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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.

The Latest: Much unanswered in wordy Greek ballot question

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 12:06 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest from the referendum in Greece (all times local):


12:45 a.m.

The Greek referendum does not address whether Greece should abandon the euro currency or leave the 28-member European Union, but many voters believe those issues are at stake.

Polling stations open in Greece for key bailout referendum

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 12:04 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Polling stations have opened and Greek voters are starting to cast ballots in the closely watched bailout referendum that has divided the nation.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is gambling the future of his 5-month-old left-wing government on Sunday's snap poll. He insists a "no" vote would strengthen his hand to negotiate a better deal with the country's creditors, and a "yes" would be a capitulation to their harsh demands.

Shoe factory collapses in eastern China, killing 9 people

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 10:17 PM

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.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Greek referendum hours away

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 09:27 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's crucial austerity referendum is only hours away.

Greeks are contemplating how their vote on Sunday will shape their future and the impact a "yes" or "no" will have on the country's youth.

Opinion polls suggest Greeks are evenly split on whether to accept creditors' proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or defiantly reject the deal and send the message that they're simply fed up with years of harsh economic austerity.

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