Bangladesh killings: Hindu priest hacked to death

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The government says it has launched a nationwide crackdown on militants A Hindu temple worker has been killed by three men on a motorcycle, local police have said, the latest of dozens of brutal attacks in Bangladesh. Shaymanonda Das was preparing for morning prayers at a temple in the district of Jhenaidah when he was attacked. Police said he was hacked on the neck…

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Austrian court to rule on far right poll result challenge

Image copyright EPA Image caption The BBC’s Bethany Bell in Vienna says that a lot is at stake for Austrian politics as the court rules on whether or not the the presidential vote was valid Austria’s Constitutional Court is due to rule on the far-right Freedom Party’s challenge to the result of last month’s presidential run-off vote. It will determine whether irregularities were committed and the election should be held…

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Oracle ordered to pay HP $3 billion in Itanium case

The Oracle logo is seen on its campus in Redwood City, California June 15, 2015. Reuters/Robert Galbraith/File Photo SAN FRANCISCO A California jury ordered Oracle Corp (ORCL.N) to pay Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co (HPE.N) $3 billion in damages in a case over HP’s Itanium servers, an Oracle spokeswoman said on Thursday. Oracle said it would appeal the verdict. The Itaniuum processor is made by Intel Inc (INTC.O). Oracle decided to stop…

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U.S. military repeals ban on transgender service members

WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Thursday ended its ban on openly transgender people serving in the U.S. military, formally removing the risk to an estimated thousands of U.S. troops who once could have been kicked out of the armed forces due to gender identity. The repeal, which ends one of the last barriers to serving in the military, comes after a 2011 decision to end the U.S. military’s ban on openly…

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Tourist dies in Machu Picchu taking photo

Image caption Over one million visitors made the journey to Machu Picchu in 2014 alone. The body of a German tourist has been recovered from a ravine after he fell while visiting the ancient site of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes. Oliver Park, 51, ignored safety signs and warnings from wardens and went into a restricted area close to the edge of a cliff on Wednesday, officials say. They…

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Battle of the Somme: Queen leads centenary remembrance events

Image caption A wreath was laid at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, where a vigil is being held The Queen has led events to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, as overnight vigils got under way on the eve of the anniversary. Services have been held in Westminster Abbey in London and in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. At a vigil in France the Duke of…

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UK Tory frontrunner gains more support

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May has picked up support from several of her cabinet colleagues Theresa May’s bid to become Conservative leader has won the backing of two more cabinet ministers and the Daily Mail. Michael Fallon and Patrick McLoughlin are backing the home secretary. Over 70 MPs now support her, including cabinet ministers Chris Grayling, Justine Greening and David Mundell. Meanwhile, fellow contender Michael Gove is to…

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Screen legend Olivia de Havilland turns 100

Olivia de Havilland, best known for the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind,” celebrates her 100th birthday on July 1. De Havilland found fame after being spotted in a stage production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and went on to appear in the 1935 film version of the play. Four years later, she starred in “Gone With the Wind,” and de Havilland’s gentle but willful personality helped make the role…

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Slovakia assumes EU rotating presidency amid Brexit fallout

Image copyright EPA Image caption European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico met in Bratislava Slovakia assumes the six-month rotating presidency of the EU on Friday, as the bloc faces unprecedented pressure following UK decision to leave it. It is the first presidential stint for Slovakia, which joined the EU in 2004. Prime Minister Robert Fico has said the EU will have to “redefine” unsuccessful policies,…

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Boston police captain's son indicted on new charges in alleged bomb plot

The son of a Boston police captain was indicted on fresh charges in connection with an alleged plot, inspired by Islamic State, to detonate bombs filled with nails and ball bearings in crowded public places, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Massachusetts, was charged with attempting to use weapons of mass destruction in the planned attack, the Office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts said…

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