Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kurds 'drive IS from border town'

Kurds 'drive IS from border town'

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Islamic State militants are reportedly driven out of the Syrian border town of Kobane but are said to have massacred more than 200 civilians.

Some Gay Marriage Opponents Balk, While Couples Rush to Wed

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As couples rush to wed, some same-sex marriage opponents balk in states with bans

Denmark to Get a 1-Party Minority Government

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Danish Liberal leader to form minority Cabinet, needs support from anti-immigration party

Crisis meeting over Greek referendum

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Greece's creditors hold a crisis meeting with the Greek finance minister after Athens calls a surprise referendum on the terms for a fresh bailout.

Japanese women go ape over surprisingly handsome gorilla

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Who could resist that striking countenance, that chiseled brow -- and that toned, furry butt?
    


Sightseeing plane carrying 9 crashes in Alaska

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Holland America cruise ship passengers were on aerial tour; plane hit granite rock face of a cliff
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Iran nuclear talks: Kerry begins final round to seal accord

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Iran was making its red lines clear in Vienna on Saturday, in the first of what should be several days of negotiations ahead of a Tuesday deadline
Iran was making its red lines clear as talks on a final nuclear deal got under way in Vienna on Saturday.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were meeting in a Vienna hotel in the first of what should be several days of negotiations ahead of a Tuesday deadline.
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Drone set to deliver abortion pills to Poland

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A drone is set to deliver medical abortion pills to Poland where nearly 50,000 dangerous underground abortions are reported to take place every year.
The “abortion drone” is being sent by a Netherlands-based non-profit organization, Women on Waves, and will arrive in the Polish town of Slubice on Saturday.
Since 1993, Poland has initiated strict pregnancy termination laws, which only permit women to have abortions for severe health reasons or in the case of rape or incest.
The drone’s mission is to drop several packages of World Health Organization-approved pills that will be picked up by women’s groups and distributed to those in need.
Although abortions are illegal in Poland, women cannot be imprisoned for terminating a pregnancy, but the doctor who carries out the operation can face up to two years in jail.
“We can’t stop pointing out the lack of safe access to abortion and medical abortion pills. It’s a violation of women’s rights. We have to make every effort to make sure they get that access,” RT quoted Dr. Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of the rights group, as saying on Monday.
Gomperts said although the move is not “illegal” under present “regulations or laws”, she was not sure “what the government’s going to do” in reaction to the abortion drone.
        
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The Latest: Germany says Greece vote move seems to end talks - Chron.com

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The Latest: Germany says Greece vote move seems to end talks
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BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest news about the Greek bailout talks (all times local): ___. 2:50 p.m.. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble says that by calling for a referendum on the creditors' proposals to keep Greece solvent — and by advising ...

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Migrants Board Trucks, as Calais Strike Snarls Traffic

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A strike by workers in the port city of Calais, France gave migrants the opportunity to storm trucks caught in traffic on their way across the English Channel to the U.K.

Hungary Takes Steps to Restrict Illegal Immigration

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Hungary has taken fresh steps to restrict illegal immigration, suspending the acceptance of asylum seekers sent back to the country by other European Union states.

MERS Outbreak Prompts South Korean Stimulus

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South Korea slashed its growth forecast for the year and announced a fiscal stimulus package to spur an anemic economy hit by a viral-disease outbreak.

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Cameron Kicks Off EU Campaign

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British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to push forward his demands for a changed relationship with the European Union at a summit in Brussels starting Thursday.

Detained FIFA Official Loses Appeal for Release

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Individual arrested in Switzerland as part of an investigation into alleged corruption at soccer’s global governing body has lost an appeal for his release ahead of expected extradition to the U.S.

EU Immigration Dispute Splits Leaders

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An emotional dispute among European Union countries over immigration broke into the open as national leaders accused each other of being irresponsible on one side and disrespectful on the other.

U.K. Trial Begins for Men Accused of Aiding ISIS Fighter

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The trial of three men accused of helping a British teenager make his way to Syria to join Islamic State began, providing a rare insight into networks helping facilitate travel and funding for Westerners joining militant groups.

Attack Adds to France's Security Concerns

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The industrial gas facility attacked on Friday in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier is an improbable target for terrorists, exposing the unpredictable threat France faces.

Syria's Alawites: The People Behind Assad

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The Alawites are usually seen as fervent supporters of Bashar al-Assad. But now they are worried—and not entirely pro-regime.

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China's Central Bank Cuts Rates

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In a surprise move, China’s central bank made a strong credit-easing move by cutting both its benchmark interest rates and the amount of reserves certain banks are required to hold.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Tunisia attack

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The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bloody attack on tourists at a resort town in Tunisia on Friday.In a statement circulated by Islamic State supporters online, the group said the attack had been carried out by a man named Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani. Tunisian officials earlier Friday said the gunman, who was shot and killed by police, was from the Tunisian city of Kairouan. Read full article >>
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