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Greek finance minister quits to smooth talks after 'No' vote

ATHENS/FRANKFURT - Greece's outspoken finance minister resigned on Monday, removing a major obstacle to any deal to keep Athens in the euro zone after Greeks voted resoundingly to back the government in rejecting the austerity terms of a bailout. | Video

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China stresses nationalism in war anniversary propaganda push

BEIJING - China plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Asia, and its fight against Japan, with a stream of movies, concerts, performances and exhibitions, officials said on Monday, in an effort to strengthen "nationalism and culture".

China, Japan 3:52am EDT

Sri Lanka polls timed ahead of U.N. war crimes report to foil Rajapaksa comeback

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's August elections have been timed to stop a comeback by war-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticized for war crimes in a U.N report, said government sources.

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Islamic State suicide bombers strike in Iraqi refinery town

BAGHDAD - Islamic State suicide bombers and fighters attacked the center of Iraq's northern oil refinery town of Baiji overnight, forcing the army and Shi'ite fighters to pull back, military sources and the local mayor said on Sunday.

Iraq 05 Jul 2015

Egyptian army kills 63 militants in North Sinai: sources

CAIRO - Egypt’s military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region.

Egypt 05 Jul 2015

Thai army chief says won't release 14 student critics of coup

BANGKOK - Fourteen Thai students who were arrested after staging anti-coup rallies must face military court and will not be released beforehand, Thailand's army chief said on Monday, despite growing calls for charges to be dropped.

United Nations, Thailand 12:47am EDT

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