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Berlin Says 'No' Vote Has 'Torn Down Bridges' between Greece, Europe

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras has "torn down the bridges" between Greece and Europe and new negotiations are "difficult to imagine" after the apparent 'No' vote in the Greek referendum, German deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday.

Tsipras and his government are taking Greece down a path of "bitter renunciation and hopelessness," Gabriel told the Tagesspiegel newspaper in the first high-level reaction from the German government.

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Dalai Lama Birthday Celebrations Draw Support, Protests in U.S.

A three-day celebration marking the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday kicked off Sunday, as thousands of supporters -- and some protesters -- gathered in Anaheim, California to hear the spiritual leader speak. 

The Dalai Lama, who turns 80 on Monday, was guest of honor at the Global Compassion Summit at the Honda Center in Anaheim, south of Los Angeles, speaking on "awakening compassion" and the "transformative power of creativity and art."

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Moscow Sees Greece 'Closer to Euro Exit' after Bailout Referendum

Greece has moved a step closer towards a eurozone exit, Russia's deputy economy minister said Sunday, as early results from a crucial bailout referendum suggested Greeks had overwhelmingly rejected creditors' demands for more austerity.

"You can't fail to understand" that this means "a step towards an exit from the eurozone", Alexei Likhachev was quoted as saying by the state TASS news agency.

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Lion Cubs Relocated from Impoverished Gaza to Jordan

Two lions cubs were on Sunday taken from a Gaza Strip refugee camp to Jordan, their former owner said, after their maintenance became too great a financial burden.

"We're very sad. The two lions were like children to us," Saadi Jamal said of the five-month old male and female big cats named Max and Mona.

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Burundi Government Tells U.N. Mediator to Go

Burundi's ruling party and its allies on Sunday told a United Nations mediator to step down, just two weeks after he was sent to help resolve the central African nation's political crisis.

Senegal's Abdoulaye Bathily was told to "resign from his post because he seriously lacked respect for the country's sovereignty," a spokesman for the ruling CNDD-FDD party, Gelase-Daniel Ndabirabe, told AFP.

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Morocco Says Reporter on Hunger Strike in Geneva Should Return Home

A Moroccan journalist on hunger strike in Geneva, who was previously jailed for insulting the Moroccan king and is now being denied a passport, was told Sunday to return home to plead his case.

"Morocco is a state of law," said Mohamed Aujjar, Morocco's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, insisting the journalist had "every right to contest the administrative decision" not to provide him with a certificate needed to renew his passport.

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Report: Turkey Summons Commanders to Discuss Syria Intervention

The Turkish army has called a meeting of troop commanders stationed along its fortified border with Syria to discuss a possible intervention in Syria, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Sunday. 

Turkey has boosted its military defenses on the volatile border over the past week, stationing tanks and anti-aircraft missiles there as well as bolstering troop numbers, as fighting between Islamist-led groups and Syrian regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo has intensified. 

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Greek Foreign Minister in Israel amid Economic Crisis

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias arrived in Israel for a three-day visit on Sunday, as his country voted in a referendum that could decide the country's financial future.

"The foreign ministry welcomes Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on arriving for a formal visit, during a time difficult for the Greek leadership and public," an official Israeli statement read.

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Top European Official Says Greece Will Need New Currency if It Votes 'No'

Greece will have to introduce another currency if it votes 'No' in Sunday's referendum on its potential bailout terms, European Parliament president Martin Schulz said on German radio.

He told Deutschlandfunk that, in the event of a 'No' result, Greece would "have to introduce some other currency because the euro is not available as a means of payment."

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14 Boys Dead in S. African Province after Botched Circumcisions

Traditional circumcision ceremonies in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, where the rite-of-passage practice is common, have left 14 boys dead and 141 injured this year, local authorities said Sunday. 

Many of the injured teens suffered from "dehydration, wounds, pneumonia, aseptic penis and gangrene" Sizwe Kupelo, spokesman for the health ministry in the Eastern Cape province told AFP. 

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