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300,000+ Make Perilous Mediterranean Crossing in 2015

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations refugee agency said today that the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe has surpassed 300,000 this year, up from 219,000 during the whole of 2014. A group of Afghans arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey to […]

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Nearing Milestone, Queen Elizabeth Shows No Sign of Stopping

London, England. After 63 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth next month becomes Britain’s longest-ruling monarch but there is little prospect of her stepping aside, as other aging European crowned heads have done, in favor of her son, Charles. In May 2011 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Ireland. It was the first time a […]

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U.N. Urges Greece, Europe to Boost Humanitarian Response

New York, N.Y.  The escalating refugee crisis in Greece is continuing, with migrant arrivals accelerating “dramatically,” the United Nations warned today, urging the Greek Government to strengthen reception facilities and services and for wider Europe to bolster humanitarian coordination. Dozens of refugees arrived in Greece by sea in July 2015, mainly from countries experiencing war […]

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Officials: Greece, Creditors Reach Bailout Agreement

Athens, Greece. Greek officials said Tuesday the government reached an agreement with international creditors on terms for a new bailout. Several details remained to be worked out, but the bulk of what is expected to be a $94 billion package was complete, the officials said. European Commission spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt, a key mediator of the […]

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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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