Merkel dampens hopes for Greek loan deal
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has dampened hopes for an end to marathon talks with Greece on a new loan deal as cash-strapped Athens said an agreement was possible by end month. Speaking after a two-hour meeting late on Thursday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and French President Francois Hollande in Riga, Merkel urged Athens to continue talks with its international creditors. There is still a lot to do," she added, referring to the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund who have bailed out Greece twice to the tune of 240 billion euros ($267 billion).
FIFA scandals while Sepp Blatter has been president
IS forces capture, kill dozens in Syria's Palmyra
'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress freed
The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws. The High Court in Seoul ruled that Cho Hyun-Ah, who had been in jail since her arrest in December, was not guilty of the most serious charge of altering an aircraft's route while in flight. "The accused had no intention of hampering the safe operation of the plane," High Court judge Kim Sang-Hwan said, handing down a reduced sentence of 10 months, suspended for two years.
Insurgents in Syria seize hospital from army: monitorInsurgents on Friday seized a hospital from Syrian government forces who had been besieged there since late April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, compounding recent setbacks for President Bashar al-Assad. The al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, one of the insurgent groups involved in the offensive, said government forces had fled the hospital outside the town of Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province. The Observatory said dozens of Syrian troops had managed to escape, and the insurgents were in complete control of the hospital.
Syrian state TV says soldiers freed from besieged hospitalSyrian soldiers holed up at a hospital besieged by insurgents in northwestern Syria were freed in a military operation on Friday, state TV reported. "The heroes of the Jisr al-Shughour hospital are out of the hospital," a headline bar flashed on state TV said. It said the forces defending the hospital had carried out a "tactical maneuver" and had "successfully broken the siege".
IS seizes Iraq-Syria border post consolidating 'caliphate'
The Islamic State group on Friday kept up a counteroffensive that has rocked US strategy, seizing a key border crossing after capturing an Iraqi provincial capital and a renowned Syrian heritage site. The jihadists, who now control roughly half of Syria, reinforced their self-declared transfrontier "caliphate" with the capture of the Al-Tanaf to Al-Walid crossing on the Damascus-Baghdad highway. It was the last border crossing with Iraq still held by the Damascus government.
ECB tells governments: Don't wait to fix Europe's economy
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says governments that share the euro currency shouldn't wait for better times to push through reforms that would boost sluggish growth.
Suspect in killings of wealthy DC family arrested
US readies air patrols in search for Rohingya boat people
BANGKOK (AP) ? Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as naval vessels from Myanmar and Malaysia searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement.