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Greek Lawmakers Approve Bailout Referendum

Athens, Greece.  The Greek Parliament voted late Saturday to accept Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ call for a referendum July 5 on proposed reforms needed to get bailout funds. Tsipras issued a defiant call to Greeks to reject what he called an “insulting” bailout offer from foreign creditors. “The day of truth is coming for the […]

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Ash Carter Warns of Growing Russian Threat

Washington, D.C.  U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday there is neither a desire for a return to a Cold War nor for a new conflict with Russia, and that economic sanctions are having an effect in countering Russian “aggression” in Ukraine. He spoke at a forum in Berlin, a city that once symbolized the […]

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In Poland, 70th Anniversary of WWII End Remembered

Warsaw, Poland. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Poland today at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, recalled the “tremendous” shared sacrifice and the huge price of victory over fascism, paid by the millions of lost lives. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with President Bronislaw […]

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Millions March in France Against Terrorism

Paris, France.  World leaders joined nearly four million people in the streets of Paris and around France Sunday, in solidarity with the victims of a terror spree last week that killed 17 people. More than 40 heads of state and government joined French President Francois Hollande in linking arms for a brief walk through Paris. […]

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Ban Outraged by ‘Horrendous, Cold-Blooded’ Attack on French Magazine

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the appalling and “cold-blooded crime” committed by terrorists who attacked the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which news reports indicate killed 10 media workers and two police officers. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. U.N. Photo/Amanda Voisard. “I am appalled and deeply shocked by the attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris this morning,” […]

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In Switzerland, Finishing School Admits Men at Last

Glion, Switzerland.  The sign on the door with a stick figure of a man overlaid with a big “X” will have to go now that the last Swiss finishing school, bending to economic reality and social change, is accepting men. The Institut Villa Pierrefeu, located on a hill above Lake Geneva, is the last in […]

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Prince William, Kate Hold Private Christening for New Prince

London, England.  Britain’s Prince George was christened on Wednesday in a service attended by just 21 guests, a small and private ceremony for a baby whose parents want to shield him from too much media intrusion. Prince William, whose mother Diana was hounded by paparazzi and died in a car crash in Paris in 1997, […]

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Russia’s Anti-Gay Law Tests Olympic Tenets

Moscow, Russia.  The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are less than six month months away.  But a controversy over a Russian law that bans propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations could cast a shadow over the competition and negatively impact the Olympic movement. Gold medallists from team Russia kiss celebrating their victory at the women’s […]

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