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world The mind-bending genius of M.C. Escher

A new exhibition at the Scottish National Museum of Modern Art explores the intriguing illustrations of Dutch designer, M.C. Escher.

24 minutes ago // CNN

world 10 watches that changed the course of history

Mechanical watchmaking is not a world of revolutions, it's a world of evolutions, where change comes only slowly and tradition is a sacred trust. In the five hundred or so years that watches have existed, however, there have been a few that have changed the watchmaking world. Some of these watches broke new ground in design, some in technology -- and some both. Here are ten that made history and became part of it at the same time.

26 minutes ago // ABC

world Repatriation of British Terror Victims Gets Underway

Britain begins repatriation of terror victims with RAF flights leaving for Tunisia

28 minutes ago // Reuters

world Fifty killed in North Sinai attacks claimed by Islamic State

ISMAILIA/CAIRO, Egypt Reuters - Islamic State militants launched a wide-scale coordinated assault on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in which 50 people were killed, security sources said, the largest attack yet in the insurgency-hit province.

28 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Heatwave live: Britain swelters on hottest day of 2015

We bring you the latest on the UK heatwave, from soaring temperatures and thunderstorm threats to how to keep cool and enjoy the sunny spell 1.18pm BST 1.17pm BST Its looking overcast here in central London - though its still pretty

31 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Hong Kongers March, but in Smaller Numbers

Coming after a long year of demonstrations and political battles over Hong Kongs future, an annual protest drew 90% fewer marchers than in 2014, organizers estimate.

32 minutes ago // VOA

world China Concerned Over Turkish Religious Complaints

China is expressing its displeasure with Turkey's complaints about restrictions on worship and fasting by minority Chinese Uighur Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday that Beijing had expressed its concerns to Turkey's government. She says Beijing demanded that Ankara clarify the matter. The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said Turkey's concerns about the restrictions were relayed to the Chinese ambassador. Uighurs complain

32 minutes ago // The Guardian

world UK experiences hottest day since 2006

Expected high of 36C is likely to make London hotter than Miami, LA and RomeThe UK is experiencing its hottest day in nine years as temperatures reached 34.5C 94.1F by midday and officials issued public health warnings over the elderly and very young.By noon Northolt in west London had overtaken Heathrow, with the airport proving a hot spot - both politically

32 minutes ago // Fox News

world Syria's Kurds warn Turkey against intervening militarily in Syria

Syria's main Kurdish party warned Turkey on Wednesday that any military intervention would threaten international peace and said the country's main Kurdish militia is ready to face any "aggression." The statement by the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, comes as Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic State group back from the Turkish border — a move that would also outflank any Kurdish attempt to create a state along Turkey's southern fro

33 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Greece eases snub of bailout demands but deal prospects remain unclear

ATHENS Greeces prime minister appeared Wednesday to offer room for significant concessions in his cash-for-cutbacks standoff with European partners, but exasperated lenders quickly ruled out a bailout deal before Greek voters decide whether to accept tougher austerity measures.

34 minutes ago // USA Today

world London Heathrow best option for new runway

July 1 -- London's Heathrow airport was selected as the best option for a new runway in southeast England by a state-appointed commission, leaving a final decision on the controversial expansion with Prime Minister David Cameron.

36 minutes ago // The Guardian

world 'If I go, someone else will claim my land': the stark reality of real estate in Burundi Jessica Hatcher

Tens of thousands of Burundians face an agonising choice between fleeing from violence at home or running the gauntlet of unrest in order to protect their landWhen he was 18, John Nsengiyumva watched from his hiding place among the rafters of his home as gunmen shot dead his father and brothers, then raped his mother and sister before killing them too.Born to a Tutsi mother and Hutu father in Burundi in 1979, Nsengiyumva grew up in Kabonga, in Makamba province on the eastern sho

36 minutes ago // ABC

world The Latest: Europe Rights Group Criticizes Greek Vote Plan

The Latest: Europe rights group criticizes Greek vote plan, saying it's called too quickly

36 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Heatwave live: Britain swelters on hottest day of 2015

We bring you the latest on the UK heatwave, from soaring temperatures and thunderstorm threats to how to keep cool and enjoy the sunny spell 1.09pm BST Britain is experiencing its hottest day in nine years. Temperatures have hit 34.5C at Northolt in west London and could still hit 35C. Most of Britain will see the mercury rise to between 30C and 33C .

37 minutes ago // ABC

world Ex-Senior News of the World Editor Cleared of Phone Hacking

Former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis acquitted of phone hacking

37 minutes ago // The Times of India

world Lakhvi exempted from in-person appearance in 26/11 attack case

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court today exempted the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi from appearing in-person after the LeT operations commander cited "serious threats to his life."

38 minutes ago // BBC

world UK and Irish leaders remember Somme

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers and Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan attend Somme remembrance ceremony in Belfast.

