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Dozens dead in Philippines ferry sinking

A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew has capsized off the central Philippines in heavy waves, killing at least 36 people, the coast guard and police said, with at least 118 survivors.

Striking ferry workers to ease Calais blockade

Striking ferry workers to ease Calais blockade

Striking ferry workers blocking access to Calais port in northern France agreed on Wednesday to let some boats through, partly lifting a blockade in its third day.

Oregon crowds rejoice at cannabis law reform

Oregon crowds rejoice at cannabis law reform

Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight, then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon, as the growing legalization movement spreads to the fourth western US state.

Islamic State attack in Egypt kills over 100

Islamic State attack in Egypt kills over 100

Islamic State insurgents have attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai in a co-ordinated assault that killed more than 100 people - one of the biggest militant strikes in Egypt's modern history.

Greece defaults on IMF payment

Greece defaults on IMF payment

Greece's last-minute overtures to international creditors for financial aid on Tuesday were not enough to save the country from becoming the first developed economy to default on a loan with the International Monetary Fund.

Thousands rally for 'Yes' vote in Greece

Thousands rally for 'Yes' vote in Greece

Thousands of Greeks worried about the prospect of crashing out of Europe's currency union have rallied in Athens behind a "Yes" vote in a referendum on whether to accept tough terms demanded by creditors to keep the country afloat.

Bid to build more diverse CIA has stalled

Bid to build more diverse CIA has stalled

The CIA has consistently failed to promote minorities into its leadership ranks and progress in building diversity at the top of the spy agency has largely stalled in the last decade, according to a CIA-commissioned report.

KKK plans Confederate flag rally in S. Carolina

KKK plans Confederate flag rally in S. Carolina

The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at the South Carolina capitol, where a man was arrested this week night in a confrontation with anti-flag protestors over a symbol associated with slavery.

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