Yes or no? Greeks vote on high-stakes bailout referendum ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greeks lined up at polling stations and ATMs alike Sunday as the country voted on its financial future, choosing in a referendum whether to accept creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans or defiantly reject the deal. Early indications suggested a high turnout after a week of intense campaigning left Greek cities littered with fliers and posters - and opinion polls showed voters evenly split on the first referendum Greece has held in 41 years.
On his native turf, Pope Francis touches on cherished issues QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region's poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home. "The pope of the poor" chose to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay specifically because they are among the poorest and most marginal nations of a region that claims 40 percent of the world's Catholics. He's skipping his homeland of Argentina, at least partly to avoid papal entanglement in this year's presidential election.
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7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures some say went too far LONDON (AP) - After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat terrorism. "Let no one be in any doubt," he said. "The rules of the game are changing." Since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States four years earlier, Britain had made its anti-terrorism powers among the toughest in the Western world. Now they became tougher still.
Back at work: Congress facing busy agenda, funding deadline WASHINGTON (AP) - After July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. The funding fight is shaping up as a major partisan brawl against the backdrop of an intensifying campaign season. Republicans are eager to avoid another Capitol Hill mess as they struggle to hang onto control of Congress and try to take back the White House next year.
At least 14 hurt after deck collapse at North Carolina beach EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) - A deck collapsed at a North Carolina beach house as a family got set to take a group photo, leaving at least 14 people injured with two of those in critical condition, authorities said. A spokeswoman at a nearby hospital later said 20 people, including a young child, were rushed to that one hospital alone following the Saturday evening incident, indicating the injury total was higher.
Russian craft delivers long-awaited cargo to space station MOSCOW (AP) - An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the U.S.-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. The Progress M-28M ship, which is carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies, was launched into orbit on Friday from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan. Russian Mission Control said it docked successfully Sunday in the automated mode at the orbiting space station.
Africans seeking better lives pass through Ethiopian town METEMA, Ethiopia (AP) - The mood in the border town of Metema these days is quiet and watchful. Dozens of houses on the hot, dusty main road that stretches from Ethiopia into Sudan look like they have been hastily closed. Guards grimly patrol the border, stopping anyone who looks to be trying to cross the border illegally. The nightclubs and bars are emptier than usual, although they still attract Sudanese who are not allowed to drink alcohol in their own country under Shariah law.
World heritage status for The Alamo, Japan industrial sites BONN, Germany (AP) - The United States has succeeded in its bid to "Remember the Alamo," after the U.N. cultural body approved its status as a world heritage site Sunday. The Alamo was one of five Spanish Roman Catholic sites, known as the San Antonio Missions, to receive the coveted label likely to boost tourism.
UK's Princess Charlotte to be christened on queen's estate LONDON (AP) - Hundreds of royal fans flocked to Queen Elizabeth II's country estate Sunday, hoping to catch a glimpse of Britain's royal family as they gather for Princess Charlotte's christening. Prince William and his wife, Kate, are marking a milestone for Charlotte, their 9-week-old second child, who is to be christened at the 16th-century St. Magdalene Church in Sandringham, near England's eastern coast.