Monday, June 29, 2015

World News Briefs -- June 29, 2015

Reuters: Greeks In Bank Shock

Stunned Greeks faced shuttered banks, long supermarkets lines and overwhelming uncertainty on Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its international creditors plunged the country deep into crisis.

With Greece's bailout expiring on June 30 and an IMF payment falling due at the same time, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pleaded by phone with European officials to extend the programme until a referendum on Sunday on its future terms.


U.S., allies conduct 23 air strikes in Iraq, Syria: U.S. military.

Thousands displaced as battles rage in Syria's Hasakah.

In Moscow, Syrian minister says Russia promises aid.

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

French minister: No new target date for Iran nuclear talks.

Israel intercepts Gaza-bound boat. Gaza-bound flotilla vessel seized by Israeli navy. Israel intercepts & escorts Gaza flotilla flagship, RT columnist aboard.

U.N. chief deplores coalition airstrike on U.N. compound in Yemen.

Yemen's Houthis shell Aden refinery for second time: official.


Japan PM Abe's ratings slip amid doubts about his security policy.

Taliban ambush in Herat province 'kills 11 soldiers'.

U.S. air strikes target militants near border in east Afghanistan.

China says thousands arrested suspected of environmental crimes.

China's HD-981 oil rig returns, near disputed South China Sea waters.

China begins construction of Power of Siberia pipeline for gas delivered from Russia.

Myanmar replaces senior air force officer after stray China bomb.

Media reports allege Australian politics infiltrated by Italian mafia.


Voting delays in Burundi after poll stations attacked. Burundi votes in boycott-hit poll; gunfire heard.

Libyan factions sit at the same table in U.N. peace talks.

Tunisia attack: First arrests over Sousse massacre. The Latest: Tunisia official says 7 arrested in beach attack. Number of Britons killed in Tunisia attack likely to rise to 30: PM spokeswoman.

Chad police killed in N'Djamena weapons raid.

US ‘deeply concerned’ after former Lesotho army chief killed.

Egypt's state prosecutor killed in Cairo bomb attack.

Two police officers killed in Egypt bomb.


Greece debt talks: EU chief feels 'betrayed'.

Ukraine masses troops on border with Transnistria.

Hungarian police use tear gas to break up clashes at migrant camp.

Armenia protests: Electricity price hike suspended.

French beheading suspect denies jihad motivation.

Spain, Portugal issue health alerts amid scorching temps.


Supreme Court upholds use of drug implicated in botched executions.

Nervous: 58% of American voters say President Obama ‘too soft’ on Islamic extremists.

Puerto Rico governor says island can't pay its public debt.

Unpopular Brazilian president to visit U.S. as her country’s economy slides.

Venezuela's struggling socialists hold primaries for parliamentary vote.

Argentina judge orders asset seizure of Falklands oil firms.

US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more.


US Independence Day terror alert ‘nothing routine’ - CIA Ex-Deputy Director. House Homeland Security panel leader: Be alert for terrorist threats on Fourth of July.

Three attacks deepen fears about Islamic State’s global reach.

Islamic State uses downloadable apps to hide attack plans, recruit followers.

Saudi al Qaeda leader reported killed in Afghanistan.


Greece debt crisis: Global stock markets slide.

Uber executives detained by police in Paris.

China-led AIIB development bank holds signing ceremony.

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