• Greece becomes first developed country to default on IMF

    Cash-strapped Greece missed a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday as last-ditch efforts to find a compromise with official EU lenders came to naught. The missed payment made Greece the only developed country ever to fall into default with the global crisis lender and underscored the utter failure of more than five months of efforts to reshape the rescue of the country's economy and prevent it from dropping out of the eurozone. The future of efforts to restore its finances and meet creditor demands for reforms were in question, with fresh proposals from Athens spurned Tuesday as the country moved toward a referendum Sunday on EU bailout offers.

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  • Actors Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner announce plans to divorce

    Hollywood A-list couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on Tuesday announced plans to divorce, a day after their 10th wedding anniversary. Oscar-winning Affleck, 42, and Garner, 43, starred together in the 2003 superhero film "Daredevil" and were married in 2005 and have three children, all under the age of 10. Affleck has enjoyed a recent wave of success, with his 2012 film "Argo" winning the best picture Oscar and more recently, his 2014 thriller "Gone Girl" becoming a box office hit.

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  • Americans beat Germany to reach World Cup final

    By David Ljunggren MONTREAL (Reuters) - The United States reached the final of the women's football World Cup for the second time in a row on Tuesday, taking advantage of a dubious penalty to beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 in a hugely enjoyable game. Captain Carli Lloyd converted her spot kick in the 69th minute after the Romanian referee ruled that Annike Krahn had obstructed Alex Morgan. Substitute Kelley O'Hara flicked the ball home from close range in the 84th minute to seal a merited victory in front of a passionate Montreal crowd of more than 51,000, most of them Americans.

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  • The Latest: Merkel rules out Greece negotiations before vote

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that she rules out further negotiations with Greece before the country holds a referendum on Sunday. The eurozone's top official, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, says that the 19 finance ministers of the currency union will have a teleconference Tuesday evening to assess the latest proposals from Athens to keep the bailout negotiations going. European Union officials say Greece would lose access to more than 16 billion euros ($18 billion) in financial support if its bailout program expires at midnight (2200 GMT).

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  • Greeks struggle with daily grind as foreigners head to beach

    With cash withdrawals cut to 60 euros ($67) per day, many Greeks aren't spending in restaurants for fear that they will run out of cash they would need if a family member got ill or another serious problem developed. On the streets of the Greek capital, resplendent in the early days of summer, there's still a veneer of normalcy — at least for foreigners, who aren't affected by the draconian rules imposed on Greeks.

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  • These are the questions that keep Mark Zuckerberg up at night

    President, founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a Reuters interview at the University of Bogota January 14, 2015. “I would like to know a unified theory of gravity and the other forces,” famed physicist Stephen Hawking posted.

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  • Singer caught in property dispute between nuns, archdiocese

    Katy Perry is caught in a property dispute between a group of elderly nuns and the Los Angeles Archdiocese over who owns a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary say the building is theirs, and they've sold it to a local restaurateur, Dana Hollister, who has already moved in. In a June 19 lawsuit, the archdiocese claims it is responsible for selling the property, and plans a $14.5 million deal with another buyer.

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  • In first, IS beheads two Syria women for 'sorcery': NGO

    Islamic State jihadists have beheaded two women in Syria for "witchcraft and sorcery", a monitor said on Tuesday, in the group's first known decapitation of female civilians. Meanwhile, IS re-entered the town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, seized from it by Kurdish forces two weeks ago, and took back one district, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added. Rami Abdel Rahman, the Britain-based watchdog's chief, said IS "executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province... the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner".

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  • Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sequel Gets an ‘Awesome’ Title

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has taken to Twitter to confirm that the sequel’s title will be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The title is a reference to Peter Quill’s “Awesome Mix Vol. 1” cassette tape, which plays a prominent role

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  • Crashed Indonesian military plane had 113 on board - air force spokesman

    A Indonesian military transport plane that crashed into a northern residential area two minutes after takeoff on Tuesday was carrying 113 people, an air force spokesman said. "According to our data, there were 113 people on board, including 12 crew," Air Force spokesman Dwi Badarmanto, speaking from the city of Medan, the site of the crash, told Reuters. The figure is an update of comments by military spokesman Fuad Basya, who was earlier quoted by broadcaster MetroTV as saying there had been 12 crew and about 50 passengers on board.

