QWorld: Spain Elections; Asia Resilient to Brexit Shock and More

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Britain plunges deeper into political crisis after its vote to leave the European Union. (Photo: iStockphoto)

1. Spanish Vote Delivers More Uncertainty for Europe After Brexit

Spanish elections delivered a hung parliament for the second time in six months, adding to political uncertainty in Europe after last week’s shock Brexit vote and piling intense pressure on Spain’s warring politicians to form a government.

2. Iraqi Commander Declares Defeat of Islamic State in Fallujah

Iraqi forces recaptured the last district of Fallujah held by Islamic State militants and the commander of the operation declared the battle over following a month of fighting.

3. Israel, Turkey Agree to Normalise Ties: Senior Israeli Official

Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalise ties, a senior Israeli official says, to end a six-year rift over the Israeli navy’s killing of 10 Turkish pro-Palestinian activists who tried to sail to the blockaded Gaza Strip in 2010.

4. Asia Markets Seen Volatile But Resilient to Brexit Shocks

The political fallout from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union could continue to wreak havoc in financial markets this week but Asian assets are likely to prove more resilient than others given the region’s limited dependence on Europe.

5. Clinton Campaign Hits Trump for Seeing Brexit as Boon to His Business

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign accused Donald Trump of caring more about how Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union would benefit his financial bottom line than how it would impact the US economy.

6. Church Should Ask Forgiveness From Gays for Past Treatment: Pope

Pope Francis said Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them.

7. Pride Parades Tinged With Sadness After Orlando Massacre

Millions of people draped in the rainbow hues of LGBT pride turned out for parades across the United States, two weeks after a massacre at a Florida nightclub stirred fear and solidarity among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

8. Panama Opens Canal Extension Amid Growth Risks, Cost Battle

Panama opened the long-delayed $5.4 billion expansion of its shipping canal amid cheering crowds, despite looming economic uncertainty in the shipping industry and a heated battle over billions in cost overruns.

9. Australian Independent Xenophon Could Play Kingmaker in Election

One of Australia’s poorest states is emerging as an unlikely key battleground in 2 July elections that could hand the balance of power to a folksy independent senator and threaten the government’s economic agenda.

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