• IS beheads two Syria women for 'sorcery': monitor

    The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in eastern Syria accused of "witchcraft and sorcery", a monitor said Tuesday, in the jihadists' first decapitations of female civilians. The extremist group has become infamous for gruesome executions and mass killings, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the two women were the first female civilians to be beheaded by IS. "The Islamic State group executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province, and this is the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

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  • Greece in last-minute rescue appeal as default looms

    The Greek premier's office said Athens has requested an agreement with the European Stability Mechanism "to fully cover its financing needs and the simultaneous restructuring of debt". Athens's proposal followed European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's attempt to clinch a "last-minute" solution before the referendum. Juncker told the Greek premier that a deal would involve accepting reform proposals that Greece's EU-IMF creditors made at the weekend and backing a 'Yes' vote in Sunday's plebiscite.

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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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  • 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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  • Alonso faces another engine change at Silverstone

    Fernando Alonso will have yet another engine change for Sunday's British Grand Prix but Honda said the McLaren driver will escape a grid penalty because the damaged unit will be replaced with used components. Alonso and team mate Jenson Button were handed 25 place penalties at the previous race in Austria after using their fifth power units of the season, one more than Formula One's allocation for the season. Alonso, who returned to McLaren at the end of last year after five seasons with Ferrari, then failed to complete a lap during the race after former team mate Kimi Raikkonen crashed into him.

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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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  • Movies Not to Miss: July 2015

    If there is one thing that has defined Seth MacFarlane's involvement in feature films is that him being the voice of a fluffy teddy bear is more popular than seeing him in person. After MacFarlane's second feature "A Million Ways to Die in the West" had a slow death in the box office, he is best on following up with a sequel with the pot-smoking plush toy. While we would undoubtedly love the Mark Wahlberg and Ted pair, having Amanda Seyfried replacing Mila Kunis as the new female lead would keep us from complaining.

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  • Russia targets Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky in murder probe

    Russian investigators announced on Tuesday that Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky might have ordered the murder of a Siberian mayor, saying they would seek to question the self-exiled former tycoon. Investigators said they were reviving a criminal probe into the 1998 murder amid efforts by Khodorkovsky, chief of the former oil company Yukos, to challenge President Vladimir Putin's grip on power from his self-imposed exile in Switzerland. Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, suggested that authorities were seeking to punish him for his criticsm of the Kremlin.

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  • Injured Bolt pulls out of Paris, Lausanne

    By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON (Reuters) - Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt's troubled season continued on Tuesday when he pulled out of the Paris and Lausanne Diamond League meetings due to a leg injury. "I’m disappointed not to be able to compete in Paris and Lausanne. The Paris meeting is on Saturday with Lausanne the following Thursday with Bolt planning to run one 100m and one 200m race.

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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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  • 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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  • Uber is reportedly losing boatloads of money

    Travis Kalanick, chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., speaks during the Institute of Directors (IOD) annual convention at the Royal Albert Hall in London, U.K., on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. Uber is reportedly operating at a loss of close to half a billion dollars, according to a bond prospectus viewed by Bloomberg. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the ride-hailing app was raising new funding from Chinese investment management firm Hillhouse Capital Group.

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  • Selena 'blanks Bieber at bash'

    Selena Gomez was reportedly too busy enjoying herself to chat to Justin Bieber at a recent party. “Justin and Selena saw each other and didn’t engage whatsoever,” a source divulged to Page Six. During the evening Meghan is said to have jumped on stage for an impromptu rendition of her hit All About That Bass, which Justin caught from the front row.

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  • The Latest: Greece set to lose $18 billion if bailout ends

    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). The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because contacts about the program were still ongoing, said three sources of money would disappear in the event of no agreement to extend the bailout. In that case, an assessment would first have to be made on whether Greece is eligible, what kind of terms the new package would function under and the kinds of reforms that Athens would undertake in return.

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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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  • Messi ban fear as Argentina face Paraguay

    Lionel Messi is walking a disciplinary tightrope as goal-shy favourites Argentina take on Paraguay here Tuesday with a place in the final of the Copa America at stake. Messi is one of three key Argentina players who are only one yellow card away from suspension as the South American giants prepare for a rematch against Paraguay, who held them to a 2-2 draw in the group phase. Defensive midfield linchpin Javier Mascherano and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero are also on a booking heading into Tuesday's game in Concepcion, which kicks off at 8.30pm local time (2330 GMT).

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  • Arnie: Discussing divorce was tough

    In 2011 the action hero admitted he had fathered a child with his housekeeper while married to Maria Shriver, resulting in their divorce. Last week he spoke about the situation with radio DJ Howard Stern, but it’s not something he relished doing. During his talk with Howard, Arnold called the situation with Maria the biggest failure of his life.

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  • Source: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escapes

    The superintendent at the northern New York prison where two killers escaped three weeks ago and his deputy in charge of security are among 12 more staff who have been put on administrative leave, officials said Tuesday. A state official who has been briefed on the matter told The Associated Press that Clinton Correctional Facility Superintendent Steven Racette and Deputy Superintendent Stephen Brown are among those on leave. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said the suspensions are part of the ongoing review of the June 6 escape by convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat.

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  • The Cost Of College At Top Schools In The Philippines And The World

    The worldwide rankings for universities was released by the education firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) this June. The state university slipped seven places in the rankings, while Ateneo de Manila went up one spot compared to its 2014 rank. UST and DLSU suffered slides, with UST falling two places and DLSU 30.

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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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