Greece rushes to meet lender demands.
ATHENS – The Greek government rushed on Tuesday (14/02/2012) to wring out another 325 million euros in budget cuts to satisfy euro zone finance ministers mulling whether to sign off on a rescue package to save the country from a chaotic default.
Assad’s forces attack opposition on fronts across Syria
AMMAN/BEIRUT – Syrian government forces attacked opponents of President Bashar al-Assad on several fronts on Tuesday (14/02/2012), sending residents fleeing from one town near the capital and bombarding the city of Homs for an 11th day running, activists said.
Russian general says US/Israel likely to strike Iran soon
MOSCOW – Russia’s top general said on Tuesday (14/02/2012) that he expects Iran’s enemies to decide in the next few months how to deal with a nuclear programme that the United States and Israel have said they might attack.
Murdoch facing battle with staff in Sun showdown
LONDON – Media baron Rupert Murdoch will face hostile and angry staff when he arrives in Britain this week seeking to face down a growing rebellion within his newspaper business and end the talk that his flagship Sun could close following a string of arrests.
Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning in France
PARIS – A French court on Monday (13/02/2012) declared US biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.
‘Monsignors’ mutiny’ revealed by Vatican leaks
VATICAN CITY – Call it Conspiracy City. Call it Scandal City. Call it Leak City. These days the holy city has been in the news for anything but holy reasons.
Race to find life under Antarctic ice sheet
MOSCOW – The race is on to discover life in the most remote and extreme environment known on Earth.
Germany loses patience with Greece
BERLIN – Germany is running out of patience with throwing money into the “bottomless pit” of Greece’s debt crisis and any lingering sympathy in Berlin is being undermined by anti-German slogans on the lips of politicians and austerity protesters in Athens.
Schiphol airport bomb threat suspect arrested
AMSTERDAM – Dutch police arrested a man suspected of making a bomb threat at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Monday (13/02/2012) after the scare forced a partial evacuation at the airport, one of Europe’s busiest, military police said.
EU aviation carbon tax fuels concerns
SINGAPORE – Global planemaker Airbus joined a chorus of concern that a European scheme to charge airlines for carbon emissions risks triggering a full-blown trade war, with implications for plane deals and even Europe’s crippling sovereign debt crisis.
A year on, only brief home visits for nuclear evacuees
OKUMA, Japan – Back home for just three hours, a tearful Miyoko Takeda sorted through her belongings. She left behind the kimonos she once wore as a traditional dancer, fearful they might be contaminated by radiation.
Pakistan supreme court charges PM with contempt
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Supreme Court charged the embattled prime minister with contempt of court on Monday (13/02/2012)for his refusal to re-open old corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, complicating the country’s political crisis.
Greek police union wants to arrest EU/IMF officials
ATHENS – Greece’s largest police union has threatened to issue arrest warrants for officials from the country’s European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders for demanding deeply unpopular austerity measures.
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