Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Let's Do The News! (June 23, 2015)

- The top Eurozone leaders echoed hopes that a deal that will put the ongoing Greek debt crisis can be struck within days.

- Kurdish forces in northern Syria have captured a key military base from Islamic State militants north of the self-declared capital of Raqqa.

- People in Okinawa are marking the 70th anniversary of the end of a fierce battle in the final stage of World War Two. They're gathering for a memorial ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park in the city of Itoman, where the war's climax occurred.

- The US Government decided to extend on the of the sanctions imposed against North Korea for another year, and expected to put further pressure on the North jointly with Japan and South Korea as the North continues their nuclear and missile programs.

- Meanwhile, the European Union extends economic sanctions against Russia for six months.

- Philippine VP Jejomar Binay has been resigned from being one of President Benigno Aquino III's Cabinet members so that he can focus more on his campaign. President Aquino accepted his resignation.

- The Armed Forces of the Philippines deploys naval troops to the Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea despite China's reclamation activities at the said territory.
- James Horner, the man in charge of background musics from numerous films including Titanic, has died in a California plane crash. He is reported to have been alone aboard a two-seater plane which crashed north of Santa Barbara on a Monday morning.

- Following the success of the turbocharged NX crossover, Toyota's Lexus brand reportedly will expand the use of their new 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine (8AR-FTS) on their model lineup including the IS, GS, and the upcoming RX crossover.

- RAM Trucks are offering a 2016 RAM 3500 Heavy Duty with the new Cummins 6.7L six-cylinder diesel engine with a class-leading 900lb-ft of torque and 385HP of power. With such added torque, towing capacity is now 31,210lbs.


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