Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for July 8, 2015.
South Carolina to lower capitol Confederate flag – for good
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) has signed a bill ordering the removal of the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds. This comes after public opinion turned against the flag following the racially motivated murder of nine black church members last month.
[Read more from NBC News]
FBI foils numerous 4th of July terror plots
The FBI linked a number of failed terror plots – aimed at taking American lives on the Fourth of July – to the Islamic State. Details on the nature of the plans are unknown, but the would-be attackers are said to have eyed targets "coast to coast."
[Read more from CNN]
Kerry to Iran: Make 'tough decisions,' or U.S. walks
In Vienna on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Iran that America is "absolutely prepared to call an end" to negotiations over the Middle-Eastern country's nuclear program – if Iran does not make "tough decisions" to curb its uranium enrichment process. Iran hopes to secure a deal that would end international sanctions against it.
[Read more from the Washington Post]