Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today’s top stories


Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for July 2, 2015.

Senior ISIS leader killed in airstrike

A senior leader of the Islamic State group was killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria last month, the U.S. Defense Department has announced. Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-Awni al-Harzi was a top fundraiser for the radical group, and was killed June 16 in an airstrike over Shaddadi.

[Read more from NBC News]

Greece needs extra 50 billion euros, IMF says

Debt-ridden Greece will need an extra 50 billion euros over the next three years to stabilize its finances under the existing bailout plans agreed to by the eurozone, according to the International Monetary Fund. The IMF has suggested that the beleaguered country needs relief on its debts to other European nations.

[Read more from the BBC]

Heinz completes Kraft purchase

H.J. Heinz Co. has completed its purchase of the Kraft Foods Group, creating the third largest food and drinks company in North America and the fifth largest worldwide. The new company, which will have Warren Buffett – of Heinz owner majority owner Berkshire Hathaway – on its board, will have brands including Oscar Mayer, Heinz Ketchup, Philadelphia, Jell-O and Cadbury chocolate under its umbrella.

[Read more from Reuters]

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State Patrol investigating fatal crash near Duluth

The crash was reported around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday.

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Carjacking reported outside shopping center in Eden Prairie

One of the suspects reportedly displayed a weapon.

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8 people charged in Medicaid fraud scheme totaling $860K

Collectively, they're charged with 46 counts of felony theft.


Minnesota gets mixed grades on its tobacco report card

In Minnesota, the economic cost due to smoking is $2.519 million with 5,910 deaths per year attributed to smoking.

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Charges: Man stabbed his father, set his home on fire

The 25-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree arson.

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Crowded impound lot raises COVID concerns after Minneapolis snow emergency

A vehicle owner complains about the tightly-packed impound lot following the weekend's snow.

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Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, Jan. 27

The latest update from the state health department.


Charges: Bar owner, employee served underage drinkers during shutdown

The bar hosted 20-30 people on Dec. 4, 2020, charges say.

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Driver wearing bulletproof vest strikes pedestrian in Rochester

The 21-year-old claimed the vest keeps him warm, according to police.