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  • Boycott Israel drive gains strength, raising alarm

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott campaign against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence.

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • New Greek finance minister is a change of style, not substance

    Euclid Tsakalotos, the mild-tempered professor who was appointed as Greece's new finance minister on Monday, is a clear change in style from his combative predecessor Yanis Varoufakis. The 55-year-old Tsakalotos studied at prestigious private London school St Paul's and at Oxford University,…

    Reuters37 mins ago
  • Greek deal needed for Greece and coherence of euro zone: France's Valls

    A deal on Greek debt is vital for Greece and for the coherence of the euro zone, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday, two days after Greeks voted to reject a proposal that would have meant more austerity. "Everyone must understand that we are at a crucial moment for the European…

    Reuters42 mins ago
  • Eurozone leaders to hold emergency summit on Greece

    Eurozone leaders will hold an emergency summit in Brussels Tuesday to discuss the fallout from Greek voters' defiant "No" to further austerity measures, with the country's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras set to unveil new proposals for talks. As the country's economy gasps for air, with banks closed…

    AFP
  • U.S. Treasury's Lew spoke with Greek premier, hopes talks on resolving crisis resume

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spoke on Monday with Greece's prime minister and finance minister and said Washington looked forward to Athens and other parties resuming conversations toward resolving the Greek situation, a Treasury spokeswoman said. Lew voiced hope such an outcome "will allow…

    Reuters
  • Amnesty accuses Balkans of abusing EU-bound migrants

    Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Balkan countries of mistreating migrants passing through their territories on the way to the European Union, saying people fleeing war were being "shamefully let down". "Thousands of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants -- including children -- making…

    AFP
  • Balkan route a road of beatings for migrants, refugees: Amnesty

    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Police in some Balkan nations are abusing thousands of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, many of them children, as they travel across the region to reach the European Union (EU), Amnesty International said in a report. Refugees and…

    Reuters
  • Britain remembers 7/7 victims 10 years after London bombings

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will fall silent on Tuesday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of attacks targeting London public transport which killed 56 people, the first suicide bombings by Islamist militants in western Europe. Relatives of the victims, survivors, royalty and…

    Reuters
  • Germany, France demand 'serious' proposals from Greece after 'No' vote

    Germany and France on Monday called on Greece to make detailed proposals to revive bailout talks, a day after Greek voters defiantly rejected creditors' demands for further austerity, plunging Europe into crisis. With Greece's economy gasping for air, the authorities extended an eight-day bank…

    AFP
  • Germany, France press Greece to make fast, credible proposals

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, the euro zone's most powerful leaders, said Athens must move quickly if it wants to secure a cash-for-reform deal with creditors and avoid crashing out of the single currency. Raising the pressure on Greek Prime Minister…

    Reuters
  • Referendum snubs that the EU learned to manage

    The history of the European Union is dotted with plebiscites where the initial outcome, like this weekend's Greek bailout vote, seemed catastrophic but was eventually resolved. "The EU has trouble winning referendums," said Vivien Pertusot of the French Institute of International Relations,…

    AFP
  • Correction: Palestinians-Rainbow Flag story

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — In a story June 30 about Palestinian protesters whitewashing a gay pride rainbow flag, The Associated Press reported erroneously that homosexual acts are banned by law in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. While homosexuality is largely taboo in Palestinian society, there are…

    Associated Press
  • 'Europe without Greece? Joke,' says Greek foreign minister

    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Monday ruled out his country's exit from the EU and called for calm after Greek voters rejected bailout terms of international creditors. It's a joke," the visiting foreign minister told Israel's private Channel 2 television. In the wake of the vote, French…

    AFP
  • Greece's departing finance minister, brash to the end

    Greece's departing Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis resigned Monday with the same dramatic flair with which he served.

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  • German line hardens after Greeks reject bailout terms

    The German government signaled a tough line toward Greece on Monday, saying it saw no basis for new bailout negotiations and insisting it was up to Athens to move swiftly if it wanted to preserve its place in the euro zone. With opinion toward Greece hardening in Germany's ruling coalition after…

    Reuters
  • Correction: Russia-Ukraine-Gas story

    MOSCOW (AP) — In a story July 1 about Gazprom halting gas supplies to Ukraine, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Russia offered Ukraine a price of $247 per cubic meter. The price offered was per thousand cubic meters.

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  • The Latest: European Central Bank keeps Greece credit steady

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest on the fallout from the Greek referendum (all times local):

    Associated Press