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  • US Dentist 'Paid $50k To Behead Famous Lion'
    US Dentist 'Paid $50k To Behead Famous Lion' Sky News - 9 minutes ago

    An American dentist has been identified as the hunter who allegedly killed Zimbabwe's "iconic" lion. The animal, named Cecil, was lured from a national park and shot with a crossbow, before being tracked for 40 hours and then shot with a gun, according to Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. The 13-year-old lion was then decapitated and skinned. More »

  • US agency: Co-pilot of spaceship unlocked brakes early
    US agency: Co-pilot of spaceship unlocked brakes early Associated Press - 10 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. government safety investigators said Tuesday the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by a catastrophic structural failure triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system early. More »

  • Sudan summons EU diplomat over statement on humanitarian needs
    Sudan summons EU diplomat over statement on humanitarian needs Reuters - 10 minutes ago

    Sudan's foreign ministry summoned the European Union's representative in Khartoum on Tuesday to complain about "false information" it said the EU had disseminated about the number of refugees and displaced people in the country. In a statement released on July 17, the EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management, Christos Stylianides, said that the humanitarian situation in Sudan was getting worse and that an increasing number of refugees escaping South Sudan's civil war had exacerbated conditions. The EU announced a 4 million euro ($4.4 million) increase in humanitarian aid to Sudan, where it said that 5.4 million people in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, the scene of insurgencies, were in "need of lifesaving aid." A foreign ministry official expressed to the EU representative his "outright rejection of the misleading and incorrect information" on the number of refugees and displaced people as well as the general humanitarian situation, the ministry said. More »

  • Remains of 4 early colonial leaders discovered at Jamestown
    Remains of 4 early colonial leaders discovered at Jamestown Associated Press - 13 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America's first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia. More »

  • Kerry at House hearing: Nothing in Iran deal built on trust
    Kerry at House hearing: Nothing in Iran deal built on trust 14 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry pitched the administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran before a skeptical House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, pushing back against the allegation it would ease crippling sanctions forever in exchange for temporary concessions on weapons development. More »

  • Hillary Clinton won't take a position on Keystone pipeline
    Hillary Clinton won't take a position on Keystone pipeline Associated Press - 18 minutes ago

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton says she will not take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline until she becomes president, citing her work on the issue as secretary of state. More »

  • Greece prepares to reopen Athens stock market
    Greece prepares to reopen Athens stock market AFP - 23 minutes ago

    The European Union flag flutters in front of the Athens Stock Exchange on June 15, 2015 More »

  • UAE Etisalat telecom's profit dives 40% in Q2
    UAE Etisalat telecom's profit dives 40% in Q2 AFP - 30 minutes ago

    UAE telecom giant Etisalat said its net profit plunged 40 percent in the second quarter because of higher depreciation and the impact of its troubled Saudi unit Mobily More »

  • US consumer confidence falls to lowest level since September
    US consumer confidence falls to lowest level since September Associated Press - 31 minutes ago

    U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to the lowest level since September. Consumers are worried about the job market and rattled by events in Greece and China. The Conference Board said Tuesday that ... More »

  • Oil prices pull back from lows
    Oil prices pull back from lows AFP - 32 minutes ago

    Brent North Sea crude for delivery in September climbed 32 cents to stand at $53.79 a barrel in late London deals More »

  • NTSB: Co-pilot of spaceship unlocked braking system early
    NTSB: Co-pilot of spaceship unlocked braking system early Associated Press - 32 minutes ago

    Federal safety investigators said Tuesday the crash of a Virgin Galactic spaceship last year was caused by a catastrophic structural failure triggered when the co-pilot unlocked the craft's braking system ... More »

  • Wall Street rises after China market steadies
    Wall Street rises after China market steadies Reuters - 39 minutes ago

    China's top securities regulator said on Monday that Beijing would keep buying shares to stabilize the market, after the steepest decline in Chinese stocks in eight years. Baidu slumped as much as 17.7 percent to $162.72 after China's biggest Internet search company's quarterly profit missed estimates. United Parcel Service rose 5.2 percent to $100.03 after the company's quarterly profit rose. More »

  • Russia declares US foundation 'undesirable' under new law
    Russia declares US foundation 'undesirable' under new law Associated Press - 42 minutes ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Tuesday moved to outlaw a prominent U.S. foundation, for the first time taking advantage of a new law designed to shut foreign groups deemed hostile to national interests amid a showdown with the West over Ukraine. More »

  • Gadhimai temple bans five-yearly mass animal sacrifice - pressure group
    Gadhimai temple bans five-yearly mass animal sacrifice - pressure group Reuters - 50 minutes ago

    By Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A temple in southern Nepal known for the mass slaughter of animals at a festival there every five years has indefinitely banned animal sacrifice, India's Humane Society International said on Tuesday. The twice-in-a-decade ritual of slaughtering tens of thousands of animals at the Gadhimai temple, located about 90 miles (145 km) south of Kathmandu, has drawn international condemnation from animal rights groups in recent years. "Obviously we are very happy with this decision," said Manoj Gautam of Animal Welfare Network Nepal, which has been campaigning for an end to the slaughter. More »

  • The Latest: Kerry's nuke deal testimony translated in Iran
    The Latest: Kerry's nuke deal testimony translated in Iran Associated Press - 51 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest developments on Obama administration officials' testimony Tuesday before Congress on the Iran nuclear deal (all times local EDT): More »

  • Obama draws criticism for saying Ethiopia is democratic
    Obama draws criticism for saying Ethiopia is democratic Associated Press - 51 minutes ago

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Some African activists have greeted President Barack Obama's remarks that Ethiopia has a democratically elected government with scorn and concern. More »

