Greece fails to offer a new bailout plan at summit

Michael Birnbaum 9:22 AM   After an emergency meeting in Brussels, European leaders express disappointment at the lack of progress.

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Greek austerity, meet Dr George Vichas

Dr George Vichas on the phone in his clinic in Athens.

Nick Miller 6:22 AM   When cardiologist Dr George Vichas, set up the clinic in Athens in 2011, he thought it would only be needed for a year. It now serves 1000 a month.

Home of 'Subway Guy' Jared Fogle raided

'Subway Guy' Jared Fogle was the face of the fast food chain.

8:05 AM   US authorities have raided the home of Subway sandwich chain pitchman Jared Fogle, about two months after the executive director of his foundation was arrested on federal child pornography charges in the US.

China's algae-covered beaches

A man carries floats as he walks on an algae covered beach.

5:49 AM   Massive and unsightly blooms of green algae periodically appear off the beaches of Qingdao, China.

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Astronaut still 'excited' to fly amid rocket explosions

Astronaut Kjell Lindgren

Christian Davenport 10:27 AM   Kjell Lindgren has watched three rockets blow up or spin wildly out of control over the past several months, one spectacular failure after another that demonstrated the perils of space flight.

US Air Force F-16 collides midair with Cessna over South Carolina

A US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon similar to the one that collided with a Cessna over South Carolina.

Mark Berman 9:54 AM   Federal authorities areĀ investigating a midair collision over South Carolina involving an Air Force fighter jet and a small civilian plane, leaving two dead.

WHO slammed on Ebola response

Health workers take a blood specimen from a child to test for the Ebola virus in the district where the 17-year-old had lived.

Kate Kelland 9:53 AM   Experts have recommended urgent, root-and-branch changes to the World Health Organisation after an inadequate response to West Africa's vast and deadly Ebola outbreak.

Jimmy Carter says US influence waning in world affairs

Former US president Jimmy Carter has just released his book, <i>A Full Life</i>.

Justin Sink 9:52 AM   China will probably become the world's most influential economy while US will retain global military superiority, 90-year-old says.

Greece fails to offer a new bailout plan at emergency meeting

"It's not a matter of weeks any more," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "It's a matter of days."

Michael Birnbaum 9:22 AM   After an emergency meeting in Brussels, European leaders express disappointment at the lack of progress.

Britain pays tribute to 7/7 victims 10 years after London bombings

British Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson lay wreaths during a ceremony at the memorial to the victims of the July 7, 2005 London bombings in Hyde Park.

Michael Holden 8:20 AM   Prime Minister David Cameron led sombre tributes on Tuesday as Britain commemorated the 10th anniversary of attacks that killed 56 people in London, the first suicide bombings by Islamist militants in western Europe.

Pope leads Mass attended by nearly 1 million Catholics in Ecuador

Pope Francis waves while arriving at the Bicentenario Park to celebrate Mass in Quito, Ecuador.

Girish Gupta and Philip Pullella 7:45 AM   Pope Francis called on people across Latin America to turn to their common Christian roots as an inspiration to resolve differences when he said Mass for nearly one million Catholics in the Ecuadorean capital on Tuesday.

Is the Obama administration softening on Edward Snowden?

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who lives in Russia,  wants to return home to the United States. He faces serving a lengthy term in jail there unless a deal can be negotiated.

Andrea Peterson 6:20 AM   US Justice Department may agree to a plea bargain for fugitive ex-government contractor, former attorney-general Eric Holder says.

Canadian arrested after chair balloon flight

Arrested ... 'Balloon Boy' Daniel Boria tied more than 100 helium balloons to a chair and took flight over Calgary

5:21 AM   A man has been arrested for flying over the Canadian city of Calgary on a chair, strapped to more than a 100 helium-filled balloons, in a scene straight out of the computer-animated film Up.

Prosecutors seek jail for Nazi bookkeeper

Defendant and former Nazi SS officer Oskar Groening, dubbed the 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz', sits in the courtroom prior to the continuation of his trial in Lueneburg, Germany.

