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EU approves Greek loan package

Euro zone finance ministers agreed last night to disburse a further Euro12 billion to Greece and said the details of a second aid package for Athens would be finalised by mid-September. After a conference call, the 17 euro zone ministers – including Minister for Finance Michael Noonan – agreed that the fifth tranche of the Euro110 billion bailout agreed with ...

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Thailand braces for uncertain future

A year after violent clashes left more than 90 people dead and drove a divisive knife through Thai society, the country today goes to the polls for an election that could cause yet more turmoil and confrontation. It could also deliver Thailand its first female prime minister. Reports suggest that up to 170,000 police officers have been put on duty ...

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Israel, Gaza, and the Irrationality of ‘Everything Necessary’

Article by WN.com Correspondent Dallas Darling. Prior to yet another international freedom flotilla headed to Gaza, this one consisting of trying to deliver humanitarian aid and letters of solidarity, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared: “…we will not shy away from taking any necessary action, offensive and defensive, to protect our country and to protect our citizens.” Several days later, ...

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Clinton slams Gaddafi threat to attack Europe

MADRID/TRIPOLI, July 2 (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped up Western calls on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to quit, brushing off his threat to attack Europeans in their homes and offices. “Instead of issuing threats, Gaddafi should put the well-being and the interests of his own people first and he should step down from power and help facilitate ...

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Moroccan King scores landslide win in reform vote

RABAT- Morocco’s King Mohammed scored a landslide victory in a referendum on a reformed constitution he proposed to placate ‘Arab Spring’ protests as voters defied critics who said it did little to curb his powers. Preliminary results of Friday’s poll showed 98.5 percent of voters approved the text, Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui declared on state media, citing returns from 94 ...

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Hezbollah leader vows not to surrender members

BEIRUT – Hezbollah’s leader says authorities will never be able to arrest four members of his militant group who have been indicted in the murder of a former Lebanese prime minister. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday in a televised address that “even in 300 years” the men will not be turned in. The Shiite militant group denies any role in ...

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Syria’s Assad sacks Hama governor after protests

President Bashar al-Assad sacked the governor of Hama province on Saturday, a day after protesters massed in the provincial capital to demand the Syrian leader step down. The demonstration in Hama, scene of a bloody crackdown by Assad’s father nearly 30 years ago, was part of nationwide protests which activists said were some of the biggest since the uprising against ...

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Tusk sets out ambitious agenda for presidency

Historic handover: Poland takes up rotating leadership of EU for first time WARSAW – Polish prime minister Donald Tusk promised “energetic engagement” as he took over the rotating presidency of the European Union yesterday and said the 27-country bloc was facing one of its most difficult moments. Poland, Europe’s sixth most populous country and a powerhouse…

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Libya: Muammar Gaddafi threatens Europe

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has threatened to attack Europe in revenge for Nato’s operations in Libya. Col Gaddafi said Libya would target European “homes, offices, families” unless Nato stopped its campaign. He spoke via an audio message broadcast to tens of thousands…

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