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Cairo – Egypt’s Military Issues 48-Hour Ultimatum

July 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Cairo - Egypt's military on Monday issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Islamist president and his opponents to reach an agreement to "meet the people's demands" or it will intervene to put forward a political road map for the country and ensure it is carried out. The ultimatum, it said, was a "last chance." It described the mass protests on Sunday that brought out millions of Egyptians...

Moscow – Putin: Snowden Must Stop Leaking Secrets To Stay

July 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Moscow - Russia's President Vladimir Putin says that National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden will have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wants to get asylum in Russia, something he says Snowden doesn't want to do. Putin, speaking at a news conference Monday, insisted that Snowden isn't a Russian agent and that Russian security agencies haven't contacted him. He says that Snowden...

New York – NY Governor Announces ‘I Love NY LGBT’ Website

July 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM
New York - New York state making a pitch for gay visitors with a new "I Love NY LGBT" tourism website. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the campaign Saturday as lesbian and gay New Yorkers celebrated pride weekend. Cuomo said the website will help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers plan their vacations by suggesting must-see destinations. The website will offer lists of LGBT...

Beijing – Law Requires Chinese To Visit Their Aging Parents

July 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Beijing - Mothers and fathers aren't the only ones urging adult children to visit their parents. China's lawbooks are now issuing the same imperative. New wording in the law requiring people to visit or keep in touch with their elderly parents or risk being sued came into force Monday, as China faces increasing difficulty in caring for its aging population. The amended law does little to...

Yarnell, AZ – Deadly Arizona Wildfire Balloons To 13 Square Miles

July 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Yarnell, AZ - A wildfire that killed nearly 20 members of an elite fire crew trying to help protect homes in a small central Arizona town has quadrupled in size, to 13 square miles. Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman Mike Reichling said Monday that 18 "hotshot" fire crews are now battling the blaze, approximately 85 miles northwest of Phoenix, and more are expected. On Sunday, the...

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania – Obama: US Will Give Allies Info On Spying Claims

July 1, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - President Barack Obama says all nations in the world with intelligence services try to understand what other nations are thinking. He says that's why they have intelligence services. Obama is pushing back against opposition from key allies who are upset about revelations regarding secret U.S. programs that reportedly installed covert listening devices in European...

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania – Obama: ‘We Are Heartbroken’ Over AZ Firefighters

July 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - President Barack Obama says the deaths of 19 firefighters who died battling an Arizona wildfire are a heartbreaking reminder that emergency personnel put their lives on the line every day while rushing toward danger. Obama, who spoke from Africa on Monday, added that America's thoughts and prayers go out to their families. He said, quote, "We are heartbroken about...

Brussels, Belgium – IN PHOTOS: Europe’s Hareidim Protest Against Army Draft

July 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Brussels, Belgium - More than One Thousand of hareidi-religious Jews from Belgium and nearby European countries gathered for a rally Monday in protest of plans in Israel to enlist yeshiva students into the army. Similar rallies have been held in the United States. The call on local Jews to participate in the rally has been signed by dozens of hareidi rabbis from across Europe, including the...

Hong Kong – Tens Of Thousands Of HK Protester Demand Beijing-Backed Leader Resign

July 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Hong Kong - Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets in protest Monday, demanding their widely disliked Beijing-backed leader resign and pressing for promised democratic reforms so they can choose their own top representative. The annual protest march has become increasingly popular in recent years, underscoring the growing gulf between Hong Kong and the mainland 16 years after...

Tokyo – Apple Applies To Register ‘iWatch’ Trademark In Japan

July 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Tokyo - Apple Inc has applied for a trademark for "iWatch" in Japan, a patent official said on Monday, signaling the iPhone maker may be moving ahead with plans for a watch-like device as gadget makers turn their attention to wearable computers. The trademark application, submitted on June 3 and released on the Japan Patent Office website on June 27, would cover computers, computer peripherals...

Brussels – EU Orders Security Sweep After U.S. Spying Allegations

July 1, 2013 at 09:34 AM
Brussels - The European Union said on Monday it had ordered a security sweep of EU buildings after reports that a U.S. spy agency had bugged EU offices in Belgium and the United States. Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the EU's executive Commission, "has instructed the competent Commission services to proceed to a comprehensive ... security sweep and check," Commission spokeswoman Pia...

New York – More Rain Expected In Waterlogged Catskills

July 1, 2013 at 09:25 AM
New York - Waterlogged communities in upstate New York are in for more rain, with flash flood warnings posted in the Catskills and flood warnings along the Mohawk and Susquehanna rivers. The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms were moving into eastern New York and western New England Monday morning. Rain is expected to continue into Tuesday, with rainfall amounts of one to...

New York – Report: Bloomberg Prepared To Spend Big To Ruin Re-Election Bids Of “Stop-And-Frisk” Opponents

July 1, 2013 at 09:22 AM
New York - A source close to Mayor Bloomberg says the mayor is prepared to dip into his own fortune to fight the re-election bids of City Council members opposed to his "stop-and-frisk" policy. The NEW YORK POST (http://bit.ly/13l3PUe) reports that the source said the mayor believes that "actions" have "consequences," and that he fully believes members of the City Council should be held...

Jerusalem – Israel Launches Crackdown On Pro-Settler Vandal ‘Terrorists’

July 1, 2013 at 09:19 AM
Jerusalem - Israel announced a crackdown on Monday against Jewish ultranationalists who vandalize Palestinian property, saying they were tantamount to terrorists and their attacks could fan sectarian violence. The move followed the arrest of a 22-year Israeli from an Orthodox Jewish town near Tel Aviv for the vandalism of a Christian monastery in the occupied West Bank last year. The attack...

Yarnell, AZ – Arizona Fire Crew That Lost 19 Worked Front Lines

July 1, 2013 at 08:30 AM
Yarnell, AZ - An elite crew of firefighters trained to battle the nation's fiercest wildfires was overtaken by an out-of-control blaze in Arizona, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flames under fire-resistant shields. It was the most firefighters killed battling a wildfire in the U.S. in decades. The lightning-sparked fire, which spread to at least 2,000 acres...

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