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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Canadian rapper wanted for murder pleads guilty to possessing 67 guns in MN

Dayne Adrian Sitladeen pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Wednesday.

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Charges: Red Lake man with knife sexually assaulted victim

He's also charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.

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Report: Twins could be 'aggressive sellers' ahead of trade deadline

José Berríos and Nelson Cruz could be in high demand in the coming weeks.

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Why the Timberwolves haven't lost the D'Angelo Russell trade...yet

The Wolves' offseason got more challenging but not impossible.

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2-year-old dies a week after being pulled from Ham Lake pond

The boy had been at Lions Park with family and friends.

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50 animatronic dinosaurs to take over Mall of America parking lot

Dinosaur Drive-Thru opens June 24 and runs through July 11.

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Police: Man who shot himself during traffic stop has died

He died in a Twin Cities hospital early Wednesday.

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MN's lone National Park is also one of the least popular in the country

Travelers are clearly overlooking what northern Minnesota has to offer.

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Elton John confirms rescheduled St. Paul dates for farewell tour

"I'm going to go out in the biggest possible way, performing at my very best," John said.

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3 Minnesotans honored with Carnegie Medals for heroic acts

The award is the highest honor for civilian heroism in North America.

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Police discover woman dead at Twin Cities home following welfare check

Officers also found "multiple" children on the scene, all of them unhurt.