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The Royal Mint unveils silver coin to mark Princess Charlotte’s Christening

      The Royal Mint released a limited edition silver coin to mark the baptism of Princess Charlotte. The commemorative £5 coin was made by John Bergdahl, the same engraver who did Prince George’s coin. The design of the  silver coin features two harp-playing cherubs surrounded by swags of lilies. It also paid tribute the […]

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Defiant Greek PM stands ground on referendum

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed Wednesday to push ahead with a controversial bailout referendum despite pressure from European leaders, and urged creditors to accept a fresh reform offer by Athens. Hours after Greece became the first advanced economy to default on the IMF, the leftist leader used a televised address to tell Greeks to […]

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Greek pensioners besiege banks to grab cash

In chaotic scenes, thousands of elderly Greeks on Wednesday besieged the nation’s crisis-hit banks, which reopened to allow them to withdraw vital cash from their state pensions. “Let them go to hell!” shouted one pensioner, after failed talks between Athens and international creditors sparked a week-long banking shutdown. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s government ordered the […]

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Central Asia hit with record-breaking heatwave

Turkmenistan reported its hottest June on record Wednesday, as a heat wave envelops former Soviet Central Asia. “June 2015 was the hottest June since 1891 when records began. Daytime temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius in the shade 16 times,” a spokeswoman at Turkmenistan’s state meteorological service in the capital Ashgabat told AFP Wednesday. She noted […]

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Greece seeks Eurogroup, ECB support after IMF default

Athens/Brussels – Greece was appealing to its euro zone partners and the European Central Bank on Wednesday to keep it afloat after defaulting on its debt to the International Monetary Fund and losing frozen international bailout money. The missed debt payment of 1.5 billion euro made Greece the only developed country ever to fall into […]

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Death toll in Indonesia plane crash rises to 142

Medan, Indonesia – The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian air force plane packed with military personnel and their families rose to 142 Wednesday, as witnesses described people fleeing the disaster zone covered in blood and their clothes on fire. The Hercules C-130 transport plane crashed into a residential area in the city […]

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IMF to decide Greece payment delay in ‘weeks’

The IMF will rule “in the coming weeks” on Greece’s request for a rare extension on the debt payment it missed, a source close to the matter told AFP Wednesday. Athens had asked for the extension on Tuesday hours before the 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) payment was due, but the executive board of the […]

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Greek PM maintains referendum, calls on people to vote ‘No’

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday his country would still hold a referendum on the terms of its bailout, urging people to vote ‘No’ in order to win a better deal. In a televised address to the nation he said Greece would continue to negotiate with its international creditors, and insisted that Athens wanted […]

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US, Cuba reach agreement to open embassies

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban […]

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Indonesian plane crash toll rises to 142

The number of people killed when an Indonesian air force plane crashed into a residential neighbourhood rose to 142 on Wednesday, as families said their relatives had paid to be on the aircraft, in violation of military rules. Witnesses described scenes of horror when the Hercules C-130 transport plane crashed into the city of Medan […]

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