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A woman holds the flag of Greece at the 'Greek solidarity festival' in Trafalgar Square, LondonBy Deepa Babington and George Georgiopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece voted on Sunday on whether to accept more austerity in exchange for international aid, in a high-stakes referendum likely to determine whether it leaves the euro-currency area after seven years of economic pain. Staged against a backdrop of shuttered banks and threats of financial apocalypse, the vote looked too close to call and may not produce the clear mandate for negotiations that Athens’ creditors seek. Greeks are split on whether to accept an offer by creditors that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls a "humiliation" and is urging people to reject.


Chinese authorities have arrested a man who allegedly spread rumors about people in Beijing jumping off buildings in response to a stock market crash, state television reported on Sunday. The 29-year-old man, surnamed Tian, was detained for "disorderly behavior", China Central Television said. The post in question could not be found on Sunday, and may have already been deleted by censors, who strictly control what can be said on Chinese social media.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Salehi and Fereydoon, brother and close aide to President Hassan Rouhani meet with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in ViennaBy Louis Charbonneau and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and world powers made progress on future sanctions relief for Iran in marathon nuclear talks on Saturday, but remained divided on issues such as lifting United Nations sanctions and the development of advanced centrifuges. Diplomats close to the negotiations said they had tentative agreement on a mechanism for suspending U.S. and European Union sanctions on Iran. "We don't have Iran on board yet." Senior Iranian and Western diplomats echoed the remarks.


By Peter Murphy BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's peace negotiations with leftist FARC rebels have hit a critical low as the group steps up violent attacks and the government could walk away from the process unless the group shows more commitment, the government's top negotiator said. The government has been in Cuba-hosted talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC since late 2012 to end a 50-year war. "The peace process is at its worst moment since we began talks ... I want to tell the FARC in all seriousness, this could end.

Protesters from the Socialista National Confederation of Labor activist group display placards during a rally over the South China Sea disputes with China, outside the Chinese Consulate in Makati CityBy 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.


Two car bombs killed 11 people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday, police and medical sources said, striking as many people were ending their daily Ramadan fast. Northeast of Baghdad, in the town of Balad Roz, a third car bomb killed two people, local police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamic State fighters who control large parts of western and northern Iraq frequently set off bombs in the capital.

Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd R) walks near the hotel where the Iran nuclear talks are being held in Vienna on July 4, 2015Foreign ministers from major powers were expected back in Vienna Sunday seeking to score a huge diplomatic success by nailing down a nuclear deal with Iran after almost two years of intense effort. "Extending the talks is not an option for anyone... We are trying to finish the job," Iran's lead negotiator Abbas Araghchi told Iranian TV late Saturday, saying there was a "positive atmosphere". Diplomats said that on one of the thorniest issues -- sanctions relief for Iran -- a compromise may have been worked out, at least among the experts thrashing out the complex final accord.


DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — South Africa captain Faf Du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat first in the first Twenty20 International against Bangladesh on Sunday.

People take part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez, as a corruption scandal rocks the government, in Guatemala City, on July 4, 2015Some 5,000 protesters marched night in downtown Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the country's corruption-plagued president, who lost a fight for immunity from prosecution earlier this week. On Tuesday, Guatemala's Constitutional Court rejected President Otto Perez's appeal for presidential immunity that also sought to legally erase a pre-trial investigation of graft allegations. Protesters on Saturday shouted "Out with Otto Perez" and "No more corruption" as they marched from the Supreme Court to the National Palace in the city's historic center.


A man casts his vote as the map of Europe is seen in the background at a polling station in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Greeks began voting early Sunday in a closely-watched, closely-contested referendum, which the government pits as a choice over whether to defy the country's creditors and push for better repayment terms or essentially accept their terms, but which the opposition and many of the creditors paint as a choice between staying in the euro or leaving it. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks were voting Sunday in a critical bailout referendum, with opinion polls showing people evenly split on whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or defiantly reject the deal.


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

A commuter exits from a bus, as a banner with the word ''Yes'' at a bus stop, sprayed over "No" by supporters of the No vote referring to the upcoming in Athens, Friday, July 3, 2015. The brief but intense campaign in Greece's critical bailout referendum ends Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens supporting "yes" and "no" answers to a murky question in what an opinion poll suggests could be a very close vote. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)LONDON (AP) — The Greek people are voting on a future in which they face two painful prospects: the slow grind of years more of austerity cuts or the country's potentially catastrophic exit from the 19-nation eurozone.


Clothes for sale are displayed at Alara, a new retail concept store on Victoria Island in LagosTake a sought-after architect, add the king of "new Africa cuisine" and a smattering of famous designers, and you get a concept-store in Lagos that seeks to bring modern African luxury to Nigeria's ultra-rich. The chaotic, cosmopolitan metropolis has largely failed to cater for its mega-rich minority despite a big appetite for high-end shopping and eating in a country that houses 11 of Africa's 50 biggest fortunes, according to Forbes magazine. Nestled in the heart of Lagos, the store does not attract droves of shoppers in a country where the vast majority still lives on less than $2 a day, but it already has its share of discreet regulars who rarely leave the building empty-handed.


Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during a joint press conference at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya on February 6, 2015A task force is investigating allegations that a probe into a Malaysian state-controlled investment fund found hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred to the prime minister's personal bank accounts, the attorney general has said. The allegations have set off a storm in Malaysia, with premier Najib Razak threatening to sue the Wall Street Journal for publishing the report, while one of his deputies called on authorities to investigate the claims. Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail said in a statement late on Saturday that a multi-agency task force was probing "the allegations linked to the flow of funds into the personal accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak".


PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Pacific Games organizers say Fiji broke the record for the biggest win in international football with a 38-0 victory Sunday over the Federated States of Micronesia.

Rescuers prepare to lift the Kim Nirvana ferry after it was towed to the pier in Ormoc City, central Philippines on July 3, 2015, a day after it capsizedThe death toll from a ferry that capsized in the central Philippines has risen to 61, the coast guard said Sunday, indicating that the vessel was overloaded. Whether the ferry was carrying too many people will be part of an investigation into last week's disaster off the city of Ormoc, which has seen the boat's owner and crew charged with murder. Coast guard figures showed that 61 people had died when the wooden Kim Nirvana capsized, with at least 145 people listed as survivors.


BEIRUT (AP) — A video posted online Saturday purportedly shows Islamic State fighters killing some 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria.

Industrial accidents are not uncommon in China, where many structures and facilities are old and safety procedures can be laxNine people died when a shoe factory collapsed in eastern China, state media reported Sunday, with more than 40 workers hospitalised after being rescued. A total of 51 workers were in the building in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province when it came down on Saturday afternoon, China's official Xinhua news agency reported. Xinhua said the cause of the collapse was being investigated.


Dimitra Danikoglou, 48, gestures as she talks next to her son Nikolas, 23, at their apartment in Athens, Saturday, July 4, 2015. Meet the Danikoglous, a typically intense, articulate Greek family divided over how best to cope with Greece’s careening financial crisis, which may lead to a break with the eurozone and the European Union if voters Sunday say “no” to a proposed bailout plan that would impose still more years of austerity on an already crushed Greek economy. They are united in their belief that only as a strong family can they weather the coming storm. And they share a sense that Greece, so rich with history and culture, has fallen tragically short of its potential. (AP Photo/Spyros Tsakiris)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dimitris is voting "yes" because he fears Greece would be in danger if it leaves the European Union. His daughter Alexandra is voting "no" because she is tired of richer European nations bossing Greece around.


People leave after signing coconuts - part of an altar to be used by Pope Francis in an open mass at the Nu Guazu camp during his upcoming visit, in Asuncion, Paraguay, on July 4, 2015Pope Francis makes his first South American trip in two years Sunday, for an eight-day tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay -- but not his native Argentina. The 78-year-old Jesuit pontiff, the first pope from his "beloved South America," has said he wants to highlight the plight of the poor on his home continent. Francis's last visit to South America was a triumphant trip to Brazil that culminated with some three million people gathering in Rio de Janeiro along Copacabana beach for a mass at the end of a Catholic youth festival.


FILE- In this May 11, 2015 file photo, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak addresses delegates during his speech at the Malaysia's ruling party United Malays National Organization's (UMNO) anniversary celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Najib is facing the risk of a criminal charge over allegations that millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time the country's leader has faced criminal allegations. The attorney general confirmed late Saturday, July 4, 2015 he has received documents from an official investigation that made the link between Najib and the investment fund 1MDB. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing the risk of a criminal charge over allegations that millions of dollars were funneled from an indebted state fund to his personal bank accounts, the first time the country's leader has faced criminal allegations.


Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament in Athens are seen on July 4, 2015, on the eve of a historic, tightly fought referendum on whether to accept worsening austerity in exchange for more bailout fundsAcross the country of 11 million people -- on far-flung Aegean islands, in the shadow of the 2,400-year-old Parthenon in Athens, to the northern border shared with fellow EU state Bulgaria -- voters began casting their ballots. The rest of Europe, and international investors, will be watching intently, unsure of the outcome that could greet them on Monday. "I'm voting 'No' because I think it's better for the country," said 80-year-old Michelis, first in through the doors of a school being used for the vote on Skoufa street in central Athens.


FILE - In this July 3, 2015 file photo, Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong gestures during a meeting with the Western press in Hanoi, Vietnam. Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he’ll meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States. Trong called his trip on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 “a historic visit.” He said he expects Obama to make his first visit to Vietnam later this year, though the White House has not confirmed the trip. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh, File)HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong doesn't hold an official government post, but it's not surprising that he'll meet with President Barack Obama on his visit to the United States this week. He is the de-facto top leader of his country.


In this June 7, 2015 photo, tourists take pictures with a life-size cutout poster of Pope Francis after attending Mass celebrating the feast day of Corpus Cristi at the Basilica of the Virgin of Caacupe in Caacupe, Paraguay. On July 11, Francis will celebrate Mass in the square in front of this basilica, in part to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.


