A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel says there is no reason to open talks on a new aid program for Greece; two bombings kill more than 40 people in Central Nigeria; Pope Francis begins eight-day visit to South America; and, the United States wins the Women’s World Cup.
The move ends more than 50 years of tensions between the two countries. Many countries, groups support the decision by President Obama. But the US Congress could refuse to provide money to open an American embassy in Havana. | In The News
Also in the news today, an Afghan court is canceling death sentences given to four men for a mob killing of a woman; At least 36 dead in Philippines boat accident, and dozens remain missing; and the United States and Japan will face each other again in the Women’s World Cup final this Sunday.
Sec. of State John Kerry will travel to Havana to raise the U.S. flag over the first American embassy there in 50 years. Also in the news, Islamic State group claims attacks in Egypt’s Sinai; Liberian president calls new Ebola case “disturbing”; U.S. advances to Women's World Cup final.
Also Tuesday, leaders of the US and Brazil promised to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy use; China made a simiilar announcement; and another politician entered the US presidential race. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he will seek the Republican Party nomination.
There will likely not be an agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear activities by June 30. Also, banks and money machines close in Greece; Asia Infrastructure Bank is officially established; US rocket going to International Space Station explodes; and second escaped NY prisoner is found, shot.
The U.S. Secretary of State and Iranian Foreign Minister meet in Vienna to try to work out details of an agreement over Iran's nuclear program. But it is unclear if negotiators from six world power and Iran can make a deal before the June 30 time limit.
In Tunisia, 28 were killed at beach-side hotel; in France, terrorist attacked a U.S. gas company ; in Kobani, Islamic State killed at least 146 civilians; at a Shi'ite mosque in Kuwait, a suicide bomber killed 25; and Obama eulogized the victims of last week's shooting in South Carolina.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided Thursday to uphold President Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act. Islamic State fighters launched two major attacks in northern Syria. Pakistan has denied Afghanistan’s claim that a Pakistani agent took part in an attack on the Afghan parliament.
In other news, Obama reassures France after ‘unacceptable’ spying on French leaders. Overnight talks about Ukraine conflict ended late in Paris with little sign of progress. Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized in court Wednesday for his deadly attack on the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Also in the news, Kurdish-led forces in Syria have captured a town once held by the Islamic State group and the United Nations officially opened a new office in Seoul to document human rights abuses in North Korea. The UN is increasing pressure on North Korea's president to end human rights abuses.
Also on Monday, the European Union extends economic sanctions against Russia for another six months; the U.S. defense secretary says the sanctions are answering Russian “aggression” in Ukraine; and a church in Charleston, South Carolina, reopens after a mass shooting by a white gunman.
In other news, Yemeni delegates complete a week of talks in Geneva without reaching a cease-fire deal; military officials in Pakistan say at least 20 militants were killed Friday in an airstrike in a northwestern border area; and in Thailand, two more foreigners are being tested for MERS.
Police in the U.S. arrested a man in connection with a mass shooting in South Carolina. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to give Obama fast-track power for trade deal with Pacific countries. South Korea reports more MERS deaths; Thailand confirms first MERS patient.
Also in the news, US defense chief Ash Carter spoke to American lawmakers Wednesday about the fight against Islamic State in Iraq; Hong Kong legislators began debate on a proposed electoral reform; Egypt's leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ordered the pardons of 165 people on Wednesday ahead of Ramadan.
Also, Kurdish forces in Syria say they have control of a border town believed important to the Islamic State group; Pakistan says its troops went into Afghanistan to rescue a wounded Afghan soldier; and, an Egyptian court confirmed the death sentence of the country's former president Mohamed Morsi.
Also in the news today, US investigating whether airstrike in Libya killed militant leader, animals escape from zoo in Tbilisi after flooding, Kurdish militias close to a Syrian town controlled by IS and Hillary Clinton urges President Obama to talk to Democrats about trade plan.
The militant group targets young men in countries with weak economies and undemocratic, abusive governments. US officials says hundreds of people in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan -- and more than 1,000 men from Kazakhstan -- have already joined IS.
The U.S. is sending 450 more troops to Iraq. They will train and advise Iraqi forces in their fight against the Islamic State militants. The Americans also will work with Sunni Muslim tribesmen. Several experts question whether that will be enough to defeat the militant group. | In the News
Former security chief Zhou Yongkang was sentenced after a secret trial in which he was found guilty of corruption, and other wrongdoing, says Xinhua news agency. Also, the US military is considering creating more bases in Iraq. And, a space crew has returned to Earth after six months on the ISS.