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Belgium probes terrorist link in Jewish Museum killings

Belgium investigators on Monday probed a possible terrorist link in a fatal weekend shooting by a lone gunman at the Jewish Museum in Brussels that has shocked the world. On Monday the inquiry was transferred to the federal public prosecutor's office authorised to handle terrorist cases and spokeswoman Wenke Roggen said a probe had been opened into "terrorist" assassination. Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch said the decision to transfer the case was based on "the identity and nationality of the victims". Along with Israel's foreign intelligence agency, Mossad, and its domestic security equivalent, Shin Bet, the Nativ agency was under the authority of the prime minister's office.


Seth and Snoop On ‘Game of Thrones’

Move aside, Talking Dead. Everyone’s favorite stoners, Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg, sat down together and, while passing a blunt, dove deep into the wild world of Westeros. [Warning: Some Spoilers]


French gov't regroups after far right victory

PARIS (AP) — France's Socialist government won't resign and will press forward with tax cuts and other reforms despite a record victory for the French far right in European parliament elections, the prime minister said Monday.


Medicaid surge triggers cost concerns for states

WASHINGTON (AP) — From California to Rhode Island, states are confronting new concerns that their Medicaid costs will rise as a result of the federal health care law.


Greek opposition calls for early elections

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's main opposition party has formally requested an early general election after winning Sunday's vote for the European Parliament, arguing that the country's conservative government now lacks the legitimacy to implement reforms related to international bailouts.


Heavy shooting after Ukraine rebels seize Donetsk airport

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - The main airport in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk was rocked by an explosion and heavy shooting on Monday after armed rebels seized the facility, an AFP correspondent at the scene said. Thick black smoke was seen rising from the airport complex as the sound of heavy machinegun fire rang out and fighter jets could be heard overhead. The strategic transport hub had been evacuated and sealed off after gunmen claiming to be from the self-declared "Donetsk People's Republic" showed up overnight demanding that Ukrainian troops guarding the airport perimeter be withdrawn. The raid was launched in the hours after billionaire Petro Poroshenko claimed victory in a presidential election Sunday that the pro-Russian rebels have dismissed as illegitimate.


Russia 'ready for dialogue' with new Ukraine leadership: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that Moscow was willing to talk with Ukraine's newly elected president Petro Poroshenko. "We are ready for dialogue with Kiev's representatives, with Petro Poroshenko," Lavrov said at a joint press conference with his South Sudanese counterpart Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Jordan expels Syrian ambassador

Amman (AFP) - The Jordanian government said on Monday it has declared Syria's ambassador to Amman, Bahjat Suleiman, a persona non grata and asked him to leave the kingdom within 24 hours.


EU's Ashton, Iran FM to hold talks in Istanbul

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are to meet Monday in Istanbul to discuss the path toward a final nuclear deal. The previously unannounced two-day meeting comes after fruitless talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna earlier this month when no "tangible progress" was made ahead of a July 20 deadline for a comprehensive agreement. The Istanbul tete-a-tete was announced on Iranian media, with the ISNA news agency citing a source close to the Islamic republic's nuclear negotiating team.


Saudi arrests professors for alleged Brotherhood ties

Saudi Arabia has arrested nine university professors for their alleged links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement, media reported on Monday. Investigators found the professors, two Saudis and the rest from neighbouring countries, had been involved with "foreign organisations" based on "voice recordings and emails" linked to them, Okaz daily reported. It identified the organisation as the Muslim Brotherhood, designated by the interior ministry in March as a "terror" group. Saudi Arabia and its neighbour the United Arab Emirates have cracked down on Islamists accused of links to the Brotherhood and other Islamist groups.


Our New Stealth Jet Can’t Land

The Pentagon’s gazillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter can’t pull off maneuvers that older jets were doing in the early 60s. Who’s to blame?


X-Men's Apocalypse Scene Explained

Who’s that guy with the gray skin and blue lines on his face telekinetically building pyramids in the desert?


The Nate Silver of Sports Injuries

With a spreadsheet and an obsession with basketball, Jeff Stotts can predict how long it will take a battered athlete to return. That sort of knowledge can make or break champions.


Nina Stibbe, A Modern-Day Mary Poppins

Nina Stibbe talks about her life as a nanny in London, about how her book about it became a popular and critical hit, and why Alan Bennett shouldn’t be angry.


Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken

There are some American culinary gems that really fly below the radar. But none so well as these plain ol’, working gas stations in Virginia that serve the most succulent fried chicken.


Nintendo’s Shell-Throwing Savior

‘Mario Kart 8’ may well be the most beautiful game Nintendo has ever released. But can a 22-year-old winning formula save a flailing system?


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