Euro zone receives new Greek bailout proposals
The euro zone has received new bailout reform plans from Greece, a spokesman for Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Thursday, less than two hours ahead of a midnight deadline.
Details of the new plans were not immediately available, but debt-stricken Greece’s creditors have demanded pension cuts and tax reforms in return for a new rescue package.
Leaders of the 19-country single currency area gave Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras the deadline at an emergency summit on Tuesday, warning that failure to comply risked Greece’s place in the euro.
Thai consulate attacked after Uighurs deported
Turkish anti-Chinese demonstrators stormed the Thai consulate in Istanbul in protest at the deportation by Bangkok of dozens of Uighur Muslims to China, as diplomatic tensions flared Thursday in an increasingly combustible controversy.
The attack was the latest in a series of nationalist-tinted protests in Turkey during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan over China’s treatment of the Turkic-speaking, largely Muslim Uighurs in the northwestern Xinjiang region.
Nine people were arrested after the action at the consulate building in Istanbul late Wednesday organised by a group calling itself the East Turkestan Education Association, the Dogan news agency reported.
Princess Charlotte christening pictures released
Four official images to mark the christening of Princess Charlotte have been released by Britain's Kensington Palace.
In one of the images by celebrity photographer Mario Testino, the princess is pictured with her mother and father, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and brother George.
The pictures were taken immediately after the fourth in line to the throne was christened at a church on the Sandringham estate on Sunday, according to the BBC.
Serena downs Sharapova again to reach Wimbledon final
Serena Williams powered into her eighth Wimbledon final as the world No. 1 maintained her 11-year mastery of Maria Sharapova with a 6-2, 6-4 demolition on Thursday.
Williams took just 79 minutes to blitz Sharapova off Centre Court with 13 aces and 29 winners as the five-time Wimbledon champion secured her 18th career win in 20 meetings with her bitter rival.
The 33-year-old American will face Spanish 20th seed Garbine Muguruza on Saturday in her first Wimbledon final since 2012.
Israeli jailed for hacking Madonna's computer
A former contestant in Israel’s version of American Idol was jailed for 14 months on Thursday for selling demo tracks he stole from Madonna’s latest album by hacking into the e-mail and cloud accounts of people close to the singer.
According to court papers, Lederman sold demo tracks from Madonna’s album Rebel Heart to two buyers at US$300 (S$400) each, having copied the files from cloud accounts whose passwords he obtained after hacking e-mail servers used by her musical director Kevin Antunes, talent manager Guy Oseary and two other people.
Lederman also obtained parts of Madonna’s work diary.