3:00 AM   German prosecutors are seeking three and a half years' jail for a former SS officer known as the 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz'.

Three Saudi Arabian brothers arrested over Kuwait mosque bombing

The coffins of victims of the bombing at the Imam Sadeq mosque in Kuwait City.

Noah Browning 2:39 AM   The attack during Friday prayers, which killed 27 people, appeared aimed at stoking sectarian hatred in the energy-rich Gulf.

Bomb blasts across northern Nigerian cities kill at least 26

Women and children rescued by Nigeria soldiers from Boko Haram jihadists in the Sambisa Forest arrive at a camp in Yola, Nigeria in May.

Ibrahim Agaju Madugba, Yinka Ibukun and Mustapha Muhammad 2:08 AM   Bombings killed at least 26 people across northern Nigerian cities since late Monday, the latest attacks in the worst spate of violence since President Muhammadu Buhari took office.

10 climate actions to curb global warming, lift GDP

Fighting climate change doesn't have to cost the earth.

9:35 PM   More efficient energy use and investments in greener cities are among 10 measures that can help the world to slow global warming while also spurring economic growth, an international report said on Tuesday.

Iraqi forces fighting to regain IS-held city of Fallujah

A man carries an injured child away from the scener of the New Baghdad bombing.

Louisa Loveluck 5:53 PM   Iraqi armed forces and allied militia are locked in the first major attempt to recapture a city in Iraq's Anbar province since most of it fell to Islamic State militants last year.

El Nino tracks path of most intense event

The El Nino remains on course to be particularly strong this year.

Peter Hannam 5:43 PM   The El Nino climate pattern taking hold in the Pacific remains on track to be one of the strongest on record - a trend that may be lost on many Australians in the coming couple of weeks as a cool spell arrives.

Singers appeal for money to save crisis-hit Italian opera houses

Jessica Pratt in I Puritani

Alice Philipson 5:16 PM   A group of singers has set up an online fundraising campaign to save Italy's debt-stricken opera houses.

Greek debt crisis: Europe splitting at seams ahead of crucial meeting

Euclid Tsakalotos, Greece's new finance minister has a new proposal to put to lenders.

Nick Miller 5:14 PM   Europe is splitting at the seams over the Greek crisis, with growing evidence of a rift over Tuesday night's crucial meeting in Brussels on a new bailout deal.

South Carolina Senate advances bill to remove Confederate flag

The Confederate flag flies near the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina.

Harriet McLeod 4:49 PM   South Carolina takes a major step toward passing legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia.

Kenyan leaders warn Obama on gay rights

The White House illuminated in rainbow colours after the Supreme Court's ruling legalised gay marriage across the nation in June.

Aislinn Laing 4:45 PM   Barack Obama has been warned by senior Kenyan politicians not to raise the issue of homosexuality when he visits his ancestral homeland later this month.

Historic flyby of Pluto on track despite probe glitch, NASA says

This combination of images from July 1 to July 3 provided by NASA shows Pluto at different distances from the New Horizons spacecraft.

Irene Klotz 4:19 PM   NASA said it expects the New Horizons spacecraft to be back in service on Tuesday after a computer glitch on the weekend threatened its upcoming historic flyby of Pluto.

Six killed in shootout on border as Trump slams Mexican government

Seized drugs are shown in a smuggling tunnel  between the US and Mexico.

Joshua Partlow 4:06 PM   Mexican navy personnel in a Black Hawk helicopter kill six people in a reported shootout near the US border, as Donald Trump again weighs in.

Doctor who lied to patients about cancer faces 175 years in jail

Ellen Piligian speaks about her father, a former patient of Dr. Farid Fata, outside federal court, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Detroit. Patients of Fata received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug that exposed them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Fergus Hunter 3:38 PM   One man was told he had a rare form of blood cancer and was subjected to painful bouts of chemotherapy. A woman was diagnosed with a severe group of diseases in her bone marrow, told she was terminal and then denied the opportunity for a transplant.