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Some Fear Departing Argentine President Has No Plans of Really Leaving

BUENOS AIRES — After nearly eight years in office, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina will stand down in a few months. But even as voters weigh their options for a new leader, and look ahead to a change of direction for the country, their departing president has other plans.

Far …

World Leaders

Greece Will Shut Banks in Fallout From Debt Crisis

ATHENS — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced Sunday night that Greece’s banks would be closed as of Monday, as the fallout from ruptured debt negotiations with the nation’s creditors began inflicting pain on ordinary people while raising alarm in Washington, Brussels and Berlin.

The emergency …

Greece

Media reports allege Australian politics infiltrated by Italian mafia

Two Australian media organisations reported on Monday that Australian politics has been infiltrated at high levels by the Italian mafia, although there was no suggestion of direct links between lawmakers and the criminal syndicate.

A year-long investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation …

Australia

Cameron: IS militants are plotting 'terrible' UK attacks

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Monday that Islamic State militants based in Syria and Iraq were planning specific attacks against Britain and posed an existential threat to the West.

Cameron was speaking after an Islamist gunman killed up to 30 British tourists in an …

United Kingdom

Egypt's state prosecutor killed in Cairo bomb attack

Hisham Barakat dies after suffering from "internal bleeding" following a bomb attack in capital's Heliopolis district.

A motorcade belonging to Egypt's state prosecutor has been hit by a bomb blast in Cairo, according to security officials.

A senior police officer told the AFP news agency that top …

Egypt

After Slaughter Of Tourists, Tunisia Cracks Down On Islamists

Tunisia was in shock after at least 38 foreign tourists were killed Friday at a beachside hotel, apparently by one man: Saifeddine Rezgui, who was in turn killed by police.

Amid the horror, there was defiance in the air in the seaside town of Sousse. Hundreds of foreign tourists decided to stay, and …

Tunisia

Death sentence for UAE woman who killed US teacher

Woman guilty of stabbing American to death in Abu Dhabi mall, placing bomb outside doctor's home and funding al-Qaeda.

The woman who brutally murdered a US school teacher at a mall in Abu Dhabi last year has been sentenced to death, according to local media.

Emirati citizen Alaa Bader Abdullah Al …

Death Penalty

Car bomb attack kills Egypt's top public prosecutor

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's top public prosecutor died of wounds sustained in a car bomb attack on his convoy as it was leaving his home on Monday, the most senior state official killed in militant violence since the toppling of an Islamist president two years ago.

Judges and other senior officials …

Egypt

Not-So Happy Anniversary: ISIS' Caliphate Turns One

One year after a caliphate was declared spanning Syria and Iraq, there is little to celebrate — unless you're ISIS.

Despite a massive international campaign to defeat the the brutal militants, ISIS has not only managed to hold onto the territory but has expanded its reach beyond those borders over …

Middle East

Tunisia attack: David Cameron pledges 'full spectrum' response to massacre

Islamist extremists “have declared war on Britain and they are attacking our people at home and overseas”, David Cameron has said in response to the killing of as many as 30 British tourists in Tunisia.

Pledging a “full spectrum” response to the massacre, Cameron said Theresa May, the home …

United Kingdom

Saudi Officials Linked to Jihadist Group in WikiLeaks Cables

ISLAMABAD—Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, had high-level contacts with America’s most deadly adversary in Afghanistan, the Haqqani network, according to purported Saudi diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

The documents, which couldn’t be independently verified, say the Saudi …

South Asia

Puerto Rico says it cannot pay its debt, setting off potential crisis in the U.S.

The governor of Puerto Rico has decided that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal bond market and lead to higher borrowing costs for governments across the United States.

Puerto Rico’s move could roil …

Public Finance

SpaceX’s Unmanned Falcon 9 Rocket Explodes Minutes After Launch

A fourth attempt at creating a "reusable" rocket ends in a cloud of smoke.

Early this morning, SpaceX made a fourth attempt to successfully return a Falcon 9 rocket to Earth in order to earn the coveted "reusable" tag. However, something seemed to go terribly wrong during the first stage of …

Falcon 9

'All her skin was gone': Horrific aftermath of fireball at Taiwan water park

Hsueh Ming-chuan was lying on an inflatable boat when her mother found her.

"All her skin was gone. Her hands were shaking ... and she kept calling for me," her mother said, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.

