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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers from the Social Democrats, her junior coalition partner, at a meeting on Monday she would back a third bailout package for Greece if an aid-for-reforms deal were struck with Athens, participants told Reuters. The insiders, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, added that Merkel also said she was confident a majority of conservative lawmakers would support the move. Merkel also signaled that she was ready to start talks with Athens on how to ease the country's debt burden, the participants said. ...

6/29/2015 10:56:29 AM

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday he had sought to get Greece to raise more tax from its shipping magnates as part of a cash-for-reform deal that the Athens government has rejected. In the course of the failed negotiations, Juncker said the European Union had sought "more social fairness by challenging vested interests". "I had to do the job of the Greek government - to impose a less favorable tax treatment for ship owners, although this is common sense and in line with tax justice," Juncker told a news conference in Brussels.

6/29/2015 10:55:56 AM

BERN/LONDON (Reuters) - Greece's deepening debt crisis prompted bankers to pause, not panic, on Monday, and though markets dropped sharply they held above previous crisis lows. Euro zone stocks remained well ahead of where they were at the start of the year before the European Central Bank (ECB) started printing money, and while government borrowing costs shot up in Europe's indebted southern countries - Italy, Spain and Portugal - they remained well below the heights scaled at the peak of the crisis in 2011/2012. "I'm firmly convinced that we will not see an unraveling of the European integration," Axel Weber, chairman of UBS and ex ECB board member told a Swiss banking conference in Bern.

6/29/2015 10:55:02 AM

ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — When the Islamic State fighters burst into the Iraqi village of Eski Mosul, Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim knew his wife was in trouble.

6/29/2015 10:53:25 AM

Goalkeeper Petr Cech made more than 400 appearances for Chelsea during 11 years at Stamford BridgePetr Cech said he had the "same hunger for success" after his move across London from Chelsea to Arsenal was confirmed Monday when the Gunners announced he had agreed to join them on a "long-term contract for an undisclosed fee" from the Premier League champions. Cech, however, has recently found himself playing understudy to Belgian-shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois and made just 15 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea last season. "I'm really excited about joining Arsenal Football Club and can't wait to join up for pre-season," said Cech.

6/29/2015 10:51:11 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.

6/29/2015 10:50:46 AM

A law enforcement officer walks in front of an ambulance at the Alice Hyde Medical Center in MaloneBy Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Doctors updated the condition of New York prison escapee David Sweat to serious from critical on Monday, a day after he was shot by police after more than three weeks on the run, hospital officials said. Sweat, 35, is being treated in the state capital where a trauma team at Albany Medical Center determined that the convict did not require surgery, the hospital said in a statement.

6/29/2015 10:48:18 AM

From right to left British Home Secretary Theresa May, Tunisian Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli, , German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve lay flowers on the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba hotel in the Mediterranean resort of Sousse for the tribute in Sousse, Tunisa, Monday, June 29, 2015. The top security officials of Britain, France, Germany and Belgium are paid homage to the people killed in the terrorist attack in Sousse on Friday. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)SOUSSE, Tunisia (AP) — Top European security officials paid a somber homage on Tunisian sands Monday to 38 people killed at a beach resort, as Tunisian authorities announced the arrest of seven alleged accomplices of the gunman.

6/29/2015 10:47:11 AM

Elderly people wait to receive their pension outside the National bank of Greece headquarters in Athens, Monday, June 29, 2015. Anxious Greek pensioners swarmed bank branches hoping to be able to receive their pensions Monday and others lined up at ATMs as they gradually began dispensing cash again on the first day of capital controls imposed in a dramatic twist in Greece’s five-year financial saga. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greece has entered the twilight zone.

6/29/2015 10:45:23 AM

Burundian people line up to vote in parliamentary elections in Ngozi, Burundi, Monday, June 29, 2015. Burundians are voting in parliamentary elections marked by an opposition boycott and the threat of violence as police battle anti-government protesters in the capital. (AP Photo/Gildas Ngingo)BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundians voted Monday in parliamentary elections marked by an opposition boycott and the threat of violence in the capital.

6/29/2015 10:44:54 AM

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