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  • Iran rejects claim that suspect in Jordan tied to Iran group 7 Jul 2015 | 3:44 am

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is rejecting reports by Jordanian state media that a terror suspect arrested in Jordan on suspicion that he planned attacks against the kingdom is linked to an Iranian group.

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT 7 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities froze six bank accounts as part of an investigation into allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred from a state investment fund to the personal accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak. Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail said Tuesday a special taskforce investigating the investment fund 1MDB for alleged impropriety has also seized documents related to 17 accounts at two banks for further investigation. He didn't name the banks or say who the accounts belong to.

  • UK remembers 2005 London bombings under shadow of Tunisia 7 Jul 2015 | 1:07 am

    Gill Hicks, a survivor of the July 7, 2005, London terror attacks, embraces police officer Andrew Maxwell, who helped save her life following a suicide bomb on an Underground train, ahead of the tenth annivery of the multiple bombingsBritain will on Tuesday mark 10 years since the London bombings with a minute's silence for the 52 victims, less than a fortnight after an attack in Tunisia highlighted the ongoing Islamist threat. Thirty Britons were among 38 people killed when a gunman went on the rampage at a popular Tunisian beach resort on June 26, Britain's worst terror incident since four suicide bombers attacked the London transport network on July 7, 2005. "Ten years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat from terrorism continues to be as real as it is deadly," Prime Minister David Cameron said.


  • Dream of better life in Britain fuels Calais migrant chaos 7 Jul 2015 | 12:34 am

    Migrants walk near trucks blocked on a road which leads to the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles near Calais, northern FranceBy Pierre Savary and William James CALAIS/LONDON (Reuters) - Like many migrants drawn to the French port of Calais, Ali, a 22-year-old Iraqi, is convinced his life will be better if he can make it across the 30 km (20 mile) stretch of sea separating him from Britain. "I know people in London, they can help me and it will be a new life," Ali said, speaking on the outskirts of a Calais migrant slum. "It cannot be worse than in France." Dislocated by war, political turmoil and poverty, 3,000 migrants like Ali are living in makeshift camps in and around Calais, hoping to find a way to the other side.


  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT 6 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm

    BANGKOK (AP) — Fourteen detained student activists went before a military court in Thailand on Tuesday in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. The university students, 13 men and one woman, were arrested June 26 on charges of sedition and violating the junta's ban on political gatherings for leading a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok. Each student faces up to seven years in prison.

  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT 6 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm

    BANGKOK (AP) — Fourteen detained student activists went before a military court in Thailand on Tuesday in a case that has attracted international calls for their release and criticism of the military junta's strict controls on freedom of speech and assembly. The university students, 13 men and one woman, were arrested June 26 on charges of sedition and violating the junta's ban on political gatherings for leading a peaceful anti-coup rally in Bangkok. Each student faces up to seven years in prison.

  • Today in History 6 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm

    Today is Tuesday, July 7, the 188th day of 2015. There are 177 days left in the year.

  • HSBC fires staff for mock Islamic State execution video 6 Jul 2015 | 10:50 pm

    British bank HSBC has fired six staff after they performed a mock Islamic State-style execution video during a team-building day out and posted footage onlineBritish bank HSBC fired six staff after they filmed a mock Islamic State-style execution video during a team-building day out and posted footage online, a spokesman confirmed on Tuesday. The bank described the video, showing staff members in balaclavas holding a fake knife over a kneeling man in an orange jumpsuit, as "abhorrent". "This is an abhorrent video and HSBC would like to apologise for any offence caused." The employees filmed the video on an HSBC team-building day at a go-karting centre in Birmingham and posted it on Instagram before deleting it, according to newspaper The Sun, which published the video on its website.


  • Nevada GOP Rep. Joe Heck running for Reid's US Senate seat 6 Jul 2015 | 7:22 pm

    FILE - This April 3, 2013 file photo shows U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nevada, speaks to a joint session of the Legislature in Carson City, Nev. Heck on Monday, July 6, 2015 entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Nevada Democrat Harry Reid, setting in motion what could be one of the top Senate races of 2016. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison,File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Joe Heck, the newly announced Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada, on Monday criticized Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants, saying entire ethnic groups can't be stereotyped.


  • Obama on fighting the Islamic State: 'It will take time to root them out' 6 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm

    Flanked Monday by America’s top military officer, Gen. Martin Dempsey, as well as other brass including Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Special Operations Command, President Obama was most interested in once again emphasizing his belief that this approach is a non-starter.

  • Carnage in Nigeria's Jos ups pressure on Buhari 6 Jul 2015 | 6:29 pm

    The wreckage of a car on July 6, 2015 in the central Nigerian city of Jos, the day after twin bomb blasts that killed at least 44 peopleAt least 44 people were killed in twin bomb blasts in the central Nigerian city of Jos, the emergency services said on Monday, after a wave of mass casualty attacks blamed on Boko Haram militants. Sunday's bombings took the death toll from raids, explosions and suicide attacks to 267 this month alone and to 524 since Muhammadu Buhari became president on May 29, according to an AFP count.


  • Amnesty accuses Balkans of abusing EU-bound migrants 6 Jul 2015 | 6:18 pm

    A migrant rests near the police station in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, near the border with Macedonia, on July 2, 2015Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Balkan countries of mistreating migrants passing through their territories on the way to the European Union, saying people fleeing war were being "shamefully let down". "Thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants -- including children -- making dangerous journeys across the Balkans are suffering violent abuse and extortion at the hands of the authorities and criminal gangs," the rights group said in a report. Migrants fleeing war, poverty and persecution were being "shamefully let down by a failing EU asylum and migration system which leaves them trapped without protection in Serbia and Macedonia," the London-based group said.


  • Balkan route a road of beatings for migrants, refugees: Amnesty 6 Jul 2015 | 6:12 pm

    Immigrants from Syria cross a fence at Tabanovce near the Serbian border with MacedoniaBy Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Police in some Balkan nations are abusing thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, many of them children, as they travel across the region to reach the European Union (EU), Amnesty International said in a report. Refugees and migrants fleeing conflict in Syria, Afghanistan and other crisis zones endure beatings and extortion during the journey that takes them by sea from Turkey to Greece and then over land across Macedonia and Serbia into Hungary, the rights group said. "Refugees fleeing war and persecution make this journey across the Balkans in the hope of finding safety in Europe only to find themselves victims of abuse and exploitation and at the mercy of failing asylum systems," said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International's deputy director for Europe and central Asia.


  • Touting progress, Obama says Islamic State is losing ground 6 Jul 2015 | 5:53 pm

    President Barack Obama, right, sits next to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, with other military personnel as they wait to receives an update on the Islamic State group at the Pentagon on Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama portrayed the U.S.-led coalition Monday as gaining ground against the Islamic State amid an expanded U.S. effort and ample signs of progress, but conceded more difficulties lay ahead in fighting what he described as a nimble and opportunistic enemy.


  • US stocks slip amid global sell-off after Greek 'no' vote 6 Jul 2015 | 4:36 pm

    Traders with Barclays work at the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, July 6, 2015. World markets are trending downward following Greece's "no" vote in Sunday's debt referendum. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. fell broadly following drops in overseas markets as Greeks voted to reject creditor conditions for more loans, but the losses weren't as steep as many had feared.


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