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Emotional debate over Confederate flag

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South Carolina lawmakers have begun an emotional debate over legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia and has long been denounced by its critics as a symbol of slavery.

Obama threat: Swords, knives found at suspect's home

58 minutes ago

US authorities say more than 100 weapons, including swords, have been found in the home and car of a man who claimed he planned to kill President Barack Obama.

Hungary tightens asylum system

58 minutes ago

Hungary's parliament has approved amendments tightening the country's asylum system, a response to the record number of migrants and refugees reaching the country over the past year.

Air strike hits Yemen market, 45 dead

2015-07-06 18:06

A massive air strike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels, has hit a local marketplace in Yemen, killing over 45 civilians.

Women held over ISIS mosque attack in Kuwait

2015-07-06 17:28

Kuwait has detained 26 people suspected of involvement in a suicide bombing on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque that killed 27 people.

EU summit should discuss humanitarian aid for Greece: Germany

2015-07-06 16:53

Eurozone leaders gathering for an emergency summit should discuss humanitarian aid for the debt-mired country, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel says.

 
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LEADER OF THE FLOCK:   Pope Francis walks with his pastoral staff to celebrate a mass in Guayaquil, Ecuador. (Gregorio Borgia, AP)

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Lockdown at US military hospital after gunshot reports

2015-07-06 18:47

A major US military hospital in a Washington suburb is on lockdown as police investigate unconfirmed reports of an active shooter at the vast complex.

World's oldest person turns 116

2015-07-06 18:06

She was a teenager during WWI and her life spans three centuries. New Yorker Susannah Mushatt Jones has celebrated her 116th birthday as the world's oldest living person.

1 000s camp out for Pope's first mass in Ecuador

2015-07-06 17:02

Camped on streets with sleeping bags and stocked with food supplies, thousands of excited Ecuadoreans have congregated in Guayaquil for Pope Francis' first mass of his "homecoming" tour of South America.

Austria files EU complaint against UK nuclear plant

2015-07-06 16:53

Austria has filed a legal challenge at the European Court of Justice against EU-granted state subsidies for a new nuclear power plant in Britain, government officials have confirmed.

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Unwed mother in India gains guardianship in legal first

2015-07-06 15:24

An unwed mother in India has been granted guardianship of her child without revealing the father's name or gaining his consent, breaking new legal ground, a news report says.

Running of the bulls festival starts; crowd doused in wine

2015-07-06 14:31

Thousands of revellers have doused each other with wine to celebrate the start of the famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival in this northern Spanish city.

Iraq warplane accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing 7

2015-07-06 13:29

A bomb fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad because of a 'technical problem', killing at least seven people, security and medical officials say.

15 Turkish workers killed in truck collision

2015-07-06 12:32

Fifteen Turkish agricultural workers, most of them women, have been killed when their vehicle collided with a truck transporting milk in the west of the country, officials say.

Thai junta refuses to release student protesters

2015-07-06 11:21

Thailand's military government has refused to release 14 students arrested for anti-coup activities despite growing pressure.

Sri Lanka polls timed ahead of UN war crimes report

2015-07-06 11:21

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 criticised for war crimes in a UN report, sources say.

Australian political rivals unite for Aboriginal recognition

2015-07-06 10:25

Australia’s political rivals have met Aboriginal leaders in Sydney to work towards “correcting” the constitution by recognising the nation’s first indigenous inhabitants.

Iran nuclear talks 'could go either way' in final straight

2015-07-06 09:25

Top ministers are due to meet to conclude an unprecedented nuclear deal with Iran, on the eve of a deadline aiming to draw the curtain on almost two years of high-stakes negotiations.

Tropical storm causes havoc in Manila

2015-07-06 07:24

All shipping has been ordered to remain in harbour and some flights have been cancelled in the northern Philippines, while schools are closed in the capital due to flooding and landslides from a tropical storm, disaster officials say.

Greek PM - Athens ready to return to negotiating table

2015-07-05 22:54

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has hailed a "No" vote in the referendum on a bailout offer and says his government is ready to return immediately to negotiations with creditors in a bid to get shuttered banks open again.

Greeks defy Europe with overwhelming 'No'

2015-07-06 04:46
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The vote leaves Greece in uncharted waters: risking a banking collapse that could force it out of the euro.

Kerry: Iran talks could go either way

2015-07-05 22:20

US Secretary of State John Kerry says it's time to finalise a historic nuclear deal with Iran, adding at present the negotiations "could go either way".

Israel rows back Judaism conversion reform

2015-07-05 21:31

Israeli ministers have struck down a bill that would have cancelled the monopoly the ultra-Orthodox chief rabbinate holds over conversions in the Jewish state.

Senior eurozone officials to meet on Greece

2015-07-05 20:34

Senior eurozone officials will hold talks on the result of Greece's bailout referendum, a European source has told AFP, as early results suggested a "No" vote might prevail.

'High risk of terror attack' in Spain - minister

2015-07-05 19:29

Spain is facing its highest level of terror threat since 2004 because of the danger posed by jihadists, says the country's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz.

