Tuesday, June 30, 2015

International

Tourists in Greece worry about ATMs and credit cards but most holidays unaffected

NEW YORK — Tourists on holiday in Greece offered advice to others Monday: Bring extra euros.
Several reported having some anxious moments over the weekend thanks to empty ATMs and merchants refusing credit cards, but the inconveniences eased as ATMs were replenished Monday.

Tunisia launches nationwide manhunt for attack accomplices who provided weapons, logistics

SOUSSE, Tunisia — The student who massacred holidaymakers on a Tunisian beach and at a swank resort hotel acted alone during the attack but had accomplices who supported him beforehand, an Interior Ministry official said Sunday.

2nd murderer who escaped from US prison is shot, captured after 3 weeks on run; other killed

MALONE, N.Y. — A three-week manhunt that began when two convicted murderers staged a brazen prison break involving stolen power tools and hacksaw blades hidden in frozen beef ended when a single police officer spotted a suspicious man on a rural road near the Canadian border.

Greece in limbo as it shuts banks, puts limits on cash withdrawals to avoid financial collapse

ATHENS — Anxious Greek pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday in the hope of getting their pensions, while queues formed at ATMs as they gradually began dispensing cash again following the imposition of strict controls on capital.

France: Attack on French gas factory attack leaves 1 beheaded, 2 wounded; 1 attacker captured

SAINT-QUENTIN-FALLAVIER, France — At least one man attacked a gas factory Friday in southeastern France, posting a severed head at the factory’s entrance along with banners covered with Arabic writing, officials said. France immediately opened a terrorism investigation.

US judge issues restraining order in fight over giant emerald now held in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The fight over a giant emerald isn’t over.
A state judge in Los Angeles last month found that a trading company, FM Holdings, had established clear title to the so-called Bahia Emerald, which weighs 752 pounds (341 kilograms) and has been appraised at $372 million.
But Brazil contends the emerald was illegally mined and smuggled out of the country, and wants it back.

Report: US museums increasingly evading restitution of Nazi-looted art through legal tactics

NEW YORK — U.S. museums are increasingly evading the restitution of Nazi-looted art by using legal tactics to avoid resolving the cases on their merits, according to a report by the World Jewish Restitution Organization released Thursday.
The tactic is a trend that has grown in recent years, it said.

Big tractor found in church parking lot was stolen from Utah construction site miles away

SALT LAKE CITY — A large tractor stolen from a Utah construction site was found abandoned at a Mormon church, apparently after the thieves took it on a ride through Salt Lake City’s suburbs, officials said Wednesday.
The Komatsu PT250-5 front-end loader valued at $130,000 disappeared from West Haven early in the week.

Tribal panel aims to regulate oil on part of North Dakota reservation; jurisdiction questioned

BISMARCK, N.D. — Tribal leaders from an oil-prolific portion of North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation say they can’t count on federal or state regulators — or their own tribal government — to monitor the boom, so they are moving to do it themselves.

Landmark Dutch ruling: Govt must back 25 per cent cut in emissions by 2020 to protect citizens

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — In a sweeping victory for environmental activists that could have global repercussions, a Dutch court ordered its government on Wednesday to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 per cent by 2020 to help fight global warming.

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