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German defense minister wants to visit Turkish air base

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister wants to visit a Turkish base where German troops are stationed — an announcement that comes days after a German deputy defense minister and lawmakers were denied a visit there by Turkey.

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Orlando massacre casts shadow over U.S. gay pride events

File photo of people marching in the annual NYC Gay Pride parade in New York CityBy Elizabeth Barber NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pride parades in New York, San Francisco and other U.S. cities are expected to draw millions of revelers on Sunday, two weeks after a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub galvanized the LGBT community, and rekindled outrage over American gun violence. An estimated 1.6 million spectators could turn out at the annual gay pride march through Lower Manhattan, according to its organizers. Following the June 12 shooting at Orlando's Pulse gay nightclub, police departments across the country have ramped up security for this year's parades, authorities said.


Entertainment

Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


Business

Many U.S. firms playing catchup after surprise EU exit vote

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.SNEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The risk that Britain could yank itself out of the European Union had been telegraphed for over a year, but even U.S. companies with "Brexit" contingency plans have said they were shocked it is now on track to become reality, and are just beginning to work through all of the implications. Caught off guard, some U.S. firms have rushed to place foreign currency orders hedging against further declines in the British pound.


World

British EU exit turmoil alarms Asia, deepens party conflicts

A man holds up the German newspaper Bild with the titel "OUTsch!", for the camera, in BerlinBy Elizabeth Piper and Ben Blanchard LONDON/BEIJING (Reuters) - Turmoil unleashed by Britain's vote to leave the European Union heightened anxiety in Asia on Sunday, with China, Japan and South Korea fretting over the risk to global financial stability a few hours before markets reopen. In Britain, open conflict spread from the ruling Conservatives to the opposition, and senior Labour lawmakers attempted a coup against their leader after traditional supporters rejected the party's pro-EU stand in droves at Thursday's referendum. Over three million Britons signed a petition calling for a re-run of the referendum, with the number climbing by the hour, and an opinion poll showed a strong majority of Scots now want to break with the United Kingdom.


Sports

Golf-European Tour BMW International Open scores

June 26 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour BMW International Open at the par-72 course on Sunday in Cologne -16 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 68 65 67 -15 Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 67 67 67 -11 Michael Lorenzo-Vera (France) 69 69 67 Raphael Jacquelin (France) 65 68 72 Darren Fichardt (South Africa) 68 69 68 -10 Zander Lombard (South Africa) 67 68 71 -9 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 69 64 74 -8 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 68 70 70 -7 David Horsey (Britain) 73 70 66 Sergio Garcia (Spain) 71 68 70 Clement Berardo (France) 71 69 69 Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 68 69 72 -6 Paul Dunne (Ireland) 69 ...

Tech

Kuka nears deal with Chinese bidder: source

A robot arm of German industrial robot maker Kuka is pictured at the company's stand in HanoverBERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German robotics maker Kuka is on the brink of agreeing to an investor agreement with Chinese bidder Midea that includes a long-term commitment to existing headquarters, factories and jobs, a source close to the negotiations said. Kuka needs to decide in the coming week whether it wants to recommend the acceptance of Midea's 4.5 billion euro ($4.99 billion) bid, the biggest German industrial technology company to be targeted by a Chinese buyer in a wave of recent deals. The source told Reuters that there had been a breakthrough in negotiations between Kuka and Midea, with the results presented to a meeting of the supervisory board on Saturday.


Politics

U.S. Supreme Court poised to issue major abortion ruling

A protester holds up a sign in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is due on Monday to issue its first major abortion ruling since 2007 against a backdrop of unremitting divisions among Americans on the issue and a decades-long decline in the rate at which women terminate pregnancies. The court's decision on whether a Republican-backed 2013 Texas law placed an undue burden on women exercising their constitutional right to abortion is one of three remaining cases for the court to decide on Monday, the last day of its term. The last time the justices decided a major abortion case was nine years ago when they ruled 5-4 to uphold a federal law banning a late-term abortion procedure.


Science

Solar plane lands in Spain after three-day Atlantic crossing

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 is pictured before landing at San Pablo airport in Seville, southern SpainAn airplane powered solely by the sun landed safely in Seville in Spain early on Thursday after an almost three-day flight across the Atlantic from New York in one of the longest legs of the first ever fuel-less flight around the world. The single-seat Solar Impulse 2 touched down shortly after 7.30 a.m. local time in Seville after leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport at about 2.30 a.m. EDT on June 20. The flight of just over 71 hours was the 15th leg of the round-the-world journey by the plane piloted in turns by Swiss aviators Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.




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