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Respects 'NO' vote by Greek: EU

Brussels: The European Union has said it respects the "no" vote in Sunday's Greek debt deal referendum, following early results which have shown that the country overwhelmingly rejected the bloc's bailout offer.

"We have to respect the vote of Greek people," European Parliament President Martin Schulz on Sunday said in a statement, adding that "this is a difficult day", Xinhua reported.

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Boy who crossed LoC handed back

Srinagar : The Indian army has handed back a boy from Pakistani Kashmir who had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC), a defence official said on Sunday.

"Army officials in Tangdhar sector handed over 11-year-old Sameer Kayani, son of Mohammad Rafiq of Laswa Athmuqam in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, who had inadvertently crossed the LoC two days ago, to Pakistan Army officials," said defence spokesman, Lt.Col. N.N. Joshi.

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu : Pakistan Rangers on Sunday once again violated the bilateral ceasefire, opening unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the international border in Jammu district, an official said.

"Pakistan Rangers opened unprovoked firing at Border Security Force (BSF) positions on the international border in Arnia area of R.S. Pura sector today (Sunday) evening," a police officer told IANS here.

The Pakistani firing -- with small arms and automatic weapons -- started at 7.25 p.m., the officer said.

Political pressure influenced 2018, 2022 World Cup votes: Blatter

Munich : World football's governing body FIFA's president Sepp Blatter on Sunday said former French and German presidents tried to influence the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes for hosting rights.

FIFA awarded the 2018 Cup hosting rights to Russia and of the 2022 edition to Qatar. The handing of the competition to the countries sparked immense outrage and criticism. The decision to award Qatar the hosting rights was particularly criticised due to the summer heat in the country and its poor human rights record.

Jaitley going to BRICS Bank inaugural meet in Moscow

New Delhi : Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will leave on Monday for a four-day visit to Russia to attend the inaugural meeting of the BRICS New Development Bank at Moscow.

According to a finance ministry release here, Jaitley will, after the meet slated for Tuesday, attend the meeting of the finance ministers of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping on Wednesday to be held in Ufa City, which is also hosting the two-day (July 8-9) BRICS summit.

Indian hoopsters to face Lanka in title clash

Bengaluru: Defending champions India and challengers Sri Lanka progressed to the expected title clash in the fourth South Asian Basketball Association tournament here on Sunday by remaining unbeaten in their four matches.

India roared past the Maldives 128-48 and Sri Lanka survived some close calls before overcoming Nepal 76-68 to register their fourth win in as many matches.

Greeks vote in landmark referendum on debt deal

Athens: Greeks were participating on Sunday in a landmark referendum on terms of agreement on the next debt deal with the country's lenders.

The voting was unfolding smoothly and without problems at polling stations throughout the country, officials said. Greece President Prokopis Pavlopoulos appealed to Greeks to remain united regardless of the outcome of Sunday's vote, ANA-MPA news agency reported.

According to the Greek ministry of internal affairs and administrative reform, about 8.5 million people are eligible to vote in the referendum.

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Three soldiers killed in Pakistan blast

Islamabad: At least three soldiers were killed and six injured when a bomb hit their vehicle in North Waziristan in Pakistan on Sunday, a media report said.

Unidentified militants blew up a roadside bomb by remote control as the vehicle passed by it in Datta Khel area, a restive tribal area along the Afghanistan border, Xinhua reported.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Pakistan Army is carrying out an offensive against the Taliban in the region.

Facebook reunites mother with son after 15 years

New York: In a scene straight from a Bollywood movie, a Facebook photo has helped a Californian woman to reunite with her son after 15 years.

Three-year-old Jonathan was allegedly kidnapped by his father and taken to Mexico 15 years back.

Last year, Jonathan, now 18, posted a childhood photo with his brother on Facebook, thinking that his mother Hope Holland or his grown-up brother may find him on the social networking site, Time reported.

Last week, the reunion finally happened and a teary Holland could not stop thanking Facebook for this miracle.

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Runaway terrorist shot dead in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: A terrorist, who escaped a raid at a house in Saudi Arabia's Taif city, was killed in a shootout with police, the interior ministry said here on Sunday.

Yousef Abdullatif Shabab Al-Ghamdi was killed in a hideout on Saturday after he exchanged gunfire with security forces, refusing to surrender, Arab News cited the ministry as saying in a statement.

Al-Ghamdi on Friday escaped the raid at a house in Taif city in Mecca province, during which three of his colleagues were captured, police said.

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