International  July 07, 2015
Anger still crackles 30 years after France bombed Greenpeace ship
GreenpeaceThirty years after France's deadly bomb attack on the Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand, anger still crackles in Pete Willcox's voice when he discusses the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship.Willcox was captain of the environmental group's converted trawler when frogmen working for French intelligence slipped into Auckland Harbour late on July 10, 198...  Full Story
HSBC fires staff for mock Islamic State execution video
British bank HSBC has fired six staff after they performed a mock Islamic State-style execution video during a team-building day out and posted footage onlineBritish bank HSBC fired six staff after they filmed a mock Islamic State-style execution video during a team-building day out and posted footage online, a spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.The bank described the video, showing staff members in balaclavas holding a fake knife over a kneeling man in an orange jumpsuit, as "abhorrent"."We took the decisi...  Full Story
Dread and domination in Chinese memories of war
Yan Guiru, 95, sits in a wheelchair on the Marco Polo Bridge, or Lugouqiao, during an interview in west Beijing on July 3, 2015Almost eight decades since Yan Guiru was gripped by terror as shells rained on her Beijing neighbourhood in the opening salvos of war between China and Japan, she recalls with horror a conflict Communist leaders still use to legitimise their rule.It was the night of July 7, 1937 when a barrage of unrelenting gun and cannon-fire erupted.Then a recen...  Full Story
Mexico imports gasoline as thefts cause shortages
People buy gas cans at a station in Oaxaca, Mexico, on June 5Mexico is importing 75,000 extra barrels of gasoline per day in an "unprecedented" move to mitigate shortages in several states caused by illegal pipeline taps, authorities said.An official at the state-run energy firm Pemex said the "extraordinary measures" were needed to supply service stations in several cities."We have increased our imports of ...  Full Story
Eurozone leaders to hold emergency summit on Greece
People queue outside a bank in Thessaloniki on July 6, 2015Eurozone leaders will hold an emergency summit in Brussels Tuesday to discuss the fallout from Greek voters' defiant "No" to further austerity measures, with the country's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras set to unveil new proposals for talks.As the country's economy gasps for air, with banks closed until at least Thursday on fears cash machines are r...  Full Story
UK remembers 2005 London bombings under shadow of Tunisia
Gill Hicks, a survivor of the July 7, 2005,  London terror attacks, embraces police officer Andrew Maxwell, who helped save her life following a suicide bomb on an Underground train, ahead of the tenth annivery of the multiple bombings  Britain will on Tuesday mark 10 years since the London bombings with a minute's silence for the 52 victims, less than a fortnight after an attack in Tunisia highlighted the ongoing Islamist threat.Thirty Britons were among 38 people killed when a gunman went on the rampage at a popular Tunisian beach resort on June 26, Britain's worst terror incide...  Full Story
Hundreds of lawyers back Moroccan women on trial over outfits
Moroccans shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration in Rabat on July 6, 2015, against the arrest of two Moroccan women after their outfits were deemed inappropriate as they strolled through an open-air market in the city of Agadir Hundreds of lawyers have registered to defend two women who went on trial in Morocco on Monday accused of "gross indecency" for wearing dresses considered provocative, an activist said.The move came as protesters took to the streets of the capital, Rabat, in support of the defendants.The women were arrested in the southern city of Agadir in mid-Jun...  Full Story
Iran talks set to miss second deadline in Vienna
The foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, Russia, france and China meet with Iranian officials July 6, 2015, in Vienna, AustriaWorld powers were set Tuesday to miss yet another deadline to nail down an elusive nuclear deal ending a 13-year standoff with Iran, despite hours of difficult top-level negotiations.In a sign of how complex the negotiations have become, foreign ministers met deep into the night Monday grappling with the toughest remaining issues which have so far ...  Full Story