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 2 yrs | Eurogroup says referendum result ‘very regrettable for future of Greece,’ will await Greek initiatives

              Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem says the result of Sunday's referendum in Greece is "very regrettable" for the country's future. "For recovery of the Greek economy, difficult measures and reforms are inevitable. We will now wait for the initiatives of the Greek authorities," he said in a statement. The Eurogroup will discuss the situation on Tuesday.   

  Greece        78 UPDATES


 2 yrs | ‘No’ vote leads with 61 percent with 60 percent reporting - official results

              With just over 60 percent of votes counted, the 'No' vote in Greece's referendum is ahead with 61.29 percent, according to official results released by the interior ministry. Additional results are expected within the next hour.   

  Greece        78 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Voting ends in Greek bailout referendum as final opinion polls show ‘No’ ahead

              Voting has ended in Greece's referendum to decide whether the Greek government should accept the terms of a proposed bailout package from international creditors. There are no exit polls, but three final opinion polls released after polling stations closed suggest that the 'No' camp is ahead by a small margin, though the figures are too close to be certain. Official results are expected within the next hours.   

  Greece        78 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Polls open in Greece referendum poll, first results expected tonight

              Polling stations across Greece have opened for voters to decide whether their government should accept the terms of a proposed bailout package from international creditors. Polls opened at 7 a.m. local time and will close at 7 p.m., but Greek law allows for an extension of up to two hours if voters are still queuing at polling stations, meaning that the first exit polls are not expected before 9 p.m.   

  Greece        78 UPDATES


 2 yrs | ‘Conceivable’ that Iran nuclear talks will go beyond July 7 - Reuters

              It is "conceivable" that nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran will continue beyond the deadline of July 7, the Reuters news agency is reporting, citing a senior U.S. official. "Is it conceivable that we would go past the 7th? Sure, it's conceivable," the official was quoted as saying. If confirmed, it would mark the second extension in the ongoing talks, which were first due to conclude by June 30.   

  Iran        97 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Iran’s foreign minister says ‘we’ve never been closer to a lasting outcome’ on nuclear deal - YouTube video

              Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has released a YouTube video, saying Iran and world powers have "never been closer to a lasting outcome" on a nuclear deal, but adding that there is no guarantee. "Getting to yes requires the courage to compromise, to serve confidence to be flexible, the maturity to be reasonable, the wisdom to set aside illusions and the audacity to break old habits," he said.   

  Iran        97 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Greek police clash with protesters in central Athens, fire stun grenades

              Greek police have fired stun grenades in clashes with dozens of protesters in central Athens, witnesses have told the Reuters news agency. The scuffles began as a rally got underway in support of a 'No' vote in Sunday's referendum. Loud bangs were heard on live video feeds from the area, but the situation appeared to return to calm within a few minutes.   

  Athens, Greece        78 UPDATES


 2 yrs | Greek PM Tsipras: I call on you to say ‘no’ to blackmail and ultimatums

              Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged citizens "to say no to ultimatums, blackmail and fear," saying that Greece's membership of the euro is not being judged in Sunday's referendum. "Greek citizens, the time has come for responsibility and democracy. Let's silence fear-mongering and baseless talk of disaster," Tsipras said in a televised statement. "Let us calmly go to the polls and make our choice by weighing the arguments - not the slogans." He added that Thursday's IMF report supported the government's stance, saying that the country's debt is not sustainable.   

  Greece        78 UPDATES


 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



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