Wildfires in Spain, more than 1 000 evacuated

2015-07-05 17:22

More than 1 000 residents have been evacuated in Spain's northeastern region of Aragon where a wildfire is spreading through a pine forest amid a lingering heat wave.

Malaysian PM may face charges over fund

2015-07-05 15:23

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funnelled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts.

Kangaroo hops it in Germany

2015-07-05 14:30

An escaped kangaroo remained at large in Germany's Sauerland tourist area, with police saying they have no idea where the marsupial is or who its owners are.

Greek referendum: PM optimistic as he votes

2015-07-05 13:31

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he is confident about the outcome of the country's bailout referendum, adding that democracy is a celebration.

Pope Francis to touch on cherished issues

2015-07-05 13:02

History's first Latin American pope has returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.

Gunmen kill 2 Shi'ites, policeman in Pakistan sectarian attack

2015-07-06 15:24

Gunmen have shot dead two Shi'ite brothers and a policeman at a passport office in the Pakistani city of Quetta, officials say, the latest sectarian attack to strike the country's restive southwest.

Saudi-led strikes on Yemen hit Houthi ally's HQ

2015-07-06 14:32

Saudi-led air raids have pounded the Sanaa headquarters of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress party, killing and wounding several people.

Germany breaks heat record at 40.3°C

2015-07-06 13:29

A weekend heatwave in Germany broke the national record for the highest recorded temperature.

ISIS video shows killing of 2 Syrian activists

2015-07-06 12:31

ISIS has released a new video purporting to show the killing of two Syrian activists in the militants' stronghold of Raqqa, allegedly for spying on the extremists.

Italian police arrest Moroccan in anti-jihadism sweep

2015-07-06 11:21

Italian police say they have arrested a Moroccan suspected for promoting Islamic militancy, and that a broader police operation was under way in a town near the central city of Pisa.

Philippines confirms second MERS case

2015-07-06 10:25

The Philippines have confirmed a second case of the deadly MERS corona virus in a 36-year-old foreigner who showed symptoms of the disease after arriving in Manila from Dubai.

More than 1 million expected at pope's Mass in South America

2015-07-06 09:25

Pope Francis will travel to the Ecuadorean port of Guayaquil for a Mass expected to draw more than a million people, as Latin America's first pontiff tours his home continent with a message of compassion for the weak and respect for an ailing planet.

Nobel tributes at Dalai Lama 80th birthday bash in US

2015-07-06 08:19

Fellow Nobel Peace laureates joined thousands of followers of the Dalai Lama Sunday to celebrate the Tibetan spiritual leader's 80th birthday, kicking off a three-day honorary bash in California.

US, allies step up campaign against ISIS

2015-07-06 05:19

The US and its allies have stepped up their campaign against Islamic State with 38 air strikes on targets belonging to the group in Iraq and Syria, a joint command statement says.

US man shoots off firework from his head, dies

2015-07-05 22:40

A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July holiday tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities says.

Ghani won't be drawn into lynching row

2015-07-05 22:40

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has declined to intervene in the case of four men convicted over the mob killing of a young woman, despite public anger over the fact their initial death sentences have been replaced by prison terms.

'Democracy' the winner in Greece: Spain's Podemos

2015-07-05 22:18

The leader of Spain's leftist Podemos party on Sunday hailed early results from Greece's referendum showing voters decisively rejecting creditors' bailout terms as a victory for democracy.

3 dead, 3 missing after boat capsizes in Ohio River

2015-07-05 21:31

Kentucky authorities say three people have been killed and three remain missing after the pontoon boat they were riding in hit the Clark Memorial Bridge and capsized in the Ohio River.

'Dead' Turk wins 10yr fight to prove he's alive

2015-07-05 20:34

A 46-year-old Turkish man mistakenly listed as dead by authorities has spent 10 years fighting to prove he is alive, state media reports.

Greek referendum final polls show 'No' vote ahead by small margin

2015-07-05 18:23

Final opinion polls released after the end of voting in Greece's referendum showed the 'No' vote leading by a small margin in a vote on a bailout proposal from creditors.

China market rout: Man held for suicide claims

2015-07-05 16:17

Chinese authorities have arrested a man who allegedly spread rumours about people in Beijing jumping off buildings in response to a stock market crash, state television report.

Kerry, Zarif race against clock in Iran nuclear talks

2015-07-05 14:30

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart have gone face to face again with time running out to nail down a landmark nuclear deal in marathon talks in Vienna.

Osborne finds £14bn of welfare cuts

2015-07-05 14:30

Britain's finance minister George Osborne says he's found all £12bn of welfare cuts he needs as part of his plan to balance the current account deficit by 2017/18.

Capsized Philippine ferry possibly overloaded

2015-07-05 13:44

The death toll from a ferry that capsized in the central Philippines has risen to 61, the coast guard said Sunday, indicating that the vessel was overloaded.

China 'trying to hack into everything' - Hillary

2015-07-05 13:02

Hillary Clinton has accused China of "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America" and stealing government information, in strongly worded comments likely to irk Beijing.

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