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This shopping street in Greece used to be the 10th most expensive in the world — take a look at it now


When you think of the world's most prosperous shopping streets, you probably don't think of Greece. But back before the double whammy of the 2008 financial crisis and 2010-2012 eurozone crisis, Athens was home to some of the most prime retail space on the planet.

In 'first', IS beheads two women in Syria: monitor


Beirut (AFP) - The Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of "sorcery," the first such execution of women in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Tuesday.

South Sudan army raped then burnt girls alive: UN


Juba (AFP) - South Sudan's army raped then torched girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign notable for its "new brutality and intensity", a UN rights report said Tuesday.

Big economic payback from 'most popular' Cricket World Cup


Sydney (AFP) - The cricket World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand this year was the most popular ever and generated Aus$1.1 billion (US$844 million) in economic benefits, an official analysis showed Tuesday.

10 things in tech you need to know today (AAPL, NFLX, MSFT, AOL, GOOG)


Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know today. 1. Apple Music is set for release today. To use it, iPhone and iPad users will need to download and install a new iOS update, iOS 8.4, which will also become available today.  2. Music recognition app Shazam has launched new social features that let people "follow" musicians. Pitbull, Calvin Harris, Wiz Khalifa, Coldplay, One Direction and Usher are launching profiles on the mobile app, letting fans see what they're listening to.

Plus500 says everything is back to normal and it's 'business as usual'


Plus500, the troubled trading firm that was hit with regulator woes last month, has weathered the storm and come out the other side.

Rare case of wallaby fostering tree kangaroo in pouch


Sydney (AFP) - Australian zookeepers Tuesday said they had successfully fostered an orphaned tree kangaroo with a surrogate wallaby in a rare case after its mother was crushed by a branch.

Ocado revealed its secret behind its sales surge


Ocado, the "Amazon of food" and one of Britain's most exciting tech companies, unveiled an 18.2% rise in revenue for the 24 weeks ending May 17, to £507.7 million ($798.4 million).

Indonesian military plane crashes in city of Medan: official


Jakarta (AFP) - An Indonesian military transport plane crashed Tuesday shortly after take-off in a city on Sumatra island, an official said, with the plane exploding in a ball of flames.

Sony plunges 8.25% on massive share sale plan


Tokyo (AFP) - Shares in Sony plunged 8.25 percent on Tuesday after the Japanese electronics giant announced plans to raise $3.6 billion through stock and bond sales.

10 things you need to know in markets today


Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know in markets today. The EU has made a last-minute offer to Athens in a bid to reach a bailout agreement before the deadline expires later today.

The 10 most important things in the world right now


Hello! Here's what you need to know for Tuesday.  1. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker offered Greece a last-minute bailout deal before a major debt payment is due Tuesday, though it's not clear if Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will accept the terms.

Asia markets hit by Greece fears, Shanghai plunges again


Hong Kong (AFP) - Most Asian markets edged higher Tuesday, enjoying a slight recovery after the previous day's rout, with Greece just hours away from default, while Shanghai's suffered more sharp losses.

8 apps every food lover needs


The market for food apps is exploding. Every day it seems like there's another mobile app that can deliver your next meal or get your groceries.

Carmelo Anthony's $124 million contract is becoming a big problem


Last summer, the New York Knicks faced a difficult decision with Carmelo Anthony. Anthony was a free agent, and the Knicks had to decide whether to re-sign him or try to get something back for him in a trade if he decided to leave for a contender.

Two feared dead in Japan bullet train suicide fire: official


Tokyo (AFP) - Two people were feared dead Tuesday after an apparent suicide attempt on board a moving shinkansen bullet train in Japan, a spokesman for operator JR Central told AFP.

Aboriginal experience inspires artist Abramovic decades on


Sydney (AFP) - Performance artist Marina Abramovic is known for putting her body on the line -- from cutting herself, to walking thousands of kilometres along China's Great Wall, to having a loaded gun pointed at her head.

Iran talks eagerly await foreign minister's message from Tehran


Vienna (AFP) - Iran's foreign minister was due back in Vienna Tuesday accompanied by top advisors and bearing guidance from Tehran that major powers hope will seal marathon negotiations for a historic nuclear deal.

28 dead in attack on Shiites in Yemen claimed by IS


Sanaa (AFP) - At least 28 people, including eight women, were killed in an attack against the residence of two leaders of the Shiite Huthi rebels in Sanaa on Monday night, a Yemeni medical source said.

Uber's numbers seem ugly either way you look at them


Uber’s financial performance is shakier than previous reports suggested, based on the leaked numbers reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday.  The numbers, which Bloomberg said were part of a term sheet for a bond offering that Uber is planning, provide a rare glimpse into the popular ride-hailing business’ money-making machine.


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