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Washington Post reporter spy trial opens in Iran


Tehran (AFP) - The trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian on espionage charges opened behind closed doors in Tehran on Tuesday, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.

Meth seizures quadruple across much of Asia-Pacific: UN


Bangkok (AFP) - Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the UN said Tuesday, citing rising wealth as one reason for a boom in production and consumption.  Growing economic integration across the region was also enabling cross-border criminal networks to cooperate in peddling amphetamine-type stimulants and so-called "legal highs", the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report.

10 things you need to know before European markets open


Good morning! Here's the potentially market-moving news you should know about this morning.  Greece's interior minister says the country won't make a June 5 IMF payment. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras also narrowly defeated an attempt within his own party to take a much more hardline stance against its creditors.

NBA's Harden leads Rockets win, Curry OK after scary fall


Houston (AFP) - A playoff career-high 45 points by James Harden sparked the Houston Rockets to a 128-115 must-win victory over the Golden State Warriors, denying the Warriors an easy path to the NBA Finals.

The 10 most important things in the world right now


Hello! Here's what you need to know for Tuesday. 1. Iraqi forces on Saturday launched a counterattack against Islamic State militants near the city of Ramadi, a week after it was seized by insurgents.

Militants kill UN soldier in Mali's capital: security sources


Bamako (AFP) - Militants opened fire on two Bangladeshi United Nations peacekeepers in Mali's capital Bamako on Monday, killing one and wounding the other, security sources said.

Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry took a dramatic fall on the court


Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry, took a dramatic fall on the court Monday afternoon. During the second quarter of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, as seen in this Vine, courtesy of David Gardner: Curry was able to walk off the court as the audience applauded, according to this tweet from the Warriors: Stephen Curry takes a scary fall, but gets back up and is able to walk by to the locker room drawing supporitve applause from the crowd.

Tornado, floods leave deadly trail at Mexico-US border


Mexico City (AFP) - A tornado ripped into a town in northern Mexico, killing at least 13 people and flattening hundreds of homes in a deadly six-second blast of carnage, officials said.

Samsung to merge two major units


Seoul (AFP) - Samsung Group announced on Tuesday the merger of two major affiliates, as the South Korean business giant accelerates restructuring efforts ahead of a generational power transfer within the founding Lee family.

Djokovic, Nadal, Serena star in super Tuesday


Paris (AFP) - World number one Novak Djokovic, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and double women's title winner Serena Williams get their 2015 French Open campaigns under way on Tuesday.

B.B. King death to be investigated as homicide


Washington (AFP) - The death of blues guitar legend B.B. King this month will be investigated as a homicide, a Nevada coroner's office said.

Cook relaxed over England cricket coach 'limbo'


London (AFP) - England captain Alastair Cook said the ongoing uncertainty over the identity of the team's next permanent coach would not bother him so long as his side kept winning.

Deal reached to end crippling Nigeria fuel crisis


Abuja (AFP) - Agreement was reached on Monday to end a crippling fuel crisis in Nigeria that had left the country at a virtual standstill just days before a new government is installed.

Fire at China rest home kills 38, six injured


Beijing (AFP) - A fire at a rest home in central China has left 38 people dead and six injured, state media said Tuesday.

What's on tap for Google's big conference this week: expect watches, virtual reality, and a mystery Bluetooth device (GOOG)


It’s Google I/O time again, the time of year when the Internet giant holds its annual developers' conference in San Francisco, showing off the cool stuff its army of engineers have been working on for the past 12 months.

Apple's design guy Jony Ive just got a promotion


Jony Ive, Apple's senior VP of design has been promoted to the role of Chief Design Officer, the Telegraph reports.

Real Madrid fire coach Ancelotti


Madrid (AFP) - Real Madrid fired their coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday as the popular Italian paid for a disappointing season without a major trophy.

Michelle Obama's advice to Oberlin graduates cuts to the heart of one of America's biggest problems


In a commencement speech at Ohio's Oberlin College on Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama urged graduates not to surround themselves completely with like-minded people.

Demonstrator shot dead as protests erupt outside Burundi capital


Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - A demonstrator was shot dead and two others wounded in southern Burundi on Monday, a local official and witness said, in one of the first confirmed reports of civil unrest erupting outside the capital Bujumbura.

How to cook a restaurant-style burger in your own kitchen


Monday through Thursday at the Monarch Room in New York City, executive chef Michael Citarella prepares his off-the-menu burger, the Monarch Burger.


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