Hsueh, 17, was among nearly 500 people injured when a huge fireball engulfed …

Water Park

Tourists are flocking to Greece’s collapsing economy

Right now in Greece, citizens are lining up at ATMs in hopes of salvaging their savings, and banks are closed, ahead of a July 5 public vote on a bailout. But for the more than two million foreign tourists expected in the country this month, Greece wants to keep the focus on museums and historical …

Greece

Audi is sending a Quattro rover to the moon for the Google Lunar XPrize

The German car company and team Part Time Scientists partner up to send a four-wheel-drive rover to the moon, where it'll compete for $30 million in …

Google

Attacks on Three Continents Revive Security Fears

Terrorist attacks that killed dozens rattled three continents on Friday, sparking new fears over Islamic State’s influence and debate over how to respond to jihadists across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In Tunisia, a man with a Kalashnikov hidden in a parasol shot dead at least 37 tourists at …

Security

Terror attacks on 3 continents; ISIS claims responsibility in Tunisia, Kuwait

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on a seaside resort hotel in Tunisia on Friday that killed at least 38 people and wounded at least 36 others, many of them Western tourists.

The Islamist group named the attacker as Abu Yahya al-Qirawani and said he managed to infiltrate the Hotel Riu …

Terrorism

North Korea unveils gleaming new airport for Pyongyang

Pictures of the shopping and amenities at North Korea's new airport terminal have been published in state media.

Several pages of the daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun showed images of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife inspecting the restaurants and shops.

North Korea has unveiled several …

Airports

Lamb Modified With Jellyfish DNA Goes on Market, Prompts Investigation

A lamb that was genetically modified with genes from a jellyfish was sold from a lab, in violation of French law, according to French officials who …

Scientific Research

Man Discovers Mysterious Face on Cliffside

A mysterious, "large" face on the cliffside of an island in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve has recently been re-discovered by a man from who …

Indigenous Peoples

Foreign ministers meet as security situation in eastern Ukraine deteriorates

The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia have held crisis talks in Paris as the situation in eastern Ukraine continues to deteriorate.

The atmosphere on the ground is becoming more fraught with frequent ceasefire violations being reported by both sides.

Three Ukrainian Civilians …

Ukraine

China to widen draft security law to cover space, sea, polar interests

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will add its assets and activities in space, the deep sea and polar regions to its pending national security law, state media said on Wednesday, the latest changes to the sweeping and controversial draft legislation.

President Xi Jinping, who heads a newly established …

Asia

Four soldiers killed as Emiratis targeted in Somalia

Twelve people killed by al-Shabab car bomb in Mogadishu with intended targets, UAE officials, escaping unharmed.

A car bomb targeting a bulletproof vehicle carrying diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has killed at least 12 people, including four Somali soldiers, in Mogadishu.

Local …

Africa

France summons U.S. ambassador after reports U.S. spied on presidents

Story highlights

Lawmaker: Presidents Barack Obama and François Hollande to discuss spying claims
• "We are not targeting and will not target the communications of President Hollande," U.S. spokesman says
• France says it previously sought clarification from U.S. about what it calls "unacceptable …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Pakistan heatwave: death toll rises to almost 750 as temperatures begin to fall

An official in Pakistan says at least 749 people have been killed in a heatwave as temperatures have finally begun to drop in the country.

Mohammad Sabir said the hardest-hit city was Karachi, where temperatures have soared to 45C. Meteorologists say the heatwave is the worst in at least a …

Pakistan

Top Colombian generals covered up illegal killings: rights group

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Top Colombian military officials allegedly helped facilitate illegal killings of civilians committed by units under their command, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday, as it urged the government to hold leaders accountable.

Commanders, including the current head of the armed …

Military

Armenia protests escalate after police turn on demonstrators

Thousands of Armenians have taken to the streets to protest against electricity rate hikes, marching on the presidential palace and staging all-night sit-ins around the main square of the capital, leading to fears in Moscow of a Ukraine-style popular uprising.

The protests in Yerevan, which began on …

Protest

Boston bomber apologises to victims after receiving death sentence

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke in court for the first time since the attack at the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon bomber broke his two years of silence today by telling a courtroom packed with his victims: "I am sorry for the lives that I have taken."

Moments before he was formally sentenced to death …

Death Penalty