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- UK broadcasters must adapt as TV watching moves online - regulator
Britons are increasingly watching television online creating new challenges for the country's public service broadcasters (PSBs) which should look to adapt their models accordingly, said the country's telecoms regulator in a review. Ofcom said on Thursday only 69 percent of viewing by British adults was now through live TV due to the growth in online and on demand TV on mobile devices. Among 16 to 24-year-olds, only 50 percent of viewing was done through live TV.
- US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials
GENEVA (AP) — The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer's world governing body.
- The Latest on Philippines: US man on board tried to help MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The latest on the ferry sinking in the Philippines (all times local):
- Church fires common, but usually not the result of arson
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As investigators probe the cause of a fire that destroyed a rural South Carolina black church rebuilt after the Ku Klux Klan torched it 20 years ago, statistics show church fires are not unusual, and that the vast majority in recent years were not intentionally set.
- The Latest: S&P warns of 'severe' consequences of Grexit
- At least 36 dead after Philippine ferry capsizes: official
At least 36 people were killed after a passenger ferry with close to 200 people on board capsized in rough waters in the central Philippines on Thursday, officials said. The Kim Nirvana was heading from the central city of Ormoc to the island of Camotes when it capsized. Rescue boats picked up dozens of survivors who clung to the overturned hull of the vessel, one kilometre (about half a mile) from Ormoc port on Leyte island, Ciriaco Tolibao from the city's disaster risk reduction and management office told AFP.
- US asks Swiss to extradite 7 FIFA officials: government
Switzerland said Thursday the United States had formally requested the extradition of seven FIFA officials arrested in May in a wide-ranging probe into corruption in football's top body. "On July 1, the US embassy in Bern sent Switzerland formal extradition requests, within the timeframe set down in the bilateral extradition treaty," the federal office of justice said in a statement. The United States had until July 3 to submit the extradition requests.
- Greece's government 'may very well' resign if 'Yes' vote
- Ferry capsizes in Philippines; 36 dead, 19 missing MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A ferry carrying 173 passengers capsized Thursday as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 people dead and 19 others missing, coast guard officials said.
- At least 36 die in Philippine ferry sinking, 118 survive A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized off the central Philippines in heavy waves on Thursday killing at least 36 people, the coast guard and police said, with at least 118 survivors. Huge waves battered the MBCA Kim-Nirvana, bound for Camotes island in central Cebu province from the port of Ormoc, the coast guard said. Scores, sometimes hundreds, of people die each year in ferry accidents in the Philippines, an archipelago of 7,100 islands with a notoriously poor record for maritime safety.
- Tunisia hunts for Libya-trained suspects after hotel attack
Tunisian authorities have arrested 12 people they suspect are linked to the Sousse beach hotel attack on foreign tourists, and are hunting for two men who trained in a Libyan jihadist camp with the Sousse attacker, an official said. "This is a group who were trained in Libya, and who had the same objective. Two attacked the Bardo and one attacked Sousse," Lazhar Akremi, minister for parliamentary relations, told reporters late on Wednesday.
- Images show Chinese airstrip on man-made Spratly island nearly finished
(Reuters) - China has almost finished building a 3,000-meter-long (10,000-foot) airstrip on one of its artificial islands in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, new satellite photographs of the area show. A U.S. military commander had told Reuters in May that the airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef could be operational by year-end, although the June 28 images suggest that could now be sooner. The airstrip will be long enough to accommodate most Chinese military aircraft, security experts have said, giving Beijing greater reach into the heart of maritime Southeast Asia.
- Tunisia: 12 people detained in hotel attack probe
- French soldiers accused of paedophilia 'in custody in France'
Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home Thursday and have been taken into custody, said a legal source. The men, accused of sexually assaulting two girls aged three and five at a hotel swimming pool, were repatriated after being questioned by French and Burkinabe military police in the capital Ouagadougou. France has reacted swiftly to the accusations in stark contrast to another alleged child sex abuse scandal involving French troops in Central African Republic that only came to light after it was leaked to the British press.
- Egypt government says draft anti-terrorism law will provide swift deterrence CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's cabinet said in a statement on Wednesday that an anti-terrorism law that it had approved would provide "quick and just deterrence" against terrorism. The draft requires approval by the president.
- Blind French hikers cross mountains with special GPS
Five hikers, all blind or partially-sighted, crossed a mountain range in eastern France last week thanks to an innovative GPS system that developers hope can help millions of people with vision problems. Developed by a team at Strasbourg University in northeast France, it is part of a growing trend tapping the power of technology to improve life for the visually impaired. Volunteers from the French Hiking Federation programmed a precise itinerary for the group beforehand, taking care to note any obstacles on the path.
- Crashed Indonesian plane may have suffered engine problem
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — The aging Indonesian military transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood of Medan killing 141 people had a propeller "abnormality" that indicates an engine stalled, the air force chief said Thursday.
- Bombers attack Nigeria's Maiduguri while vice president visits camps Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a hospital in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in the city to visit camps for people fleeing a militant Islamist insurgency. The blasts injured two people and happened at about 11.30 a.m. (1030 GMT) near the gates of a hospital where suicide bombers killed three people and injured 16 last Saturday, a military source and a witness told Reuters. "The second blast occurred two minutes after the first one, killed the bomber and injured two other people nearby," said Mohammed Haruna, who helped to evacuate people from the scene.
- Episcopalians OK allowing gay marriage in churches
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
- Tunisian official says about 12 people detained in probe into deadly tourist hotel attack TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian official says about 12 people detained in probe into deadly tourist hotel attack .