39 minutes ago // ABC

world The Latest: Egypt Officials Say 50 Killed in Sinai Fighting

The Latest: Egyptian officials say death toll from Sinai militant attacks climbs to 50 troops

39 minutes ago // USA Today

world Militants attack Egyptian soldiers, kill at least 50

The attacks took place just south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid and targeted at least six military checkpoints, officials said.

40 minutes ago // The Independent

world Woman gets lost, gives birth, gets stung by bees, survives for three days on apples...and starts wildfire

A woman has had possibly one of the most unlikely childbirth experiences in the middle of a Californian forest.

40 minutes ago // BBC

world Rail upgrades get 17m EU funding

EU funding of 24m euros 17m has been secured for two railway upgrades in Northern Ireland, including the Londonderry-Coleraine line.

42 minutes ago // The Guardian

world How will you be affected by a third runway at Heathrow?

Do you live near the proposed runway? Will your job or business benefit from the plans? Share your views with usThe Airports Commission has recommended that a third runway should be built at Heathrow, with the £17bn expansion plan leading to 250,000 more flights a year and 70,000 new jobs.If the recommendations go ahead and you will be aff

44 minutes ago // Reuters

world Russia angers Baltic states with review of independence

MOSCOW/VILNIUS Reuters - A move in Russia to review the legality of a 1991 decision formally granting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia independence from the Soviet Union has alarmed the Baltic States and stoked tensions in ties with Moscow.

45 minutes ago // Reuters

world Among meadows and cherry trees, the new migrant gateway to Europe

SERBIAN-HUNGARIAN BORDER Reuters - Covered in mosquito bites from nights spent out in the open, two girls from Syria, one six and one eight, lay on blankets in a grove of cherry and apricot trees in northern Serbia waiting for the next leg of their long journey to begin.

45 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Weather alerts across western Europe as heatwave sets in

Spell of sweltering weather expected to last several days as temperatures hit 40C and UN urges countries to develop better warning systemsEuropean countries including France, Spain, Italy and Britain have issued weather alerts and the United Nations has urged countries to create better warning systems as a heatwave sweeping western Europe was expected to push temperatures to a nine-year high on Wednesday. Related:

45 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Weather alerts across western Europe as heatwave sets in

Spell of sweltering weather expected to last several days as temperatures hit 40C and UN urges countries to develop better warning systemsEuropean countries, including France, Spain, Italy and Britain have issued weather alerts and the United Nations has urged countries to create better warning systems as a heatwave sweeping western Europe was expected to push temperatures to a nine-year high on Wednesday. Related:

46 minutes ago // ABC

world Council of Europe: Conditions of Greek Referendum Fall Short of International Standards

Council of Europe: Conditions of Greek referendum fall short of international standards

47 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Greece eases snub of bailout demands but deal prospects remain unclear

ATHENS Greeces prime minister appeared Wednesday to offer room for important concessions in his cash-for-cutbacks standoff with European partners, but it remained unclear whether exasperated lenders were ready to make a bailout deal to halt the countrys fiscal plummet.

47 minutes ago // UPI

world Greek PM Alexis Tsipras willing to accept most creditor demands

Andrew V. PestanoATHENS, Greece, July 1 UPI -- Hours after Greece became the first developed nation to default on a loan from the IMF, the prime minister agreed to accept conditions to settle the debt.

47 minutes ago // The Independent

world Watch: 71-year-old grandmother completes 100-mile race - with just six seconds to go

A 71-year-old grandmother finished a gruelling 100-mile ultramarathon in California with just six seconds to spare before the cut-off time.

47 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Ukraine Suspends Russian Natural Gas Purchases

Insufficient political will was to blame for a breakdown in talks that would have allowed Ukraine to buy natural gas from Russia for the rest of the year, the EUs energy chief said.

50 minutes ago // ABC

world Egypt Security Officials Raise Death Toll From Sinai Attacks, Say at Least 50 Soldiers Killed

Egypt security officials raise death toll from Sinai attacks, say at least 50 soldiers killed

50 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Greek crisis: pensioners queue for retirement cheques - video

Pensioners queue outside Greece's national bank in Athens on Wednesday to collect their retirement cheques. The country has re-opened 1,000 branches for OAPs who do not have ATM cards. Banks are expected to remain closed for other purposes until 6 July, as part of capital controls imposed this week after the European Central Bank froze financial support needed to keep the Greek banks afloat

51 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Heatwave live: Britain swelters on hottest day of 2015

We bring you the latest on the UK heatwave, from soaring temperatures and thunderstorm threats to how to keep cool and enjoy the sunny spell 12.54pm BST What should wear in a heatwave to look hot and keep cool? Start with your feet, our fashion team suggest.

54 minutes ago // ABC

world Father: American Burned in Taiwan Park Fire Fights for Life

American man says son burned in Taiwan water park fire fights for life

55 minutes ago // Fox News

world American man says son burned in Taiwan water park fire fights for life

The father of an American who was badly burned in a fire at a Taiwan water park says the family is anxious about how the young man will fare in the next few days.