The Brief

The words yes (nai) and no (oxi) sit on the back page of a newspaer hanging outside a news kiosk in the Plaka district of Athens, Greece, on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Greek voters are almost evenly split heading into a referendum in three days that European leaders said could plunge the country into economic darkness. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Chris Ratcliffe—© 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP

Yes or No?

The Greek people will vote Sunday on a referendum that could have serious consequences for Europe's future. A 'Yes' vote could bring down the Greek government — but a win for 'No' could ultimately hasten Greece's departure from the Euro

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Putin Wishes Obama a Happy Independence Day

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory July 4 message to President Barack Obama on Saturday, emphasizing that "Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security"

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Reddit Chiefs Explain Site Shutdown

Moderators shut down hundreds of the online message board’s most popular sections on Friday in apparent protest at the surprise removal of a popular employee. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao and chairman Alexis Ohanian tell TIME what happened

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Coney Island Crowns a New King of Hot Dog Eating

Matt Stonie ate 62 hot dogs and buns to upset Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory

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Disney Ex-CEO: Beautiful Women 'Usually Not Funny'

Attractive, humorous women are "impossible to find" in Hollywood, Michael Eisner said during an onstage conversation with Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival. "Boy, am I going to get in trouble [for saying that]"

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Texas Wants Its Gold Back

Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile of gold, approximately 5,600 gold bars worth around $650 million stored at a New York bank. But the legislature's demand to bring the gold back home is harder to fulfil than many expected

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Tunisia President Declares State of Emergency

President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks

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New York's 'Wheelchair Bandit' Collared After Heist

A New York City man in a wheelchair has been arrested two days after he pocketed $1,212 in a daytime bank robbery then fled on two wheels. Kelvin Dennison, 23, said he was using the wheelchair after being shot

Democratic presidential hopeful and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a grassroots-organizing event at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson on May 18, 2015 in Mason City, Iowa.

Hillary Clinton Hopeful For Iran Nuclear Deal

The former Secretary of State said Friday that she is hopeful that a nuclear agreement with Iran can be reached before next week's deadline, indicating support for the draft agreement that may or may not come into force

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Selma Director Confirms She Won't Direct Black Panther

Ava DuVernay said she considered directing the Marvel superhero movie, but ultimately decided the project wasn't for her. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be," she said at the Essence Festival

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Trump Says Pier 14 Shooting Proves Him Right on Border

Real estate mogul said the fatal shooting of a young woman at a popular San Francisco tourist spot was further proof the U.S. needs to crack down on border control, his latest in a string of controversial comments about immigration policy.

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Egypt Marks 2 Years Since President's Ouster

Two years to the day after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, worshippers at Cairo's Tahrir Square mosque prayed for soldiers killed by militants in Sinai and the country's chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital