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Stock futures up on optimism over Greek vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stock index futures rose on Tuesday as expectations grew that a solution will be found for Greece to avoid a default and a short-term contagion risk to other euro zone countries could be contained. Euro zone finance ministers said the Greek government had until July 3 to approve new steps to…

Man arrested in Essex over Lulz hacking attacks

LONDON — Police working with the FBI have arrested a 19-year-old man over attacks by the Lulz Security hacking group on the websites of the CIA, US Senate, Sony and others, Scotland Yard said on Tuesday. The man was arrested on Monday night at a house in Wickford, Essex, over…

Russian plane crash leaves 44 dead

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian plane exploded into flames after crashing on a highway just short of its airport, killing 44 and leaving eight survivors fighting for their lives, officials said Tuesday. The RusAir Tupolev 134 was trying to land at its destination of Petrozavodsk in the Karelia region of…

Obama to reveal size of Afghan troop drawdown Wednesday

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will announce the size of his drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan on Wednesday, mapping out an endgame for a 10-year war that has exacted a fearsome human and financial toll. Two administration officials said Obama would reveal the fruit of his deliberations on…

40 dead in Russia plane crash: official

MOSCOW (AFP) – Forty people died late Monday when a Russian plane crashed onto a highway near Petrozavodsk airport in Karelia, northwest Russia, the emergency situations ministry said as quoted by Russian news agencies. The RussAir TU-134 carrying 43 passengers and five crew tried to land just before midnight Monday…

Tunisia’s Ben Ali sentenced in absentia to 35 years in jail

TUNIS (Reuters) – A Tunisian court sentenced former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia on Monday to 35 years in jail, six months after his overthrow in a revolution helped to inspire the “Arab Spring.” Ben Ali, who has been in Saudi Arabia since he was forced from power,…

IMF: Greek debt could trigger fresh global crisis

The International Monetary Fund warned Monday that Greece’s ongoing public debt crisis could result in a new global financial catastrophe if the European Union does not act quickly to stabilize the situation. While the fund did note that the European recovery does seem to be moving on pace, the Greek…

Greenpeace royal party gatecrashers face trial in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN — Greenpeace activists who gatecrashed a royal gala dinner at the December 2009 United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen and their helpers went on trial in the Danish capital Monday. According to Copenhagen City Court documents, 11 activists face charges ranging from falsifying documents and number plates and claiming…

Britain ‘to work on military drone with France’

PARIS — France and Britain plan to set up a joint team to oversee the possible development of an unmanned military aircraft, French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said on Monday at the Paris Air Show. The team will be based in Britain and charged with drawing up requirements for a…

Gunmen kill Mexican journalist, family

XALAPA, Mexico — Unidentified gunmen shot dead a journalist, his wife and their 21-year-old son after bursting into their home in Veracruz early Monday, the governor of the eastern Mexican state said. Miguel Angel Lopez was a columnist with the local daily Notiver and wrote frequently about politics and the…

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