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Greece's bailout talks hinge on referendum today

updated: 07/05/2015 5:07 a.m. Discuss

After months of talks among officials in Europe, the fate of a bailout for Greece shifted into the hands of the Greek people in a referendum today seeking approval of a bailout proposal from the country's creditors.

Muffled by war, music on the oud rises in Iraq

posted: 07/05/2015 4:47 a.m. Discuss

In a Baghdad workshop plastered with black-and-white photos from a more peaceful time, Mahmoud Abdulnabi hand-carves a wooden oud, a string instrument with ancient roots that has fallen silent in much of the war-torn country.

Indian storyteller taps hearts on radio

updated: 07/05/2015 4:44 a.m. Discuss

Every weeknight, millions of Indians tune their radios to the mellifluous voice of Neelesh Misra spinning tales of a vanishing way of life in a fictional Indian town.

Ad agencies take up reading minds

posted: 07/05/2015 4:36 a.m. Discuss

Facebook this spring commissioned a San Francisco company called SalesBrain to gauge how consumers responded to ads viewed on a smartphone versus a TV screen. Neural researchers used various sensors to measure perspiration, heart rate, eye movement and brain activity of the 70 participants. Their conclusion: People get more out of information on a mobile phone than a TV, and watching television forces the brain to work harder to combat distractions.

Kamikaze image off mark, survivors say

updated: 07/05/2015 4:32 a.m. Discuss

The pilots filed into the room and were presented with a form that asked if they wanted to be kamikaze. It was multiple-choice, and there were three answers: "I passionately wish to join," "I wish to join," and "I don't wish to join."

Militants join with Syria in city siege

updated: 07/05/2015 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Syrian elite forces backed by Hezbollah fighters besieged a rebel-held mountain resort near the border with Lebanon on Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes by Syria's air forces, activists and official media outlets reported.

At nuclear talks, experts draft Iran sanctions deal

updated: 07/05/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious issues at their negotiations, diplomats told reporters on Saturday.

3 car bombs kill 10 in Libyan city

posted: 07/05/2015 3:35 a.m. Discuss

A Libyan official says at least 10 civilians were killed when three separate car bombs exploded simultaneously in the eastern coastal city of Darna.

WikiLeaks again says U.S. tapped Brazil phones

posted: 07/05/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

The National Security Agency monitored the phone numbers of top Brazilian officials, WikiLeaks revealed, less than a week after President Dilma Rousseff visited the U.S. to mend relations derailed by earlier spying accusations.

Pope's next stop: South America

updated: 07/05/2015 3:13 a.m. Discuss

Pope Francis has turned heads with bold stands on climate change and income inequality. He helped broker a historic thaw between the United States and Cuba. He has shaken up the image of the Roman Catholic Church.

Asia's new fliers cause chaos

updated: 07/05/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

As VietJet Air flight 175 prepared to leave Hanoi for Ho Chi Minh City, a 43-year-old passenger opened the emergency exit door because he wanted to go to the bathroom.

The world in brief

updated: 07/05/2015 3:06 a.m. Discuss

Parade in Taiwan a nod to WWII claim TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan marched out thousands of troops and displayed its most modern military hardware Saturday to spotlight an old but often forgotten claim that its forces, not the Chinese communists, led the campaign that routed imperial Japan from China 70 years ago.

In the news

updated: 07/05/2015 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., during a trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, said the Taliban offensive demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's plan to draw down U.S. troops in that country by the end of 2016, noting that the Afghan national forces are suffering heavy losses.

Molycorp woes continue despite rare earths' glow

posted: 07/05/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

In late 2010, two questions were on the minds of many commodities investors: What are rare earths? And where could they buy some?

Euthanasia now legal in Colombia

posted: 07/05/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a middle-aged woman suffering from incurable stomach cancer.

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