- French court rules 'no error' by German safety body in implants scandal
Marseille (AFP) - A French appeals court on Thursday found German safety standards body TUV had "fulfilled its obligations" in certifying breast implants that were found to be faulty and sparked a worldwide scare.
- Man questioned in case of missing Phoenix-area couple MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in Arizona questioned a "person of interest" Wednesday night in the case of a Phoenix-area couple missing for more than a week.
- Coast guard says 36 dead, 19 missing, 118 rescued in ferry capsize in Philippines MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Coast guard says 36 dead, 19 missing, 118 rescued in ferry capsize in Philippines.
- U.S. asks for extradition of FIFA officials: Swiss authorities
The United States has sent Switzerland extradition requests for seven soccer officials arrested in May on suspicion of racketeering in a corruption probe, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) said on Thursday. The officials were detained in a dawn raid on May 27 on a luxury Zurich hotel two days before FIFA's annual congress, throwing soccer's governing body into turmoil. Zurich's local police will now give the seven officials a hearing on the extradition requests, the FOJ said in a statement.
- Heeding Francis, Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure '16 field
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa will call Thursday on candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion.
- Coast guard says ferry in central Philippines with 173 aboard capsizes; rescue ongoing MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Coast guard says ferry in central Philippines with 173 aboard capsizes; rescue ongoing.
- Taiwan pilot in February TransAsia crash described as hasty
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A pilot described by colleagues as nervous and hasty mistakenly throttled down a still-running engine following a glitch with the other engine in an airline crash that killed 43 people in Taiwan in February, flight safety officials said Thursday.
- Australia hails 'tremendous' UN barrier reef decision
Australia Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its endangered list as "tremendous", but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park's health. The world's biggest coral reef ecosystem, which has had World Heritage Site status since 1981, has been under increasing threat from climate change, farming run-off, development and the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish. "This is a tremendous decision," Environment Minister Greg Hunt told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from Germany, where UNESCO made its decision late Wednesday, adding that Canberra had "clearly heard the concerns of the World Heritage Committee".
- Many but not all in GOP object as US, Cuba plan embassies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born.
- After trade deal, Obama seeks to repair rift with labor WASHINGTON (AP) — After the push for trade legislation ruptured relations between the White House and organized labor, President Barack Obama is embarking on something of a repair mission.
- Solid hiring expected for June as US job market nears normal
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June, a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September.
- Sapin: Greek 'No' vote could lead to Grexit, 'Yes' to fresh talks A "No" vote in Sunday's referendum on cash-for-reforms proposals could lead to Greece leaving the euro zone, while the bloc would immediately resume work on a deal if the outcome was "Yes," France's finance minister said on Thursday. France had led a diplomatic push to reach a last-minute deal before the Greek vote but gave up when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced on Wednesday afternoon that he would press ahead with the vote, Michel Sapin said. "Up until yesterday, France was trying because we were convinced it was possible to make a deal happen," he told iTELE in an interview.
- Plight of Greek pensioners heaps pressure on Tsipras Long lines of pensioners jostling to get into a limited number of banks opened specially to pay out retirement benefits have become a powerful symbol of the misery facing Greece and the problems mounting for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Tsipras' leftwing government came to power in January vowing to protect pensioners and much of the breakdown in relations with international creditors centered on its refusal to accept the cuts in pensions that the lenders demanded.
- Four sentenced to death in Tanzania for killing albino teenager By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four men, including a witchdoctor, were sentenced to death by Tanzania's High Court on Wednesday after being found guilty of abducting, killing and dismembering a 17-year-old albino boy. The witchdoctor, Adangalwisye Kayuni, was found with human intestines whose DNA matched that of the dead teenager, and another defendant was found in possession of four fingers and 10 bones which DNA tests proved were also those of the victim, the court in the southern city of Mbeya heard. The boy, Henry Mwakajila, went missing in the Mbeya region one night in 2008, the prosecution said.
- Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.
- Nigerian president advised to merge airlines to form national carrier
By Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria should merge its debt-laden airlines and create a national carrier in partnership with a global airline to boost revenue and create jobs, a ruling party strategy report seen by Reuters on Wednesday shows. Muhammadu Buhari, who was sworn in as president of Africa's top oil producer and biggest economy on May 29, is considering recommendations in the strategy document produced by a 19-member committee from his All Progressives Congress (APC) party. The report may influence policy decisions by Buhari, who was elected on an anti-corruption ticket and has vowed to recover billions of dollars allegedly stolen by officials.
- US, Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen
The United States and Cuba on Wednesday agreed a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold War. Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro exchanged letters agreeing to unfreeze ties on July 20, when embassies in Washington and Havana can be reopened.
- Obama gives nod to Black Keys, and maybe a White House invite
Garage rockers The Black Keys may have won themselves an invitation to play at the White House after President Barack Obama declared himself a fan of the duo. The Black Keys replied online by asking if they could use Air Force One for their shows, to which Obama made his own offer.
- Six killed in clashes in Burundi capital ahead of poll results
By Clement Manirabarusha BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - At least six people, including one policeman, were killed in Burundi's capital on Wednesday, witnesses and a police spokesman said, in the latest violent clash between police and residents since Monday's parliamentary election. Burundi has been locked in its worst political crisis since its civil war ended a decade ago, with protests erupting in late April against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid to seek a third term in office. Monday's parliamentary election was boycotted by the opposition, and the presidential vote, scheduled for July 15, also comes in the face of widespread protests.
- What crisis? Stronger banks, economies ease fear over Greece