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Puerto Rico signals Chapter 9 push with ex-Detroit judge on board
Women leave clothing store with big sign reading "Store Pretty, total closing down sale, take advantage" in AreciboBy Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Puerto Rico hired former Detroit judge Steven Rhodes it sent a signal to creditors that one possible solution it sees is the one thing it cannot do now: declare bankruptcy. Gaining access to the U.S. Chapter 9 bankruptcy laws for the commonwealth would give a framework for creditors and debtors of public corporations to work out their differences. Allowing the Commonwealth itself to follow the same path as the city of Detroit, which emerged from bankruptcy last year, would be a further step.

Ugandan bill targeting civic groups raises alarm
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A bill seeking to regulate the operations of civic groups in Uganda has drawn alarm from activists who say it will hamper their operations and might be used to target those seen as opposed to the government of the country's long-serving leader.

Wine ice cream, maple water: 5 foods of the future?
This undated product image provided by Mercer's shows the upsate New York dairy's Port wine ice cream. The ice creams come in eight flavors including “Strawberry Sparkling,” “Cherry Merlot” and “Chocolate Cabernet.” (Mercer's via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Chips made out of broccoli, chickpeas and kale. Wine-spiked ice cream. Popcorn that didn't quite fulfill its destiny.

World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges
FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. European stocks were little changed and Treasury prices rose Thursday, July 2, 2015, following a solid U.S. jobs report for June. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece's weekend referendum, while China's main stock benchmark plunged as government efforts failed to reassure panicky investors.

Leonard Nimoy's son makes Spock documentary to honor father
In this June 29, 2015 photo, lawyer-turned-director Adam Nimoy, son of the late Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, poses for a portrait in New York to promote his documentary about his father, "For the Love of Spock." (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Nimoy has found a way to spend countless hours with his late father Leonard Nimoy: He's creating a documentary for the actor who played Spock on "Star Trek."

Greek PM defends vote, demands 30% debt haircut
Greek Prime Minister's address Alexis Tsipras has called for "a 30 percent haircut off the Greek debt" in a televised addressGreece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday defended a weekend referendum he hopes will reset bailout negotiations and demanded creditors forgive a third of the country's debt and allow delayed repayments for the rest. Sunday's vote is "a time of responsibility and democracy meant to silence the sirens of destruction," Tsipras said in a national television address.

German authorities seize tank, other WWII weapons in raid
In this July 2, 2015 picture a World War II era Panther tank is prepared for transportation from a residential property in Heikendorf, northern Germany. Authorities have seized a 45-ton Panther tank, a flak canon and multiple other World War II-era military weapons in a raid on a 78-year-old collector's storage facility in northern Germany. Kiel prosecutor Birgit Hess said the collector is being investigated for possibly violating German weapons laws but his attorney Peter Gramsch told the dpa news agency all the items were properly demilitarized and registered. (Carsten Rehder/dpa via AP)BERLIN (AP) — Authorities seized a 45-ton Panther tank, a flak cannon and multiple other World War II-era military weapons in a raid on a 78-year-old collector's home in northern Germany, prosecutors said Friday.

US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that the carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other.

S Africa: Opposition files charges against deputy president
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An opposition party has filed criminal charges against South Africa's deputy president and other officials for their alleged involvement in the police shooting deaths of 34 miners during labor unrest.

Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen cities kill 16: Houthis
A boy carries his sister near the collapsed house of Yemen's late prime minister Ghanim after it was hit by a Saudi-led air strike in SanaaWarplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed targets in Yemen on Friday, residents said, and sources in the country's dominant Houthi militia reported at least 16 people were killed. The coalition has been bombarding Iran-allied Houthi forces and allied army units since March in a campaign to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Houthi sources said six people including a woman and a child were killed and six wounded in a dawn air strike on the al Jaraf neighborhood of the capital Sanaa.

Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Trump
Vicente Mayorga, left, holds a sign next to Dominican immigrant Angela Lopez, front center, of Long Island, N.Y., as she stands with her sons Gabriel, left, and Adrian in front of Macy's Herald Square flagship store, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in New York. Lopez and Mayorga joined other immigrants and politicians in calling on corporations and businesses to boycott presidential candidate Donald Trump after his remarks about Mexican immigrants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers.

Bulgarian president says banks will deal with any fallout from Greece
Bulgarian banks are liquid and will deal with any fallout resulting from the Greek debt crisis, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said in a statement from Bosnia on Friday, adding that the Bulgarian economy was stable and growing. Countries like Bulgaria, Romania and Macedonia are particularly exposed to the fallout of the Greece crisis as several of their banks are Greek-owned and economic ties are close. Greece is the third-largest investor in Bulgaria and is also Bulgaria's fourth-largest export destination.

Hungary's asylum bill blow to refugee protection: Council of Europe, U.N
Migrants from Syria walk in Macedonia near the Greek borderThe United Nations and the Council of Europe both criticsed Hungary's planned changes to its asylum rules on Friday, saying they would harm asylum-seekers' right to seek safety there and put them at risk. The European human rights watchdog said the legislation would strike a blow to refugee protection in Hungary if adopted in its current form. The right-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to shorten the time frame for screening asylum claims and to reject claims from those migrants who on their journey from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq have already passed through safe countries without requesting asylum.

Britain, Tunisia honor 38 victims of beach resort attack
People observe the minute silence for the victims of the shooting in Tunisia last week, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 3, 2015. Fans and staff at Wimbledon observed a minute’s silence for the victims of last Friday’s attack in Tunisia, in which 30 Britons were killed in a shooting rampage at a beach resort in Sousse.  The start of play at Wimbledon was delayed so the tournament could join in the national minute’s silence. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON (AP) — People around Britain paused in streets and workplaces, in churches and mosques, in railway stations and at the Wimbledon tennis tournament Friday to honor the victims of an Islamic extremist's rampage at a Tunisian beach resort.

Obama to host head of Vietnam communist party
Vietnam Communist Party's Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong (pictured centre) will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House next weekThe head of Vietnam's Communist Party will make a first-ever visit to the White House next week, meeting President Barack Obama on the 40th anniversary of the end of the war between the two nations.

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