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Friday, July 3, 2015
Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an US$18.7 billion settlement with BP on Thursday that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in the U.S.
US Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage
Episcopalians in the United States voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.
US, Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen
The United States and Cuba on Wednesday agreed a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold War.
Greece's radical left government said Thursday it may resign if it fails to win a referendum that could decide the country's financial future.
An Afghan appeal court has overturned death sentences given to four men for the lynching and murder in March of a woman falsely accused of blasphemy in Kabul, a judge said Thursday.
Yemen rebels kill 31; United Nations declares a humanitarian emergency
Rebel fire on a residential district of Yemen's second city Aden killed more than 30 civilians Wednesday, as the U.N. declared its highest level humanitarian emergency in the war-torn country.
A lockdown was underway Thursday morning across the Washington Navy Yard, an administrative center for the U.S. Navy, after reports of shots fired, but a senior law enforcement official said those reports had not been confirmed.
WikiLeaks published a list of German phone numbers Wednesday that it claimed showed the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on senior German officials beyond Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The French soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso were members of an elite special forces unit, a source close to the investigation told AFP on Wednesday.
At least 1,466 Iraqis were killed by armed conflict in June, up more than 40 percent from the previous month as security forces suffered mounting casualties battling the Islamic State group, according to U.N. figures released Wednesday.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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