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Greece referendum campaign down to wire

posted: 07/03/2015 11:28 a.m. Discuss

ATHENS, Greece — 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.

Boko Haram kills 11 'traitors' in northeastern Nigerian town

posted: 07/03/2015 11:17 a.m. Discuss

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Boko Haram militants Friday slit the throats of 11 alleged "traitors," witnesses said in the first news of desertions from the Nigerian Islamic extremist group.

5 Gulf states reach $18.7B deal with BP

updated: 07/03/2015 4:15 a.m. Discuss

BP and five states along the Gulf of Mexico announced Thursday that they have agreed to a record $18.7 billion settlement that would resolve years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's 2010 oil spill.

IMF criticizes Greek government

updated: 07/03/2015 4:08 a.m. Comment 1

Greece will need more help from eurozone countries to manage its debt because the country's finances and economic performance have deteriorated since a new government took office, the International Monetary Fund reported Thursday.

No new rules or sanctions, Iranians insist

updated: 07/03/2015 3:24 a.m. Discuss

Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord.

U.N.: Colombia coca crops thriving

posted: 07/03/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

Cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine skyrocketed last year in Colombia, according to a new study by the United Nations.

Egyptian planes, troops raid Sinai

updated: 07/03/2015 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Egyptian warplanes launched airstrikes, and troops went from house to house Thursday in the Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area's bloodiest fighting in decades.

Filipino ferry's capsizing kills at least 38

updated: 07/03/2015 2:47 a.m. Discuss

At least three more bodies were recovered today from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said.

Nigerian town's mosques attacked; 97 die

updated: 07/03/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims who were praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town in observance of the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense-force fighter said Thursday.

Group says papers show Mexico forces given orders to kill

posted: 07/03/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

MEXICO CITY -- A Mexican human-rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected drug cartel members after they surrendered.

The World in Brief

updated: 07/03/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

8 detained in Tunisia beach attack TUNIS, Tunisia -- Eight people are in custody in Tunisia, suspected of having direct links to a deadly beach attack that killed 38 people, a minister said Thursday.

Getting it straight

updated: 07/03/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

In the news

posted: 07/03/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Bill Clinton, the former president, visited Vietnam to commemorate the 20th anniversary of normalizing relations with that country and described it as “one of the most important achievements of my presidency.”

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision files for IPO

posted: 07/02/2015 8:11 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — Spanish-language broadcasting company Univision Holdings Inc. filed plans Thursday to launch an initial public offering of its stock.

Ferry capsizes in Philippines; 35 dead, 20 missing

posted: 07/02/2015 8:05 a.m. Discuss

MANILA, Philippines — A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized Thursday minutes after it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 35 dead and 20 others missing, coast guard officials said.

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