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  • The Latest: Euro chief says 'crazy to extend' Greek bailout

    The eurozone's top official, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, says "it would be crazy to extend" the Greek bailout beyond its midnight expiration since Greece won't accept the European proposals on the table. An EU official says that Greece's creditors did not agree Tuesday on a new bailout deal or extension for Greece and will instead, starting Wednesday, focus on a new plan for the country. Greece had made a last-ditch proposal before its bailout program expires at the end of the day.

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  • Trump sues Univision for $500 million over Miss USA cancellation

    U.S. presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit on Tuesday against Univision over the Spanish-language TV network's decision to end its contract to broadcast the Miss USA pageant, which is co-owned by Trump. Univision said last week it would not air the July 12 pageant because of what it called insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants made by Trump when he announced he was running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The 19-page lawsuit accuses Univision of a "thinly veiled attempt" to stifle Trump's freedom of speech in order to boost Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton.

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  • Caitlyn Jenner 'wants feminine voice'

    Caitlyn Jenner is apparently exploring what options she has to sound more feminine. The US personality, who was known as Bruce before undergoing gender changing surgery, unveiled her new look at the beginning of June on the front cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Over the weekend she wowed crowds at New York Pride, looking happy and relaxed in a white skirt and top.

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  • Woman, 75, survived for days on pond water after Texas crash

    Wanda Mobley swerved to avoid something in the remote highway, and seconds later was trapped inside her wrecked car in a ravine in North Texas. From her hospital room on Tuesday, Mobley described the hours she spent hearing the occasional vehicle pass above her but being too weak and scared to crawl through the brushy area along Highway 183 for help. "From where the road was, nobody could see the car," Mobley told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

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  • U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday

    By Matt Spetalnick, Lesley Wroughton and Daniel Trotta WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic ties severed more than five decades ago, and the historic deal will be unveiled on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 6-1/2 months after U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sealed a diplomatic breakthrough, Obama will announce the new steps toward rapprochement in the White House Rose Garden at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) Wednesday. Signalling it is likely to act in sync with the United States, Cuba's Communist government said the chief of the U.S. mission, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, would meet the interim foreign minister in Havana on Wednesday to deliver a note from Obama to Castro on the re-establishment of ties between the two former Cold War rivals.

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  • Cara: Don't label me

    Cara Delevingne does not appreciate being put in a box. Prior to films, Cara was most known for her extremely successful modelling career, but she no longer takes kindly to anyone labelling her a model.

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  • No bail for Journey drummer Deen Castronovo on rape charge

    Journey drummer Deen Castronovo will remain in an Oregon jail on rape and other felony charges after prosecutors said he repeatedly violated a court order by calling and texting the victim with messages that included suicide threats and apologies. Prosecutors told a Marion County judge Tuesday that the 50-year-old musician contacted the woman after his arrest in Salem on June 14, when he was accused of misdemeanor assault and menacing. Marion County Judge Audrey Broyles declined to set bail after prosecutors said Castronovo texted the woman 122 times and called her 35 times and presents a threat to the woman if he's released.

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  • NBA: Warriors, Curry pass Bulls, LeBron as top sellers

    Golden State star guard Steph Curry and the NBA champion Warriors have moved into the top-selling spot in NBA merchandise based on sales during the playoffs, the league announced Tuesday. Curry, last season's NBA Most Valuable Player, topped the player

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  • Myanmar KFC fans queue for hours for first taste of US fast food

    Fried chicken aficionados queued for hours at Myanmar's first KFC restaurant Tuesday, as the US fast food chain became the latest big foreign brand to open an outlet in the long-cloistered nation. KFC is the first major US restaurant chain to open in the country as reforms and the removal of most sanctions since the end of outright junta rule tempt investors to a market of millions of prospective consumers. My aunt in Singapore says it is also famous there," the 50-year-old told AFP, brushing off concerns that a taste for foreign fast food could lead to expanding waistlines.

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  • Renner: I don’t care about gay rumours

    Jeremy Renner doesn’t care if people think he’s gay. The Avengers star has daughter Ava with ex-wife Sonni Pacheco but rumours about his sexuality continue to persist online. While the 44-year-old makes it clear in a new interview that he’s straight, he doesn’t view the rumours saying otherwise to be a problem.

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