10 things to know for today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. BERGDAHL SWAP DEAL MEANS LITTLE FOR AFGHAN-TALIBAN TALKS
Any peace negotiations between Kabul and its fundamentalist foes are on hold till a new president takes over in Afghanistan.
2. HOW IRAQ CHAOS COULD INFLUENCE OBAMA ON AFGHANISTAN
The turmoil raises questions about whether the U.S. president’s plans to keep a small military presence in Afghanistan until the end of 2016 can prevent similar violence there.
3. WHO THE NEW NBA CHAMPIONS ARE
The San Antonio Spurs win their 5th title, beating the Miami Heat 104-87 in Game 5 of the finals.
4. FORTY EIGHT KILLED IN ARMED ASSAULT ON KENYAN TOWN
The authorities are blaming an al-Qaida-linked Somali group for the deadly attack.
5. WHAT’S ON THE MENU AT THE WORLD CUP
Parmesan for the Italian team, Cheerios for the Americans and chipotle chiles for the Mexicans–each team is making sure its players get top nutrition and familiar dishes away from home.
6. MOSCOW HOPES TO SPUR CRIMEAN TOURISM WITH SUBSIDIZED PACKAGE TOURS
Russia is paying to revive its citizens’ love for the region’s coast despite its aging charm and infrastructure.
7. CAR RACING LEGEND OUT OF COMA
Michael Schumacher, the Formula One ex-champion, has left the French hospital where he has been treated for nearly six months after a skiing accident.
8. VOICE OF `AMERICAN TOP 40,’ `SHAGGY’ GOES SILENT
Casey Kasem, who counted down the hits for a quarter century, died at 82 after suffering the effects of dementia.
9. COLOMBIANS RE-ELECT LEADER IN A VOTE FOR PEACE
President Santos’ victory signals public approval of his peaceful bid to end the nation’s decades-long guerrilla conflict.
10. BARISTAS TO GET BARGAIN ON THEIR EDUCATION
Starbucks is offering 135,000 of its U.S. employees steep discounts on online college degrees.
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