths with a view

(For more Reuters coverage of the closing of Chicago’s open-outcry futures pits, please see “Chicago Pits: End of an Era,” ( here ) By Karl Plume CHICAGO,…

WRAPUP 6-Greece’s Tsipras digs in against bailout

* PM Tsipras: negotiations will continue after Sunday vote * ECB keeps ceiling on liquidity to Greek banks unchanged * Poll shows “no” vote ahead but gap…

White House: all parties in Greek talks want Greece in euro zone

ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE, July 1 The White House on Wednesday said it believed all parties involved in negotiations over Greece’s financial crisis wanted the country…

Visa joins MasterCard, AmEx in ending use for Backpage sex ads

CHICAGO, July 1 Visa Inc said on Wednesday it is joining MasterCard Inc and American Express Co in barring its credit cards from being used to pay…

Travel Advice

Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

The medical aid charity Médecins sans Frontières warned this week that Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic “of a magnitude never before seen” as the nation’s president appealed…

Holidaymakers at risk as doctors run out of typhoid vaccine

Travellers jetting off to exotic climes this winter face a scramble to get immunised against typhoid, because of a UK shortage of vaccine against the potentially fatal…

Dengue fever rise prompts doctors to warn of insect bites abroad

Travellers have been warned to take extra precautions against insect bites while abroad following a sharp rise in the incidence of dengue fever reported in England, Wales…

Foreign hospitals count cost of young UK holidaymakers

UK teenagers holidaying in Mallorca and Ibiza are responsible for a huge increase in the number of tourists hospitalised in the Spanish islands, said the Foreign and…

Ezspk opinion

The Rise of a new class system in Britain.

Think  back to a time when Britons were beholden to the lord of the manor for employment, a roof over their head and food on the table.…

Sport UK

Prince William calls England squad

The England squad have received a surprise phone call from the Duke of Cambridge ahead of…

Impressive Watson into round three

British number one Heather Watson reached the third round at Wimbledon for the second time in…

England name Rashid in Ashes squad

New head coach Trevor Bayliss said he wants England to “play with freedom” as he announced a 13-man squad for the opening Ashes Test…

Heather Watson sets up third round tie with Serena Williams after British No 1 beats Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets

Heather Watson beat Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets on Wednesday British No 1 now faces Serena Williams in the third round at SW19 Watson, 23, beat her Hungarian…

Wimbledon 2015 LIVE tennis results: Serena Williams sets up third round clash with Heather Watson following straight sets win on day three

Heather Watson defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-2 in confident display  Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets Liam Broady tumbled out to 16th seed…

Kevin Pietersen: Australia WILL win the Ashes… but England won’t go down easy

Kevin Pietersen has delivered his verdict ahead of the Ashes start on July 8 The former England batsman cannot see beyond a narrow Australia win  Pietersen is…

Sport US

Cavaliers Love affair continues as free agency begins

New York (AFP) – Kevin Love announced Wednesday he will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, the 26-year-old power forward reportedly agreeing to a five-year deal…

Bubba and Tiger recovering from highs and lows

(Reuters) – Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both trying to recover this week at the Greenbrier Classic, one from the highs of victory and the other…

Golf-Bubba and Tiger recovering from highs and lows

July 1 (Reuters) – Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods are both trying to recover this week at the Greenbrier Classic, one from the highs of victory and…

French Ryder Cup venue is ideal says Clarke

Paris (AFP) – Europe Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is convinced Le Golf National outside Paris will prove to be a perfect venue for the 2018 Ryder…

NFL player C.J. Spillman charged with sexual assault in Texas

DALLAS (Reuters) – National Football League free agent safety C.J. Spillman has been charged with sexual assault in a September incident at a Dallas-area hotel when he…

Goosen wins playoff and ticket to St. Andrews

(Reuters) – Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen birdied the first playoff hole of a qualifying tournament at Woburn Golf Club on Tuesday to secure a spot…

All Sports

20 Questions: Drew Locke – London Scottish centre

Enjoying the off-season? I went to Ibiza for a few days with some friends which was nice. It’s a great place to go and…

VIDEO: Graham Rowntree discusses England hookers and Sam Burgess

Video credit: Nick Heath @rugbymedia. Tagged England, Graham Rowntree, Rugby World Cup, Sam Burgess Source Article from http://www.therugbypaper.co.uk/latest-news/22607/video-graham-rowntree-discusses-england-hookers-and-sam-burgess/…

Gloucester prop Shaun Knight joins the Dragons

Gloucester today confirmed that tighthead Shaun Knight has moved across the border to sign for the Newport Gwent Dragons. The 25 year old, who…

Brendan Gallagher speak to Firebrand Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu about preaching the message of alofa

As well as being a cracking Test centre and fly-half and a ‘have boots will travel’ professional for a decade or more, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu…

Jeremy Guscott’s column: In-form Matt Banahan would be my first choice wing

Wingers are try-scorers first and foremost, as they always have been, but in the modern Test arena they’ve had to develop a much more…

Nick Cain talks to England captain Chris Robshaw

Chris Robshaw does not come from the Eric Evans school of England captaincy. Evans, who was captain of the 1957 Grand Slam side, was…

Health

Liberia’s new Ebola outbreak spreads

Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined an area on Tuesday where the teenager’s corpse was found but two more cases have been announced A second case of Ebola…

Liberia’s new Ebola outbreak spreads

Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined an area on Tuesday where the teenager’s corpse was found but two more cases have been announced Two more cases of Ebola…

Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The head of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, called it…

Liberia quarantine after Ebola case

The latest Ebola outbreak has killed thousands of people across West Africa Liberia’s authorities have quarantined the area where a 17-year-old boy died of Ebola. This is…

Sun cream labelling ‘confuses buyers’

There is huge confusion over the labels on sun creams, and manufacturers should all use the same rating system, says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. A survey of…

Drone flies abortion pills to Poland

The drone flew the pills into Poland, where they were immediately taken by two Polish women Dutch campaigners have used a drone to fly abortion pills into…