Greece votes 'No' to European Union rescue package

Nick Miller 9:48 AM   'Oxi'. Greece has voted overwhelmingly to reject the financial lifeline proffered by Europe, choosing to roll the dice on its future rather than submit to more austerity economics.


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Greece's 'No' vote: What happens now?

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras  after Greeks voted overwhelmingly "No" in a historic bailout referendum.

Nick Miller 11:40 AM   Greece voted overwhelmingly against a proposed EU bailout. This is what we know – and what we don't.

Pope Francis comes 'home' to South America

Ecuador?s President Rafael, right, Correa greets Pope Francis upon his arrival to the Mariscal Sucre International airport in Quito Sunday July 5, 2015. History's first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis has arrived in Ecuador to start a "homecoming" tour of South America, where he will champion the rights of the poor and the planet.

The terror that shattered London's peace

An injured man leaving Edgware Road tube station after the explosion.

Nick Miller 9:46 AM   Ten years on, to fully comprehend the shock of 7/7 on Britain, the wound it inflicted on the country's psyche, you've got to remember the context.

Egyptian army kills dozens of militants

Muslim Brotherhood supporter stage a mass protest in Cairo on June 30.

6:54 AM   Egypt's military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in north Sinai on Sunday, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region.

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Burundi rejects UN mediator after critical report about elections

Relatives and friends of Patrick Ndikumana.

Clement Manirabarusha 11:21 AM   Burundi on Sunday rejected a second UN diplomat named to help resolve the country's political crisis, saying a critical UN report on last week's parliamentary elections demonstrated bias.

Greece votes 'No' to European Union rescue package

The EU and Greek flags wave under the ancient Acropolis hill in Athens.

Nick Miller 9:48 AM   'Oxi'. Greece has voted overwhelmingly to reject the financial lifeline proffered by Europe, choosing to roll the dice on its future rather than submit to more austerity economics.

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Greece vote: European leaders' summit called

Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, looks on as she sits in the German parliament lower house of building ahead of summer recess, in Berlin, Germany, on Friday, July 3, 2015. Any future bailout program for Greece faces hurdles in Germany?s lower house of parliament even if Greeks ignore their government's advice to reject a creditor offer in Sunday's referendum and vote "yes," German lawmakers said. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg  *** Local Caption *** Angela Merkel

9:35 AM   German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel told the Tagesspiegel daily that it was hard to imagine talks on a new bailout programme with Greece after the country clearly rejected bailout terms in a referendum.

Man killed trying to launch firework off head in US

Devon Staples, 22, died in a fireworks accident in Maine.

Megan Levy 9:20 AM   A man celebrating the Fourth of July holiday in the US has died after he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, police say, the second man killed in strikingly similar accidents in the past week.

French renewables power grid pilot reveals limits of batteries in Europe

Tesla's Powerwall battery has raised hopes for a rush into storage devices.

8:00 AM   ​A major pilot project by Europe's largest power network operator to integrate power from rooftop solar panels into the grid has shown that battery storage of renewable energy is not yet economically viable in Europe.

Peru declares emergency in 14 regions as El Nino worries mount

Tourists trekking up towards Salkantay Mountain in Peru.

7:53 AM   Peru declares a 60-day state of emergency in towns in 14 regions to brace for possible damage from the climate pattern El Nino in the rainy season, state media reports.

Dalai Lama's 80th birthday forces Tibet to confront a future without him

The Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday today.

Barbara Demick 3:13 AM   To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life.

Landmine kills Ukrainian soldiers in separatist east

A Ukrainian serviceman investigates a crater left by a Grad rocket in the village of Toshkivka, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine.

8:59 PM   Five Ukrainian servicemen were killed and three wounded by a landmine in the separatist Luhansk region, the Ukrainian military said on Sunday.

Iran deploys new long-range radar as end to nuclear talks looms

Top US commander General Martin Dempsey (right) has said the "military option" against Iran remains intact.

Reuters 8:14 PM   Iran says it has deployed a new domestically built long-range radar system, signalling a strengthening of its air defences as it holds what may be the final days of talks on a nuclear deal with world powers.

Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres offer online support for gay child

Photo posted on the Humans of New York Facebook page.

Pallavi Singhal 6:36 PM   Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres have come to the support of a young boy online, after he expressed fears about his future due to his homosexuality in a comment to Humans of New York.

Ecuador's president laments protests ahead of Pope's visit

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, right, talks to a priest as he visits the Bicentenario Park, where Pope Francis will hold a mass during his visit.

Girish Gupta 6:29 PM   On the eve of Pope Francis' arrival, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa lamented on Saturday "cowardly" anti-government protests which he said were intended to spoil the first leg of the pontiff's tour of his home region.

Colombia peace process at lowest ebb

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos.

Peter Murphy 6:26 PM   Colombia's peace negotiations with leftist FARC rebels have hit a critical low as the group steps up violent attacks, the government's chief negotiator has said.

No matter which way the referendum goes, Greece faces more pain

Greek citizens campaign before the country's historic referendum.

Rose Powell 5:51 PM   As the sun set in Australia on Sunday, the Greek people were taking part in a historic referendum that will result in further financial pain for the struggling nation and possibly an exit from the eurozone.

Malaysia prime minister accused of corruption

 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak addresses delegates during his speech at the United Malays National Organisation's (UMNO) anniversary celebration in Kuala Lumpur in May

Praveen Menon 5:36 PM   Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has slammed a report that says investigations into troubled state fund 1MDB have traced nearly $US700 million ($930 million) of deposits into accounts that allegedly belonged to him, claiming it was a "continuation of political sabotage".

Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking US computers

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton

Amanda Becker 3:51 PM   US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and "huge amounts of government information" and of trying to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America".

Syrian army and Hezbollah besiege border city

Residents in Aleppo's al-Sukkari neighbourhood.

Suleiman Al-Khalidi 3:34 PM   The Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia said they had launched a major ground and air assault on the rebel-held Syrian city of Zabadani.

Polls open in historic Greek referendum

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras campaigning for a 'no' vote.

Lefteris Karagiannopoulos 2:56 PM   Greeks have begun to cast their votes in the historic referendum that may determine the country's future in the euro zone.

Tunisia's president declares state of emergency after hotel attack

A member of Tunisia's special forces inspects the beachside of the Imperial Marhaba resort.

2:28 PM   Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday to give his government more powers following an Islamic militant attack on a beach hotel, where 38 foreign tourists, mostly Britons, were killed

The Nevada ranchers taking on Washington

Max Filippini herds cattle into a grazing area that was once off-limits because of drought restrictions in Nevada.

Julie Turkewitz 12:08 PM   Around here they call it "going Bundy": allowing cattle to graze illegally on federally owned land. For months, ranching families in this tiny community have itched to do it - both because of the relentless drought, and because of their anti-Washington streak.

Greece teeters on edge of history

Athanasios Karoplesis, 59, owner of a cafe in Aghios Constantinos.

Nick Miller   "Why, why do they divide the Greek people?" Athenian entrepreneur Dmitris Tsingos is almost shouting with frustration. He is a passionate, furious, definite 'Yes' in Sunday's referendum on whether Greece should accept another austerity package in return for a financial bailout.

Princess Charlotte's christening set to charm

Talk of the town ... newborn baby, Princess Charlotte shrugs off the attention for some rest.

Maria Puente   ​Will Princess Beatrice be chosen over Pippa Middleton to be godparent to Princess Charlotte when she is christened on Sunday?