  • UAE hikes petrol prices 24%, cuts diesel 29%
    UAE hikes petrol prices 24%, cuts diesel 29% AFP - 52 minutes ago

    The United Arab Emirates will hike the retail price of petrol by 24 percent but prices will still be low by international standards More »

  • Administration wants to give prisoners access to Pell grants
    Administration wants to give prisoners access to Pell grants Associated Press - 52 minutes ago

    The Obama administration is taking steps to expand the Pell grant program to prisoners. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have scheduled a visit to the Maryland Correctional ... More »

  • Bayern Munich signs Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal
    Bayern Munich signs Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal Associated Press - 55 minutes ago

    MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich completed the long-anticipated transfer of Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal from Italian champion Juventus on Tuesday. More »

  • Gunmen who carried out Punjab attack were Muslim - police
    Gunmen who carried out Punjab attack were Muslim - police Reuters - 56 minutes ago

    By Andrew MacAskill DINANAGAR (Reuters) - Three gunmen who fought a 12-hour battle on Monday near the Pakistan border were Muslim, the Punjab police chief said on Tuesday, contradicting speculation that the attack may have been carried out by Sikh separatists. "The inspection of the bodies shows that the assailants were Muslims," said Sumedh Singh Saini, director general of police in the state, speaking to reporters at the police station that came under attack. Saini did not elaborate why police concluded the gunmen were Muslim and declined to confirm whether or not they were from Pakistan, as some Indian security sources had suggested. More »

  • LVMH first-half net profit up 5%, sales jump 19%
    LVMH first-half net profit up 5%, sales jump 19% AFP - 58 minutes ago

    LMVH singled out the "major success of new products at Louis Vuitton, where profitability remains at an exceptional level" More »

  • Nigerian leader visits Cameroon as Boko Haram attacks
    Nigerian leader visits Cameroon as Boko Haram attacks Associated Press - 59 minutes ago

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari is set to make his first official visit to one-time enemy Cameroon Wednesday to ease tensions and bolster support for a multinational army to fight the Boko Haram uprising that has spilled across borders. More »

  • Progress needed on Doha to avoid 'dangerous situation': WTO
    Progress needed on Doha to avoid 'dangerous situation': WTO AFP - 59 minutes ago

    The World Trade Organization said Tuesday that huge gaps remained among members trying to negotiate a global trade deal, warning that failure to make progress by year's end could spark a "dangerous ... More »

  • Gunmen who carried out India's Punjab attack were Muslim: police
    Gunmen who carried out India's Punjab attack were Muslim: police Reuters - 1 hour 1 minute ago

    By Andrew MacAskill DINANAGAR, India (Reuters) - Three gunmen who fought a 12-hour battle on Monday near the Pakistan border were Muslim, the Punjab police chief said on Tuesday, contradicting speculation that the attack may have been carried out by Sikh separatists. "The inspection of the bodies shows that the assailants were Muslims," said Sumedh Singh Saini, director general of police in the northern state, speaking to reporters at the police station that came under attack. Ten people, including four police, three civilians and the three militants, were killed in a prolonged battle that began early on Monday morning, the first of its kind in Indian Punjab in more than a decade. More »

  • NATO Backs Turkey Over Fight Against IS
    NATO Backs Turkey Over Fight Against IS Sky News - 1 hour 3 minutes ago

    NATO has given Turkey its full backing in its attempts to fight Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq with which it shares its borders. But at an emergency meeting officials urged Ankara not to use excessive force which might undermine its peace deal with Kurdish groups, who are also fighting Islamic State. Turkish and US officials also discussed the creation of a safe zone cleared of Islamic State militants in northern Syria. More »

  • NATO proclaims 'strong solidarity' with Turkey against IS
    NATO proclaims 'strong solidarity' with Turkey against IS Associated Press - 1 hour 6 minutes ago

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish jets bombed Kurdish rebels inside Turkey on Tuesday as NATO proclaimed its "strong solidarity" with the country's fight against the Islamic State group but urged restraint in a campaign that has also targeted Kurdish separatists. More »

  • Chand aims to qualify for Rio Olympics after CAS verdict
    Chand aims to qualify for Rio Olympics after CAS verdict Associated Press - 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian sprinter Dutee Chand will aim to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games after the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to suspend IAAF rules that could have blocked women with high levels of male hormones from competing in Rio de Janeiro. More »

  • 'Shawshank' Worker Admits Role In Breakout
    'Shawshank' Worker Admits Role In Breakout Sky News - 1 hour 9 minutes ago

    Joyce Mitchell admitted smuggling hacksaw blades, chisels, and other tools to Richard Matt and David Sweat who broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility on 6 June. A corrections officer then took the meat to Matt and Sweat, who were being held in a unit where inmates are allowed to cook their own meals. Matt and Sweat used the tools to cut their way out of their cells, and after roaming the inner walls of the prison at night for several months , eventually found a hot steam pipe that led beyond the prison walls. More »

  • EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region - TV
    EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region - TV Reuters - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran and the European Union have agreed to start talks on issues including confronting terrorism, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a news conference with the EU's chief diplomat in Tehran on Tuesday. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrived for a one-day visit to discuss implementation of an agreement for Iran to curtail its nuclear programme in return for lifting sanctions against the country, state TV reported. "We have agreed to hold high-level talks between Iran and the European Union over different issues, including energy cooperation ... human rights, confronting terrorism and regional issues," Zarif said after meeting her. More »

  • NATO vows solidarity with Turkey over Islamic State
    NATO vows solidarity with Turkey over Islamic State AFP - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    NATO strongly backed Turkey's fight against Islamic State militants in Syria at emergency talks Tuesday but some countries expressed concerns that strikes on Kurdish fighters could torpedo peace talks with the rebels. More »