July 5, 2015

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Pope Francis brings ‘church for the poor’ to home turf in South America

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is taking his “church for the poor” to three of South America’s poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his heart. Indigenous peoples will take center Read More…

Billy Joel sets record for the longest time at MSG

NEW YORK — Billy Joel set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show Wednesday night, besting Elton John. The Piano Man was full of energy as he performed for a feverish crowd of all ages in New York City for more than two hours. He Read More…

First day of NBA free agency sees lots of money, moves

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix. The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus Aldridge. Players and teams agreed to more than $1 billion worth of deals. Love made his choice Read More…

10 things to know, Wednesday, July 1

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Long lines in Greece as banks reopen for pensioners Eurozone finance ministers are set to weigh the latest Greek proposal for aid Wednesday, hours after the country’s international bailout expired without a deal. 2. Myanmar fisherman goes Read More…

Greece makes concessions, but no bailout deal forthcoming before Sunday vote

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s government has made new concessions in talks with its creditors, though some European officials said they were still not good enough and that a deal was nevertheless impossible before a Greek referendum on Sunday. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent a letter Tuesday night, just hours before the country’s bailout program was Read More…

After 22 years as a slave, Myanmar fisherman gets to go home

TUAL, Indonesia — All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death. But after being gone eight years and forced to work on a boat in faraway Indonesia, Myint Naing was willing to risk everything to see his mother again. Read More…

Militants attack Egyptian army checkpoints; at least 38 dead

EL-ARISH, Egypt — Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 38 soldiers, security and military officials said. The coordinated morning assaults in Sinai came a day after Egypt’s president pledged to step up the battle Read More…

Despite tenuous relationship, U.S., Russia find common ground in Iran nuke deal

VIENNA — Russia-U.S. relations are at a post-Cold War low just about everywhere, except at the Iran nuclear talks. Despite a chill over the Ukraine crisis that has spread to almost every element of their relationship, Moscow and Washington continue to find common cause on one of the most pressing issues on the global agenda Read More…

Cuba-U.S. relationship continues to warm as embassies open

WASHINGTON — The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The U.S. Embassy in Havana is Read More…

Search for bodies in Indonesian plane crash finished; death toll reaches 141

MEDAN, Indonesia — Indonesia’s air force said Wednesday it will investigate if the transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating orders by carrying paying passengers. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended. The dead included all 122 on the plane, including military personnel and family Read More…