Tuesday, June 30, 2015

World News Briefs -- June 30, 2015 (Evening Edition)

Reuters: Greece Defaults To The IMF

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday confirmed Greece had not made its 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) loan repayment to the Fund, making it the first advanced economy to ever be in arrears to the Fund.

The missed payment, the largest in the Fund's history, is equivalent to a default, in that both imply a breach of Athens' obligations. IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said Greece can now only receive further IMF funding once the arrears are cleared.


U.S., Iran presidents issue warnings as nuclear talks extended.

Obama says US could 'walk away' from Iran nuclear talks, as deadline extended.

Iran nuclear talks deadline extended to July 7. Negotiators at Iran nuclear talks give themselves another week. Iran, powers give themselves to July 7 to strike deal.

Iran and powers set to miss deadline as nuclear deal remains elusive.

Islamic State captures district in Syrian border town: monitor.

Israel says Syria's Assad may be left with rump state.

Turkey says any Syria measures not act of war but to preserve border security. Turkey vows retaliation, but rejects Syria intervention.

Yemen fighting allows 1,200 prisoners to flee.

Saudi military denies Scud strike after Yemeni rebels claim missile launch.

Millions of children face disease, malnutrition in war-torn Yemen: U.N..

Kuwait says in 'state of war' with militants, warns of other cells.


Hong Kong expects large pro-democracy rally as it marks 1997 handover.

Taiwan youth to China: Treat us like a country.

South Korea navy fires warning shots at boat from North.

Over 100 dead in Indonesia after military plane crashes in residential area.

China says some South China Sea land reclamation projects completed.

Large explosion hits Afghanistan's capital Kabul. Suicide bomber attacks NATO convoy near U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

China announces climate target for Paris deal.

Man sets himself alight on Japan bullet train, second passenger dies.

Myanmar students in peaceful march to protest political role of military.


Nigeria's Buhari puts oil sector under the scanner.

French soldiers accused of sexual abuse of minors in Africa.

Burundi counts votes as thousands flee political crisis.

Ebola returns to Liberia after nation declared free of virus.

Schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 'brainwashed to fight for group'.

Thousands of children rescued from dangerous work in Tanzania gold mines.

UN: South Sudan army raped girls and burned them alive.

In an emergency meeting, Arab League calls attack on Egypt's top prosecutor 'criminal'.

Source: Tunisia hotel attacker in contact with militants in Libya. Tunisia beach killer trained with museum gunmen.


Greece's bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment.

Greece asks for new bailout — its third — at 11th hour.

Ukraine ceasefire: 'There is shooting all the time'.

Denmark tells Germany it will impose border controls.

Britain's losses in Tunisia attack climb to 21.

Concern on continent as heatwave set to drive temperatures beyond 40C.

Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky named as murder suspect in Russia.


US, Cuba to announce opening of embassies on Wednesday. U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday.

US senator on visit to Venezuela amid diplomatic detente.

Republican Christie announces 2016 White House bid, vows 'I mean what I say'.

Obama signs 2 trade bills into law.

Puerto Rico governor calls for bankruptcy; adviser says island 'insolvent'. Puerto Rico governor says US territory 'can't pay $72bn debt'.

Russian diplomats blast latest Canadian sanctions as 'sad déjà-vu'.

Brazilian president's visit to US will not include apology from Obama for spying.

Putin offered to support Venezuela in case of war with Colombia, book claims.

California passes mandatory vaccination bill.

Pope 'plans to chew coca leaves during Bolivia visit'.

Nearly one in three Americans owns a gun.


Islamic State 'beheads women for sorcery' in Syria. Islamic State beheads female civilians for first time in Syria: monitor.

In Yemen chaos, Islamic State grows to rival al Qaeda.

Ex-CIA insider: July 4 terror alert is "nothing routine".


Wall St. ends up on Greek hopes ahead of debt deadline.

"Huge uncertainties" over Greece, dollar will delay Fed rate hikes: Kotok.

Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court.

Uber makes big push to win over Chinese consumers.

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