Germany

Al-Jazeera journalist freed from detention

An Al-Jazeera journalist detained by German authorities on an Egyptian arrest warrant emerged from a Berlin judicial building a free man after prosecutors decided not to pursue an extradition request further. Ahmed Mansour was detained Saturday at a Berlin airport as he tried to board a flight to Doha, Qatar. He was convicted in absentia in Egypt on charges that his lawyers and reporters' groups call politically motivated.

Pakistan

Heat wave kills at least 260 people

An intense heat wave has left at least 260 people dead over three days in southern Pakistan, mostly in the port city of Karachi, officials said, prompting the government to declare an emergency at hospitals and to ask the military to help respond to the crisis. Unusually high temperatures, reaching up to 111 degrees Fahrenheit, have led to heatstroke, dehydration, stomach-related pains and low blood pressure, hospital officials said.

New Mexico

Former White House chef found dead

Walter Scheib, the 61-year-old former White House executive chef who had been missing in New Mexico's rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains for more than a week, was discovered dead late Sunday night by a search and rescue crew. Scheib was last seen setting out for a hike June 13. His body may have had minor scrapes and bruises, but nothing that would indicate a struggle or attack. "It just looks like it was an unfortunate circumstance," said police spokeswoman Sgt. Liz Armijo.

Florida

Graham's grandson resigns from church

Billy Graham's grandson Tullian Tchividjian has resigned from his pulpit at Coral Ridge Presbyterian, a high-profile church in South Florida, after admitting he had an affair. Tchividjian said he was "heartbroken and devastated" to learn that his wife Kim had been having an affair and said he "sought comfort in a friend and developed an inappropriate relationship myself," according to a statement he gave to the Washington Post. Tchividjian, 42, has been married since 1994 and has three children.

California

7 in balcony collapse face long recovery

The seven Irish students who survived a balcony collapse in the university town of Berkeley remain hospitalized in varying states of recovery nearly a week later. The Rev. Aidan McAleenan of St. Columba Catholic Church in Oakland said the students face long physical and mental recoveries. The students were on a balcony that snapped off the fifth floor of an apartment building June 16 during a birthday party. Five 21-year-old students and a 22-year-old died.

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