Sunday, July 5, 2015
Greece hurtled Saturday towards a crunch bailout referendum which could determine its financial future and even its place in the eurozone, as polls showed the "Yes" and "No" camps neck and neck.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's jihadist beach massacre in which 38 foreign tourists were killed, his office said.
World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over the next several days, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine," saying listening to Mozart helps him experience "very deeply the Lord's presence."
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras got a rock-star welcome at an Athens rally late Friday as he sought to revive support for the "No" vote in a referendum called to strengthen his hand in talks with international creditors.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
ATHENS - Greece braced itself Saturday ahead of a make-or-break bailout referendum as polls showed the 'Yes' and 'No' camps neck and neck and uncertainty rose over the future of the country's battered economy.
Greece was officially declared in default on Friday, injecting even more urgency into a make-or-break weekend referendum that new polls suggested was too close to call.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble's hard-line stance in the Greek debt crisis has boosted his approval ratings, a new poll showed Friday. Seventy percent of respondents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the work of the veteran minister, a trusted lieutenant of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The People's Republic of China's (PRC) huge military parade to mark the World War II victory over Japan risks stirring resentment, the European Union's ambassador to Beijing said Friday, adding it was "unlikely" top EU institution leaders would attend.
Doctors who gave children with cystic fibrosis a replacement copy of a defective gene say it appeared to slow the expected decline of some patients' lungs, but called the results "modest" and say there must be major improvements before offering the treatment more widely.