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 2 yrs | France rejects asylum request by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, citing legal situation

              The French government says it "cannot act" on a public request for asylum from Julian Assange, citing his legal situation. The WikiLeaks founder, who is holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations. In an open letter published in Le Monde, Assange asked French President François Hollande to grant him asylum to protect him from "the political persecution of which I am now the subject." [Full statement attached]   

  France        5 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb, a Democrat, announces he is running for president

              Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb, a Democrat who also served as Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration, has announced he is running for president in the 2016 elections, making him the fifth Democrat to join the race. "I understand the odds, particularly in today’s political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money," he said in a letter to his supporters. [letter attached]   

  United States        336 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Up to 97 people killed in Boko Haram attack on villages in northeastern Nigeria - reports

              As many as 97 people have been killed after Boko Haram militants attacked two villages in the Monguno local government area of Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, according to news reports. Witnesses told the local Daily Post newspaper that the militants ordered all the men in the villages to group together, after which the militants opened fire, killing at least 48 people and injuring others. The AFP news agency, citing witnesses, reported that at least 97 people had been killed.   

  Monguno, Nigeria        14 UPDATES


 2 yrs | BP to pay $18.7 billion over 18 years to settle claims from Deepwater Horizon accident

              BP will pay $18.7 billion, the largest settlement with a single entity in American history, to settle civil claims from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Justice Department says. The agreement with the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas also includes settlement of claims made by more than 400 local government entities. The settlement will be paid out over a period of 18 years.   

  Gulf of Mexico        1 UPDATES


 2 yrs | U.S. economy adds 223,000 jobs in June, unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent - Labor Department

              Total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States increased by 223,000 in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, financial activities, and in transportation and warehousing. [Full report attached]   

  United States        12 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Police respond to reports of active shooter at Navy Yard, no confirmation of shots fired

              Authorities are responding to reports of an active shooter at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., though there has been no word on whether shots were actually fired. "Navy Yard on lockdown/shelter in place. No incident can be confirmed as of yet," the U.S. Navy said on its Twitter account.   

  Washington, D.C.        8 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Eurogroup’s Dijsselbloem on Greece: ‘No grounds for further talks at this point’

              Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem says there are "no grounds for further talks at this point" after Greece rejected previous proposals and decided to push forward with a bailout referendum. "There will be no talks in the coming days, either at Eurogroup level or between the Greek authorities and the institutions on proposals or financial arrangements," he said in a video statement. "We will simply await now the outcome of the referendum on Sunday and take into account the outcome of that referendum." [transcript and video attached]   

  Greece        78 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Slovak finance minister: Eurogroup united in decision to wait for outcome of Greek referendum

              Slovakia's finance minister Peter Kažimír says the Eurogroup is united to wait for the outcome of Sunday's referendum in Greece before any further talks, he said on his Twitter account. "Let's not put the cart before the horse," he wrote. The Eurogroup has not yet commented on the outcome of today's conference call, but the European Council says Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem will release a written statement "later this evening."   

  Greece        78 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Macy’s ends relationship with Donald Trump over immigration comments, will phase out collection

              Department store Macy's says it has decided to terminate its relationship with business magnate Donald Trump, citing his controversial comments last month in which he referred to some Mexican immigrants as rapists, drug users and criminals. "Macy's is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion. We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form," the company said in a statement. "We have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy's since 2004." [full statement attached]   

  United States        11 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Obama confirms restoration of diplomatic relations in letter to Castro, embassies to open July 20 - Cuban foreign ministry

              U.S. President Barack Obama has sent a letter to Cuban President Raúl Castro that confirms the decision to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries and to open permanent diplomatic missions in their respective capitals on July 20, Cuba's foreign ministry says. [full statement attached]   

  Havana, Cuba        17 UPDATES



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