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PM urges Greece to vote ‘No’ as support slips away

A man plasters a poster on a wall in Athens that reads, "We vote NO to the agreement"Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday urged voters to ignore European scaremongering and vote 'No' in this weekend’s referendum as polls showed support swinging behind the 'Yes' campaign. Huge rival rallies are expected in central Athens late Friday to galvanise support for each side in Sunday's plebiscite. The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), which provided funds to eurozone countries in difficulty, said however it won't demand immediate repayment of its Greek loans worth 145 billion euros ($160 billion).



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The Latest: Fund: Greek default to spark severe consequences

A member of the Communist-affiliated PAME labor union shouts slogans at the police during an anti-austerity protest calling to "Vote NO" outside of the in central Athens, on Friday, July 3, 2015. Greece braced for more chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered banks Thursday, as Athens and its creditors halted talks on resolving the country's deepening financial crisis until a referendum this weekend. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes and its upcoming referendum on Sunday (all times local):



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Turkey reinforces Syria border, PM says no incursion planned

Turkey's Prime Minister Davutoglu addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party at the Turkish parliament in AnkaraBy Orhan Coskun ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has deployed additional troops and equipment along part of its border with Syria as fighting north of the city of Aleppo intensifies, security sources said, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were no immediate plans for any incursion. Ankara has mooted the creation of a 'secure zone' on Syrian territory due to concerns about Syrian Kurd advances and the presence of Islamic State militants, as well as the possibility of a fresh wave of refugees fleeing conflict. Security sources and officials in the capital Ankara said the Turkish army had stepped up security, also sending in special forces, due to the heavy fighting.



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Tsipras dismisses Europe’s warnings to Greece on vote

Men prepare voting booths ahead of the referendum at a high school, which will be used a polling station in AthensBy Lefteris Karagiannopoulos and George Georgiopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected European warnings that Greeks will be deciding on their future in the euro zone in a referendum on Sunday, saying negotiations would continue for a better deal with international creditors after the vote. In a televised address on Friday, Tsipras said a report by the International Monetary Fund which arguing that Greece's massive public debt could not be sustained without significant writedowns vindicated his advice to reject the lenders' terms. "On Sunday what is at stake is not Greece's membership of Europe, what is at stake is whether blackmail will lead us to accept the continuation of a policy which the lenders themselves recognize is a dead end," he said.



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Surrogate children granted legal recognition in France

PARIS (AP) — France’s highest court has granted legal recognition to surrogate children, in a major turnaround that will make their daily lives easier and could lead to greater acceptance of new forms of families.
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Court rejects bid by victims’ kin to clear Lockerbie bomber

LONDON (AP) — Judges have ruled that relatives of people killed in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland cannot launch an appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the attack.
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Police: Man stands by threat to kill Obama

A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday against a 55-year-old Tomah, Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama.


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Obama to host head of Vietnam communist party

Vietnam Communist Party's Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong (pictured centre) will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House next weekThe head of Vietnam's Communist Party will make a first-ever visit to the White House next week, meeting President Barack Obama on the 40th anniversary of the end of the war between the two nations. Nguyen Phu Trong will become the first General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party to visit the United States and the White House, diplomats and officials said. Obama and Trong will hold talks Tuesday and discuss ways to improve ties that were normalized 20 years ago between the former foes, the White House said Friday.



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Trainor postpones 2 shows due to hemorrhage on vocal chords

FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2015, file photo, Meghan Trainor performs in concert at Irving Plaza in New York. Trainor announced on Instagram, Thursday, July 2, 2015, she is postponing two upcoming shows because of a hemorrhage on her vocal chords. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Meghan Trainor is postponing two shows because of a hemorrhage on her vocal cords.



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Leonard Nimoy’s son makes Spock documentary to honor father

In this June 29, 2015 photo, lawyer-turned-director Adam Nimoy, son of the late Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, poses for a portrait in New York to promote his documentary about his father, "For the Love of Spock." (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Nimoy has found a way to spend countless hours with his late father Leonard Nimoy: He's creating a documentary for the actor who played Spock on "Star Trek."



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In Supreme Court term, Obama wins big and loses small

Supporters of gay marriage rally after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marryBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama's administration was unexpectedly on the winning side in nearly all the close, politically significant Supreme Court cases decided in the term that ended this week, including blockbuster rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage. The run of victories ran counter to the administration's recent mixed record. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the Democratic administration's top Supreme Court advocate, and his team of Justice Department lawyers successfully defended Obama's signature healthcare law from a conservative legal challenge and argued on the winning side of the court's ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.



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Court: Remove Ten Commandments

After the Supreme Court’s week of high-profile decisions, Oklahoma’s high court made a stir of its own in a ruling that had a group of self-proclaimed Satanists and an ordained Baptist minister celebrating.


