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Reelz comes to the rescue of homeless Miss USA pageant
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.
Train derailment, fire prompts evacuation in Tennessee
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ? A car on a CSX train carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, prompting the evacuation of thousands within a 2-mile radius.
Kerry consults US partners before further talks with Iran
VIENNA (AP) ? High-level negotiations over Iran's nuclear program entered their sixth day Thursday after diplomats blew through a June 30 deadline and extended an interim accord by a week.
Pope brings 'church for the poor' to South America's poorest
VATICAN CITY (AP) ? Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his heart.
Greek vote campaign begins amid grinding cash crisis
ATHENS, Greece (AP) ? The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. For Greeks, particularly the elderly, the daily struggle to get cash ground on in the face of uncertainty.
The Latest: Germany says EU's hands tied until referendum
ATHENS, Greece (AP) ? The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):
Taiwan pilot in February TransAsia crash described as hasty
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) ? A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said Thursday.
Top American diplomat in Cuba in line to head new embassy
HAVANA (AP) ? From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States.
Reelz channel to air Miss USA after NBC drops pageant
NEW YORK (AP) ? Reelz channel to air Miss USA after NBC drops pageant.
Barcelona mayor halts new tourist accommodation licenses
MADRID (AP) ? Barcelona's new leftist mayor Thursday temporarily halted the issuing of new licenses for tourist accommodation while new regulations are drawn up to govern a sector some say has grown too big in recent years.
Egyptian air strikes kill 23 militants in North Sinai: sources
Egypt launched air strikes on Islamist militant targets in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, killing 23 fighters a day after the deadliest clashes in the region in years, security sources said. The sources said those killed had taken part in Wednesday's fighting in which 100 militants and 17 soldiers, including four officers, were killed, according to the army spokesman. Sinai-based insurgents, affiliates of Islamic State, have stepped up attacks on soldiers and police since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
Centene plans $6.3B acquisition of fellow insurer Health Net
Medicaid coverage provider Centene is spending about $6.3 billion to buy fellow insurer Health Net, as managed care companies look to bulk up while adjusting to the federal health care overhaul.
At least 38 dead as Philippine ferry capsizes
A ferry loaded with nearly 200 people capsized off a central Philippine port on Thursday, officials said, killing at least 38 people in the latest of the country's long string of maritime tragedies. Up to 33 people are missing after the 33-tonne, wooden-hulled Kim Nirvana tipped over shortly after setting sail from Ormoc city at midday, the coast guard said. Vegetable trader Reynante Manza, 45, cried as he recounted how the 33-tonne vessel suddenly rolled to one side as it reversed course shortly after backing out of the pier of Ormoc, pulling down his wife and many others under the water.
US seeks extradition of 7 FIFA officials from Switzerland
The United States has demanded the extradition of seven FIFA officials detained in May setting off what could become a prolonged legal battle over the handling of the major corruption case. Swiss authorities said Thursday that the US embassy in Bern had sent an extradition request the day before. The seven were detained in a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel on May 27 as a FIFA congress was about to start.
Amy Winehouse documentary wins raves but angers family
LONDON (AP) ? In "Amy," performers as diverse as Yasiin Bey and Tony Bennett sing the praises of the late Amy Winehouse, and the documentary helps reclaim the talented, troubled singer as a musician, rather than a mess.
Ferry capsizes in Philippines; 36 dead, 26 missing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized Thursday minutes after it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing, coast guard officials said.
New warden, increased security after New York prison escape
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ? A new superintendent has been named at the maximum-security prison in upstate New York where two inmates escaped last month, and a range of new security measures has been put in place.
In Wisconsin, Sanders appeals to like-minded liberals
MADISON, Wis. (AP) ? Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders touted his progressive credentials before his largest crowd to date Wednesday night as he pushed his campaign into Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker's backyard.
The Latest on train derailment: 5,000 evacuated in Tennessee
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Migrant trafficker jailed for 18 years for 2013 shipwreck off Italy
An Italian court on Wednesday found a Tunisian man guilty of trafficking migrants and sentenced him to 18 years in jail for contributing to a 2013 shipwreck that killed 366 people, a judicial source said. A court in Agrigento, Sicily, convicted 36 year-old Khaled Bensalem of causing the 2013 shipwreck and the deaths of the mainly Eritrean passengers, and aiding illegal immigration, the source at the Agrigento prosecutor's office said. Since the 2013 shipwreck, which prompted Italy to start its now-defunct search and rescue mission Mare Nostrum, a bigger disaster in April killed up to 800 migrants and stunned the European Union into expanding joint rescue operations.
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Greek government 'may resign' if referendum goes against it
Greece's radical left government suggested it would resign if it fails to get its way in a make-or-break referendum Sunday that could decide the country's financial future. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said the government "may very well" quit in a radio interview Thursday in which he also said "we are on a war footing" to ensure the rushed referendum happens in time. International creditors and markets are stepping back after days of dizzying drama over the Greek crisis to watch the outcome of the consultation at the weekend.
Greek 'no' risks place in euro zone: Dijsselbloem
Greece was likely to "have no place in the euro zone" if it voted "no" in Sunday's referendum on whether to accept the terms of continued international aid, the chair of the council of euro zone finance ministers warned on Thursday. Addressing a Dutch parliamentary committee, Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Greek voters should not expect to get better terms from their creditors by voting "no" in the referendum. "One illusion must be swept from the table: that if the outcome is negative then everything can be renegotiated and you will end up with an easier and more attractive package," said Dijsselbloem, who is also Dutch finance minister.