In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people watch the wreckage of a bus at the site of a road accident on Ji'an-Dandong Road in Ji'an City, northeast China's Jilin Province, Thursday, July 2, 2015. The bus carrying a group of South Koreans fell off a highway bridge, officials said Thursday. (Wang Haofei/Xinhua via AP) NO SALESBEIJING (AP) — The head of a South Korean institute that organized a tour of China by local officials that ended in a deadly bus crash fell to his death from a hotel early Sunday in northeastern China, state media reported.


China's leaders are trying to engineer a transformation of the country's growth model whereby consumer demand becomes the main driver rather than investmentThe World Bank has removed a critical portion from a recently released report on China's economy, saying the section had not been adequately reviewed. On Wednesday, the Washington-based institution released its China Economic Update report in Beijing, which included a section urging the country to accelerate reform of its state-dominated financial sector. In blunt language, the World Bank warned that failure to address the issue could end "three decades of stellar performance" for the world's second-largest economy.


Athens (AFP) - Polls opened Sunday for Greece's crucial referendum on whether or not to accept international creditors' conditions for a bailout, with the EU on tenterhooks for an outcome which could shape the bloc's future.


Tourists look at a map as they stand at Syntagma square in front of the parliament in central Athens, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Whether Greeks decide in Sunday's referendum to accept their lenders' bailout deal or reject it, the government's hold on power may be shakier than its brash prime minister has calculated, analysts say. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks started casting ballots early Sunday in the closely watched bailout referendum, with opinion polls showing people evenly split on whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or defiantly reject the deal.


An Evzone of the presidential guard passes by a poster of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble reading ''For five years he is drinking your blood, now tell him NO'' in central Athens, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Whether Greeks decide in Sunday's referendum to accept their lenders' bailout deal or reject it, the government's hold on power may be shakier than its brash prime minister has calculated, analysts say. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest from the referendum in Greece (all times local):


Bernard Tomic of Australia returns a ball to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)SYDNEY (AP) — Bernard Tomic has been suspended from Australia's home Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan for his verbal attack on Tennis Australia officials, including Pat Rafter and chief executive Craig Tiley.


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Polling stations open in Greece for crucial bailout referendum.

Australia's Steven Smith bats in the nets during a practice session at Old Merchant Taylors’ School near Watford, north west of London, on June 21, 2015When Steven Smith made his Ashes debut in Perth during England's victorious 2010/11 tour of Australia he was, following prompting from then captain Ricky Ponting, clear on his role in the team. "I've been told that I've got to come into the side and be fun," Smith said. Smith is now the world's number one ranked Test batsman, with five hundreds in his last six Tests at an average of 131.5.


Mavis Hyman (L) and Esther Hyman show a photograph of Esther and her sister Miriam Hyman, who was one of 52 people killed when four Islamists attacked the London transport system on July 7, 2005Esther Hyman could be forgiven for hating the suicide bomber who killed her sister Miriam, but she has channelled her grief into trying to stop a new generation of Britons from turning to terrorism. "As soon as I would experience it (the anger), I thought: 'Well, that was a waste of energy'," said Hyman, whose sister was one of 52 people killed when four Islamists attacked the London transport system on July 7, 2005.


Australia's Rohan Dennis competes in a 13.8 km individual time-trial, the first stage of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 4, 2015, in Utrecht, The NetherlandsRohan Dennis vowed to keep hold of the yellow jersey for as long as possible after winning the Tour de France's opening stage. The 25-year-old Australian upset two former world timetrial champions in Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara to take victory in the 13.8km race against the clock in Utrecht on Saturday. Sunday's pan flat 166km second stage from Utrecht to Zeland was expected to end in a bunch sprint before Monday's third stage will see some potentially significant time gaps on the Mur (wall) de Huy as the 157km run ends with a brutally steep, if short, climb.


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — The chairman of a 15-member Caribbean trade bloc said late Saturday that he backs Guyana's government amid an escalating border dispute with neighboring Venezuela.

England's Fara Williams celebrates after scoring on a penalty in extra time of her bronze medal match against Germany at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Canada on July 4, 2015A 108th-minute penalty kick by Fara Williams gave England their first ever win over top ranked Germany and a third place finish at the Women's World Cup. "It feels a lot better to be sitting here after that than it did the other day," said England coach Mark Sampson. "We knew the challenge we faced today from a world class Germany team.


Rescuers shine flashlights across the rubble of a factory building in Wenling city in eastern China's Zhejiang province Saturday, July 4, 2015. Officials say the shoe factory collapsed during a weekend shift. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — A shoe factory collapsed in eastern China during a weekend shift, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 30, officials said Sunday.


BEIJING (AP) — Officials say a shoe factory has collapsed in eastern China during a weekend shift, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 30. The collapse happened Saturday afternoon in the Zhejiang Province city of Wenling. The city government says on its official microblog that 42 people were pulled from the rubble and sent to a hospital where nine of them died.

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