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Greece: Poll shows 2 sides neck and neck before referendum

A member of the Communist-affiliated PAME labor union shouts slogans at the police during an anti-austerity protest calling to "Vote NO" outside of the in central Athens, on Friday, July 3, 2015. Greece braced for more chaos on the streets outside its mostly shuttered banks Thursday, as Athens and its creditors halted talks on resolving the country's deepening financial crisis until a referendum this weekend. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The brief but intense campaign in Greece's critical bailout referendum ends Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens supporting "yes" and "no" answers to a murky question in what an opinion poll suggests could be a very close vote.



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Ugandan bill targeting civic groups raises alarm

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A bill seeking to regulate the operations of civic groups in Uganda has drawn alarm from activists who say it will hamper their operations and might be used to target those seen as opposed to the government of the country’s long-serving leader.
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UN rights body backs call for accountability in Gaza war

Palestinian men hold signs as they protest next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, on the third Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, July 3, 2015. Arabic on sign reads: "the martyr and hero Mohammed Abu Khdeir - The martyr of dawn." Abu Khdeir was abducted and murdered by Israeli extremists last year in a revenge attack after Palestinian militants abducted and murdered three Israeli teenagers weeks before. The murders were part of a series of events that sparked a 50-day war between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body has backed calls for accountability in last year's conflict in Gaza.



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Job market’s new normal: Smaller workforce, sluggish pay

In this June 19, 2015 photo, Mark Flannigan makes a batch of popcorn at the Popcorn Wagon in Pittsfield, Mass. The Popcorn Wagon, owned by Berkshire Bank and operated by Goodwill's Business 101 program, is used to teach participants the ins-and-outs of business enterprises. Even with steady hiring and a falling unemployment rate, the U.S. job market is not what it used to be. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn't what it used to be.



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World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges

FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. European stocks were little changed and Treasury prices rose Thursday, July 2, 2015, following a solid U.S. jobs report for June. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece's weekend referendum, while China's main stock benchmark plunged as government efforts failed to reassure panicky investors.



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Stan Wawrinka into Wimbledon fourth round

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka celebrates after a point against Spain's Fernando Verdasco during their third round match at Wimbledon on July 3, 2015London (AFP) – Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka reached the Wimbledon fourth round on Friday with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 win over Spain's Fernando Verdasco.



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The Latest: Kyrgios reaches 4th round at Wimbledon

Australian fans cheer on Nick Kyrgios of Australia during the singles match against Milos Raonic of Canada, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON (AP) — The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):



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Australian football coach slain

The head coach of Australian Football League club Adelaide Crows was killed at his home early Friday morning, according to a statement released by the South Australian Police.


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Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Trump

Vicente Mayorga, left, holds a sign next to Dominican immigrant Angela Lopez, front center, of Long Island, N.Y., as she stands with her sons Gabriel, left, and Adrian in front of Macy's Herald Square flagship store, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in New York. Lopez and Mayorga joined other immigrants and politicians in calling on corporations and businesses to boycott presidential candidate Donald Trump after his remarks about Mexican immigrants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers.



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Thousands truckin’ to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

In this Tuesday, June 30, 2015, photo, Alex Kovacs, from Lafayette, Ind., walks around a display of decorative mailing envelopes, sent to the Grateful Dead's ticketing agent, by a fans seeking to purchase tickets to a future concert, at the Field Museum in Chicago. The Dead are scheduled to perform multiple shows over the July 4th weekend at Soldier Field. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur.



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Grateful Dead’s strange trip to end

The legendary Grateful Dead is celebrating its 50th anniversary this Fourth of July weekend with three concerts at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the same place the band played its last show 20 years ago, shortly before Jerry Garcia died.


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Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen cities kill 16: Houthis

A boy carries his sister near the collapsed house of Yemen's late prime minister Ghanim after it was hit by a Saudi-led air strike in SanaaWarplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed targets in Yemen on Friday, residents said, and sources in the country's dominant Houthi militia reported at least 16 people were killed. The coalition has been bombarding Iran-allied Houthi forces and allied army units since March in a campaign to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Houthi sources said six people including a woman and a child were killed and six wounded in a dawn air strike on the al Jaraf neighborhood of the capital Sanaa.



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Drone attack on al Qaeda in Yemen kills four: witnesses

SANAA (Reuters) – A drone attacked an army base held by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in southeastern Yemen in the early hours of Friday, killing four suspected militants, witnesses said. The base is near al-Mukulla, a port city which has been the target of several drones attacks in recent weeks including one that killed Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of AQAP, one of the most active branches of the al Qaeda militant network. …
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Greek PM defends vote, demands 30% debt haircut

Greek Prime Minister's address Alexis Tsipras has called for "a 30 percent haircut off the Greek debt" in a televised addressGreece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday defended a weekend referendum he hopes will reset bailout negotiations and demanded creditors forgive a third of the country's debt and allow delayed repayments for the rest. Sunday's vote is "a time of responsibility and democracy meant to silence the sirens of destruction," Tsipras said in a national television address.



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Solar plane nears end of most perilous leg

The most perilous phase of a historic solar-powered flight should come to an end Friday — that is, if the Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world without a single drop of fuel, manages to land safely in Hawaii.


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