A woman holds the flag of Greece and a poster in favour of the 'NO' campaign, at the 'Greek solidarity festival' in Trafalgar Square, London, Britain, July 4, 2015. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Greece votes in referendum with future in euro in doubt

Greece voted on Sunday on whether to accept more austerity in exchange for international aid, in a high-stakes referendum likely to determine whether it leaves the euro-currency area after seven years of economic pain.  Full Article | Related Story 

Car bombs kill 11 in Baghdad at end of Ramadan fast 12:00am IST

BAGHDAD - Two car bombs killed 11 people in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday, police and medical sources said, striking as many people were ending their daily Ramadan fast.

A man looks at a screen across the road displaying the Sensex on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Indian Economy

Markets Weekahead: Time to wait and watch

The coming week could start on a more decisive note as a result of the referendum in Greece. A positive development in Greece could give us a temporary rally for the next few days but domestic factors would play out in a longer time frame. It would be futile to guess what will happen to Greece. Therefore, I would prefer to wait and watch, writes Ambareesh Baliga.   Full Article 

Jelena Jankovic of Serbia celebrates after winning her match against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 4, 2015. REUTERS/Henry Browne
Wimbledon

Defending champion stunned in third round

A woman who once fumed she "needed a helicopter" to go on a Wimbledon court she called a "parking lot" could not have been happier with her surroundings on Saturday as Jelena Jankovic sent holder Petra Kvitova spinning out.  Read | Pics: Best of Wimbledon 

Former United States Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters during a campaign event in Hanover, New Hampshire, July 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

China hacking U.S. computers: Hillary Clinton

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and "huge amounts of government information," and of trying to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America."  Full Article 

A woman farmer walks with her cattle against the backdrop of monsoon clouds on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of ITripura July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

Surplus monsoon rains accelerate crop sowing

Ample monsoon rainfall in the month of June accelerated planting of main crops such as rice and cotton, government data showed on Friday, though the current dry spell could slow down the pace of sowing in coming weeks. Weather officials forecast monsoon rains would remain subdued in large parts of the country in the first half of the month of July.  Full Article | Full Coverage 

A fan of video game Minecraft waves a foam pick-axe in front of a screen display at the Minecon convention in London July 4, 2015. REUTERS/Matthew Tostevin

Minecraft celebrities draw record crowd

The 10,000 tickets sold made it the largest ever such event for a single video game. The fact those tickets cost 129 pounds ($200) was a sign of what big business Minecraft has become.  Full Article 

A groom puts a wedding ring on his bride's finger during a wedding ceremony at a budget wedding hall at the National Library of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Life and Entertainment

Small is beautiful for Koreans planning to marry

With South Korea's average wedding expenditure last year at nearly $64,000, or about double that of the US, more citizens are spurning lavish events for smaller functions as the economy slows, marriage age rises and parents nearing retirement have less money.  Story 

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Una Galani

Ousted CEO shows risks of SoftBank startup splurge

Failure is an unpleasant fact for most startups. One in three new companies lose most of the capital that investors have put into them. Housing.com may benefit from CEO Rahul Yadav’s removal. But it will be harder for the company to succeed now that it has been forced to cut all ties to its founder. The fallout raises the question of how many of SoftBank’s similar investments will deliver a positive return.  Opinion 

Why the people crossing the Mediterranean aren’t ‘migrants’

Why the people crossing the Mediterranean aren’t ‘migrants’

In 2015, majority of arrivals in Europe have so far come from four countries: Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, and Somalia. These are all countries at war or with repressive dictatorships (Eritrea), so most of their citizens should be given refugee status in the EU, according to EU rules.  Commentary 

Matthew Gault

Failure of new U.S. weapons systems may be more than science fiction

A war between China and America is a favorite subject of armchair military analysts. Why would it happen? How would it play out? Authors have written thousands of pages online and off trying to answer these questions. That’s why Ghost Fleet, a new novel by national-security analysts August Cole and P.W. Singer, is fascinating.   Commentary 

Hugo Dixon

Tsipras looks like he is crumbling

It looks like Alexis Tsipras is crumbling. After the banks closed and public opinion started moving against him, the Greek prime minister seems desperate for a deal with his creditors. Athens has now defaulted to the International Monetary Fund, adding to the pressure. But it is not clear lenders will cut him any slack. They may prefer to deal with his successor.  Commentary 

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