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Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in SC

Survey: South Carolina Legislature has enough votes to remove Confederate flag from Statehouse
Seanna Adcox, The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.

As Kurds gain in Syria, Turkish govt ponders military action

Turkish govt holds security meeting amid speculation of stronger military action in Syria
Suzan Fraser And Raphael Satter, The Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey - As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border — a move that will also outflank any Kurdish attempts to create a state along Turkey's southern frontier.

Car bomb explodes near military hospital in Yemeni capital

Car bomb explodes near military hospital in Yemeni capital, dozens of casualties
Ahmed Al-Haj, The Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen - A car bomb exploded behind a military hospital in the Yemeni capital on Monday, causing dozens of casualties including civilians, security officials said.

Yemen's rebels, known as Houthis, later said in an official statement that they had fired a Scud missile at Saudi Arabia, in what would be the second such attack since fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and the rebels began in the spring.

Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open

Texas abortion clinics will remain open after US Supreme Court blocks restrictive regulations
Mark Sherman, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, a move that could open the way for the court's most important ruling on abortion in a generation.

Greeks hit by closed banks, warnings from eurozone

Ahead of referendum, Greeks hit by closed banks, warnings from eurozone
Derek Gatopoulos And Costas Kantouris, The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma.

The next act: what happens now in Greece's drama

Questions and answers on what Greece and the world economy face in the coming days
David McHugh, The Associated Press

FRANKFURT - Greece has entered the twilight zone.

Out of money, cut off by its creditors, its banks shut, the struggling country will vote Sunday on whether to accept painful cutbacks in return for desperately needed financing.

Between now and then Greece remains suspended between collapse and an uncertain rescue, between membership in the 19-member euro club and the possibility of a humiliating exit.

A look at what's ahead:


Q: What is the next deadline for Greece?

For world, limited options if Iran talks fall apart

What are the options if it all falls apart? War, chaos ... or more talks
Dan Perry And George Jahn, The Associated Press

CAIRO - The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn disputes, with the sides publicly sticking to positions and facing internal pressure from opponents ready to pounce on any compromise.

The Latest: Hundreds in London rally for unity with Greece

The Latest: Hundreds in London rally for unity with Greece, say debt should be forgiven
The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - The latest news on Greece's financial woes as it closes its banks and limits money withdrawals (all times local):


11:35 p.m.

Hundreds of people have rallied in London to show solidarity with Greece and argue that the country's debt should be forgiven.

Protesters in Trafalgar Square held up letters spelling "Drop Greece's Debt" and included left-wing lawmakers, trade unionist activists and Greeks worried about the crisis in their homeland.

Mourners recall SC shooting victim in funeral at church

Victim of deadly SC church shooting remembered in fifth funeral held at site of attack
John Moritz, The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The day she was killed along with eight others during Bible study at a South Carolina church, Myra Thompson achieved her goal of becoming a minister

Hundreds honoured Thompson, 59, in a service Monday at the site of the deadly shooting, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

"This is a woman who I want to strive to be," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said of Thompson. "She wanted every person she came in touch with to make them better."

Nuke talks set for several more days; signs of backtracking

Nuclear talks set to move past deadline amid signs of Iranian backtracking
Bradley Klapper And George Jahn, The Associated Press

VIENNA - World powers and Iran prepared to move past Tuesday's deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, with officials suggesting significant backtracking by Tehran's negotiators that may need several more days of discussions to resolve.

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