MP tells anti-gay rally: Obama should not push gay agenda in Kenya
By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI (Reuters) - Dozens of Kenyans rallied in Nairobi on Monday against homosexuality and a lawmaker said U.S. President Barack Obama should not push a pro-gay agenda when he visits the country later this month. Obama has hailed last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage but few share his views in Kenya or other African countries, where more socially and religiously conservative views generally prevail. "We are telling Mr Obama when he comes to Kenya this month and he tries to bring the abortion agenda, the gay agenda, we shall tell him to shut up and go home," lawmaker Irungu Kangata told the demonstrators outside parliament.
Greeks vote 'No' - What now? LIVE REPORT
Athens (AFP) - 13:20 GMT - Story so far - Greece said "No" to more austerity in a historic referendum on Sunday, dismaying its European creditors and making the country's exit from the euro more likely. * Eurozone finance ministers are to meet at 1100 GMT on Tuesday, hours before leaders from eurozone nations meet in an extraordinary summit. * Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed that Greece will present fresh economic proposals on Tuesday.
Armenian police disperse protest after 2 weeksYEREVAN, Armenia (AP) ? Police cleared away barricades on Monday to unblock a central avenue in the Armenian capital that demonstrators had occupied for two weeks to protest hikes in electricity prices in the impoverished former Soviet nation.
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China stocks rise as Beijing's emergency moves brings some relief
By Samuel Shen and Pete Sweeney SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese stocks rose on Monday, as an unprecedented series of support measures unleashed by Beijing brought some relief to a market whose headlong slide over the past three weeks had raised fears about the stability of the world's second-biggest economy. In an extraordinary weekend of policy moves, brokerages and fund managers vowed to buy massive amounts of stocks, helped by China's state-backed margin finance company, which in turn would be aided by a direct line of liquidity from the central bank. Oliver Barron, China policy research analyst at NSBO, said it wasn't just faith in the markets at stake after investors had ignored official measures to prop up equities as indexes slid around 12 percent last week.
Islamic State target Iraq's Haditha town with vehicle bombsAn Islamic State militant blew up an explosive-laden bulldozer near Haditha, killing seven Iraqi soldiers in one of a wave of bomb attacks on the northwestern town on Monday, a police source said. Haditha and its nearby dam lie in one of the few parts of the huge western province of Anbar still under the control of Iraq's Shi'ite-led government forces, which were driven out of the provincial capital Ramadi in May. Security services said they fired on and destroyed four other vehicles believed to be rigged with explosives near the town, before they could reach their targets. The coordinated assault reflected an escalation of Islamic State operations in the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
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Government official: Greece's Tsipras speaks by phone with Germany's Merkel ahead of summitATHENS, Greece (AP) ? Government official: Greece's Tsipras speaks by phone with Germany's Merkel ahead of summit.
Greece needs to change position to stay in euro: Germany's GabrielGreece must present a new offer that goes beyond its previous proposals if it wants to remain in the euro, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday, adding that Athens soon faced state insolvency. Other European Union countries needed to prepare humanitarian aid for Greece, Gabriel said, but he stressed that the onus was on Athens to present credible proposals in order to remain in the currency union.
Pakistani gunmen kill three in attack blamed on Islamist groups
By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Gunmen riding motorcycles on Monday opened fire outside a passport office in southwestern Pakistan, killing three people, including a police officer, in an attack police blamed on radical Islamist groups. Sectarian strife has been worsening in Pakistan, where Shi'ite Muslims make up about 20 percent of a population of 180 million. Sunni Muslim militants frequently attack Shi'ites, whom they see as infidels who deserve to die.