Study: some mass killings appear to be contagious

Every mass killing or school shooting leads to a debate over whether publicising the tragedies influences violent crime. A new statistical study has found that such events do, in fact, seem to be contagious.

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Greek banks running out of cash

Newly-appointed Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (right) and outgoing Yannis Varoufakis address a news conference during a handover ceremony in Athens, Greece.

Nick Miller 6:00 AM   As their government scrambled to pull together a new package of proposals to take to Brussels, Greeks have been hit with more bad news: the banks are running out of cash.

UK bank staff sacked for beheading prank

HSBC fired employees after staging a mock Islamic State beheading.

12:06 PM   Six British bank staff members have been sacked after filming themselves staging a mock Islamic State-style execution during a team-building day out.

Pope Francis to meet 'Mr Nobody'

In this July 2, 2015 photo released by El Diario in Ecuador, Spanish Priest Francisco Cortes Garcia, affectionately known as "Father Paquito," talks to reporters at the Javier school where he's the director and teaches, in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Paquito will meet with Pope Francis, a friend since the 1980's, during the pope's upcoming visit to Guayquil. (El Diario/Darwin Romero via AP)

A Spaniard by birth, the Reverend Francisco Cortes walks slowly with a cane with a built-in flashlight and admits to a lifelong weakness for cigars.

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ECB toughens up on Greece

ECB president Mario Draghi met with Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras overnight to discuss the Greek banking systems ongoing liquidity crunch, in which the ECB plays a key role.

Rose Powell 10:11 AM   The European Central Bank has fired a warning shot at Greece by refusing to raise the cap on loans available for the struggling nation after its people shunned the latest bailout agreement through a historic referendum.

Sexist tweet shows how far women's soccer has to go

Soccer ball

Ishaan Tharoor 9:35 AM   You would hope American soccer authorities would never tweet what the official account of the English national team did.

South Carolina Senate advances bill to remove Confederate flag

The Confederate flag flying in the South Carolina state house grounds.

7:21 AM   South Carolina lawmakers take a major step toward passing legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia.

Study: Why some mass killings and school shootings seem to be contagious

Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 26 people were killed in December 2012. The United States has about one school shooting a month.

Robert Gebelhoff 6:40 AM   Every mass killing or school shooting leads to a debate over whether publicising the tragedies influences violent crime. A new statistical study has found that such events do, in fact, seem to be contagious.

Iraqi jet mistakenly bombs Baghdad district, five killed

A man carries an injured child found in the rubble after an Iraqi jet accidentally dropped a bomb on Baghdad.

6:24 AM   An Iraqi plane accidentally dropped a bomb on an eastern Baghdad neighbourhood, police and residents said, killing at least five people and destroying several houses.

Greece's new finance minister is a change of style, not substance

Tsakalotos looks on during his swearing in ceremony with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Lefteris Karagiannopoulos 3:54 AM   If European officials expect Athens' new finance chief to take a softer approach, they can think again.

Islamic State uses Palmyra's Roman ruins to stage a mass execution

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra.

Ruth Sherlock 2:25 AM   A new IS video shows teenage executioners using the UNESCO heritage site as a theatre for death.

Islamist attacks in central Nigeria city of Jos kill dozens

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has been increasing attacks on civilians during Ramadan.

Buhari Bello, Ardo Abdallah and Issac Abrak 2:20 AM   Suspected Islamist militants killed 50 people in attacks on a restaurant, a church and a mosque in Nigeria, emergency service authorities said on Monday.

Greece votes 'No' to European Union rescue package

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

Nick Miller 9:27 PM   '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.

Teen pregnancies fall 40% in Colorado

Researchers found teenagers and disadvantaged women chose to take long-term contraception if it was offered.

SABRINA TAVERNISE 7:35 PM   Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control. If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them?

Exit stage left for Yanis Varoufakis, the lecturer turned politician

In this photo take on Sunday, July 5, 2015  Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis makes statements at the Finance Ministry after the results of referendum in Athens. Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis announced on Monday, July 6, 2015 his resignation after 'no' vote against bailout. (AP Photo/Angelos Christofilopoulos)

Nick Miller 5:57 PM   The former Sydney Uni lecturer's resignation was typical of an iconoclastic figure who quickly became "Europe's least wanted" in the negotiations over Greece's fate.

Greeks reject bailout terms in rebuff to European leaders

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is seen on a television monitor as he addresses the nation in Athens, Greece July 5, 2015. Greeks voted overwhelmingly "No" on Sunday in a historic bailout referendum, partial results showed, defying warnings from across Europe that rejecting new austerity terms for fresh financial aid would set their country on a path out of the euro. REUTERS/ERT/Pool      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

SUZANNE DALEY 5:49 PM   Greeks have delivered a shocking rebuff to Europe's leaders, decisively rejecting a deal offered by the country's creditors in a historic vote that could redefine Greece's place in Europe and shake the continent's financial stability.

Pacific neighbors facing unaffordable climate change bill: study

The Marshall Islands hit by king tides. It is one of the South Pacific nations researchers say are facing unaffordable costs to protect their coastal buildings.

Tom Arup 1:15 AM   Australia's small island neighbours in the South Pacific are facing an enormous bill to protect their buildings and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change and extreme weather, one they are unlikely to afford.

Remembering the terror attack that shattered London's peace

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

Nick Miller 4:16 PM   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 president likens journalism to warfare

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday.

Kareem Fahim 3:19 PM   Besides assassinations, car bombings and beheadings, Egyptian officials have warned of another danger in recent days: journalism, or at least the kind of reporting that strays from the government line.

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

3:17 PM   German economy minister says it is hard to imagine talks on a new bailout program with Greece after the country rejected the current offer in a referendum.

Egyptian army kills dozens of militants

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

2:53 PM   Cairo: Egypt's military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in north Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country grapples with an increasingly ambitious insurgency based in the region.

Prison escapee David Sweat returns to prison

David Sweat, 34.

Ashley Southall   David Sweat, the New York prison escapee who was shot and taken into custody last week, has been released from hospital and returned to prison, where he will be kept on suicide watch.

Pope Francis comes 'home' to South America

Ecuador's President Rafael, right, Correa greets Pope Francis on his arrival in Ecuador.

Girish Gupta   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.

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

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

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

Panama's ageing former dictator trying to get out of prison

Noriega smiling in Panama in 1998.

Tim Johnson   Now in a wheelchair, the 81-year-old formerly fierce Panama dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega cuts a docile figure. Asking forgiveness, he adds that he would like to be released from prison.

Burundi rejects UN mediator after critical report about elections

Relatives and friends of Patrick Ndikumana.

Clement Manirabarusha   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.