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Storm causes floods, knocks out power in north Philippines

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 06:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A tropical storm blowing across the Philippines' mountainous north has caused floods and knocked out power in several towns.

Officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties Sunday from Tropical Storm Linfa. They said government rescue teams were deployed to evacuate villagers in some of the 11 towns flooded in La Union province, where wide areas also lost power.

Wildfires break out in Spain, Portugal amid heat wave

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 06:32 AM

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish official says more than 1,350 residents have been evacuated from their homes in the northeastern region of Aragon as a wildfire spreads through a pine forest amid a lingering heat wave.

Lavier Lamban, the president of Aragon, said Sunday that five villages were evacuated as flames devoured hills 375 kilometers (230 miles) northeast of Madrid. He says the evacuees, who included the residents of a retirement home, were transferred to nearby towns.

Israeli PM warns of growing concessions in Iran nuke talks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 06:04 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says each day that passes brings greater Western concessions toward Iran in talks over its nuclear program.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday the progressing talks in Vienna do not represent a "breakthrough but rather a breakdown." Western diplomats are trying to reach a deal before an extended July 7 target date. Any deal would result in an end to longstanding sanctions against Iran.

UK's Princess Charlotte to be christened on queen's estate

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 06:03 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Princess Charlotte, the nine-week-old baby of Prince William and his wife Kate, is to be christened at a church on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate.

The queen, her husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Kate's family will be among guests attending the event Sunday at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, near England's eastern coast. The church is where Charlotte's late grandmother, Princess Diana, was christened in 1961.

Russian craft delivers long-awaited cargo to space station

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 05:58 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the U.S.-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.

The Progress M-28M ship, which is carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies, was launched into orbit on Friday from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan. Russian Mission Control said it docked successfully Sunday in the automated mode at the orbiting space station.

Deadly strikes by US-led coalition targeting IS in Raqqa

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 05:45 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — A series of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others.

The airstrikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-base activists and the Islamic State group.

In a statement issued early Sunday, the coalition said it had conducted 16 airstrikes throughout Raqqa, destroying vital IS-controlled structures and transit routes in Syria.

Police: Weapons factory blast in Montenegro kills 1 person

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 05:43 AM

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Police say an explosion at a weapons factory in central Montenegro has killed one person and injured several others.

In a statement, police said the blast happened early Sunday at the Tara Group factory in the town of Mojkovac, 70 kilometers (42 miles) northeast of the capital, Podgorica. They gave no other details. The factory produces guns, rifles and parts for missile systems.

Two explosions last year at the same factory injured several workers.

Zoo tram accident in northeastern Thailand kills 4 people

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 05:32 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say four people died and more than 30 were injured after two trams collided at a zoo in northeastern Thailand.

The accident occurred Sunday at the Kao Suan Kwang Zoo in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.

Police Col. Pichit Deeya said all the victims were Thai and that a 2-year-old girl was among those killed.

He said one of the tram's drivers lost control due to a problem with the vehicle's brakes and crashed into the tram in front, causing both to overturn.

The Latest: Pope Francis leaves for Ecuador on 3-nation trip

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 03:46 AM

ROME (AP) — Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:


9:30 a.m.

Pope Francis is in the air, heading to his native continent of South America on a nine-day pastoral pilgrimage.

The Alitalia plane flying Francis and his entourage to Quito, Ecuador, left Rome on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. (0715 GMT). The Argentine-born pope will also visit Bolivia and Paraguay. He returns to Rome on July 13.

Malaysian leader faces risk of criminal charge over funds

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 12:28 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's leader 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.

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