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Greece: How did it get into this mess?

07 Jul 2015
Greece's affair with the euro began with the grandest of hopes. The country approved the euro in 2001, in time to be among the first countries to use the new currency.   At first, the most ambitious attempt ever to create a new...
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Genocide, the gravest and hardest crime to prove

07 Jul 2015
Genocide, the key charge arising from the Srebrenica massacre two decades ago, is the gravest crime in international humanitarian law, yet it is also the most difficult to prove.   Derived from the Greek word "genos", for...
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Dream of better life in Britain fuels Calais migrant chaos

Migrants walk near trucks blocked on a road which leads to the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles near Calais, northern France June 30, 2015.
07 Jul 2015
Like many migrants drawn to the French port of Calais, Ali, a 22-year-old Iraqi, is convinced his life will be better if he can make it across the 30 km (20 mile) stretch of sea separating him from Britain. "I know people in London,...
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Afghanistan: Men throw acid into girls' faces 'for going to school'

06 Jul 2015
Attackers on a motorbike threw acid in the faces of three teenage girls on their way to school in Afghanistan's western Herat province on Saturday, an official told CNN.   The girls, age 16 to 18, are students at one of the...
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75th birthday of Kazakhstan strongman raises questions on country's future

04 Jul 2015
Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday on Monday, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the future of the second-largest post-...
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In turf war with Afghan Taliban, Islamic State loyalists gain ground

29 Jun 2015
Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability.   Witnesses who...
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Hounded and out of work, gay Ukrainians flee rebel east

28 Jun 2015
Oleksandr had already lost his job for being gay in the rebel Ukrainian bastion of Donetsk when he was approached by two Russian speakers with rifles dangling on their hips.   "So what are you, a fag?" one of them asked as...
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Hungarian plan to erect separation wall draws int'l condemnation

21 Jun 2015
As part of a highly controversial anti-immigration policy, Hungary is planning to build a 175 km-long fence along its border with Serbia, seeking an alternative solution to the EU migrant crisis.   Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter...
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UN: Displacement rate highest in 2014

20 Jun 2015
World Refugee Day, which takes place on June 20, comes amid increasing crises in the world in general, and in the Arab region in particular this year.   The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said displacement caused by...
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Terror attacks, deaths up sharply in 2014: State Department

19 Jun 2015
Terrorist attacks worldwide surged by more than a third and fatalities soared by 81 percent in 2014, a year that also saw Islamic State eclipse al Qaeda as the leading jihadist militant group, the US State Department said on Friday....
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