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  • Lewis Hamilton elated after making a winning call

    By Alan Baldwin SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton celebrated an unexpected first at the British Grand Prix on Sunday even if his victory was exactly what the army of home fans had expected. "I think for the first time probably in my career I made the perfect choice tyre-wise," the double Formula One world champion said after leading a Mercedes one-two with team mate and title rival Nico Rosberg. "So I’m really, really happy with that." The Briton had started on pole position but lost out at the start when he suffered wheelspin and Brazilian Felipe Massa came charging through in his Williams, closely followed by team mate Valtteri Bottas.

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  • China lobbies hard ahead of Manila's South China Sea arbitration case

    By Greg Torode and Manuel Mogato HONG KONG/MANILA (Reuters) - China's claims to the disputed South China Sea will come under international legal scrutiny for the first time this week, but while Beijing has officially refused to take part in the case filed by the Philippines at a U.N. tribunal, it has made its presence felt. Indeed, Manila's international legal team was heading to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague to initially argue that the five-judge panel has jurisdiction to hear the case, Philippine Foreign Ministry officials told Reuters. A little-noticed decision by the tribunal's panel in April acknowledged China's objections and announced that a hearing on jurisdiction from July 7-13 would be held first.

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  • Man killed after insulting alligators and swimming with them in Texas

    Tommie Woodward, 28, was killed in an alligator attack during a late-night swim in a Texas marina on Friday, 3 June. Allen Burkart has owned Burkart's Marina for 50 years. Police were called around 2:30am local time, and the Orange County Sheriff's Department and a game warden from Texas Parks and Wildlife searched the area with a boat.

    IB Times
  • Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charges over fund

    Malaysia's prime minister is facing the risk of criminal charges over allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time a Malaysian leader has faced criminal allegations. The country's attorney general confirmed late Saturday that he had received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Prime Minister Najib Razak and the investment fund 1MDB. The existence of the documents was first reported by The Wall Street Journal's Asia edition on Friday, showing some $700 million were wired from entities linked to the fund into Najib's accounts.

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  • The Latest: German official: Tsipras tore down last bridge

    Sigmar Gabriel told German daily Tagesspiegel that Alexis Tsipras had claimed a "no" vote would improve Greece's negotiating position. Greek opposition leader Antonis Samaras announced his resignation after suffering a big defeat in Sunday's referendum. Samaras, who served as prime minister between 2102 until January this year, did not say whether he intended to stay on as leader of his center-right New Democracy party.

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  • 'Terminator,' 'Magic Mike' fizzle at July 4th box office

    July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend.

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  • Chinese tourists boost Thai economy but stir outrage

    Accused of urinating in public, spitting on the street, or kicking a sacred temple bell -- free-spending Chinese tourists are receiving a mixed welcome as their soaring numbers help the kingdom's creaking economy. Last month it was a photo of a young girl peeing in the grounds of Bangkok's Grand Palace that triggered the latest round of enraged, and sometimes racist, comments as Thai social media users claimed she was Chinese. In March a Thai model's video of tourists from China jumping the queue at an airport was viewed more than two million times and saw a similarly angry rant against Thailand's largest group of foreign holidaymakers.

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  • Princess Charlotte’s godparents named

    Britain’s Princess Charlotte’s godparents have been named. The two-month-old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is due to be christened at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, later today. Ahead of the ceremony Kensington Palace has confirmed some details, including who has been asked to take on godparent duties.

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  • Greece must introduce another currency if “no” vote wins - Schulz

    The head of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, told German radio that Greece would have to introduce another currency if the “no” vote wins in Sunday's referendum on an aid-for-reforms deal. "The moment someone introduces a new currency, they exit the euro zone.

    Reuters
  • New details emerge about Tunisia gunman's past

    In an interview on Sunday, Prime Minister Habib Essid revealed more details about 23-year-old Seifeddine Rezgui, who gunned down 38 foreign tourists in the June 26 attack. "We know he was a member of a dance club and was familiar with the tourism sector, having worked in it as an events organiser," Essid told the French-language newspaper La Presse. The attack at Port El Kantaoui, north of Sousse, killed 30 Britons, three Irish nationals, two Germans, one Belgian, one Portuguese and a Russian.

