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  • Boston Marathon bomber files motion seeking new trial
    Boston Marathon bomber files motion seeking new trial

    (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a motion in federal court on Monday seeking a new trial, according to court records. Lawyers for Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death by a U.S. jury in May for helping to carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 264 others, said a new trial is required in the interest of justice, according to court documents. (Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Barbara Goldberg)

  • Pope draws half million to outdoor Mass in Ecuador
    Pope draws half million to outdoor Mass in Ecuador

    By Philip Pullella and Yury Garcia GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) - Pope Francis said Mass for more than half a million Ecuadoreans on Monday and hinted he wanted a major Vatican gathering this year to find ways to reach out to Catholics who feel excluded by the Church. On the first full day of a three-nation "homecoming" trip to South America, the Argentine-born pontiff was in Ecuador's second city Guayaquil, a steamy port sometimes referred to as the world's "banana capital," given its bustling fruit trade. In line with his simple style, he rode into the city in a small silver Fiat marked for the occasion with Vatican City number plates - "SCV 1" - standing for Stato della Citta del Vaticano or State of Vatican City.

  • Iran demands end to UN missile sanctions, West refuses
    Iran demands end to UN missile sanctions, West refuses

    By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile programme and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline. "The Iranians want the ballistic missile sanctions lifted. "The Western side insists that not only should it (Iran's ballistic missile programme) remain under sanctions, but that Iran should suspend its programme as well," an Iranian official said.

  • New Greek finance minister is a change of style, not substan …
    New Greek finance minister is a change of style, not substan …

    By Lefteris Karagiannopoulos ATHENS (Reuters) - Euclid Tsakalotos, the mild-tempered professor who was appointed as Greece's new finance minister on Monday, is a clear change in style from his combative predecessor Yanis Varoufakis. The 55-year-old Tsakalotos studied at prestigious private London school St Paul's and at Oxford University, speaks Greek with a British accent and rarely appears in public, let alone wearing the torso-hugging T-shirts Varoufakis favours. As the brainchild of Syriza's economic thinking, Tsakalotos is likely to redouble efforts to put one of the most contentious issues in the five months of financial aid negotiations between Greece and its creditors -- debt relief -- back on the table.

  • Islamic State takes ground from Syrian Kurds after air strik …

    By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters stormed a Syrian town held by Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa city on Monday, part of a wider offensive by the militants two days after their de facto capital was hit by some of the heaviest U.S.-led air strikes in the conflict. The Kurdish YPG militia said it was fighting to expel Islamic State fighters who had attacked Ain Issa, captured from them only two weeks ago with aerial support from the U.S.-led military alliance. Ain Issa sits on a major east-west highway from Aleppo in the west to the Iraqi city of Mosul.

  • White House - 'Certainly possible' Iran talks deadline …

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said Tuesday's deadline for negotiators in Vienna to come to a final, firm agreement on Iran's nuclear programme could slip. When asked if President Barack Obama's administration expects the deadline "to slip," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday, "I wouldn't set any expectations at this point ... I would say that it's certainly possible." (Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Eric Beech)

  • Tourists undeterred despite Greek drama
    Tourists undeterred despite Greek drama

    The Greek economy may face more trouble after voters delivered a defiant no to the terms of a bailout, but tourists remain undeterred and the prospect of rock-bottom prices may even be increasing interest. Travel associations in Britain, Germany and France report no cancellations so far and say bookings have been strong. In fact, searches for flights to Greece from Britain and Spain are up in recent days, says travel search engine Skyscanner.

  • Yemen government raises prospect of truce, air strikes kill over …
    Yemen government raises prospect of truce, air strikes kill over …

    By Sami Aboudi and Mohammed Mukhashaf DUBAI/ADEN (Reuters) - Yemen's exiled government said on Monday it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month, as air strikes by Saudi-led warplanes killed more than 40 people. The United Nations has been pushing for a halt to fighting and air raids that have killed nearly 3,000 people in Yemen since March when a Saudi-led coalition intervened against Houthi forces in a bid to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. "We are now in consultations for guarantees to ensure the success of the truce," Hadi spokesman Rajeh Badi told Reuters.

  • Insight - Iranian nuclear deal set to make hardline Revolutionary …
    Insight - Iranian nuclear deal set to make hardline Revolutionary …

    By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have done very well out of international sanctions -- and if a nuclear deal is done in Vienna this week under which those sanctions are lifted, they are likely to do better still. The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, is more than just a military force. It is also an industrial empire with political clout that has grown exponentially in the last decade, benefiting from the favour of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, himself a former guardsman and, most recently, from the opportunities created by Western sanctions.

  • Buffett donates record $2.84 billion to Gates, family charit …
    Buffett donates record $2.84 billion to Gates, family charit …

    Warren Buffett on Monday donated about $2.84 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities, as part of the billionaire's plan to give away nearly all of his wealth. The 10th annual donation, Buffett's largest, comprised 20.64 million Class "B" shares of Berkshire, and increased Buffett's total contributions to the charities to more than $21.5 billion. The Gates Foundation, which focuses on improving education and health and reducing poverty, receives the biggest share.

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