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Greece Today: Safe, Affordable – and More Beautiful Than Ever

Athens, Greece. I was in Greece last week and experienced a country completely different than was being portrayed on TV, amazed at how political and economic considerations could color the news so darkly. The fear-mongering did not work and Greeks voted overwhelmingly last week to say No to Europe’s impossible demands. The island capital of […]

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Greece’s Tsipras Briefs Obama on Bid for Eurozone Loan

Paris, France.  Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke to U.S. President Barack Obama by telephone on Tuesday shortly before an emergency eurozone summit and briefed him on Greece’s request for a rescue loan, a Greek government official said, as reported by Reuters. Alexis Tsipras. Photo courtesy of Frangisco Der. The official said Obama had voiced […]

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Greeks Stand Tall, Defiantly Reject Europe’s Bailout Terms

Athens, Greece. Greeks have voted against accepting a bailout from the European Union in return for more spending cuts. Early results suggest the ‘No’ camp won with around 61 percent of the vote. As Henry Ridgwell reports from Athens, all eyes are now on Europe’s response. By Henry Ridgwell.   Tweet

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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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