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  • Barcelona struggles with rising tide of tourists

    Tourists are vital to Barcelona's economy, but the 27 million people who visit each year have become a headache for the new mayor as she battles to save the iconic Spanish Mediterranean port from becoming a bland theme park. "Tourists go home" is frequently found painted on the walls of buildings in the centre of Spain's second-largest city, which is struggling to cope with a surge in tourism that started when it hosted the Olympics in 1992. The city of 1.6 million residents is now the third most visited in Europe after London and Paris, according to a 2013 study by Mastercard, and tourism contributes to 14 percent of Barcelona's economy.

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  • Crying Greek pensioner: the story behind the poignant photo

    Retiree Giorgos Chatzifotiadis had queued up at three banks in Greece's second city of Thessaloniki on Friday in the hope of withdrawing a pension on behalf of his wife, but all in vain. When he was told at the fourth that he could not withdraw his 120 euros ($133), it was all too much and he collapsed in tears.

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  • Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

    The late U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett set the previous record of 76 hours when he flew a specially-designed jet around the globe in 2006. Later in the morning, Borschberg called the flight an extraordinary experience, saying it marked historical firsts for aviation and for renewable energy. "Nobody now can say that renewable energies cannot do the impossible," he said.

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  • Cheeky Sanchez penalty clinches Chile's first Copa

    By Gideon Long SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile won the Copa America for the first time on Saturday when a cheeky penalty from Alexis Sanchez clinched a shootout victory over Argentina and glory for the host nation's golden generation in front of their own fans. Lionel Messi stepped up to score Argentina's first spot kick but, as the first three Chileans converted unerringly, Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega missed. "Our whole idea was to win something, we knew that this was the moment," goalkeeper Claudio Bravo told reporters.

    Reuters
  • Vanessa Williams ties the knot

    Vanessa Williams has tied the knot with fiancé Jim Skrip. The Ugly Betty actress announced her engagement to the retired accountant in September last year. Vanessa has been married twice before, first to public relations consultant Ramon Hervey II from 1987 until 1997 and then to NBA basketball player Rick Fox from 1999 until 2004.

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  • Relief as Russian cargo ship docks at space station

    An unmanned Russian cargo ship successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday following a string of failed attempts to resupply the orbital laboratory. "The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the... Russian segment of the ISS at 10:11am Moscow time (0711 GMT)," the Russian federal space agency (Roscosmos) said in a statement. Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly are part of Expedition 44 currently in space, to be joined by three more people later this month.

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  • Philippine teen recovers in Sudan after life-saving surgery

    A dressing covers the scar where surgeons cut open Reynaldo Nilo's chest for life-saving heart surgery, but the Philippine teenager feels stronger than he has for years after his operation in Sudan. Sitting in his spotless hospital room, his voice still hoarse after his five-hour surgery on June 16, Reynaldo said he was on the mend. Reynaldo, the son of impoverished farmers, dropped out of school two years ago after developing rheumatic heart disease.

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  • Tsk Tsk: Are You Dating Someone Older Because Of Experience Or Money?

    This post is brought to you by LunchClick. Having been alive for a significant period of time means that you also begin to notice certain prejudices that often govern the way we choose who we date. Most girls insist that they will never date someone

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  • IMF gives Greece something to mull over

    Reviled in Greece for pushing the bitter medicine of austerity, the IMF has nonetheless thrown Athens a bone by urging European countries to cough up more money to ease Greece's titanic debt load. Ignoring its own procedures, the International Monetary Fund threw caution to the wind Thursday and shook up things both in Brussels and Athens, two days before the referendum in Greece on accepting new bailout terms. A report released Thursday by the IMF said the European Union may need to take losses of 53 billion euros on money it has lent to Greece.

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  • Syria army enters last rebel bastion by Lebanon border

    Syrian government forces backed by fighters from Lebanon's Hezbollah entered the town of Zabadani on Sunday in a bid to take the last rebel-held bastion along the Lebanese border. Elsewhere, at least 30 people, including six civilians, were killed in some of the heaviest US-led air strikes yet on the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. Syrian state television and Hezbollah's Al-Manar station announced the advance into Zabadani on Sunday, a day after a major operation against it began.

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