Bodies found believed to be missing Phoenix-area couple
MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) ? The bodies of a man and a woman believed to be a Phoenix-area couple missing for a week have been recovered, authorities said early Thursday, and a man was in custody.
Monsters mix with the Great Wall in Matt Damon US-China film
BEIJING (AP) ? Matt Damon, one of China's favorite Hollywood stars, said Thursday he was overwhelmed at the fans turning up at his hotel in China ? not for him but for an ex-boy band singer who also appears in a Sino-Hollywood fantasy adventure movie.
Winton's rescue of Jewish children revealed after 50 years
LONDON (AP) ? "Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicholas Winton?" asked the presenter of the popular BBC magazine program "That's Life".
Tesla tops 11,000 vehicles delivered in second quarter
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) ? Tesla's second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles.
The Latest: Play starts at Wimbledon after rain delay
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British woman charged with being member of Islamic State
British police said on Thursday they had charged a 26-year-old woman with being a member of Islamic State and inciting terrorism on social media. The woman, from Burton upon Trent in central England who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by counter-terrorism officers at London's Heathrow Airport in February after arriving on a flight from Turkey. West Midlands Police said she had been charged with publishing messages on Twitter in October last year which encouraged people to commit or prepare acts of terrorism, and being a member of the banned organisation Islamic State (IS).
Afghan court cancels death sentences in mob killing of woman
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? An Afghan court has overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine, a judge said Thursday.
US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials
GENEVA (AP) ? The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body.
Afghan court overturns death sentences in mob killing of woman
An Afghan appeal court has overturned death sentences given to four men for the brutal mob killing in March of a woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Kabul, a judge said Thursday. The woman, Farkhunda, 27, was savagely beaten and her body set ablaze in broad daylight, triggering protests around the country and drawing global attention to the treatment of Afghan women. "The appeal court decided to reduce the sentence -- three of them got 20 years in prison and one 10 years," judge Nasir Murid, the head of the Kabul appeals court, told AFP without giving any further details.
Court rules 'no error' by German agency in implant scare
A French appeals court on Thursday found German safety standards body TUV had "fulfilled its obligations" in certifying breast implants that were found to be faulty and sparked a worldwide scare. The ruling overturns a decision by a lower French court in 2013 which had found TUV liable and ordered it to pay millions of euros in compensation to distributors and victims. TUV certified that implants made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) conformed to safety rules -- even though they were subsequently found to contain substandard, industrial-grade silicone gel.
French court: No compensation over faulty breast implants
PARIS (AP) ? A French appeals court ruled Thursday that a German product-testing company does not have to compensate more than 3,000 women with leak-prone breast implants ? and now the women may have to pay back more than 11 million euros ($12 million) in collective damages they received in a lower-court ruling.
The Latest on Philippines: Ship heading for all-night rescue
MANILA, Philippines (AP) ? The latest on the ferry sinking in the Philippines (all times local):
Greek president cancels planned trip to Berlin on Tuesday: source
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos has canceled a trip to Berlin planned for Tuesday, which will come two days after a referendum on an international bailout, a person with knowledge of the issue said on Thursday. As head of state, Pavlopoulos would be responsible for overseeing a change of government in the event that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras were to resign following the referendum, which is widely seen as a vote on the future of Greece in Europe. (Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas)
Rain delays play as Wimbledon cools off
Rain delayed the start of play at Wimbledon on Thursday just 24 hours after the All England Club sizzled in record temperatures. The mercury had climbed to a blistering 35.7C at the grass-court Grand Slam on Wednesday, leading one ball boy to be taken ill on court, while Australian star Bernard Tomic complained of heat-induced dizziness. All England Club officials closed the Centre Court roof to ensure play would be able to start as planned at 1200GMT on the main show-court.
Former Greek PM appeals to Greeks to vote 'yes' on Sunday
Former conservative Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis urged Greeks to vote in favor of a bailout offer from creditors during Sunday's referendum, in a rare public address to the nation since losing elections in 2009. Karamanlis has stayed out of the spotlight since then but his name has reappeared in recent days in some Greek media as a potential leader of an interim government in case Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras were to resign if a "yes" vote prevailed.
Ugandan opposition accuse police of intimidation after supporter shot
By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - A Ugandan police officer opened fire at an opposition rally injuring one person, police and opposition said, prompting critics to accuse the government of using violence to intimidate rivals ahead of next year's presidential vote. Police said they were investigating what they described as an unprovoked but isolated incident, while opposition leaders said it was part of a pattern of intimidation by the government of President Yoweri Museveni, who has led Uganda for nearly three decades and is expected to seek another term. The incident came on Wednesday afternoon as hundreds gathered at the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party headquarters to support the candidacy of veteran opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who hopes to face off for a fourth time against Museveni early next year.
French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France
Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home Thursday and were taken into custody, said a legal source. The men, accused of sexually assaulting two girls aged three and five at a hotel swimming pool, were repatriated after being questioned by French and Burkinabe military police in the capital Ouagadougou. Defence ministry spokesman Pierre Bayle confirmed they had been immediately suspended.