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 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]

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Mpls council proposal would cut nearly $8M from 2021 police budget

The "Safety for All Budget Plan" was introduced Friday.

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Minneapolis police appeal for help finding missing man

Shayne Munich is described as a vulnerable adult.

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Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.

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Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

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Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

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Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

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Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

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Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.