- Greek finance minister quits to smooth talks after 'No' vote
ATHENS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Greece's outspoken finance minister resigned on Monday, removing a major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout.
- Kerry urges Iran to make 'hard choices', says U.S. ready to walk
VIENNA (Reuters) - An Iranian nuclear agreement is possible this week if Iran makes the "hard choices" necessary, but if not, the United States stands ready to walk away from the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.
- Saudi-led strikes on Yemen hit party HQ of Houthi ally Saleh
SANAA (Reuters) - Saudi-led air raids pounded the Sanaa headquarters of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress party late on Sunday, killing and wounding several people, witnesses and a party official said.
- Pope comes 'home' to South America to defend planet and the poor
QUITO (Reuters) - Laughing as his cap flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a "homecoming" tour of South America, where he will champion the rights of the poor and the planet.
- China says Xinjiang has no 'ethnic problem' after Turkey protests
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has no "ethnic problem" in its far west, and Muslim Uighur minorities there enjoy freedom of religion, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, following anti-China protests in Turkey over Beijing's treatment of the group.
- China stresses nationalism in war anniversary propaganda push
BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Asia, and its fight against Japan, with a stream of movies, concerts, performances and exhibitions, officials said on Monday, in an effort to strengthen "nationalism and culture".
- Sri Lanka polls timed ahead of U.N. war crimes report to foil Rajapaksa comeback
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's August elections have been timed to stop a comeback by war-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticized for war crimes in a U.N report, said government sources.
- Islamic State suicide bombers strike in Iraqi refinery town
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State suicide bombers and fighters attacked the center of Iraq's northern oil refinery town of Baiji overnight, forcing the army and Shi'ite fighters to pull back, military sources and the local mayor said on Sunday.
- Egyptian army kills 63 militants in North Sinai: sources
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region.
- Thai army chief says won't release 14 student critics of coup
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Fourteen Thai students who were arrested after staging anti-coup rallies must face military court and will not be released beforehand, Thailand's army chief said on Monday, despite growing calls for charges to be dropped.
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