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Germany's oldest remaining nuclear plant shuts down

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 06:30 AM

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's oldest remaining nuclear reactor has been shut down, part of a move initiated four years ago to switch off all its nuclear plants by 2022.

Bavaria's environment ministry said Sunday that the Grafenrheinfeld reactor in the southern German state was taken offline as scheduled overnight, the news agency dpa reported.

Grafenrheinfeld went into service in 1981. It's the first reactor to closer since Germany switched off the oldest eight of its 17 nuclear reactors in 2011, just after Japan's Fukushima disaster.


Greece awaits European Central Bank decision on liquidity

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 06:25 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is anxiously awaiting a decision by the European Central Bank on whether to increase the emergency liquidity assistance banks can draw on from the country's central bank.

Worried Greeks on Sunday kept lining up at ATM machines after the prime minister called Saturday for a referendum on creditors' financial proposals in return for rescue loans. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' move has startled Greece's European partners and thrown the country's bailout negotiations with international lenders into turmoil.


Kuwait says Saudi citizen was behind deadly suicide bombing

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 05:54 AM

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwaiti authorities are identifying the suicide bomber behind Friday's attack on a Shiite mosque that killed 27 people as a Saudi citizen who flew into the Gulf nation just hours before he blew himself up.

The Interior Ministry on Sunday named the bomber as Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Gabbaa and said he was born in 1992, making him 22 or 23 years old.

It said in a statement carried by the official Kuwait News Agency that he arrived on a flight to Kuwait International Airport at dawn Friday.


The Latest: Cyprus could agree to write off Greek debt

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 05:32 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest developments on Greece's bailout negotiations (all times local):

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10:25 p.m.

Cyprus' finance minister says his own bailed-out country could consider writing off 330 million euros ($370 million) in rescue loans to Greece if there is a deal with other euro area member nations to lighten the country's debt load.


Burundi: 2 killed in overnight attacks blamed on the police

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 05:24 AM

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Witnesses say two people have been killed in overnight attacks that they believe were carried out by Burundian police.

Witnesses in Jabe neighborhood in the nation's capital of Bujumbura, reported intense gunfire Saturday night in an apparent police crackdown on areas seen as hosting anti-government protesters.

Mohamed Masumbuko said his brother, Masumbuko Prime Abdul, was killed in a grenade attack, his "face completely shredded."


The Latest: Queen Elizabeth II shocked about Tunisia attack

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 05:08 AM

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The latest developments on the attack that killed at least 38 people at a Tunisian beach resort:

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5:15 p.m.

Queen Elizabeth II says the attack on a beach resort in Tunisia has left her and her husband, Prince Philip, shocked.

The monarch says she and Philip wish to send condolences to the families of those killed in Friday's attack, which left at least 15 Britons dead. The toll is expected to rise.


Iran nuclear talks enter final phase 48 hours until deadline

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 04:42 AM

VIENNA (AP) — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering their final phase with just 48 hours until a deadline for Tehran and six world powers to reach a deal.

With the June 30 deadline looming, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting Sunday in Vienna with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, their third encounter since Saturday. Other foreign ministers are expected to join.


Albania police arrest 2 more suspects in policeman's slaying

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 04:20 AM

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police have arrested two suspects considered to be the leaders of the armed group that fatally shot one policeman and wounded two others this week.

Police spokesman Gentian Mullai on Sunday said two teenagers, brothers Arbjon and Alban Aliko, handed themselves over after 500 police isolated them Saturday evening at a former army mountain tunnel 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the marijuana-growing village of Lazarat. The village, 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of the capital, Tirana, is where the policeman was killed.


Conservationists to move 7 lions from South Africa to Rwanda

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 03:51 AM

ST. LUCIA, South Africa (AP) — A group that runs wildlife parks in Africa plans to move seven lions from South Africa to Rwanda, where conservationists say the lion population was wiped out 15 years ago.

African Parks, based in South Africa, says it will transfer the lions to Akagera National Park this week. The trip to the east-central African country by truck and plane will take more than 24 hours. The group, which manages Akagera, says cattle herders poisoned the Rwandan park's last lions after it was left unmanaged following Rwanda's 1994 genocide.


Japan mourns passing of Tama, the cat stationmaster

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 03:21 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, has been mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral.

The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at the Kishi station in western Japan in 2007. In her custom-made stationmaster's cap and a jacket, Tama quietly sat at the ticket gate welcoming and seeing off passengers. She quickly attracted tourists and became world-famous, contributing to the railway company and local economy.


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