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  • Defiant PM rejects Grexit fears as he rallies 'No' vote

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras got a rock-star welcome at an Athens rally Friday as he sought to revive support for a "No" vote in a referendum called to strengthen his hand in talks with international creditors. Countering EU leaders' warnings that a "No" could cause Greece to crash out…

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  • Greek campaigns, neck and neck, reach dramatic finale

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks packed city squares for dueling rallies late into the night Friday, as polls showed a dead heat between the 'yes' and 'no' camps ahead of a bailout referendum Sunday that could be Greece's most important vote since it joined the European Union.

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  • The diplomatic Viennese waltz at the Iran talks

    Tucked away behind some trees is a serene rooftop garden at the luxury Viennese hotel hosting the Iran nuclear talks. Temperatures have soared in the Austrian capital this week as a heatwave hits Europe, and Vienna's famous squares and coffee houses have overflowed with sun-seekers soaking up the…

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  • Greeks deeply divided heading into crucial vote

    By Michele Kambas and Lefteris Papadimas ATHENS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets on Friday in rival rallies that laid bare the deep divide heading into a referendum that may decide the country’s future in Europe’s single currency. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, elected…

    Reuters
  • Greek PM is hero and villain at rival rallies in divided Athens

    A warrior for the "No" supporters, an "emperor with no clothes" for the "Yes" camp -- thousands of people demonstrated at rival rallies in Athens Friday where Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was both hero and villain. "I'm not going to cry, I'm not going to be afraid, I'm going to say 'No'!" chanted…

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  • Ukraine rebels withdraw from key frontline village

    Pro-Russian fighters have withdrawn from a strategic frontline village, Ukraine's military reported on Friday, although some troops doubted whether the surprise retreat and lull in fighting would last. Lying just 10 kilometres (six miles) east of the Sea of Azov industrial port of Mariupol -- the…

    AFP
  • Russia mulls new selective sanctions against Western nations

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will consider new selective retaliatory measures against some specific Western countries, the nation's security chief said Friday, pointing at Finland as a possible target.

    Associated Press
  • The Latest: Greek PM urges voters to ignore scaremongers

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes and its upcoming referendum on Sunday (all times local):

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  • Greece PM urges 'No' vote to 'live with dignity in Europe'

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday urged thousands of supporters gathered in Athens to vote "No" in the weekend referendum to "live with dignity in Europe". "On Sunday, we are not simply deciding to remain in Europe -- we are deciding to live with dignity in Europe," he said. Tsipras…

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  • Tsipras: Greek 'No' a vote to live in dignity in Europe

    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's left-wing prime minister told tens of thousands of supporters in Athens on Friday that a 'No' vote in a weekend referendum would represent a choice to "live in dignity in Europe".

    Reuters
  • Armenia opens probe into police violence against protesters

    Armenian authorities launched a criminal investigation Friday into police officers involved in a brutal crackdown on demonstrators protesting against electricity price hikes. Mikael Aharonyan, spokesman for Armenia's special investigative service, told AFP that the inquiry had been opened into…

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  • Diaspora Greeks book flights, lobby friends ahead of vote

    Konstantinos Dimitriou, a management consultant who lives in Singapore, is catching a plane early on Saturday and making the 19-hour journey back to Athens to vote 'Yes' to accept a deal. New Jersey-born John Sitilides, an international relations specialist who consults with the U.S. Department of…

    Reuters
  • European temps climb, pope gives thanks for some rain

    PARIS (AP) — Europeans struggled Friday to find relief from unusually high temperatures, but the U.N. weather agency said the continent is better prepared than ever to avoid major heat casualties.

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  • Row breaks out over Greek medicine supplies

    Wholesalers trading medicines across European borders have criticized a suggestion by manufacturers that Greek exports should be restricted to prevent shortages of life-saving drugs in the country. The European Association of Euro Pharmaceutical Companies (EAEPC), representing firms involved in…

    Reuters
  • Nibali hopes to stick closer to Froome at the Tour de France

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali did not see much of rival Chris Froome the last time they raced each other.

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  • In Greece, a vote befitting the birthplace of democracy?

    ATHENS (Reuters) - When Alexis Tsipras dropped the bombshell of a popular plebiscite on the tough demands of creditors keeping Greece afloat, he cited the country's pedigree as the "birthplace of democracy".

    Reuters
  • Greek voters confused by referendum wording as vote nears

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek voters facing a momentous vote Sunday that may determine the country's future in Europe can be forgiven for scratching their heads when they read the ballot question that has to be marked with a "yes" or a "no."

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