Mark Cavendish, who will start the Tour de France wearing the British champion's jersey, says to represent his country as a champion is a "big honour" Report by Fudgea. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
An attack by Taliban insurgents on the presidential palace in Kabul has ended with all attackers being killed. Report by Morrism. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Police have detained six people in the Paris region suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in France. The Paris prosecutor's office said that they are believed to have been part of a radical Islamic terrorist cell. (June 25)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Gunfire shatters the Kabul morning as Taliban insurgents attack the Afghan presidential palace. The assault began as reporters gathered for a news conference with President Hamid Karzai. It wasn't immediately clear if he was inside at the time. Afghan and U.S. forces returned fire. It took 90 minutes to bring the siege to an end. Officials said all five attackers were killed, and two Afghan guards. The defence ministry and the hotel where the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's Afghan station is based were also targeted. Tuesday's attack happened just a day after the arrival of a U.S envoy appointed to help peace efforts between the Afghan government and the Taliban. James Dobbins told reporters on Monday he was still trying to work out if the Taliban was ready for talks.
A seven minute speech on Qatar's state television Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani told the world and his country he was handing over power to his son. The emir said it was time for a new generation to lead the emirate after his 18-year-rule. It is a rare step for a Gulf Arab ruler to voluntarily step down....http://www.euronews.net/
Firefighters in Southwest Colorado say a fire that's scorched 117 square miles could burn for months. They say they won't make significant progress fighting the fire until the weather changes. (June 25)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
Czech President Milos Zeman has indicated he will name a technocrat rather than a political nominee when announces the name of a new prime minister today. The move follows the resignation of former premier Petr Necas following a bribery and illegal spying scandal involving his closest aide.http://www.euronews.net/
Bulgaria's president is to hold talks with all political parties on how to bring an end to protest rallies that have paralysed the country for more than a week.Thousands of mainly young Bulgarians have staged daily rallies against corruption and organised crime.The president has urged politicians to heed the calls for reform.http://www.euronews.net/
Police in Britain are continuing to question a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder a family gunned down in the French Alps last year.The 54-year-old suspect is now known to be Zaid al-Hilli, the brother of the head of the family. He was arrested on Monday at his home in Chessington, a leafy town in the southern county of Surrey which borders London....http://www.euronews.net/
Nelson Mandela's family have kept up a steady presence at the ailing 94-year-old's hospital bedside in Pretoria where he is being treated for a lung infection.Since his condition deteriorated at the weekend there has been no change in the former president's health which is still described as critical....http://www.euronews.net/
While the hunt for the man accused of leaking US spying operations goes on, Washington is furious at the governments who have played a role in enabling Edward Snowden to remain one step ahead. American officials have directed unspecified threats at the Chinese territory of Hong Kong,who let Snowden slip away to Moscow over a legal technicality....http://www.euronews.net/
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati speaks out on violence tied to rising sectarian tensions fanned by the Syria conflict as army fights supporters of radical Sunni cleric Ahmad al-Assir. Duration: 01:10.
Afghanistan's presidential palace came under attack early on Tuesday. Reporters were gathering at the palace in Kabul at the time for a news conference with President Hamid Karzai. It wasn't immediately clear if Karzai was inside at the time. Other government buildings in the city also came under fire. School children walking to classes nearby were caught in the violence as government forces returned fire. The Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attacks in a text message sent to reporters. The palace lies in a district of Kabul which is also home to the headquarters of NATO-led forces and the CIA's Afghan station.
Highlights of this day in history: The Korean War begins; Custer meets his end at the Battle of Little Bighorn; John Dean testifies before the Senate Watergate Committee; Author George Orwell born; Deep-sea explorer Jacques Cousteau dies. (June 25)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
The world's oldest hip-hop dance group is straight outta Waiheke Island, New Zealand. The Hip Op-eration Crew is on its way to Las Vegas to perform at the World Hip Hop Dance Championship. WSJ's Rebecca Howard reports. Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 With Tuesday (June 25) marking the fourth anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, questions still remain surrounding the pop singer's bizarre life and untimely passing. Part of that drama continues to be played out in a 40 billion dollar (USD) civil trial that pits the singer's family against the organizers of a musical comeback that never happened. The jury trial, which started in April, seeks to hold AEG Live, the promoters of the never-realized series of 2009 London concerts, liable for the wrongful death of the "Thriller" singer. Jackson's immediate family, led by mother Katherine, accuse AEG Live of negligence in hiring Conrad Murray. AEG Live maintains that Jackson kept his dependency on propofol secret from outsiders. Jackson's three children and family members could be called as witnesses in the trial. Jackson died in Los Angeles of an overdose of the powerful sur
Lebanese forces stormed a complex holding gunmen loyal to a radical Islamist cleric in the city of Sidon. At least 12 soldiers were killed in clashes between the military and supporters of Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir. Several tanks and army vehicles were torched. Sniper fire continued to hit nearby streets, so it was unclear how many buildings Assir's gunmen still control. The city has been on edge since violence erupted here last week between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim fighters, at odds over the Syria. Many in Lebanon fear that unrest across the border will further strain fragile sectarian relations at home, and could plunge Lebanon into another civil war.
There's a sense of uncertainty today in Kabuls' business community. Factories are running, but many investors are eying their exit strategy from Afghanistan. They're worried when NATO combat troops leave next year, the government won't maintain security -- or a welcoming environment for investors. Mustafa Sadiq sees it all around him. He runs a successful juice company but he says business activity is down. Way down. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OWNER OF THE 'NAW BAHAR' ('SPRING WISH') FRUIT JUICE FACTORY, MUSTAFA SADIQ, SAYING: "On the average what I estimate the business has been dropped 30 to 40 percent and a lot of traders and investors are very much worried about the situation after 2014." It's not just the business leaders who are concerned. Workers are anxious, too. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) WORKER AT THE FRUIT JUICE FACTORY, QASIM HAMIDI, SAYING: "We are very concerned if investors remove their business from this country, because of inse